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60 BEST Things To Do in South Carolina (Fun and Unique!)

Explore the top 60 fun & unique activities in South Carolina! From Hilton Head Island to Columbia's food tours, there's something for every traveler.

Tobi Miles
June 7, 2023
60 BEST Things To Do in South Carolina (Fun and Unique!)

South Carolina is a southeastern state known for its palmetto trees and vast tea plantations. There are plenty of major cities to explore across the state, including Columbia, Greenville, and Charleston.

South Carolina is home to many unique landmarks and attractions. Visit Hilton Head Island or Myrtle Beach and roam the aquarium or wax museum. Jarvis Creek Park and the Magnolia Plantation provide beautiful outdoor spaces to enjoy nature during your trip. From food tours to gardens, there are plenty of things to do here.

Family and solo travelers will find a wealth of activities across the state. Read on for a comprehensive list of the 60 best things to do in South Carolina.

1. Jarvis Creek Park

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📍Map It100 Jarvis Park Rd, Hilton Head Island, SC 29926 

Phone: (184) 368-17273   


Hours: Monday-Sunday 6 am – 9 pm, 6 pm closing during winter

Entrance: Free

Jarvis Creek Park is a beautiful 53-acre park located on the famous Hilton Head Island. With fishing piers, picnic tables, playground, and walking trails, this park is perfect for families that want to spend a day outdoors. Along with free parking and pavilions available to be rented, it’s the perfect place to host larger gatherings as well.

The park also offers a Public Recreation Outreach Wellness Project. This is a fitness trail that offers multiple pieces of equipment and instructions for use. Whether wanting to relax with family or get yourself into shape, this park offers a little something for everyone.

2. Islanders Beach Park

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📍Map It94 Folly Field Rd, Hilton Head Island, SC 29928 

 Phone: (184) 334-14600  


 Hours: Monday-Sunday 6 am – 9 pm, 6 pm closing during winter  

 Entrance: Free

Surrounded by a lovely natural environment, Islanders Beach Park provides guests with a unique park experience. With a boardwalk through dunes along with beach matting for the use of wheelchairs, this park provides a distinctive experience for anyone.

The park also provides beach access and rentals for when you want to make a stop down by the beach. So, if your family can’t decide between a day at the park or beach, this is perfect for you!

Related Read: Best Time to Visit Charleston

3. Two Gals and a Fork Food Tours

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📍Map ItLexington, SC 29072 or Newberry, SC 29108

 Phone: (803) 260-7992 or  (803) 360-0578  


 Hours: 3 pm – 5:30 pm

 Entrance: Prices vary, 12 or 13 per group

This exciting food tour which operates in both Lexington and Newberry South Carolina provides a sample of the food the area has to offer. With a tour guide providing you with the area’s history, you’ll learn a lot while filling your stomach!

This tour provides tours for individuals or groups making it perfect for solo travelers or parties. So, if you’re ever in the Lexington or Newberry area, make sure to take a tour and indulge in many diverse foods.

4. Site of the Surrender Columbia

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📍Map It1123 Beaufort St, Columbia, SC 29201 

 Phone: N/A


 Hours: 7 days a week, 24 hours a day

 Entrance: Free

This historical marker erected in 1914 marks the surrender of Columbia on February 17th, 1865. Though seemingly just a marker, it depicts a large part of Americas history.

This spot is perfect for history buffs, those just passing by, or a way to teach of bit of history to young children. So, if you have a bit of time, make sure to swing by to see where history was made!

Related Read: 15 Best Waterfalls Near Greenville, SC

5. Historic Camden Cornwallis House

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📍Map It222 Broad St, Camden, SC 29020 

 Phone: 803-432-9841


 Hours: Monday-Satuday 10:30 am – 12:30pm

 Entrance: $10, discounts available for seniors, military personal, students, and children

This reconstructed Georgian house is a beautiful stop if you’d like a blast from the past. Though not the original, that having been burned down, this home turned museum is perfect to not only learn, but to take in a picturesque view.

If you ever think that the place is so breathtaking you’d like to have a wedding there, you’re in luck! The space is available for rental to have your dream princess wedding. Whether you just want a tour or are getting married, make sure to stop by.

6. Hall of Horrors Haunted Attraction

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📍Map It1153-B, Walter Price Rd, Cayce, SC 29033 



 Hours: Sept 30th - Oct 31st, starts at 7:30 pm, Box offices closes at 11 pm

 Entrance: $15, $30 to skip the line

Though not everyone’s thing, Hall of Horrors haunted attraction is perfect if you’re looking for a good scare. Running from September 30th through October 31st, this is the perfect activity for a Halloween spent in South Carolina!

Depending on your family, this may not be the best place to take young kids. But if the adults get a bit of time to themselves, this is a must! Make sure to stop by for a scare because its time of operation is limited.

Related Read: 10 Fun Things To Do In Pawleys Island, South Carolina

7. Escapology Room Columbia

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📍Map It: 717 Lady St D, Columbia, SC 29201

 Phone: (803) 900-4144  


 Hours: Monday-Thursday 12 pm – 9 pm, Friday 12pm – 11 pm, Saturday 10 am – 11 pm, Sunday 12pm – 8 pm

 Entrance: Prices vary

If you want a bit of a challenge while in Columbia, stop at an Escapology escape room. With a multitude of rooms to choose from, this is ideal for people who enjoy escape rooms or those that have never done one but want to give it a try.

This is perfect to do if you want to do something a bit different from sightseeing or eating. Younger children may find it challenging, so it is recommended for those that are 10 and up. However, if you are with older kids or just on a trip with friends, consider swinging by this escape room!

8. Palmetto Reef

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📍Map It302 Charleston Hwy, West Columbia, SC 29169 

 Phone: (803) 542 - 7447  


 Hours: Monday-Tuesday closed, Wednesday – Saturday 11am – 6pm , Sunday 11am, - 5 pm  

 Entrance: Prices vary

For those interested in having your own coral reef at home, this place is a must go. With an abundance of exotic saltwater fish and coral, this is the perfect place to get started on putting a bit of the ocean in your own home.

Whether swinging by to pick up your materials or needing them delivered, Palmetto Reef provides the services to set up your reef wherever you are in the country. Check them out and maybe you’ll consider setting up a reef of your own!

9. Confederate Relic Room and Military Museum

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📍Map It301 Gervais St, Columbia, SC 29201 

 Phone: (803) 737 - 8095  


 Hours: By appointment only on Mondays, Tuesday-Saturday 10 am – 5 pm

 Entrance: $6, discounts for seniors, children, and military personnel

In the mood to learn a little history? You may want to check out the Confederate Relic Room and Military Museum. This museum possesses South Carolina’s military history from the Revolutionary War to the present.

The museum also houses an archival collection open to researchers by appointment. So, if you want to just take a look around or are interested in a deeper dive of this history, this may just be the stop for you!

10. River Center at Saulda Shores Park

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📍Map It5605 Bush River Rd, Columbia, SC 29212 

 Phone: (803) 772 - 1228  


 Hours: Office hours Monday – Saturday 8:30 am – 4:30 pm

 Entrance: Varies

The River Center at Saluda Shores Park offers the perfect place for meetings, reunions, receptions, or other large gatherings. With the space able to subdivide to up to five rooms, it’s perfect for various sized groups to use.

Rooms possess a projector, sound system, and access to internet which is perfect for hosting presentations. If you’re looking to host an event in the area, make sure to check this secluded yet scenic place out.

Related Read: New York to Myrtle Beach Road Trip: Weekend Itinerary

11. Columbia Shrimp and Grits Festival

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📍Map It1125 Rosewood Dr Columbia, SC 29201 



 Hours: 6-9 pm

 Entrance: $40 for adults, $25 for children

If you’re a foodie and you so happen to be in the Columbia area in June, try to swing by the Columbia Shrimp and Grits Festival. You’ll be able to enjoy live music, door prizes, and most importantly, shrimp and grits.

At the festival you’ll be able to sample shrimp and grits from local restaurants and see which restaurant will be crowned “Columbia’s Best Shrimp & Grits.” As it’s only one day out of the year, if you can, make sure to buy a ticket!

12. Columbia's Greek Festival

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📍Map It1931 Sumter St, Columbia, SC 29201 

 Phone: (803) 461-248  


 Hours: September 5th-18th, 2022, Thursday-Saturday 10am – 10pm, Sunday 12pm – 6pm

 Entrance: Free

Hosted by the Holy Trinity Greek orthodox Cathedral, the Greek Festival offers an opportunity to learn about Greece as well as enjoy music, food, and drinks. It also offers an opportunity to help raise money for charity!

You can also look around at the many shops the festival has to offer. You’ll be able to find various pieces of art, jewelry, and apparel. If you’re in the mood to learn about Greece and get something cool to bring home, this is your stop.

13. African American History Monument

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📍Map It1100 Gervais Street, Columbia, SC 29201 

 Phone: (803) 734 - 2430  


 Hours: 7 days a week, 24 hours a day

 Entrance: Free

Installed in 2001, the African American History Monument tells of the work and achievements of Black people in South Carolina from 1619 to the present. 12 panels work to depict the struggles of slavery, emancipation, civil rights, and modern-day achievements.

South Carolina has a rich history and this monument is just one great example of that. If you so happen to be in the area, make sure to stop by to see this stunning installation.

14. Columbia Blues Festival

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📍Map It1640 Freed St, Columbia, SC 29201, USA 

 Phone: N/A   


 Hours: 4pm – 10pm

 Entrance: $50

If you enjoy live music and dancing, the Columbia Blues Festival is for you. With various blues artists coming to perform, you’ll be sure to hear something you like.

This is the perfect event to go to with family, friends, or even by yourself. Even if blues isn’t your thing, you can still enjoy a night of partying while out in Columbia. Make sure to buy a ticket and head over to this festival.

15. World's Largest Fire Hydrant

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📍Map It219 Main St, Beaumont, TX 77701 

 Phone: N/A  


 Hours: 7 days a week, 24 hours a day

 Entrance: Free

Unveiled in 2001, the World’s Largest Fire Hydrant is a 675,000-pound sculpture. Though it may be an unusual stop to make, if you want to see something unique while in the area, this is definitely the stop for you.

The idea was proposed in 1999 and the on-site construction took 14 months. With various people contributing to the erection of this sculpture, make sure to visit it to see all of their talents!

16. South Carolina Military Museum

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📍Map It1 National Guard Road Columbia, SC 29201 

 Phone: (803) 299 - 4440  


 Hours: Monday – Saturday 10am – 4pm, Closed on Sunday’s

 Entrance: Free

If you’re interested in military history, the South Carolina Military Museum is a stop you need to make. You’ll be able to look at a timeline of South Carolina’s military history and explore exhibit galleries.

Though you can explore the museum yourself, there are also staff members there to assist you in looking into archival collections and resources. If you want to learn something new about military history, stop by!

17. City of Cayce

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📍Map It1800 12th Street Cayce, SC 29033 

 Phone: (803) 796 - 9020


 Hours: 7 days a week, 24 hours a day

 Entrance: Free

If you enjoy that hometown feel, make sure to visit the City of Cayce. Located along the Congaree River, Cayce allows you to enjoy South Carolina without the hustle and bustle of a big city.

There are many things for you to do there such as visiting the Cayce Historical Museum or the Historic Columbia Speedway. Whether you stay in Cayce or just make a pit-stop, be sure to check it out!

18. Clinton Sease Farms

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📍Map It382 Olde Farm Rd, Lexington, SC 29072 



 Hours: Varies by event and season

 Entrance: Prices vary

Feel like enjoying a good old corn maze? Then Clinton Sease Farms is for you. With various activities like pumpkin patches, mazes, playgrounds, and obstacle courses, this farm is perfect for kids.

This farm holds various events that vary by weekend like face painting or double-dutch jump rope demonstrations. With a multitude of activities to choose from, there is definitely something to do for kids of all ages.

19. Fishy Business Aquariums & Supplies

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📍Map It652 Bush River Rd ste j Columbia, SC 29210 

 Phone: (803) 731 - 4004  


 Hours: Monday – Friday 11am – 6pm, Saturday 11am – 4 pm, Sunday 1:30pm - pm  

 Entrance: Free

Need the supplies to start your own at-home aquarium? Fishy Business has everything you need as well as knowledgeable employees to help you along the way. Whether you know what you want or don’t know at all, this is the place you need to go.

You may want a custom tank, fish to fill it with, or just want to spend some time looking around for inspiration. Either way, Fishy Business is a very fun stop to make while in the area.

20. SC State Fair

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📍Map It1200 Rosewood Dr, Columbia, SC 29201 

 Phone: (803) 799 - 3387


 Hours: October 12th – 23rd, times vary

 Entrance: Prices vary

Who doesn’t like a fair? A fair is a perfect activity for just about anyone. With many rides, food and drinks, and animals, the South Carolina State Fair will be something fun to do for kids and adults alike.

Along with the usual fair actives, there will be multiple performers there as well. So, whether you want to just ride rides, walk around, or watch a show, this fair allows you to do all of those things and more!

21. EdVenture Children’s Museum

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📍Map It211 Gervais St, Columbia, SC 29201

 Phone: (803) 779-3100  


 Hours: Open Monday-Saturday 9 am - 5 pm, Sunday 12 pm - 5 pm

 Entrance: $11.95 per adult and child, $10.95 military discount (adults and children)

EdVenture Children’s Museum promotes lifelong learning through fun activities for children and adults alike. Unlike traditional museums, this facility offers children opportunities to develop social skills while promoting cognitive abilities such as creativity and imagination. The children visiting EdVenture can role play several community roles, including fire fighters, grocers and farmers in a unique, safe environment.

At the Columbia location, children can participate in bio lab experiments while also discovering more about their own backyard. Since 2003, more than three million people have visited EdVenture Children’s Museum to share their love of learning with younger members of their family.

22. Kilo Charlie Shooting Range

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📍Map It: 146 Litton Dr D, Lexington, SC 29073 

 Phone: (803)358-0305


 Hours: Open Wednesday - Saturday 10 am - 7 pm, Sunday 1:30 pm - 6 pm, Closed Monday-Tuesday

 Entrance: Free

Kilo Charlie Shooting Range is a veteran-owned firearm gun store and shooting range. In the store, shoppers will find a wide variety of guns by multiple manufacturers as well as accessories for their weapons. Kilo Charlie functions as a one-stop shop, offering several classes for a fee on topics ranging from responsible gun ownership to marksman development training.

In addition to being a firearms dealer, Kilo Charlie is perhaps best known for its shooting range. Billed as the largest indoor range in Lexington, this modern facility has wide shooting stalls with ballistic and safety shields as well as target retrieval systems. Individuals pay $10 for the first half hour to use the indoor range and $5 per half hour afterwards.

23. The War Mouth

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📍Map It: 1209 Franklin St, Columbia, SC 29201  

 Phone: (803) 569-6144


 Hours: Open Tuesday - Saturday 4 pm - 10 pm, Sunday 5 pm - 10 pm, Closed Monday

 Entrance: Free

In the mood for southern backwoods home-cooked meals by a five-star chef? Then The War Mouth is a must-stop restaurant during your time in Columbia. The restaurant serves a pared-down menu with chicken, pork, beef and fish as the featured meats for this dinner-only diner.

The menu was curated by Chef Rhett Elliott, a Western Culinary Institute graduate who served as a sous chef in Virginia, North Carolina and South Carolina. Elliott and his partner opened the restaurant in 2015 to turn their passion into a business. The War Mouth also has a full bar with multiple beers, wines, and mixed drinks available.

24. South Carolina State Museum

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📍Map It301 Gervais St, Columbia, SC 29201 

 Phone: (803) 898-4921


 Hours: Open Tuesday - Saturday 10 am - 5 pm, Sunday 12 pm - 5 pm, Closed Monday

 Entrance: Starting at $8.95 per adult, $7.95 per Senior 62 and older, and $6.95 per child between 3 - 12 years of age.

More than 70,000 artifacts await visitors to the South Carolina State Museum. Built on the bank of the beautiful Conagree River, this museum tells the rich story of South Carolina’s history along with providing opportunities to learn about science, technology and cultural history surrounding the Civil War. This state-owned facility has one of the largest planetariums in the southern United States and an observatory available to the public.

In addition to general admission, visitors of the South Carolina State Museum can purchase tickets to either one or two planetarium or 4D shows for $5-8 more per person. Checking out the museum’s online blog can help visitors snag half-price or better admission rates to select dates and unearth other promotions happening at the facility.

25. Cayce/West Columbia Riverwalk

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📍Map It109 Alexander Road, West Columbia, SC 29169 

 Phone: (803) 791-1880


 Hours: Open daily from dusk to dawn

 Entrance: Free

Outdoor enthusiasts will find an assortment of activities awaiting them at the Cayce/West Columbia Riverwalk. Located on the Congaree River, this 12-mile path produces picturesque scenery for its visitors, allowing individuals to walk, jog, bike or bird-watch with a calm, flowing river streaming nearby.

Visitors could spend up to three days taking in the entire area. Kayaking, canoeing and water tubing are also permitted in the Congaree River with multiple local options to rent a water vessel available. The Cayce/West Columbia Riverwalk also boasts an amphitheater that attracts local events and musicians to play each year.

26. Bang Back Pinball Lounge

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📍Map It741 Saluda Avenue, Columbia, SC 29205 

 Phone: (803) 834-4462  


 Hours: Sunday - Thursday 3 pm - 12 am, Friday 3 pm - 1 am, Saturday 11 am - 1 am

 Entrance: Free

Pinball, craft beer and a southern-infused menu are in store for visitors to the Bang Back Pinball Lounge. Among the menu items are several appetizers - including the Low Country Egg Roll - and a variety of tacos that are among the restaurant’s specialty items. Numerous craft beers are on tap to delight the taste buds while sampling the fares of this unique restaurant.

Located in downtown Columbia, Bang Back Pinball Lounge offers 20 themed pinball machines for patrons to play while relaxing in a family-first atmosphere. These Circuit Tournament-ready pinball machines feature themes from an eclectic genre of movies, pop culture and hard rock music.

27. Myrtle Beach

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📍Map It811 S Ocean Blvd, Myrtle Beach, SC 29577 


 Hours: Open 7 days a week, 24 hours a day

 Entrance: Free

Myrtle Beach and the surrounding areas make up a 60-mile stretch of sandy beaches for visitors to relax during their next vacation in South Carolina. More than 20 million people visit the area annually as it offers an affordable paradise playground with multiple dining, shopping and outdoor activities available for visitors.

The fine arts and indoor entertainment lovers are also covered with more than 1,000 shows or live events occurring each year. In addition to multiple dinner theater shows, Myrtle Beach is home to dozens of golf courses for individuals to play a round of golf.

28. Hilton Head Island

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📍Map It1 Chamber of Commerce Dr, Hilton Head Island, SC 29938 


Hours: Open 7 days a week, 24 hours a day

 Entrance: Free

Hilton Head Island boasts 12 miles of the highest-rated beaches in the United States according to multiple travel leisure websites. Wildlife takes center stage in this scenic getaway as multiple preserves and parks allow visitors to closely see aquatic creatures and island animals in their natural habitat. Fishing, water activities and golf are among visitors’ top choices of things to do at Hilton Head Island.

After a long day in the sun, visitors can head into the city’s downtown district for an evening of fine dining and live music. Guests of this Low Country vacation destination can also shop at fashionable boutiques, the farmers markets or a specialty shop as numerous retail outlets call Hilton Head Island home.

29. Shelter Cove Towne Centre

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📍Map It40 Shelter Cove Ln, Hilton Head Island, SC 29928 

 Phone: (843) 686-3090  


 Hours: Varies by location

 Entrance: Free

The Shelter Cove Towne Centre is a 290,000 square feet shopping destination at Hilton Head Island. More than 2.5 million visitors come to dine, shop and be entertained at the 40 different stores located within the complex. Dining options range from casual to upscale and include live entertainment on most weekends.

Shelter Cove Towne Centre also promotes a trolley system known as The Breeze. From April until Labor Day, visitors to Hilton Head Island can hop on for free and visit the outlets and restaurants this location has to offer with stops located along the island’s major roads.

30. Folly Field Beach Park

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📍Map It:55 Starfish Dr, Hilton Head Island, SC 29928  

 Phone: (843) 341-4600  


 Hours: Monday - Sunday 6 am - 9 pm when Daylight Savings Time starts, Monday - Sunday 6 am to 6 pm when Daylight Savings Time ends

 Entrance: Free

Nestled on Hilton Head Island near the center of the beachline is Folly Field Beach Park. Nature takes center stage as a scenic boardwalk permits visitors to explore the natural environment on their way to the beach. Thanks to the boardwalk and beach matting at Folly Field Beach Park, guests with disabilities have an easier option to visit the sandy beaches.

Folly Field Beach Park also offers several amenities to guests, including metered parking and outdoor showers. Seasonally, lifeguards, beach rentals and restrooms are available for visitors. Folly Field Beach Park is one of the more than 25 recreational activities and destinations the Hilton Head Island community offers.

31. Mitchelville Freedom Park

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📍Map It229 Beach City Rd, Hilton Head Island, SC 29926 

 Phone: (843) 341-4600


 Hours: Monday - Sunday 6 am - 9 pm when Daylight Savings Time starts, Monday - Sunday 6 am to 6 pm when Daylight Savings Time ends

 Entrance: Free

The historic Mitchelville Freedom Park combines natural beauty with historical relevance. This site recognizes the location of the first freedmen community established during the Civil War of former enslaved people. Mitchelville Freedom Park is one of nearly 75 sites and areas designated across the country as a part of the Reconstruction Era National Historic Network.

In addition to the historic significance of this public park, Mitchelville Freedom Park has beach access and a picnic pavilion for visitors to use. Additionally, an observation gazebo and restroom facilities are located on-site, providing guests a respite from the walking trails at the park.

32. Driessen Beach Park

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📍Map It64 Bradley Beach Rd, Hilton Head Island, SC 29928 

 Phone: (843) 842-5698


 Hours: Monday - Sunday 6 am - 9 pm when Daylight Savings Time starts, Monday - Sunday 6 am to 6 pm when Daylight Savings Time ends

 Entrance: Free

Located near the center of Hilton Head Island is Driessen Beach Boardwalk. This park creates an easy passage for beach goers to take thanks to the big boardwalk and the beach matting leading onto the beach from the parking lot. This also helps guests with disabilities have an easier path to explore the sandy beaches of Hilton Head Island.

Driessen Beach Park also offers several amenities to guests, such as an outdoor playground and picnic pavilion with grills on site. Visitors can take advantage of the metered or permit parking as well as outdoor showers once they finish up their day at the beach.

33. SC Food Truck and Craft Beer Festival

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📍Map It1200 Rosewood Dr, Columbia, SC 29201 

 Phone: (803) 799-3387


 Entrance: $5-$41

Enjoy some food and drinks with the community at the South Carolina Food Truck and Craft Beer Festival. This year has marked the 7th anniversary of this event!

The SC Food Truck and Craft Beer festival hosted 30 food trucks to provide the food, and offered over 50 different craft beers to drink. After the eating was done, this year’s festival hosted live music and games to keep guests entertained.

34. Flight Adventure Park Irmo

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📍Map It1019 Broad Stone Rd, Irmo, SC 29063  

 Phone: (803) 732-1900  


 Hours: Sun-Thurs 11:00am-8:00pm, Fri-Sat 11:00am-9:00pm

 Entrance: $16 per hour, $28 for all day

At Flight Adventure Park, guests of all ages can have a blast and stay active at the same time! This trampoline park hosts wall to wall trampolines, an arcade, a bounce court, and an ice skating rink.

You can purchase tickets to jump around for an hour, or all day. It is required for everyone participating to sign a waiver, and those 13 and under should be accompanied by an adult.

35. SC Railroad Museum

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📍Map It110 Industrial Park Rd, Winnsboro, SC 29180 

 Phone: (803) 712-4135  


 Hours: Wed-Sat 10:00am-4:00pm  

 Entrance: $12-$20

The South Carolina Railroad Museum is the largest attraction in its county! The museum is home to many different kinds of trains, from freight to steam locomotive. One of the most popular attractions is an hour-long ride along an abandoned granite quarry.

Not only does the South Carolina Railroad Museum have a fun variety of exhibits, it highlights the historical significance that trains have in the state. Purchase a ticket to sit in the same passenger car that carried earlier generations across the nation!

36. State of the Art Gallery and Pottery Studio

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📍Map It2007 State St, Cayce, SC 29033 

 Phone: (803) 807-9944


 Hours: Tues-Sat 10:00am-4:00pm

If you’re looking for some new home decor, State of the Art Gallery and Pottery Studio offers the option to either purchase or make new items for your house. Pieces from local artists are featured in store.

State of the Art offers wheel classes for beginners and intermediates to sharpen their skills in wheel throwing. You also have the option to book a class to learn how to glaze your pottery instead of having the professionals do it for you.

37. South Carolina State Houses

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📍Map It1100 Gervais St, Columbia, SC 29208 

 Phone: (803) 734-5049  


 Hours: Mon-Fri 10:00am-5:00pm, Sat 10:00am-4:00pm

The South Carolina State House offers guided tours for those wanting to learn more about their local government. Each tour begins with a 15 minute video with important information about the building’s history and architecture.

Visitors are encouraged to book a tour in advance, but walk-in tours are welcome as well. Open tours are available on Saturdays every half hour between 10:30am and 2:00pm.

38. SC Riot Room

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📍Map It2243 Leaphart Rd # C, West Columbia, SC 29169

 Phone: (803) 568-6387  


 Hours: Mon-Thurs 4:00pm-8:00pm, Fri 4:00pm-10pm, Sat 10:00am-10:00pm, Sun 12:00pm-10:00pm

 Entrance: $25-$120

Unleash your inner rage at the SOuth Carolina Riot Room. A riot room is a controlled environment where participants destroy various objects. You can bring up to 6 friends with you as well!

You have the option to break objects provided by the riot room, or you can bring your own. This is an easy way to get rid of old or broken furniture, and have fun at the same time. You can take up to 64 of your own items to break, or purchase a slot to break 64 of theirs.

39. Tapp’s Art Center

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📍Map It713 Saluda Ave, Columbia, SC 29205 

 Phone: (803) 988-0013  


 Hours: Tues-Sat 12:00pm-6:00pm

Tapp’s Art Center is a studio allowing artists to rent out studio and gallery space to create and sell their work. Tapp’s contains 32 studios as well as two performance venues that can hold a total of over 900 people.

The art center is open to the public as well. Guests can view and purchase work from local artists, and find out about upcoming events.

40. Congaree National Park

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📍Map It100 National Park Rd, Hopkins, SC 29061 

 Phone: (803) 776-4396


 Hours: Daily 9:00am-5:00pm

Congaree National Park hosts the largest expanse of bottomland hardwood forest in the southeastern United States. The beautiful lands are home to a diverse variety of wildlife. There are tons of things to see and do here!

Guests can explore trails in the wilderness, canoe or kayak in the water, and fish after purchasing the appropriate license. The park also has numerous campgrounds where you can spend the night in the forest.

41. Rob Shaw Gallery and Framing

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📍Map It324 State St, West Columbia, SC 29169 

 Phone: (803) 369-3159


 Hours: Mon-Fri 10:00am-6:00pm, Sat 11:00am-4:00pm

The finishing touch for a nice photo is a frame. Rob Shaw Gallery and Framing offers custom handmade frames to show off your pictures with a personalized design.

Rob Shaw also offers photo hanging services. It can be intimidating trying to hang out a picture frame without damaging your walls. Instead, you can have a professional do it for you, whether you’re wanting to put up a single picture or an entire wall of them.

42. Spotlight Cinemas Capital 8

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📍Map It201 Columbia Mall Blvd Ste 211, Columbia, SC 29223

 Phone: (803) 756-3456


 Hours: Daily 1:15pm-10:00pm

 Entrance: $8-$10

Spotlight Cinema Capital 8 is the perfect place for movie lovers to go enjoy the newest release. You can reserve a seat and purchase a ticket either online or in the theater! Spotlight Cinema also offers mobile ticket purchasing as well!

Spotlight Cinemas Capital 8 is one of the newest movie experiences in the region. Once you’ve gotten your ticket, make sure to grab a tub of popcorn and a soda to complete your experience!

43. Broadway at the Beach

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📍Map It1325 Celebrity Cir, Myrtle Beach, SC 29577 

 Phone: (843) 444-3200  


 Hours: Daily 10:00am-11:00pm

Broadway at the Beach is home to numerous shops, eateries, and attractions. Located in central Myrtle Beach, here you can walk along the water and certainly find something to pique your interest.

Broadway at the Beach is popular for its entertainment. You can find rides, games, and theaters whether you’re going for an afternoon stroll or going out to enjoy the nightlife.

44. Hollywood Wax Museum

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📍Map It1808 21st Ave N unit a, Myrtle Beach, SC 29577 

 Phone: (843) 444-0091  


 Hours: daily 9:00am-11:00pm

 Entrance: $36.00 to $39.99

Have you ever wanted to take a picture with your favorite celebrity? Head to the Hollywood Wax Museum to do exactly that! Explore the different sets that hold wax replicas of iconic celebrities! The attraction also provides props to make your photos Instagram-worthy.

The museum houses life-sized wax figures of many different actors, singers, and other pop culture figures. Head over to Myrtle Beach for the coolest photo-op ever!

45. Pirates’ Voyage Myrtle Beach

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📍Map It8907 N Kings Hwy, Myrtle Beach, SC 29572 

 Phone: (843) 497-9700  


 Entrance: $69.99 per adult, $34.99 per child

Dinner and an exciting show is put on at Pirates’ Voyage in Myrtle Beach. Watch Blackbeard and Calico Jack battle it out on land and in water.

The show features a life sized pirate ship and an indoor lagoon. You’ll also get to see swordfighting, mermaids, and more all while you enjoy a four-course meal. Make sure to show up 30 minutes before showtime, that’s when doors open.

46. Oceanfront Helicopters Myrtle Beach

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📍Map It:3000 S Kings Hwy, Myrtle Beach, SC 29577 

 Phone: (843) 946-0022  


 Hours: Daily 9:00am-8:00pm

 Entrance: $20 per person

Imagine the feeling of flying over the beach. This is what you can experience with Oceanfront Helicopters! For only $20, you can take a tour of the beach from a helicopter, leaving you with memories that will last a lifetime.

There are multiple different tours to choose from. Some are longer than others, and fly over different parts of the area. Make sure to bring your camera to take plenty of pictures!

47. Alligator Adventure (Myrtle Beach)

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📍Map ItNorth Myrtle Beach, SC 29582 

 Phone: (843) 361-0789  


 Hours: Call for current hours

 Entrance: $32.99 per adult, $30.99 per senior $22.00 per child

You don’t want to miss the animals and live shows offered at Alligator Adventure at Myrtle Beach! This reptile zoo spans 15 acres and houses tons of different species. Tickets can be purchased at the park, and no reservations are necessary.

Although this zoo’s namesake are a reptile, there are many different animals living on the land, ranging from large birds, to wild cats, to even hyenas and monkeys! You can watch handlers feed the alligators, and learn how to handles snakes at the live events!

48. Shallotte River Swamp Park

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📍Map It5550 Watts Rd SW, Ocean Isle Beach, NC 28469 

 Phone: (910) 687-6100


 Hours: Sun-Thurs 9:00am-5:00pm

The outdoor activities at Shallotte River Swamp Park can keep you entertained all day. The park offers zipline rides, guided ATV tours, swamp boat eco-tours, and houses an aerial adventure park.

Aside from the exciting rides and obstacle courses, the park educates guests on the plants and animals within the local ecosystems, and what they do for the environment. Book a reservation today for am exciting and educational experience!

49. Myrtle Beach Booze Cruise

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📍Map It4079 US-17 BUS, Murrells Inlet, SC 29576 

 Phone: (843) 633-3477  


For the adults wanting a fun evening experience, the Myrtle Beach booze cruise offers a ride along the beach complete with drinks! You’ll cruise through the water on a custom built party boat complete with music and cold drinks.

You also have the option to choose a mimosa cruise, happy hour cruise, as well as a sunset cruise. No matter what option you go with, you’re sure to have the time of your life!

50. Old Exchange and Provost Dungeon

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📍Map It:122 E Bay St, Charleston, SC 29401 

 Phone: (843) 727-2165


 Hours: Mon-Sat 9:00am-5:00pm, Sun 11:00am-5:00pm

 Entrance: $12 per adult, $5 per child

The Old Exchange and Provost Dungeon is a historical museum showcasing the American Revolution and the colonization of Charleston. The museum offers both self-guided and professionally guided tours among three floors.

The Old Exchange is an important landmark in the state’s history. The former city hall has also acted as post office, military headquarters, and commercial exchange. Book a tour to visit this fascinating piece of our history.

51. Magnolia Plantation & Gardens

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📍Map It3550 Ashley River Rd, Charleston, SC 29414

 Phone: (843) 571-1266


 Hours: Daily 9:00am-5:00pm

 Entrance: $29 per adult, $15 per child

The view of the magnolia gardens along the river is truly breathtaking. The gardens also are home to a petting zoo, nature center, conservatory, and a horticulture maze. Kids are welcome to learn more about the area’s history through the Children’s Educational Garden.

Along with educational activities, the hiking and biking trails in the forest are also open to the public. The garden also offers a guided tour called The Slavery to Freedom Tour. Here guests can explore the slave cabisn while learning about the families that lived there.

52. Saltwater Cycle

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📍Map It8 Ashley Point Dr, Charleston, SC 29407  

 Phone: (843) 901-9836  


 Hours: Daily 9:00am-5:00pm

Saltwater Cycle offers thrilling BYOB boat tours for any occasion! Enjoy your 100 minutes out on the water with friends and family while sipping on some cold drinks. Boats are navigated by U.S. Coast Guard captains, and are equipped with a built in bar and cooler.

What makes this experience even more special is that the boats are eco friendly! Saltwater cycle has committed to helping keep the environment clean and is now completely solar and cycle-powered.

53. Charleston

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📍Map It Charleston, SC

Charleston is the largest city in the entire state of North Carolina. It is located south of the coastline, bordered by the Charleston Harbor and Atlantic Ocean.

The city is best known for its beaches and lovely scenery. Some of the most optimal locations to stop by during your visit include Folly Beach and Sullivan’s Island. These are all family friendly, and feature a wealth of outdoor activities from swimming and sunbathing to parasailing.

The waterfront city also has plenty of dining and entertainment options. The downtown area is pedestrian friendly, and contains historic architecture and interesting sights to see.

All of this and more makes Charleston the perfect destination for a South Carolina getaway. A day spent in this city will be nothing short of unforgettable.

54. Greenville

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📍Map ItGreenville, SC

Greenville is best known for its culture and recreation opportunities. It is the sixth largest city in the state, and is also one of the most rapidly growing cities in the country.

The city is home to a series of art galleries and museums with world renowned collections. There are a total of 39 parks around Greenville, making it the perfect place for families to live, work, and travel.

Greenville is situated on Cherokee Land, and used to be called Pleasantburg. As the sixth largest city in the state, it is also one of the fastest growing cities in the country.

Some of the best things to do while visiting Greenville include Craft Axe Throwing and Grenville City Segway Tours. If you are up for an adventure in nature, visit Falls Park on the Reedy or the Liberty Bridge.

The downtown area is very clean and walkable, containing the Heritage Green Campus and Childrens’ Museum. It is also acceptable to simply find a bench and people watch. Either way, there is plenty to do in Greenville!

55. Columbia

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📍Map ItColumbia, SC

Columbia, South Carolina is most widely regarded as a college town. This is due to the USC (University of South Carolina) campus being in the city.

While there are likely to be lots of college students around, this location can still be ideal for families and solo travelers. Some of the best family-friendly activities for tourists or all ages include the Hip-Hop Family Day and South Carolina State Fair.

If you are up for an educational experience, stop by the South Carolina State Museum or South Carolina State House. The EdVenture Children’s Museum is an excellent choice for daytime excursions with kids.

The state’s capitol has a wealth of historical sights to view. When in the area, don’t miss Arsenal Hill or the Hampton-Preston Mansion.

56. Twin Falls

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📍Map It175 Water Falls Rd, Sunset, SC 29685

Twin Falls is a picturesque waterfall located in Sunset, South Carolina. The scenic area is accessible by South Carolina Highway 11.

Upon arrival, a short hike is required to reach the falls. After walking down the path for a quarter mile, you will be able to enjoy scenic views of the water from a natural overlook.

If you are in the area and looking for an outdoor adventure, this is the place to go. The trail is relatively easy, and is friendly for children of all ages and leashed pets.

57. Chapel of Ease

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📍Map ItSt Helena Island, SC 29920

South Carolina’s St. Helena Island has an extensive historical past. Located near the city of Beaufort, the island was once occupied by rice and cotton planters of nearby plantations.

The Chapels of Ease came about due to the distance of the island from established churches. These structures were built and used as places of worship for many years.

Current day, the abandoned buildings can be viewed by tourists. Walk along the ruins on a historical tour of the island, accompanied by beautiful water views.

58. Ripley's Aquarium of Myrtle Beach

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📍Map It1110 Celebrity Cir, Myrtle Beach, SC 29577

 Phone: (843) 916-0888  

 Hours: Open daily 9 am - 9  

 Entrance: $28 per adult, $16 per child

Myrtle Beach is one of South Carolina’s most popular destinations. Every year, it brings millions of tourists to its sand shores. At any given time, you are likely to encounter a mix of solo travelers, families, and college students on the premises.

In addition to bathing in the sun and swimming in the ocean, Myrtle Beach is home to dozens of attractions. Many of these are nearby within walking or driving distance, while others are conveniently located on the premises.

Especially of interest to families with children, Ripley’s Aquarium of Myrtle Beach provides an exciting educational opportunity. Enter on a hot day to get a break from the sun and walk amongst hundreds of marine species behind the glass tanks.

Admission costs $28 per adult and $16 per child. The aquarium is open daily from 9 am to 9 pm. With plenty of activities and exhibits to explore inside, it is an excellent place to spend the day with friends and family.

59. City Scape Winery

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📍Map It589 Dunklin Bridge Rd, Pelzer, SC 29669 

 Phone: (864) 329-0615


 Hours: Open 12 pm - 6 pm

City Scape Winery offers an unforgettable experience of South Carolina’s local wines to adult travelers. In total, the experience will take up about 2 and a half hours.

The Winery offers an immersive tour where an expert teaches the ins and outs of wine making. During the tour, you will learn everything there is to know about vineyards and making wine.

This includes the basics of how to grow grapes and blend your own wine. After your trip, you may even have enough knowledge to make your own wine at home!

The property consists of scenic vineyards, a tasting room, and several production areas. Those who opt for the tour experience can get a behind the scenes look at the workings of the Winery.

60. Caesars Head State Park

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📍Map It8155 Geer Hwy, Cleveland, SC 29635 

 Hours: Open 24 hours

 Entrance: Free

Caesars Head State Park is a scenic recreational area in Cleveland, South Carolina. The area is accessible by Geer Highway, close to the city of Asheville. The location of the state park makes it perfect for a day trip.

Some of the things you can do here include hiking and picnicking. There is a visitors center on the property featuring amazing views of the park.

The connected gift shop provides insight into the history of the park. This is a great place to stop by for directions or to grab a souvenir on your way out.

Tobi Miles
Article updated:
March 28, 2024
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