Planning a visit to South Carolina, or have you lived here and are yet to explore what the State has to offer? Check out our Top 10 list of places you must see when you’re in South Carolina.
We think they are all great so they are not listed in any particular order (we just numbered them to make it easier to read).
1. Enoree River Winery – 1650 Dusty Rd, Newberry, SC 29108
Located in the Midlands of South Carolina, just off of I-26 East, the Enoree River Winery consistently receives high ratings from visitors. Full of Southern charm and hospitality, the winery was established in 2006 . The local, handcrafted wines offer a variety from Muscadine and Vinifera, to fruit and blended wines at different times throughout the year. Stop by during open hours: Thursday – Saturday: noon – 6 pm; Sunday: 2 pm – 6 pm, or Monday – Wednesday by “chance” or appointment.
Wine tastings are $10 and usually include 8-10 varieties of wine. Visit their website: https://www.enoreeriverwinery.com/
2. Riverbanks Zoo & Garden – 500 Wildlife Pkwy, Columbia, SC 29210
The capital city of South Carolina houses a beautiful and unique 170-acre zoo and botanical garden just minutes form downtown Columbia, SC. Located along the Saluda River, Riverbanks Zoo has a 4.7 out of a possible 5-star Google rating by over 21,200 visitors! Described as one of the best zoos in the Southeast, Riverbanks is known for their expertly-designed natural habitats that allow visitors to experience the animals as if they were in the wild. There are special events throughout the year and just a short walk (or train ride) from the animals is an amazing array of flora and fauna in the botanical gardens.
Adventurous? Check out their zip line tours, sky high safari, and more!
Zoo hours: 9 am – 5 pm, daily.
3. Myrtle Beach – located on South Carolina’s Atlantic coast
Myrtle Beach, consists of a 60-mile string of beaches known as the “Grand Strand”, and is no stranger to many Top 10 lists for best family beach vacation spot in America. The beach may be the main attraction, but it can’t overshadow the fact that Myrtle Beach is a golfer’s paradise with over 100 courses. There is plenty to do from Ripley’s Aquarium and WonderWorks to shopping and night-life at Broadway at the Beach and Margaritaville. There are tons of hotels and resorts to fit any budget. Enjoy great rates during the off-season, and during the peak season have fun watching the variety shows, taking selfies at the wax museum, and enjoy a ride on the tallest Ferris wheel on the East Coast (and the second-tallest Ferris wheel in the USA).
Learn more about what Myrtle beach has to offer: https://www.visitmyrtlebeach.com/
4. South Carolina Waterfall Tour – Mostly in the Upstate, Greenville County
Simply Google “South Carolina Waterfalls” and you can find lots of maps and suggestions to view some of the most beautiful natural sites the State offers. Many waterfalls are along the road as you drive by, a few you have to take a nicely paved trail to, and others are off the beaten path; but all are worth it! Great names such as Rainbow falls, Wildcat Wayside Falls, and Hidden Falls make the trip a great way to enjoy nature. Visiting the Upstate? Plan for a day, or weekend, of waterfall hopping. Click here for a great list of waterfalls to add to your list.
5. Charleston – Southeastern Coast
Voted America’s #1 Small City for the last 8 Years, Charleston is a port city that offers a wealth of history, Southern charm, amazing food, and possibly, a few celebrity sightings. Known for its cobblestone streets, horse-drawn carriages, and brightly-colored antebellum houses Charleston makes for a great vacation spot, or day-trip destination. Plan to visit Boone Hall Plantation, the site of many movie scenes or go across the water to tour Fort Sumter, where the first shots of the Civil War. See all Charleston has to offer: https://www.charlestoncvb.com/
6. Carowinds – 300 Carowinds Boulevard, Charlotte, NC 28273
It may have a North Carolina address, but this amusement park straddles the South Carolina/North Carolina state line. About a 1-hour drive from Columbia, SC on I-77 North Carowinds is the thrill-seekers delight. Boasting the world’s tallest and fastest giga coaster, Fury 325, this amusement park covers 400 acres. A portion of the park is dedicated to guest 10 and under with rides just for them in Camp Snoopy. Great food, live shows, and dinosaurs (yes, dinos!) make for great family fun for all ages. **Save Money! Do a Google search for discount codes and check with local fast food restaurants for coupons. Order online and save on meals and drinks. Kids 3-5 can get a FREE Pre-K pass for the season** Plan a visit: https://www.carowinds.com/
7. Caesar’s Head State Park – 8155 Geer Hwy, Cleveland, SC 29635
Caesars Head State Park is in the Mountain Bridge Wilderness Area, an 13,000-acre area of mountain forest in South Carolina near the North Carolina border. A granitic gneiss (metamorphic rock) atop the Blue Ridge Escarpment gives Caesars Head its name. A short walk to the overlook allows for a spectacular view that extends into North Carolina and Georgia. Enjoy hiking trails, a waterfall, hawk migrations, and peace and quiet only 13,000 acres can offer. Get directions and more: https://southcarolinaparks.com/caesars-head
8. Hilton Head Island – Beaufort County, South Carolina
Known for it’s gorgeous beaches and great golfing, Hilton Head Island is the perfect destination for those who want to unwind and disconnect from the hustle and bustle of the 21st century. Located in the lowcountry of South Carolina, Hilton Head Island was voted the 2018 #1 Best Island in the US. Enjoy 12 miles of beaches, more than 24 world-class golf courses, and 300 tennis courts. Take a historic tour and learn about the rich history of the area and end the day at one of the more than 250 restaurants. Ready to visit? Check it out: https://www.hiltonheadisland.org/
9. South Carolina State House – 1100 Gervais St, Columbia, SC 29201
Located in the heart of downtown Columbia, the South Carolina State House is home to the Governor’s office and the House and Senate chambers. Besides being the seat of government, it also hosts (outside on Gervais Street) the Famously Hot New Year, South Carolina’s Largest New Year’s Eve Party. New meets old with lots of history to learn during a free tour or join in one of the many outdoor activities that happen throughout the year in front of the State House steps. Speaking of steps…the 92 steps are great for a photo op or exercise. Take a walk around the grounds and enjoy the gardens and statues. Details: https://southcarolinaparks.com/education-and-history/state-house
10. Lake Murray (we couldn’t leave it off) – Lexington, Newberry, Saluda, Richland counties
The lake is a reservoir that covers approximately 50,000 acres, or 78 square miles. Rated one of the top 25 Best Bass Lakes by Bassmaster.com, Lake Murray offers lake fun and great lake living across 4 counties in the center of South Carolina. There are 650 miles of lake shoreline and events happening throughout the year. Whether you want to learn to paddleboard, compete in world-class fishing events, or enjoy the purple martin migration. Several tours are available whether you’re a history buff, love island hiking, or just want to enjoy the natural beauty of the lake. Visit our home page to see what great things Lake Murray has to offer: https://lakemurraycurrents.com/