South Carolina Things to Do

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South Carolina Things to Do

  • Harbour Town

    Hilton Head Island Things to Do

    the harbour town lighthouse was built in 1970 and is the most recognizable modern symbol of hilton head island. inside of the lighthouse is a viewing area, small museum, and a gift shop. at the base of the lighthouse are a couple of restaurants and harbour town marina. a very touristy thing to do when on hilton head island. note there is a $5 fee...

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  • Battery Park

    Charleston Things to Do

    Battery Park and White Point Garden offer views of Fort Sumter, scenic antebellum homes, and a number of historic monuments. Located at the southeastern point of the city, the area was established initially as Fort Broughton in 1735, later as Fort Wilkins, as a park in 1837, and it later became a Confederate artillery battery during the Civil War....

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  • Brookgreen Gardens

    Murrells Inlet Things to Do

    This is a fantastic sculpture garden. The folks at the marina said they if they didn't live in the area, this would be the thing they would come and see. It cost us $7.50 each way for the shuttle to the garden. There is a 10 minute film "Gray Oaks of Mystery" which describes the place. Brookgreen Gardens is open from 9:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. Tuesday -...

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  • Beaches

    Hilton Head Island Things to Do

    We found the amount of ways to "entertain" our children on Hilton Head Island numerous, but expensive. So we didn't do any of it. We packed up and spent two days at the beach! There we saw dolphins playing (yes, very, very close to the shore. So close that my son said, "oh mommy, look the dolphins came to play with us.") We found sand dollars, star...

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  • Market

    Charleston Things to Do

    This first carrier was sunk in 1944. Another with the same name was built, and road the seas until about 1980's, when retired to Charleston. Taking a tour of a carrier is long and fantastic. Tickets are $18 for adults, and $15 for military people.

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  • Golfing

    Hilton Head Island Things to Do

    Hilton Head Island is probably best known for its world-class golf courses and facilities . . . The Lowcountry is home to more than 30 courses, both private and public . . . Each year HH hosts the MCI Classic - The Heritage of Golf at Harbour Town Golf Links in Sea Pines, bringing some of the top names in PGA golf along with it

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  • Fort Sumter

    Charleston Things to Do

    Where the American Civil War Began; decades of growing strife between North and South erupted in civil war on April 12, 1861, when Confederate artillery opened fire on this Federal fort in Charleston Harbor. Fort Sumter surrendered 34 hours later. Union forces would try for nearly four years to take it back. Sullivan's Island has long served as...

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  • South Carolina Aquarium

    Charleston Things to Do

    This recently opened Aquarium has been one of Charleston's major attractions. It features exhibits on all the aquatic eco systems of South Carolina from the mountainous streams of the west to the tidal marshes of the east.

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  • Middleton Place Plantation

    Charleston Things to Do

    middleton place plantation was established by john williams in the 1730's. in 1741 william's daughter married henry middleton whose name was subsequently applied to the plantation. at one point in time henry middleton owned twenty plantations consisting of over 50,000 acres and 800 slaves. henry middleton was once the wealtiest planter in south...

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  • Magnolia Plantation and Gardens

    Charleston Things to Do

    Magnolia Plantation is a must see on your trip to Charleston. The gardens are the oldest landscaped gardens in America. We took a tour with Charleston's Finest Historic Tours because we did not rent a car.

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  • Museum

    Charleston Things to Do

    The Old Slave Mart Museum recounts the story of Charleston's role in this inter-state slave trade by focusing on the history of this particular building and site and the slave sales that occurred here. Our guide was knowledgeable, a small bookshop contained relevant books, and there were many artifacts. Interestingly the museum provided the...

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  • Waterfront Park

    Charleston Things to Do

    First point, this is not Charleston Waterfront park. That is on the opposite side of the river, in downtown Charleston. This Waterfront Park is in Mt Pleasant. Relatively small and often passed unknowingly, this little park is nice reminder of the military conflicts of US forces. Names, placards, inspirational quotes, etc are all paying homage to...

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  • Architecture

    Charleston Things to Do

    Our tour of Charleston started at the corner of Meeting and Broad, listed in Ripley's Believe it or Not as the only place where four branches of the law sit, federal, state, city and canon. The federal courthouse and post office respresent federal law, the state courthouse represents state law, City Hall represents city law and St. Michael's...

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  • Old Exchange and Provost Dungeon

    Charleston Things to Do

    The Old Exchange began its existence as a public building and remains so today. Owned by the South Carolina Society of the Daughters of American Revolution, the Old Exchange offers public tours of its three floors that highlight various aspects of Charleston history during the Colonial and Revolutionary eras and put into context the people and...

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  • Boone Hall Plantation

    Charleston Things to Do

    boone hall plantation is an excellent place to see plantation life prior to the civil war. the plantation was founded by major john boone in the 1700's. the original wooden plantation house was built in 1790 but was replaced in the early 20th century by thomas stone. of interest are nine original slave houses that date back to 1790 to 1810. today...

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  • Charles Towne Landing

    Charleston Things to Do

    This state park is set on the spot where English settlers first formed a settlement in 1670 called Charles Towne. The city was later moved across the river to the peninsula due to the original site having no deep water harbor. The park includes archeological exhibtis of the early settlement, reconstructed buildings, a zoo of local animals and a...

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  • Audubon Swamp Garden

    Charleston Things to Do

    This swamp is on the grounds of Magnolia Plantation but is visited with a separate ticket. The garden is a refuge for birds and other animals including alligators. The walk through the gardens is about 2 miles.

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  • Fort Moultrie

    Charleston Things to Do

    Fort Moultrie's history covers 171 years of seacoast defense, including the first decisive victory in the American Revolution and firing onto Fort Sumter during the first battle of the Civil War. The third Fort Moultrie, built in 1809, stands today. By touring the fort, visitors can see how coastal defenses have evolved.

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  • Aiken- Rhett House

    Charleston Things to Do

    We didn't have time to get out to the country to tour a plantation, so we looked for a way to see as many elements of plantation life as we could without leaving the historic old town area. We chose this as one of two houses we had time to see because it included a house that had not been altered since 1858, had a reasonably priced self guided...

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  • Cypress Gardens

    Charleston Things to Do

    Cypress Gardens was fantastic! My husband and I went in mid October, the weather was perfect, sunny and light breeze. We had a wonderful day. We saw Pedro the Galapagos tortoise who "smiles" for the camera. ( He opens his mouth) There were a variety of of birds and gators. In the aquarium area, there is an albino catfish as well as a large...

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  • Drayton Hall

    Charleston Things to Do

    drayton hall is a plantation house built for john drayton in 1742. dayton was a indigo and rice planter on the ashley river during the 18 th century. drayton hall is considered the finest example of palladian architecture in north america. drayton hall is a national historic landmark and is also listed on the national register of historic places....

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  • St. Michael's Episcopal Church

    Charleston Things to Do

    St Michael's Episcopal Church is the oldest church structure in Charleston. It was built from 1751 to 1761 on the former site of the original St Phillips Church, which was completed in 1681 and destroyed by a hurricane in 1710. This white church features a two story portico with Tuscan columns and a 186-foot steeple topped by a 7 1/2 foot weather...

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  • St. Philip's Episcopal Church

    Charleston Things to Do

    st. phillips episcopal church is the oldest church in charleston and the first anglican church south of virginia. originally built in 1681 the current structure dates back to 1835. the 1835 church shows the influence of st. martins-in-the-fields in london. in 1848 the architect e.b. white designed the steeple in the christopher wren-gibbs...

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  • Folly Beach

    Charleston Things to Do

    Folly beach is about ten miles south of historic Charleston. It's a good getaway if you want to supplement your historic sightseeing with some beach culture. The beach is accompanied by a town that has restaurants, bars and souvenir shops. Some parts of the beach, mainly around the pier, are packed with people, but if you walk a little bit farther...

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  • Edmondston-Alston House

    Charleston Things to Do

    Edmondston-Alston House This house museum is one of Charleston's most splendid dwellings. It was built in 1825 on Charleston's High Battery. The house has remained in the Alston family since 1838. Alston family furniture, silver, books and paintings remain in the high-ceilinged rooms much as they have been for over a century and a half.

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  • Rainbow Row

    Charleston Things to Do

    Rainbow Row is the name for a series of thirteen colorful historic houses in Charleston. These 13 houses are located north of Tradd St. and south of Elliot St. on East Bay Street. It is referred to as Rainbow Row for the pastel colors used to paint all of the houses. It is a common tourist attraction and is one of the most photographed parts of...

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  • Old Plantation Mansions

    Throughout the area there are beautiful, old southern homes surrounded by weeping willows and expansive lawns. Some of these were, a long time ago, the grand homes of plantation owners and seeing them made it easy to feel the grace and beauty of the South. Warning:Also seen are the cabins in the slave quarters. Such reality can smack out the...

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  • A Family Name

    Murrell is a family name and I spent some time here researching. I wanted to find if there was any connection to my family. Murrell's Inlet, just a short drive from Myrtle Beach, is considered the pleasure and charter boat headquarters for the Grand Strand. Murrell's Inlet is the Seafood Restaurant Capital, and is the origin of many tales of ghosts...

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  • Charleston - Fort Moultrie

    "Carlopolis", or Charles Towne, is one among the oldest cities in the USA as it was founded in AD 1670. It lies in a splendid location for defensive purposes and Fort Sumter and Fort Moultrie did their part to cover the access from the ocean,Fort Sumter occupies a small island in the middle of the inlet with ferry services to it. This fort is...

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  • Charleston - City Market

    Right in the heart of town, the Historical City Market is an indoor-type street market where clothing, food, local crafts and other special or unusual items can be found in addition to regular merchandise. Open daily, year-round.I visited it in November and finding imported Italian Panettone - the typical Italian Christmas cake - for sale was a...

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  • Explore historic Charleston

    We spent an entire day walking around historic Charleston. There are so many things to see and do. I'm sure we could have easily spent several days there. Be sure you check out the pineapple fountain, Rainbow Row and the harbor.

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  • Congaree National Park

    I wasn't really sure what to expect when visiting Congaree National Park. It's close to Columbia but it seems like you are in the middle of nowhere when you get there. The area around Congaree Park is predominantly farmland and that's probably why it's a national park. Congaree is an old-growth floodplain forest. The largest remaining on this...

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  • Edisto River Treehouses

    An exciting and unique way to spend a day and a half canoeing along the Edisto River. The hosts drop you 15 or so miles up river and with your choice of an individual kayak or tandem canoe you row approximately halfway to your fully furnished treehouse (complete with grill, mini-stove and essential cooking utensils). Subsequently, breakfast for the...

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  • Johnston, SC: Peach Capital of the...

    Although the neighboring state of Georgia is known as "The Peach State", South Carolina, only half the size of Georgia, grows more peaches. And the small town of Johnston, SC, lays claim to being the Peach Capital of the World.Johnston is a small town in Edgefield County, which lies on the Savannah River and shares a border with Georgia. There's...

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  • Francis Beidler National Forest

    This forest is located in Dorchester County. There is a boardwalk that walks through part of Four Holes Swamp, and also a gift shop and museum. The forest has the largest remaining stand of bald cypress and tupelo gum trees in the world. This is a very educational and interesting trip, and you get a wonderful view of the SC swampland.336 Sanctuary...

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  • The Golf Courses

    South Carolina has some world class golf courses that you must try you own skills on. Myrtle Beach Too many to list (48) check site below for more details and numbers.Hilton Head IslandThere is at least 10 beautiful golf courses on this island, all top notch. You can use your Celebration Visitors Card mentioned in Must See Tip for any where from $5...

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  • Beaches

    One of the things my grandchildren like to do when it is hot is go to the beach. They mostly go to the Charleston area beaches. But there are very famous beaches to go to in the Myrtle Beach area AKA The GRAND STRAND, and then there are also Low County beaches, particularly Hilton Head.

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  • Leave (Part 2)

    My other suggestion for a day trip from Charleston is to head the other direction and venture into North Carolina. There is enough in NC to keep you busy for weeks so you can't venture too far into the state or you may never return to Charleston, but for a day trip, a very pleasant, relaxing seaside place is Sunset Beach.Accessible only by a bridge...

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  • Leave (Part 1)

    Okay, this may sound strange but while in South Carolina you might want to consider a day trip out of the state. Not that there isn't more than enough to do in South Carolina but, while in Charleston, you are so very close to two more states that have towns that make the perfect destination for a day trip. When visiting a new place, I have a...

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  • Boone Hall

    Okay, despite what I said about Drayton Hall being better, Boone Hall is still worth a visit and if you have the time you definitely should check it out. The 738-acre plantation was owned by Major John Boone, who arrived in South Carolina on the first boat of settlers in 1681. His daughter had a son - Edward Rutledge - who signed the Declaration of...

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  • Drayton Hall

    If you're only in Charleston for a short time and can only go see one plantation, this is the one you should see. It's not in as pristine condition as Boone Hall but it is 100% original. Nothing has been updated and I mean NOTHING. There is no electricity, no central air or heat but alas, also no furniture. If you're familiar with Warwickshire,...

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  • Get a Peek Inside Those Amazing...

    One thing you absolutely cannot miss doing while in Charleston is walking around gasping at the beautiful homes that fill street after street of this amazing city. The wrought iron out front of most homes are complex beautiful designs and you can only wonder what they all must be like inside. Well, if you visit in the fall, you have a chance to...

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  • Folly Beach

    Because it's an island just off the coast of South Carolina, there is the beach on the Atlantic Ocean side and there are dunes with tall grass dancing in the ocean breezes on the Folly River side, all providing a unique beach experience.There is a wide array of animals here, including butterflies all over the place (in the fall anyway, I visited in...

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  • Charleston

    Charleston is South Carolina's premier tourist destination. It's a beautiful Colonial city with lots of museums and close access to beaches.

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  • Georgetown

    This historic colonial city on the Waccamaw river was once a thriving port town in the rice trade. Today it has a river walk and numerous preserved historic buildings.

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