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Things to do in South Carolina

From classic must-see sights to insider hot spots and local haunts, there are countless things to do in South Carolina. How do you decide? Start with our travel guide and get our favorite South Carolina attractions and activities—shops, museums, parks, nightclubs, coffee shops, tours, and more.

Our international team of editors and writers handpick the best things to do in South Carolina to help travelers discover authentic, local experiences. Whether a hidden boutique with handcrafted products, a popular local festival, a bakery with a cult following, or a picnic-worthy park, Travel + Leisure guides the way, providing information and inspiration. From beaches and bars to cultural attractions and up-and-coming neighborhoods, our list will help you make the most of your romantic getaway, family vacation, or trip with friends. Below find Travel + Leisure’s top picks for what to do in South Carolina.

  • Billy Reid

    The designs of Billy Reid—whose boutique empire stretches from Charleston to Dallas—would have looked just as dashing on your great-grandfather. More
  • B'zar

    Edgy King Street outpost for trendy clothes and gear. More
  • Charleston ClayWorks

  • Charleston Tea Plantation

    Tour the plantation, which grows the tea leaves used in Firefly sweet tea vodka, distilled down the road. More
  • Congaree National Park

    Congaree is a slice of the bayou just outside Columbia, SC. Its some 27,000 acres of floodplain (the polite word for “swamp”) were set aside to pre... More
  • Drayton Hall

    A 1742 plantation on the Ashley River run by the National Trust for Historic Preservation. More
  • Dulles Designs

    Founded by Emilie Dulles, who was inspired by her mother’s appreciation of fine stationery, Dulles Designs sells high quality stationery and paper ... More
  • Edmondston-Alston House

    The Greek Revival Edmondston-Alston House, which is open for public tours throughout the year. More
  • Elizabeth Stuart Design

    For furniture, handmade jewelry, vintage lighting fixtures, and regional cookbooks. More
  • Grady Ervin & Co.

    A classic men's store with its own line of seersucker suits. More
  • Hammock Shop

    Check out the weavers at this Pawleys Island shop. More
  • Hilton Head Health Institute

  • Historic Charleston Foundation

    Operates the Nathaniel Russell and Aiken-Rhett houses and sponsors the Festival of Houses & Gardens every spring. Advance tickets available. More
  • Historic Charleston Reproductions Shop

    Shop for distinctive local items such as linens inspired by the houses of Rainbow Row. More
  • Jack's Creek Marina

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