Things to do in South Carolina
Beaufort - soak up the atmosphere by just wandering
The town of Beaufort has much to see and do. Some of the buildings dating back over 300 years, include the interesting, Arsenal that was contructed in 1795 as defence against local marauding Indians and attacks from the sea. The Arsenal is also home to the town’s museum with its collection of antiques dating back to slavery times. The collection also includes brass cannons from the War of Independence. The museum was also used as a set in the successful movie “The Prince of Tides”.
Charleston - feed the rays at the aquarium
The aquarium at Charleston is the largest in South Carolina and unusually is a collection of exhibits showing the different water environments along the state’s coastline, including the underwater world and the salt marshes, that this coastline is renowned for. The aquarium offers you the opportunity to feed rays as well as marvel at the diversity of the marine life of the South Carolina Coast.
Charleston - visit the Boone Hall Plantation
South Carolina’s history includes a period where its success was built on the use of slaves in the plantations and the extensive growing of cotton and tobacco. Many of these plantations were destroyed in the Civil War but one of the most photogenic plantations still remaining is the Boone Hall Plantation in Charleston. Here you can look around the main house in all it’s splendour as well as see some of the original cabins that the slaves lived in.
Columbia - explore the Hampton Preston Mansion
Built nearly 200 years ago, the Hampton-Preston Mansion is one of the oldest buildings in Columbia. It is a magnificent example of 19th century, American architecture. The house was fortunate to escape destruction in the Civil War as it was being used at the time as a temporary convent. Many of the rooms in the mansion are laid out in the style of the 1800 – 1890 period and contain many treasures. The basement contains an interesting museum, which displays the concept of urban slavery.
Columbia - marvel at the Riverbanks Zoo & Gardens
With over 2,000 animals in 170 acres of natural habitat, the Riverbanks Zoo and Gardens in Columbia makes for a fun, educational family day out. Whether you like elephants or tigers, reptiles or birds there is something here fro everyone. The zoo also has extensive gardens including formal, meadowlands, marshlands and riverside settings. This as an ideal place to visit for a day out or to hold a special social occasion.
Greenville - take a walking tour of the downtown area
The is plenty to see in Downtown Greenville. One way to see much of it, and take in some of the history of the area is to take the self guided walking tour. Learn about what lies behind many of the doors that you walk past, and what each of the many sculptures in the town are about and by whom. The information in the tour allows you to pick and choose where you want to go and to plan your route accordingly.
Hilton Head - relax or cycling at Hilton Head Island
Just off the South Carolina coast is the beautiful island of Hilton Head. It has beautiful beaches and miles of cycling tracks, allowing you the opportunity to explore the island, whilst at the same time getting some exercise. There are 6 miles of dedicated bike tracks, which are ideal to take the family along as well as a further 80 miles of multi use tracks that ensure you can find something different to see each day.
Myrtle Beach - have a family day at the Family Kingdom Amusement Park
Myrtle Beach is a great place for a family day out with so much to see and do that it is often hard to know what to choose. If you are visiting with the family you need to pay a visit to the Family Kingdom Amusement Park, with over 30 different rides including a traditional wooden rollercoaster and a 110 feet freefall area. Just across the road is the Family Kingdom Water Park. so why not make a day of it.
Myrtle Beach - take a chance to watch the Carolina Opry Show
Myrtle Beach has a number of things to do in the evening but an absolute not to be missed place to visit is the Carolina Opry Show in the theatre of the same name. Here you can see dancers, comedians and world class singing acts from all across the country. The show has been delighting visitors for over 25 years and is set to run for many more.
North Charleston - learn how tea is made at the Charleston Tea Plantation
Located on the unspoilt island of Wadmalaw in North Charleston, is the impressive Charleston Tea Plantation, with its 127 acres of rolling lines of tea plants. So ideal are the soils and growing conditions on the island that there are over 300 different varieties of tea plants here. Take a tour around the factory to learn how tea is made and then relax with a picnic in one of the tea fields or take a ride through the plantation on one of the historic trolleys.
North Charleston - view the city from a bird's eye view
Founded back in 1680 but not called by its present name until 1783, the city of Charleston has much to offer to a visitor. Nicknamed the Holy City because of the number of churches that can be found here. A fine way to view the city and the contrasting surrounding plantations and coastline is from the air. Take yourself up in one of the various charter flights for a tour of the city, but be sure to take your camera.
North Myrtle Beach - go bird watching at Barefoot Landing
Located on the Intracoastal Waterway, the small town of Barefoot Landing is a collection of boutique shops and restaurants, combined with beautiful homes, set around a 27 acre lake. Many of the properties have their own landing stages. As you would expect with so much water the area, is also a natural haven for wildlife, especially birds and ducks. The lake is a popular stopping off point for migratory birds, so very popular with bird watchers.
Introduction to South Carolina
Most South Carolina hotels are, naturally, in the big towns and along the main resorts of the Atlantic coastline. The historic cities of Charleston, Columbia, and Greenville have bags of full service South Carolina hotels, along with cosy bed and breakfasts and cheaper guesthouses, and also come with airports. Myrtle Beach on the northeast coast also has an airport and plenty of digs, shops and restaurants and is one of the top draws. Charleston, farther south, is also right up there as it, too, has access to nice beaches and some of the best South Carolina hotels and weather. Be sure to also check out the various historic sights in Charleston, as well as its snazzy harbour and colonial plantations. Other must-see top attractions in the state include Congaree National Park, the Ninety Six National Historic Site, and the Overmountain Victory National Historic Trail. The coast of South Carolina can virtually be enjoyed year round, while getting about is by way of four lane highways and a somewhat limited network of rail lines.