South Carolina

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.

A Barcelona-inspired wine-and-tapas bar: the back room has DJ's and a throbbing young crowd on weekends.

Edgy King Street outpost for trendy clothes and gear.

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Sweet grass is gathered from low-country marshes and then woven into baskets, bracelets, pins, barrettes, and earrings by traditional weavers, all sold at this roadside locale.

The society runs several historic properties and conducts tours of private homes in the fall. Also has a great book and gift shop for all things Charleston.

Founded by Emilie Dulles, who was inspired by her mother’s appreciation of fine stationery, Dulles Designs sells high quality stationery and paper products from its studio on Church Street in The Battery.

This 1741 historic plantation has an exquisite formal garden.

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

An intelligent museum in a former slave-trade sales room.

For furniture, handmade jewelry, vintage lighting fixtures, and regional cookbooks.

The best way to see this narrow barrier island, which is squeezed between a salt marsh and the Atlantic, is by bicycle. Rent one from Pawleys Island Beach Service.

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 preserve the largest remaining tract of old-growth bottomland hardwood forest in the United States.

This 1676 spread has welcomed visitors since shortly after the end of the Civil War.

Check out the weavers at this Pawleys Island shop.