South Carolina is a place filled with rich history and beautiful nature. It’s a state that seceded from the Union first and the eighth one to ratify the U.S. Constitution. Today, there are many historical places that still stand, from beautiful forts to museums, especially in Charleston, Greensville and Columbia. If you’re visiting this beautiful state, here’s what you need to see.
Learn a few facts at the South Carolina State Museum
In Columbia, you will find the state museum, a location packed with displays on the history, art, science, culture and technology of the region. Opened in the 80s, The South Carolina State Museum is also the biggest museum in the state. The floors showcase permanent and temporary displays, and you can see replicas, artifacts and local art pieces all year round.
Relax in Charleston Historic District
Charleston is a great vacation spot in South Carolina, especially its historic district. It’s the city’s oldest established district and one of the busiest today. It houses more than 1400 buildings, including churches and interesting “single house” homes dating back to the 18th and 19th centuries. The atmosphere is chill and charming thanks to the antebellum-era whimsy.
Freshen up at Myrtle Beach
In the summer, one of the best things you can do in South Carolina is hit Myrtle Beach and enjoy miles and miles of pristine sands. Like any beach, Myrtle offers a bunch of different seaside pleasures that allow you to relax and showcase your beach style. If you need summer clothing (and travel) inspirations, check out Big Booty Fish blog and feel free to steal some fashion ideas for the guys. While at Myrtle Beach, make sure to also visit Carolina Opry musical shows and the Myrtle Beach SkyWheel.
Explore nature in Huntington Beach State Park
If you’re a nature person, make sure to visit Huntington Beach State Park. This stunning coastal natural preserve is famous for bird watching and many different nature programs covering 3 miles of land. Huntington Beach State Park is home to more than 300 bird species and many freshwater lakes with alligators and other species like loggerhead turtles.
Visit Brookgreen Gardens
The Brookgreen Gardens is another must-see spot in South Carolina. Even though the name suggests it’s a small outdoor space, Brookgreen Gardens actually stretch across 9,100 acres with many hidden and fun things to see. This location is famous for housing more than 2000 sculptures, making it the biggest collection of this kind in the States.
Meet animals and plants at the Riverbanks Zoo and Gardens
If you’re traveling with kids and family, one of the best locations to visit in South Carolina is the Riverbanks Zoo and Garden. This center covers 170 acres of land and houses over 350 animal species (2000 different animals) in 8uniquely designed habitats and 4200 species of plants in their 70-acre botanical garden. It’s a great way to spend the day and learn a lot about the precious flora and fauna of our planet.
Shop at Charleston City Market
Even though it has a dark history of slave buying and selling, The Charleston City Market is a great place to visit for those who want to know the full history of South Carolina. The building is now brimming with positive emotions, provides housing for people, has a museum, a car dealership and an actual market that sells all sorts of goodies. At Charleston City Market you can buy toys, souvenirs, clothes and other goods, as well as support the local community of “basket ladies” of West African descent and buy their amazing handmade baskets.
If the road ever takes you to South Carolina, make sure to put these destinations on your itinerary and explore all the amazing things this state has to offer.