Abbeville Opera House
Built in 1908 and renovated in 1968, performances by vaudeville stars have entertained Abbevillians in this historic building. The Opera House offers a year-round program of professional theatrical productions in an elegant turn-of-the-century setting. Free tours daily except at rehearsal times.
Abbeville County Library
201 South Main St.
Of special interest is the Abbeville native Dr. Samuel Poliakoff’s collection of Western Art. One of the best collections of contemporary Native American ceramics, bronzes, weavings and paintings outside the southwestern United States. Mon., Wed., Thu. & Fri., 9 a.m.-5:30 p.m.; Sat., 9 a.m.-12 p.m. Free.
Abbeville County Museum
Corner of Popular and Cherry St.
The old 1854 jail, home to the museum established in 1976, houses memorabilia from the early Abbeville District. The Creswell Log Cabin, an authentic log cabin with furnishings built in 1837 and moved from the Troy, SC area in 1978 stands adjacent to the museum. Free.
Intersection of North Main and Greenville St.
864-366-0166 or 864-366-4600
Built in the 1830s, this Greek Revival historic home was the site of the final meeting of the Confederate War Council with President Jefferson Davis on May 2, 1865. A National Landmark. Fri.-Sat., 1:30-5 p.m. Feb.-May & Sep.-Dec.; Tue.-Sat., 1:30-5 p.m. June-Aug. Admission charged.
Aiken Center for the Arts
122 Laurens St.
Founded in 1972, this art center features three galleries that rotate visual art shows for three or six weeks. A variety of art educational classes, art opportunities, and cultural activities are provided by this center. Mon.-Sat.; 10 a.m.-4 p.m.
Whiskey Road and Dupree Place
Surrounded by a serpentine brick wall, as well as ancient oaks and magnolias, this dazzling 14 acre garden is filled with camellias, azaleas, and other Southern favorites and features a brick path over a goldfish pool that leads to a balcony overlooking the lower part of the park. Concerts by local and regional artists are performed in the park every Monday from May through August. Mon.-Sun., 10 a.m.-dusk. Free.
471 University Parkway
Located on the campus of the University of South Carolina-Aiken, the 45-seat planetarium is equipped with state-of-the-art special effects systems and is augmented by sundials and telescopes. Various shows are available. Every first and third Fri. and Sat. of the month; 7 p.m., 8 p.m. $4.50 adults; $3.50 senior citizens; $2.50 students; younger than 4 not admitted.
219 Salem Lane
Our mission at Eudora Farms is to present and educational and interactive animal adventure like no other. Everything from Antelope to Zebra roam our countryside setting and we want to share our experience and the beauty of these animals with as many visitors as possible. Education is key to preserving these animals for future genetations to enjoy.
Aiken County Historical Museum
433 Newberry St.
Located in a former winter colony mansion, this museum displays items and clothing that reflect the county's history, as well as a nature room that exhibits flora, fauna, and geology of the area.
Thoroughbred Racing Hall of Fame & Museum
135 Dupree Place
Commemorating locally trained horses that are national champions and have won fame on tracks and fields across the nation, this hall of fame is filled with a large variety of horse racing memorabilia and awards. Tues.-Sun., Sept.-May; Fri.-Sun., June-Aug.; 2-5 p.m. Free, donations welcome.
2989 Charleston Highway
One of the few commercial wineries in the South, this award-winning winery produces wines such as Chambourcin, Savannah White, Blanc du Bois, De Caradeuc Red and De Caradeuc White, and Melody. The onsite gift shop offers free wine tasting of all wines, as well as a variety of gift items and gourmet foods. Wed.-Sat., 10 a.m.-6 p.m.
Rivers Bridge State Historic Site
325 State Park Rd.
This site consists of 390 acres and includes a battlefield, Memorial Grounds, Community Building and picnic area. Interpretive trail around the battlefield. Listed on the National Register. Thurs.-Mon., 9 a.m.-6 p.m.
Barnwell County Museum
Discover Barnwell and the South's heritage through exhibits, guided tours and special programs. Vocal and instrumental performances are aslo offered at various times. Tues.-Thurs., 3:30-5:30 p.m.; Sun., 3-5:30 p.m. Free.
Berkeley County Blue Ways
Blue Ways paddling trail system identifies over 175 miles of total water course from 23 trails. Our rivers and waterways are history's natural highways. There's an abundance of waters suitable for canoeing and kayaking that can provide a wonderful back to nature expereince for the entire family.
Barnwell State Park
223 State Park Rd.
This park is located on the coastal plain and includes two lake for your enjoyment. Facilities include five cabins, fully equipped for six people, campsites, nature trail, picnic shelters, playground equipment and meeting facility. Activities include fishing and boating.
Fine Arts Center of Kershaw County
810 Lyttleton St.
Experience the excitement of live theatre, concerts, chamber music, art exhibits and much more. Mon.-Fri., 10 a.m.-5 p.m.; until 6 p.m. on Thurs.
Historic Camden Revolutionary War Site
US Hwy 521
Offers a view of colonial village life during the Revolutionary War period. Trails lead visitors to fortifications, a powder magazine, picnic facilities and nature trail. Daily for self-guided tours. Tues.-Fri., 10:30 a.m., 1:30 p.m., and 3 p.m.; Sat., 10:30 a.m.-4 p.m.; Sun., 1:30-4 p.m. Free self-guided tour. Guided tours: $5 adults; $4 seniors; $3 ages 6-18; under 6 free.
Camden Archives & Museum
1314 Borad St.
The facility collects, preserves and makes accessible items important to the history and cultural heritage of the area. The museum's library is recognized for its genealogical and historical research. Mon.-Fri., 8 a.m.-5 p.m.; 1st & 3rd Sun. of each month, 1-5 p.m. Free.
Cayce Historical Museum
1800 12th St.
803-739-5385 or 803-796-9020, ext. 3030
Chronicles the history of the first European settlement in the Midlands of South Carolina, then known as "the back country." The museum interprets the agricultural, social and cultural heritage of Old Saxe Gotha, Granby, Cayce and West Columbia. Tues.-Fri., 9 a.m.-4 p.m.; Sat.-Sun., 2-5 p.m.
Cayce Riverwalk Park
Corner of Axtell Dr. and Naples Ave.
This 1.5 mile riverwalk, in its natural setting, provides beautiful views of the Congaree River, West Columbia and Columbia. In addition to meeting all ADA requirements, the park's features include: picnic areas, park benches, daily maintenance, 24-hour security, eight-foot wide concrete pathways, wooden bridges and overlooks, solar lighting, emergency call boxes, parking and restroom facilities. Open daily from dawn to dusk.
Dreher Island State Park at Lake Murray
3677 State Park Rd.
This 348-acre island has 12 miles of shoreline on Lake Murray, many inlets and bays to enjoy fishing, boating and relaxing. The park also offers lakeside camping, picnicking, lakeside villas and a nature trail. Mon.-Sun., 6 a.m.-6 p.m. (extended to 9 p.m. during DST). $2 adults; $1.25 seniors; free for children age 15 and younger.
Aiken-Rhett House Museum
48 Elizabeth Street
The expansive Aiken-Rhett House (c. 1818) stands as the city’s most intact urban villa. A conservation approach has been adopted for this important site, which has survived virtually unaltered since 1858. Many objects can still be found in the rooms for which they were purchased. M-Sa 10am-5pm; Su 2-5pm.
Avery Research Center for African-American History and Culture
125 Bull Street
Reading room and archives open 10am-5pm M-F and 12-5pmon Saturdays. Walk-in tours open Mon-Sat 12-5pm. Group tours by appointment. (1990 Carolopolis Award). Beautifully restored facility, site of former Avery School built in 1865. Research Center’s purpose is to document, preserve, and make public the unique historical and cultural heritage of South Carolina Lowcountry African-Americans. Tour of building includes exhibits and archives.
Charleston Tea Plantation
Wadmalaws Island, SC 29487
The Charleston Tea Plantation is the home of American Classic Tea, tea grown in America. It is located on picturesque Wadmalaw Island in the heart of South Carolina's Lowcountry. Its grounds include 127 acres of Camellia Sinensis tea plants, a working Tea Factory and a charming Plantation Gift Shoppe. Also available to guests is an adventurous and educational Trolley Tour that explores the scenic grounds that produce American Classic Tea. Hours of operation: Monday - Saturday, 10 a.m. - 4 p.m. and Sunday, 12 p.m. - 4 p.m.
3380 Ashley River Rd.
Drayton Hall, c.1738, is America’s oldest preserved plantation house open to the public. Located in the Ashley River historic district, the 125-acre site is surrounded by aged oak trees. Offering focus tours on architecture, African-American history, preservation, and the American Revolution.
Gibbes Museum of Art
188 Meeting Street
Known as Charleston's only visual arts museum, Gibbes Museum of Art is a staple of the artistic presence in Charleston. The museum first opened to the public on April 11, 1905, and in 2005 it celebrated a century of exhibitions. With the museum's extensive history and the breathtaking exhibits that come through its doors, Gibbes Museum of Art has an aura of regalness that should not be surpassed. Hours of operation: Tuesday - Saturday: 10am-5pm Sunday: 1pm-5pm Closed: Monday, National Holidays.
Historic Charleston City Market
188 Meeting Street
The market is a favorite for locals as well as visitors of Charleston. Individual vendors sell their products in open-aired buildings, and the whole aura of the market is centered around a very historic feel. Covering up to four city blocks, the market has something for everyone, whether it be clothing, paintings, pottery or sweet treats. It is also open 365 days a year, allowing for a wonderful shopping experience no matter what the season. Monday - Sunday: Open at 9:30am Seasonal Night & Art Market: 6:30pm - 10:30pm, Thursday, Friday & Saturday.
Old Slave Market
6 Chalmers St.
Recounting 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. The Old Slave Mart Museum is currently undergoing exhibit design and installation.
Patriots Point Naval & Maritime Museum
40 Patriots Point Rod.
Mt. Pleasant, SC 29464
843-884-2727 or 866-831-1720
This is a must see for history buffs and visitors of Charleston a like! Located on Charleston Harbor, this museum honors our nation's heroes in a big way, with the USS YORKTOWN being the focal point of the museum as a whole. The USS YORKTOWN was the tenth aircraft carrier to serve in the United States Navy and was decommissioned in 1970 in order to be incorporated into the museum, ultimately earning 11 battle starts for its role in WWII in addition to various other honors throughout its career. Patriots Point also features other attractions including the Medal of Honor Museum, the Cold War Submarine Memorial and the Vietnam Support Base. Hours of operation: Daily, 9 - 6:30 p.m.
South Carolina Aquarium
100 Aquarium Wharf
With more to explore every day, share in the wonders of South Carolina's backyard. Marvel at turtles, stingrays, sharks, otters, jellyfish, alligators and more. Daily dive shows and interactive programs. Travel through the new Madagascar Journey exhibit featuring ring-tailed lemurs. Hours of operation: March – August, open daily 9 a.m. – 5 p.m.; September – February, open daily 9 a.m. – 4 p.m.
The Charleston Museum
360 Meeting Street
America’s first museum showcases cultural and natural history of South Carolina’s coastal region. Enjoy the rich variety of exhibited objects ranging from ancient fossils and an enormous whale skeleton to Civil War artifacts and historic Charleston silver. Explore Kidstory, the new hands-on children’s exhibit! $10 adults/$5 children 3-12/under 3 are free. M-Sa 9am – 5pm; Su 1-5pm.
Cheraw Historic District & Town Green
221 Market St.
More than 50 antebellum buildings and Victorian and Classical-revival homes line the streets here - Cheraw Town Hall (c. 1858), the Cheraw Lyceum (c. 1820), the Inglis-McIver Law Office (c. 1830) and the Market Hall (c. 1837). Mon.-Fri., 9 a.m.-5 p.m. Free.
Cheraw State Park
100 State Park Rd.
Equestrian trails, hiking and biking trails, camping and fishing are just some of the attractions available at Cheraw State Park. There is also a championship 18-hole golf course for visitors to play. Mon.-Sun., 7 a.m.-7 p.m. Free.
Cotton Hills Farms and Market
2633 Lowrys Highway
Offers living classroom and family farm tours which includes wagon rides and picnics, a petting zoo, a turn-of-the-century tractor engine-operated grist mill, a corn maze, cotton, watermelons and lots of pumpkins in season. Groups welcome! Stoneground grits and cornmeal along with fresh produce available at the Market. Mon.-Sat., 9 a.m.-7 p.m.
Chester County Historical Society Museum
107 McAliley St.
The museum includes notable collections of Native American artifacts and firearms from the Revolutionary War to the present, period costumes and relics of the War Between the States. Wed., 11 a.m.-3 p.m. Free.
Chester State Park
759 State Park Dr.
Chester State Park has been a haven for hiking, picnicking, boating and fishing for the surrounding communities in the South Carolina Piedmont ever since it was built by the Civilian Conservation Corps in the 1930s. Mon.-Sun., 9 a.m.-6 p.m. $2 adults; $1.25 senior citizens; ages 15 and younger free.
Bush River Farm
3111 Hwy 56 South
Enjoy a hands-on experience with alpacas, goats and sheep on a working farm and Irish bed and breakfast. Spinning and fiber demonstrations, informational talks, The Alpaca Shop and refreshments are available. Open by appointment.
The Museum of Clinton
400 North Broad St.
Enjoy a history of Clinton through exhibits and collections. Sun., 2-5 p.m. Free.
Musgrove Mill and Historic Site
This state park protects a portion of the Musgrove Mill battlefield and scenic Horseshoe Falls on the Enoree River. The park’s interpretive center provides a history of the Revolutionary War battle and furthers the understanding of South Carolina’s pivotal role in the creation of our nation. Thu.-Mon., 9 a.m.-6 p.m. Admission charged.
Capital City/Lake Murray Country Regional Tourism Office & Visitors Center
2184 North Lake Dr.
803-781-5940 or 1-866-SCJEWEL
Located on the north side of the Lake Murray Dam in the Historic Lorick Plantation House. We offer information on Lake Murray, area attractions, events, golf, relocation and more within Richland, Lexington, Newberry & Saluda counties. Boat launching, boat rental, fishing guides and vacation home rentals are listed online at lakemurraycountry.com or at the visitor center.
Columbia Children's Garden
905 Clemson Rd.
The Children's Garden is a wonderful place to relax and encourage imaginative play. The centerpiece of the two-acre garden is Pooh's garden, complete with Eeyore's house, Owl's house up in a tree, and a sandpit in the center for digging and playing. Open daily 8 a.m. to dusk. Free.
Challenger Learning Center
2600-A Barhamville Rd.
The center is an exciting, hands-on faciltiy where students and educators work in teams to solve real-life math, science and technology problems during a space flight mission simulation. For 5th-8th grade students. Mon.-Fri., 9-11 a.m., 9:15-11:15 a.m., noon-2 p.m., 12:15-2:15 p.m.
Charles R. Drew Wellness Center
2101 Walker Solomon Way
At the Charles R. Drew Wellness Center your health is our top priority and excellent service is our goal. The vision of our Wellness Programs is to assist City of Columbia residents, their families and its neighbors in better understanding and managing their health by creating an environment that supports positive health practices and offers opportunities for individuals to o optimize their health. The $7.5 million facility consists of 40,000 square feet of building space. There is a competition size swimming pool and gymnasium on the first floor, and cardio/weight area and jogging track on the second level. Hours of operation: Monday - Thursday, 5:30 - 9 p.m.; Friday, 5:30 - 8 p.m.; Saturday, 8 a.m. - 6 p.m.; Sunday, 2 - 6 p.m.
Chestnut Cottage Bed & Breakfast
1718 Hampton St.
Chestnut Cottage was the war-time home of Mary Boykin Chestnut, author of "Diary from Dixie." President Jefferson visited in October 1864 and gave a speech to the citizens of Columbia from the front porch of the Cottage.
Columbia Fire Department Museum
1800 Laurel St.
The Columbia Fire Department Museum is a non-profit organization that provides tours of the museum and fire department. The museum is open to the public and is located at the Columbia Fire Department Headquarters. It features a collection of artifacts related only to the history of the fires service in the city of Columbia. Free.
Columbia Museum of Art
Corner of Main and Hampton Streets
The largest fine art museum in South Carolina has a world-class collection of American and European fine and decorative art that spans seven centuries, from early Renaissance through Contemporary. Wed., Thurs., Sat., 10 a.m.-5 p.m.; Fri., 10 a.m.-9 p.m. (10 a.m.-5 p.m. in Dec.); Sun., 1-5 p.m. $5 aults; $2 students; $4 military and senior citizens 60 and over; free for children age 6 and under.
Columbia Riverfront Park and Historic Canal
End of Laurel St.
The city's original 1906 waterworks with the pump house still in place and the first hydroelectric plant anchor this peaceful setting for cycling, jogging, walking and picnicking. Daily, 10 a.m.-6 p.m. Free.
EdVenture Children's Museum
211 Gervais St.
This 67,000-square-foot facility houses eight spectacular galleries, a 200-seat community theater, a library, two unique resource centers and the world's largest child, Eddie. Designed for children 12 and younger, this high-tech and high-touch educational facility boasts 450 individual exhibits that help meet South Carolina's Educational Curriculum Standards and supplement the education of South Carolina's children. Tues.-Sat., 9 a.m.-5 p.m.; Sun., noon-5 p.m. $6.95/child; $8.95/adult; children under one free.
930 Laurel St.
An 18-acre park in downtown Columbia. A popluar place for concerts, picnics, festivals and other events. Provides walking paths, a café, porch-type swings, two large playgrounds for children and a waterfall that leads into a large pond.
Fort Jackson Museum
The Fort Jackson Museum is loacated on the military insatallation. Their mission is to exhibit artifacts pertaining to the training of the individual soldier with emphasis on basic training at Fort Jackson from 1917 to the present. There's also a static display with an assortment of tactical vehicles. The post is open to the public, but visitors must show a picture ID, vehicle registration and proof of insurance. Mon.-Fri., 9 a.m.-4 p.m.
Frankie's Fun Park
140 Parkridge Dr.
A 14-acre family amusement center with three go-cart tracks, bumber boats, batting cages, three 18-hole mini-golf courses, laser tag, an arcade and a pizza restaurant. Daily 10 a.m.-midnight (May-Aug.); Mon.-Thurs., 10 a.m.-10 p.m., Fri. & Sat., 10 a.m.-midnight (Sept.-April) No admission cost, pay per activity.
Martin Luther King Jr. Park
2300 Greene St.
Features a community center with a gymnasium, playground area, a beautiful water fountain, a baseball diamond, and lots of wide-open grassy areas for playing. Martin Luther King Jr. Park is also the location of the Five Points Farmers Market.
The building at the head of the University's historic Horseshoe features changing exhibitions of art, science and regional history and folk art. Mon.-Fri., 8:30 a.m.-5 p.m.; Sat., 11 a.m.-3 p.m. Free.
Richland County Public Library
1431 Assembly St.
Richland County Public Library was named National Library of the Year in 2001. It includes a 242,000-square-foot Main Library in downtown Columbia, nine branches strategically located throughout the county, and a bookmobile. The Children's Room at Main is the home of the "Where the Wild Things Are" mural by renowned author and illustrator Maurice Sendak. The Wachovia Gallery displays numerous exhibits throughout the year featuring a wide variety of art, from pastels and watercolors to mosaics and mixed media. Mon.-Thurs., 9 a.m.-9 p.m.; Fri.-Sat., 9 a.m.-6 p.m.; Sun., 2-6 p.m.
Riverbanks Zoo & Garden
500 Wildlife Parkway, I-26 at Greystone Blvd.
Riverbanks is a 170-acre park featuring two distinctly unique areas along the scenic Lower Saluda River and houses more than 2,000 animals in natural habitat exhibits, 70 acres of woodlands, gardens, historic ruins and plant collections. Daily 9 a.m.-5 p.m. $9.75 adults; $7.25 children; $8.50 military; $8.25 senior citizens; children under 3 free.
Sesquicentennial State Park
9564 Two Notch Rd.
This park, built by the Civilian Conservation Corps in the 1930s, features a 30-acre lake, trails and picnic areas and a campground and offers canoe and kayak rentals. Mon.-Sun., 8 a.m.-6 p.m.; (7 a.m.-9 p.m. DST) $2; SC seniors $1.25; 15 and younger free.
South Carolina State House
Main at Gervais St.
One of Columbia's and South Carolina's most historic buildings. Construction of the State House began in 1855 and withstood Sherman's march on Columbia in 1865. Today, six bronze stars mark the impact of shells from Union cannons. The building was completed in 1907 and a major restoration was completed in 1998.
South CarolinaState Museum
301 Gervais St.
Visit the state's largest museum with extensive exhibits in the disciplines of art, science and technology, cultural history and natural history. Tues.-Sat., 10 a.m.-5 p.m.; Sun., 1-5 p.m. $5 adults; $4 seniors 62 and over; $3 children; ages 2 and under free.
State Farmers Market
3483 Charleston Hwy
West Columbia, SC 29172
Fresh fruits and vegetables arrive daily at the largest produce market in the Southeast. Visitors and buyers welcome. Mon.-Sat., 6 a.m.-9 p.m.
Bowie Arts Center
The Center contains permanent collections of antique furniture, porcelain, cut glass and clocks, musical instruments and period rooms designed and decorated to enhance displays on loan. The 14,000 square foot building houses a museum, gallery, classroom and space for traveling exhibits. Mon.-Thu., 1-4:30 p.m.; Sat., 2-4 p.m.; First Sun. each month, 2-4 p.m. Free.
Old Edgefield Pottery
230 Simpkins St.
Watch the resident potter as he revives the tradition of making Edgefield pottery. Items are available for sale. Tue.-Sat., 10 a.m.-6 p.m. Free.
D.A. Thompkins Memorial Library
This historic building currently serves as a genealogical and historical research center focusing on the Old 96 District. It is the headquarters for the Courtesy Center and Archives, the visitor and information center for Edgefield County. Mon.-Fri., 9 a.m.-5 p.m. Free.
Built in 1835, it was later the home of General Martin W. Gary, who, along with M. C. Butler, led the "Red Shirts" in 1876, assuring the election of Wade Hampton as Governor and ending the power of the Reconstructionists in South Carolina. Thu.-Sat., 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Admission charged
Elloree Heritage Museum & Cultural Center
2714 Cleveland St.
Award winning museum located in the center of Elloree's historic commercial district. 10,000 square feet of exhibits, art gallery, snider's store and nearby antique stores and specialty shops. Wed.-Sat., 10 a.m.-5 p.m. $5 adults, $4 seniors, $3 children, free under age 6.
Paramount's Carowinds Theme & Water Park
14523 Carowinds Blvd.
803-548-5300 or 1-800-888-4386
More than 60 state-of-the-art Hollywood-themed rides, attractions and shows for all ages. Visit Nickelodeon Central and get inverted on Top Gun: The Jet Coaster. Enjoy thrills, shows, the 16-acre Boomerang Bay water park and seasonal programs. Seasonal hours $49.99; $31.99 ages 3-6 and seniors.
Cherokee County Veterans Museum
200 South Logan St.
Artifacts from the nation's wars - Revolutionary through Desert Storm - are displayed here. Sat., 9 a.m.-11 p.m.; Sun., 2-4 p.m. Free.
American War Museum
430 North Main Street
The War Museum displays include history of former Army and Air Force bases in Greenville County, actual artifacts from The Revolutionary War, Civil War, Spanish/American War, WWI, WWII, Korean War, Vietnam, Persian Gulf, and Iraq.
Art Crossing at River Place
300 River Street, Suite 100-112 & 201
Art Crossing on the banks of the Reedy River features an eclectic group of 21 artists welcoming you to watch them create their art. The first section of Art Crossing features individual studios of 13 artists. Keep walking past the Children’s Fountain at RiverPlace and you will find 8 more artists working in a group space in Suite 201. An array of art including painting in oils, acrylic and watercolor, drawing, sculpture, jewelry, photography, furniture, hand weaving and ceramics are available for purchase, and many artists take commissions. Studios are all opened year round Wednesday-Saturday - 11am-6pm and Sunday 1pm - 5pm (some studios are opened earlier and stay opened later). These are working studios, so the public can watch the artists at work. If you have not been by -come visit us!
650 North Academy Street
The Bi-Lo Center is a state-of-the-art, 15,000 –seat sports and entertainment arena. The entertainment industry has consistently recognized the Bi-Lo Center as one of the top 50 venues in the world. The Bi-Lo Center offers the ultimate atmosphere for sports, concerts and family shows as well as corporate and community events.
Centre Stage, Greenville's Professional Theatre
501 River Street
Presenting current Broadway and off-Broadway comedies, dramas and musicals. Every August, a New Works Festival is held with submissions from around the Globe. Lobby art gallery open Tues-Fri 2-6pm & during performances.
Reedy View Drive
A 1.7-acre horticultural attraction featuring a unique garden that allows visitors to experience flowers using all five senses, a geology wall made of rocks and minerals from around the Upstate, a textile garden, a Hansel and Gretel cottage, and a secret garden.
Children's Museum of the Upstate
300 College Street
Scheduled to open summer 2009 in downtown Greenville, The Children's Museum is transforming the 79,000 square foot former Hughes Main Library into three floors of hands-on discovery and lifelong learning. Focusing on the areas of arts, humanities, sciences, health and nutrition, the exhibits will encourage each child to dream and explore possibilities for a day, potentially inspiring their choices for a lifetime. Program offerings will focus on ages 2 to 15 with most exhibits designed for ages 6 to 10, and targeted exhibits focused on infant and toddler ages 0 to 5. The museum will also develop school partnerships, after school workshops, programs for at-risk and under-served youth, a middle school leadership initiative, performance opportunities, and parent resource programs on early childhood education. The Children’s Museum will serve all children and families of the Upstate of South Carolina as well as tourists from Charlotte to Atlanta and beyond.
City of Greenville Parks, Recreation & Zoo
423 East Park Avenue
Wildlife from around the world displayed in open-air exhibits. Open daily 10am-4:30pm, except Thanksgiving, Christmas and New Year's Day. Admission. Children under 13 must be accompanied by an adult. Picnic shelters, kids playgrounds and tennis courts. In addition to the Greenville Zoo, one of Greenville's greatest attractions is its system of city parks. The goal of the City Parks and Recreation department is to ensure that Greenville's parks remain attractive and inviting for public use. The department oversees 39 city parks occupying more than 400 acres of land within the city. In managing Greenville's parks, staff provide a variety of appealing programs and activities for our residents and visitors.
Falls Park on the Reedy
South Main Street and Camperdown Way
A tribute to the Reedy River, which nourished Greenville's beginnings in 1770, the park is now an oasis in the heart of downtown with scenic overlooks, nature trails, pond, landscaped gardens, waterfalls, and a new pedestrian suspension bridge.
Greenville County Library System
25 Heritage Green Place
Established in 1921 with only 500 books, the Greenville County Library System has grown into eleven locations and a website offering information, entertainment, and enrichment with nearly 1 million available items. Visit any branch and you will find a welcoming place offering free Internet access, books, DVDs, music, online resources, research assistance, genealogy help, programs for all ages, and much more. Our knowledgeable and expert staff can help you find reliable information -- on the shelves or online. Check out the Greenville County Library System and find out why it’s the best place for guided access to information and exploring your world!
Greenville County Museum of Art
420 College Street
The Greenville County Museum of Art is counted among the country's premiere American Art museums, drawing visitors from around the world to see installations of work by two of the nation's greatest contemporary artists, Andrew Wyeth and Jasper Johns. The Museum also features its acclaimed Southern Collection, which traces the history of American art from Colonial times to the present. Enjoy these and more, including a collection of work by South Carolina native William H. Johnson and such contemporary artists as Georgia O'Keeffe, Andy Warhol, Elaine de Kooning, Jacob Lawrence, and Josef Albers. Open Tuesday-Saturday, 11am-5pm, Sundays 1pm-5pm, Thursday evenings until 8pm. Closed Mondays and major holidays. Admission is always absolutely free.
Roper Mountain Science Center
402 Roper Mountain Rd.
The science center contains the largest planetarium in South Carolina and the seventh-largest telescope in the nation. Part of the School District of Greenville County. Call for programs and hours.
South Carolina Children's Theatre
153 Augusta Street
The South Carolina Children's Theatre is an educational theatre offering high quality mainstage productions, education programs and outreach to youth and their families in the Upstate.
The Peace Center
300 South Main Street
864-467-3000 or 800-888-7768
Great performances are even better at The Peace Center. Architecturally and acoustically it is an amazing place to see a show! In fact, many of the world ’s top performers look forward to returning again and again, and consider The Peace Center one of their favorite places to play. One artist’s representative recently called it, “a jewel.” The Peace Center is at the heart of Greenville’s award-winning downtown. So, you can start your experience before you arrive on our campus, and continue well past the final encore, by enjoying the city’s shops, restaurants, and coffee houses, or simply taking a stroll down Main Street or along the Reedy River. From white glove service to spacious leg room for every seat, The Peace Center was built for comfort—and The Peace Center staff works hard to make sure every performance is special.
Upcountry History Museum
540 Buncombe Street
Take a walk through three centuries of Upcountry South Carolina history and experience the stories of people who shaped this region through state-of-the art interactive multi-media exhibits. Hours: Tuesday-Saturday 10am-5pm; Sunday 1-5pm.Closed on major holidays. Admission: $5 adults, $4 students/seniors, $3 children 12-4, under 4 free.
Greenwood County Art Gallery
Beautiful paintings and works of art for sale. Free.
East Cambridge Ave.
A fully operational goat farm which features a delightful gift shop where goat's milk soaps and cheeses are available. A train and hobby shop, natural foods store and picnic area are also on the premises.
The Greenwood Museum
106 Main St.
Take a stroll down Memory Lane as you are transported back to the turn of the century with a nostalgic walk down a city street. Return to the gaslight and horse and buggy days as you walk by a parlor, kitchen, drug store, general store and a one-room schoolhouse. Enjoy other displays and exhibits as well as browsing in The Museum Gift Shop. Wed.-Fri., 10 a.m.-5 p.m.; Sat. & Sun., 2-5 p.m. Admission charged.
The Railroad Historical Center
908 South Main St.
Step inside the past as you tour three restored rail cars from the Piedmont and Northern Railroad. April-Oct., 2-4 p.m. third Fri.; 10 a.m.-4 p.m. third Sat.
Coastal Discovery Museum
100 William Hilton Parkway
The Coastal Discovery Museum offers year round, hands-on activities and programs to teach about Hilton Head and its surrounding Islands. The Museum hosts year-round indoor and outdoor exhibitions on tours and cruises, five days a week. Participants are presented with the ecology and history of the region in order to illustrate the necessity of preserving the natural, cultural, and historical features of the area.
Coastal Discovery Museum at Honey Horn consists of 68 acres at the intersections of Island Parkway and Highway 278. The land of the Honey Ham Farm was used for cash crops before the Civil War. The Main house on the property was built in 1859 and additions have been built on, and other small buildings have also been added to the property. After the Civil War, the land was purchased by northern businessmen for the purpose of hunting and fishing activities. The farm was purchased again, in the 1950's, by the Hack family and it was used once again as a residence. Open year round, Monday-Saturday 9:00 AM - 4:30 PM; Sunday 11:00 AM-3:00 PM.
The Sandbox Interactive Children's Museum
18A Pope Ave
The Sandbox is an Interactive Children's Museum filled with areas for hands-on educational workstations for kids to explore. The first Friday of every month, The Sandbox hosts "First Friday Fun" where admission is free and activities include face painting, balloon toss, and refreshments. The workshops offered include Reading Rainbow for Kids Reading Day and Ocean Safety. The only paid event is The Sandbox Night at The Main Street Theater, which is a movie night for kids and adults.
Congaree National Park
100 National Park Rd.
The National Park Service site features a visitors center with 3,000 square feet of exhibit space, canoe trails, a 2 and 1/2 mile boardwalk loop trail and 18 miles of hiking trails. Daily, 8:30 a.m.-5 p.m. Free.
Andrew Jackson State Park
This 360-acre park has a museum that chronicles the seventh US president's life from 1767-1784. The grounds include equestrian statue of young Andrew Jackson, a replica of a late 18th-century one-room schoolhouse, and herb garden, orchard, campground, fishing lake, picnic shelters and nature trails. Daily 8 a.m.-6 p.m. (9 a.m.-9 p.m. DST) $2; SC seniors $1.25; 15 and younger free.
Lexington County Museum Complex
US Highway 378 and Fox St.
Founded in 1970, the Lexington County Museum is a 7-acre complex with 30 historic structures. The museum interprets everyday life in Lexington County from ca. 1770 to the start of the Civil War. Among others, buildings on the site include the ca. 1832 John Fox House, a 10-room home depicting life in the 1850s; the 1771 Lawrence Corley Log House, the oldest building in the town of Lexington; the 1850 Wadlington Pigeonaire and numerous outbuildings including slave cabins. The museum features a large collection of locally-made artifacts such as historic quilts, firearms, furniture, and pottery. Reservations are encouraged. Costumed guides lead visitors on one-hour tours through many of the historic structures. Tues. - Sat., 10 a.m. - 4 p.m.; Sun., 1 - 4 p.m. $5 adults; $2 children under 12.
McLeod Farms Antique Museum
Take a stroll down memory lane at the McLeod Farms Museum where visiting the past is fun. Home to over 20 antique cars, including a 1920 McLaughlin, a 1930 Lincoln, Model T's and Model A's. Mon.-Sun., 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Free.
Carolina Sandhills National Wildlife Refuge
23734 Highway 1
46,000 acres of land and water provide opportunities for wildlife-oriented recreation. Three walking trails and two observation towers showcase more than 190 species of birds who make their home in the refuge. Aslo offers an auto tour route, picnic areas, hunting and fishing. One hour before sunrist to one hour after sunset. Free.
1444 Brattonsville Rd.
803-684-2327 or 800-866-5200
One of the largest restoration and living-history site in the SE, the 775-acre living-history village and Revolutionary War battlefield site features 29 historic structures and programs chronicling Carolina Piedmont development from the 1750s through the 1840s. It was the site for the Revolutionary War film The Patriot. Mon.-Sat., 10 a.m.-5 p.m.; Sun., 1-5 p.m. $6; $5 seniors; $3 students; ages 4 and younger free.
McCormick Arts Council
115 South Main St.
A restored hotel which now serves as home to MACK (McCormick Arts Council at the Keturah), it is listed on the National Register of Historic Places. Current exhibits on display. Also contains the Gallery Shop. Mon.-Fri., 8:30 a.m.-6 p.m. Free.
Dorn Mill Center for History Art
North Main St.
Built in 1898, Dorn Mill has been restored with original machinery. Local artists may be seen at work as you walk through the mill. Mon.-Fri., 9 a.m.-5 p.m. Free.
3030 Cypress Garden Rd.
Offers visitors the rare experience of being one with nature as they explore the swamp on flat bottom boats or wander on meandering trails. Visit the Butterfly House, Aquarium, Reptile Center, Crocodile Isle & Aviary. See cypress knees and mirrored reflections of trees. Experience one of the world's most fascinating natural envrionments, and a place the whole family will enjoy. Mon. -Sun., 9 a.m.-5 p.m.; Last admission is 4 p.m. $10 adults, $9 seniors, $5 children, Free ages 5 and under.
950 Stony Landing Rd.
The Berkeley Museum preserves and presents centuries of fascinating Berkeley County history. Exhibits and artifacts foucs on General Francis Marion (the Swamp Fox), the first Americans (Archaic Indians), colonial life, the Civil War, early medicine, rural electrification, early education and Francis Marion National Forest.
Old Santee Canal Park
900 Stony Landing Rd.
Hike for miles on boardwalks and trails, rent our canoes or bring your own and meander through Biggin Creek & Swamp where America’s first canal was built. The Interpretive Center includes an unusual limestone cave, a three-eights scale model of the Little David, displays of wildlife and a 30-foot live oak tree that towers to the ceiling of the center. Daily 9 a.m.-5 p.m. Admission charged.
Boone Hall Plantation
1235 Long Point Road
Boone Hall reflects Southern heritage spanning 300 years on one magnificent “still working” plantation. Gardens, slave cabins, plus one of the world’s longest oak-lined avenues. Adults $17.50; children 6-12 $7.50; seniors-military-AAA $15; under 6 yrs of age are free with adult. Monday-Saturday, 9am - 5pm; Sunday, 1pm - 4pm. (Extended summer hours.)
4750 Hwy. 17S.
North Myrle Beach, SC 29582
843-272-1111 or 800-342-2262
Classics and hot acts take the stage throughout the year at the Alabama Theatre. Featuring the Myrtle Beach Entertainment attraction “one” the show with America's favorite music including country, Broadway, bluegrass, gospel, comedy, and everything in between.
Broadway at the Beach
1325 Celebrity Circle
800-386-466) or 843-444-3200
Broadway at the Beach is a shopping center located in Myrtle Beach, South Carolina. Since its inception in 1996, it has grown to be one of Myrtle Beach's premier shopping destinations. Set on 350 acres in the heart of Myrtle Beach and features three theaters, over 20 restaurants and more than 100 specialty shops as well as attractions, nightclubs, and hotels, all surrounding the 23-acre Lake Broadway.
1931 Brookgreen Drive
Murrells Inlet, SC
In 1931, Archer and Anna Hyatt Huntington founded Brookgreen Gardens, a non-profit 501(c)(3) garden museum, to preserve the native flora and fauna and display objects of art within that natural setting. Today, Brookgreen Gardens is a National Historic Landmark with the most significant collection of figurative sculpture in an outdoor setting by American artists in the world and has the only zoo accredited by the Association of Zoos and Aquariums on the coast of the Carolinas.
Family Kingdom Amusement Park
300 South Ocean Blvd.
For the young and young at heart, Family Kingdom offers some of the most memorable and adrenalin-pumping experiences on the Grand Strand. Families and Groups naturally love it for our excellent variety of spirited and wholesome fun. Locals and vacationers alike know us as the hottest spot in town for having the time of their lives.
Splash your way through the "coolest" fun at the beach! Feel the thrill of speeding down a water slide or simply relax as you drift down the cool, refreshing water of a lazy river. Family Kingdom Water Park has wet and wild water flumes, (over 100' drop), exhilarating speed slides, intermediate speed slides and a spacious 425' long lazy river with waterfalls.
Children can enjoy splash pools with two refreshing rain trees, a uniquely designed waterfall and eight kiddie slides.
Medieval Times Dinner & Tournament
2904 Fantasy Way
Go back in time when knights, dragons, chivalry and noble families were the order of the day. Enjoy an old style tournament of jousting and swordplay while wenches work dutifully to serve a bountiful four course feast you, our honored guests.
Myrtle Waves Water Park
Hwy 17 Bypass and Mr. Joe White Ave (10th Ave. N)
Enjoy a splash-packed adventure at South Carolina's largest water park with 20 acres of swerves, curves, waves and chutes and more than one million gallons of water. Beat the Heat in the Lazy River, experience the Ocean in Motion, get drenched on Saturation Station, or catch a ride on Aruba Tuba where you never have the same swirl twice! All-day summer fun at Myrtle Waves Water Park is priced right! Bring the entire family and all of your friends for a full day of splash-packed adventure.
1110 Celebrity Circle
Ripley's® Aquarium is a $40 million, state-of-the-art, 87,000 square-foot aquarium experience, located at Broadway at the Beach in Myrtle Beach, South Carolina. It is South Carolina's most visited attraction, where guests are entertained by some of the world's most beautiful, fascinating and dangerous aquatic life.
Visitors are surrounded on all sides by menacing giant sharks as they travel through Dangerous Reef, a 750,000 gallon tank, on a 330-foot moving glidepath. Other spectacular features at Ripley's® Aquarium include Ray Bay, highlighting a variety of rays from multiple viewing levels and Friendship Flats, where guests touch Atlantic rays, Southern rays, Cow-Nose rays, Spotted Eagle rays and Bonnet-Head sharks. Rainbow Rock offers a stunning view of thousands of brilliantly colored Pacific fishes from Hawaii, Australia and the Indian Ocean through an acrylic window the size of two movie screens. Sunday – Thursday, 9a.m.-9 p.m.; Friday – Saturday, 9a.m. –10 p.m.
Newberry Opera House
1201 McKibben St.
This historic house hosts more than 100 shows per year and several different series- from big bands to beach music to country.
Living History Park
299 W. Spring Grove Ave.
This 7.5 acre park with natural springs, formally the site of North Augusta waterworks, now provides children with hands-on educational experience into the history of the area. The site includes the springhouse tavern and bake ovens, housed in the original pumphouse with a shake shingle roof, a stage area for performances, an in-ground cook pit, smoke house, treenware maker, milliner, blacksmith's forge, military encampment with Colonial Militia and other period crafts demonstrations. Daily dawn to dusk. Free.
Woods Bay Woods Bay State Natural Area
11020 Woods Bay Rd.
Woods Bay offers a close-up look at one of the last remaining large Carolina Bays on the Atlantic Coastal Plain. Experience the splendor and diversity of the cypress-tupelo swamp first-hand from the 500-foot boardwalk, or paddle you way amidst towering trees on the 1-mile canoe trail. Visitors can also enjoy fishing, wildlife-viewing, photography and picnicking at the park. Daily 9 a.m.-6 p.m. Free.
Edisto Memorial Gardens
367 Green St.
803-533-6020 or 800-545-6153
Testing grounds in the All-American Rose Selection process, the gardens glorify the bank of the north fork of the Edisto River with masses of azaleas, wisteria and other Southern favorites. The Horne Wetlands Park takes visitors over a 2,700-ft. boardwalk for a close-up look at the area's flora and fauna. Open daily from dawn to dusk. Free.
I.P. Stanback Museum & Planetarium
300 College St. NE
803-536-7000 or 800-260-5956
An art museum offers African and African-American works. The planetarium features Sky-Scan Automation and the NASA Educator Resource Center.
Orangeburg National Fish Hatchery
427 Lakeview Dr.
Recreation fishing on 100-acre lake, visitor center with aquarium, nature trail, offsite presentations and a picnick pavillion. Mon.-Fri., 8 a.m.-3:30 p.m. Free.
117 Elk Ave.
Place a call on a telephone used at the turn of the century, be an operator on a 1940s switchboard and learn the history of telephone communications. Mon., Wed., Fri., Sat.; 10 a.m.-2 p.m. Free.
Museum of York County
4621 Mt. Gallant Rd.
This museum features changing exhibitions and displays in art, history, natural history, and science, as well as a fabulous collection of over 200 artfully mounted African animals, displays of tribal dress and artifacts, a nature trail, a museum store, and a planetarium. Mon.-Sat., 10 a.m.-5 p.m.; Sun., 1-5 p.m. $5; $4 seniors; $3 students; age 5 and younger free.
Heritage Park Amphitheater
861 SE Main Street
Simpsonville, SC 29681
Heritage Park Amphitheater is the newest addition to the Upstate’s live entertainment landscape. Opening in the late summer of 2008 and located 15 miles southeast of downtown Greenville in Simpsonville, the amphitheater will showcase top entertainment in a beautiful outdoor setting.
A new addition to the award winning 90 acre Heritage Park complex, the Amphitheater is housed in a natural setting that makes any event it hosts sound even sweeter. The amphitheater is home to the award winning Freedom Weekend Aloft Balloon Festival, which attracts crowds of almost 200,000 each Memorial Day Weekend. Past performers at the festival have included Montgomery Gentry, Huey Lewis and the News, Goo Goo Dolls, Gov’t Mule, and Gary Allen. The Greenville Symphony Orchestra will be making Heritage Park Amphitheater it’s home for their annual Independence Day Celebration on July 4th. Heritage Park Amphitheater is destined to become the preferred summer concert location for music fans of the Upstate.
Santee National Wildlife Refuge
2125 Fort Watson Rd.
The refuge is a major wintering area for ducks, geese and swans, as well as a nesting and stopover area for neo-tropical migratory birds, raptors, shore birds and wading birds. Endangered/threatened speices on the refuge include the red-cockaded woodpecker, the bald eagle and the American alligator. Numerous other species of wildlife are indigenous to this area. Public opportunities at the refuge include a visitors center with educational exhibits, walking trails, an auto tour route, wildlife observation and photography, hunting and fishing. Visitors Center : Tue.-Sat., 8 a.m.-4 p.m.; Cudoo Unit: April-Sept., 7 a.m.-7 p.m. & Oct.-Feb., 8 a.m.-5 p.m. Free.
Music in Motion Family Fun Center
1341 College Park Rd.
Whether you like to roller skate, inline skate or speed skate you will be right at home at our skating rink. Inside our rink we also have over 100 video and arcade games, pool tables and air hockey. Fri., 6-11 p.m.; Sat., 10 a.m.-5 p.m. & 6-11 p.m.; Sun., 12-5 p.m. $7 Fri. & Sat. night, $5 Sat. day & Sun.
Artist Colony of Sumter
7 South Main St.
Prepare to be stunned and thrilled by the beauty and creativity you will experience at the Artist Colony of Sumter. A vibrant community of artists are working in their space, where a wide variety of unique paintings, art objects and antiuqes are available for viewing and purchase. Free.
Sumter County Gallery of Art
200 Hasel St.
SCGA is a non-profit art institution and features rotating shows of both traditional and contemporary art by local, regional and nationally recognized artists. There is also a Gallery Gift Shop filled with many unique gifts and works of arts made by local and regional artists. Tue. -Sat., 11 a.m.-5 p.m.; Sun., 1:30-5 p.m. Free.
Sumter Opera House
21 N. Main St.
The historic opera house is downtown's center focal point and our crown jewel. As a center for the performing arts, the opera house has several successful monthly programs and special performances throughout the year from film, dance, theatre, concerts and more. The historic Sumter Opera House invites you to be entertained through the cultural and diverse performances available and in many cases for free. Free.
Swan Lake Iris Garden
822 West Liberty St.
The beautiful black waters of Swan Lake form the setting for the spectacular Iris Gardens. The lake is dotted with colorful islands and wildlife is abundant. As the only park in the United States to feature all eight swan species, Swan Lake Iris Garden is home to some of the nation's most extensive plantings of Japanese iris. The garden also boasts many other floral attractions and a Braille Trail allows the sight-impaired to enjoy scents and sensations of the gardens. Mon. -Sun., 7:30 a.m.-dusk. Free.
Sumter County Museum
122 North Washington St.
The Sumter County Museum invites you to stroll through out gates and experience life in an elegantly restored Edwardian house built in 1916. Inside you'll see one of the finest textile collections in the state. Take in the breadth of our decorative arts and fine art collections. View a splendid military exhibit and linger in our period room and imagaine life at a slower pace. Come and celebrate history with us. Tue. -Sat., 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Free.
City of Sumter Aquatics Center
1125 Lafayette Blvd.
The center meets requirements for competition swim meets and is equipped with swim lanes, slide and wade-pool entrance with fountain. Tue. -Sat., 11 a.m.-6 p.m.; Sun., 1:30-6 p.m. $2 ages 13 and olde, $1 ages 5-12, Free ages 4 and younger.
Palmetto Tennis Center
440/450 Theatre Dr.
One of the largest facilities in South Carolina and host to the USTA, SCISA, local and CVAC tournaments. Tennis is fun for all ages. Mon. -Sat., 8:30 a.m.-9 p.m.; Sun., 11 a.m.-8 p.m.
Poinsett State Park
6660 Poinsett Park Rd.
A unique combination of history and mixed ecosystems makes Poinsett State Park a special place in the woods. The serene setting offers camping, a fishing pond with coquina bathhouse and clean, rustic cabins high atop a hill where often the only sound is the breeze through the trees. Hiking is favorite activity at Poinsett, with its extensive trail system. Mon. -Sun., 9 a.m.-6 p.m. (extended to 9 p.m. Fri. -Sun. during Daylight Savings Time) Free.
Aiken State Natural Area
1145 State Park Rd.
Built in 1934, this park, located along the free-flowing Edisto River, is a combination of a river swamp and dry sandhills. Facilites Includes campsites, nature trai, canoe trail and picnic shelters. Activites include birding, hiking, fishing, paddling and boating.
Carolina Adventure World
1713 Arrowhead Rd.
This 2,600-acre family park offers 100 miles of trails that wind through deep woods, into steep valleys and along flowing streams. The motorcross facility features a championship course, vintage course, drag strip and the nation's only permanent "enduro" course. Cabins and campsites for tents and RVs are available. Sat. & Sun. $25 day pass; $35 weekend pass.
Fairfield County Museum
231 South Congress St.
A museum of local history that houses collections spanning the area's pre-history up until the early 20th century. Tues.-Fri., 10:30 a.m.-4:30 p.m.; Sat., 10:30 a.m.-3 p.m. Free.
South Carolina Railroad Museum
110 Industrial Park Rd.
Home of the Rockton, Rion and Western Railroad. Features freight cars, passenger cars and a real steam engine. 1st & 3rd Sat. of each month, 9:30 a.m.-3 p.m. $10 adults; $7 children; $15 first class; $12 caboose.