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Things to do in South Carolina

A list of what to do in South Carolina begins with a look at its history. Standing as the entry to the Deep South, the state is filled with antebellum plantation houses, one-time battlefields and hints of West African traditions from its slave-holding past.

In Charleston, rows of stately 18th-century mansions line the streets, and Fort Sumter stands as the site where the first shots of the Civil War were fired. While you're planning what to do in South Carolina, make sure to leave time to enjoy the heart comfort fare the South is known for, as well as a little Southern hospitality.

Many of the most popular things to do in South Carolina revolve around its coastline, from the retro kitschy scene at Myrtle Beach to the Sea Islands to the golf mecca at Hilton Head. Here, visitors can soak up the sun on sandy beaches thanks to its warm, balmy climate. Other outdoorsy things to do in South Carolina include hunting, fishing, canoeing in its swamplands and hiking in the Blue Ridge Mountains along its Western border.

  • 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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