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Things to Do in South Carolina

South Carolina’s beaches and golf draw visitors to Myrtle Beach, Kiawah and Hilton Head. On the Grand Strand, shop, fish and enjoy amusements or nearby Brookgreen Gardens. Charleston’s Fort Sumter, plantations, historic preservation and H.L. Hunley submarine are top attractions, along with walking tours. Explore Greenville’s downtown and Reedy River Falls, Beaufort’s mansions, Gullah traditions. Find Revolutionary War and Civil War sites throughout the state. In the mountains, things to do include – hiking and viewing waterfalls. Discover seafood restaurants in coastal communities like Murrells Inlet and Georgetown, homegrown peaches and Low Country cuisine. Stay in condos, hotels, B&Bs, inns or mountain cabins.
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Hampton Plantation State Historic Site

1950 Rutledge Road
McClellanville, South Carolina
843-546-9361
The former home of state poet laureate Archibald Rutledge, the Georgian-style mansion was the centerpiece of the rice plantation that once thrived here prior to the Civil War. In addition, find a kitchen house and flower garden.

Visitors can fish in the Wambaw Creek, hike along the two-mile loop trail near the former rice fields, view wildlife and bird watch....
Hours & Admission
Grounds: daily 9:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m. Mansion: March to October, Tuesday to Sunday 12:00 noon to 4:00 p.m., November to February, Thursday to Sunday 12:00 noon to 4:00 p.m. Admission.
Photo by: Perry Baker. Photo Courtesy: S.C. Department of Parks, Recreation and Tourism

Hunting Island State Park

2555 Sea Island Parkway
Hunting Island, South Carolina
843-838-2011
Sixteen miles east of Beaufort, is South Carolina's most visited state park. It has three miles of clean, safe beach along the Atlantic Ocean, picnic tables and campsites with an ocean view, plus an 1873 lighthouse that offers a bird's eye view of the pristine island and coastal waters that embrace it.

Hiking trails pierce the subtropical forest of palmettos, pine and moss-draped oak and offer glimpses of the abundant bird and wildlife residents....
Hours & Admission
Admission.
Photo by: Perry Baker. Photo Courtesy: S.C. Department of Parks, Recreation and Tourism

Kiawah Beachwalker Park

Beachwalker Drive
Kiawah Island, South Carolina
843-762-2172
It’s all about the beach, especially when it’s the only public beach on Kiawah Island. The park features an Atlantic Ocean beach with seasonal lifeguards, views of the river and Seabrook Island. Amenities also include a boardwalk, restrooms, showers, picnic area, seasonal snack bar and beach chair and umbrella rentals.
Hours & Admission
March, April, October, Saturday and Sunday 10:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m., May to early September, daily, 9:00 a.m. to 7:00 p.m., early September to late September, daily 10:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m. Admission.
Photo Courtesy: Charleston County Park and Recreation Commission

Mount Pleasant Palmetto Islands County Park

444 Needlerush Parkway
Mount Pleasant, South Carolina
843-884-0832
The 943-acre park has a variety of recreational opportunities including seasonal Splash Island Waterpark (fee), a playground, nature and paved trails, an observation deck, crabbing and fishing from floating docks along tidal creeks and lagoons, a dog park, biking and picnicking. Bike and paddleboat rentals available.
Hours & Admission
November to February 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m., March, April, September, October 8:00 a.m. to dusk, May to early September 8:00 a.m. to 8:00 p.m. Rentals: January, February, November and December, daily 10:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m., March, April, early September to late September and October, daily 10:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m., May to early September, daily 8:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m. Admission.
Photo Courtesy: Charleston County Park and Recreation Commission

Brookgreen Gardens

1931 Brookgreen Drive
Murrells Inlet, South Carolina
843-235-6000
Brookgreen Gardens, a national historic landmark located between Myrtle Beach and Pawleys Island, encompasses more than 9,000 acres in the South Carolina Lowcountry. Its main features are the Huntington Sculpture Garden, the Center for American Sculpture, and the Lowcountry History and Wildlife Preserve, as well as a zoo.

The garden opened in 1932 as America’s first public sculpture garden is considered one of the finest outdoor presentations of American figurative sculpture in the world. It...
Hours & Admission
January to March and May to December, daily 9:30 a.m. to 5:00 p.m., April, daily 9:30 a.m. to 8:00 p.m. Closed December 25. Admission.

Charles Towne Landing State Historic Site

1500 Old Towne Road
Charleston, South Carolina
843-852-4200
This was the site of Charles Towne 10 years before it was moved across the peninsula and became Charleston. Founded in 1670, the historic site along the Ashley River was the first English settlement in the Carolinas.

Visitors can walk through the original settlement with a reconstructed fort, palisade and garden. Within the park, discover seven miles of trails that meander along the marsh or through the English gardens with azaleas, camellias and centuries old live oak trees.
Hours & Admission
Daily 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. Closed major holidays. Admission.

Colonial Dorchester State Historic Site

300 State Park Road
Summerville, South Carolina
843-873-1740
Located on the north bank of the Ashley River, the historic site was once the community of Dorchester - from 1679 until after the Revolutionary War when it was abandoned. Discover the 1751 bell tower addition to the 1719 St. George Church and the 1757 tabby fort. Archaeological digs are in process to reveal more of Dorchester’s history.
Hours & Admission
Daily 9:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m. Closed December 25. Admission.

Cypress Gardens

3030 Cypress Gardens Road
Moncks Corner, South Carolina
843-553-0515
This Lowcountry backwater swamp is filled with cypress trees that once were part of one of the largest rice plantations in the area.

In addition to boat tours of the 80-acre swamp, the attraction features a butterfly house that is open year-round, a freshwater aquarium that displays many of the species not visible in the swamp, a reptile center with turtles and other creatures, and an aviary with exotic birds....
Hours & Admission
Daily 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. Closed major holidays. Admission.

Folly Beach County Park

1100 West Ashley Avenue
Folly Beach, South Carolina
843-588-2426
Because of the size of its beach, Folly Beach on the Atlantic Ocean is a popular destination. The park offers a picnic area, dressing area, outdoor showers and seasonal rental of beach chairs and umbrellas and a snack bar. Lifeguards are on duty during summer months.
Hours & Admission
January, February, November and December, daily 10:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m., March, April, September and October, daily 10:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m., May to early September, daily 9:00 a.m. to 7:00 p.m. Admission.

Hampton-Preston Mansion and Gardens

1615 Blanding Street
Columbia, South Carolina
803-252-1770
Owned and operated by the Historic Columbia Foundation (HCF), Hampton-Preston Mansion and Gardens is one of the oldest historic homes in the city of Columbia.

Built in 1818, it served many purposes: a residence to the Hampton and Preston families - beginning in 1823, a union army headquarters during the Civil War and as a facility for academic institutions. Learn about the architecture, the impact of the Civil War and the restored mid-1800s gardens. The mansion features family...
Hours & Admission
Tuesday to Saturday 10:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m., Sunday 1:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m. Admission.
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