Summer Activities in South Carolina
The South Carolina lowcountry is a top destination for summer vacations and is filled with things to do for the entire family. Whether you love soaking in the sun, landing huge fish, enjoying nature, pursuing history, or sampling tasty cuisine, South Carolina is your premier choice location. Just take a look at some of these suggestions and you’ll be ready to start searching for a hotel, Airbnb or bed and breakfast for your next getaway!
Relax on the Beautiful Beaches
South Carolina boasts 2,876 miles of gorgeous coastline, with some of the most beautiful, pristine beaches in the United States. Soak up the southern sunshine, play in the ocean, fish in the surf, or collect thousands of seashells along these popular South Carolina beaches.
Kiawah Island is 10 miles of privately owned island beach scenery that is simply unmatched anywhere. Bordered by sand dunes, marshes, and maritime forestry, there is plenty of space for renters and property owners to enjoy this premiere taste of lowcountry living.
If you know The Gold-Bug by Edgar Allen Poe, then you are already familiar with Sullivan’s Island. This barrier island located 10 miles east of downtown Charleston features glistening white sand beaches and calm waters to enjoy with the family. The historic charm of this pristine island, and Poe’s own time stationed at Fort Moultrie, inspired his short story; and after visiting, you’ll know why.
Folly Beach is another popular summer beach destination near Charleston, lying about 10 miles south of the city on Folly Island. Boasting 10 miles of beautiful beaches, This area is perfect for catching the sunrise, picnicking, soaking up the sun, then enjoying a relaxing drink at one of the many beachfront bars.
Perhaps the most popular summer beach destination with plenty of things to do is The Grand Strand. Over 60 miles of beachfront covers several fun and engaging communities, with opportunities for relaxation, fishing, dining, and fun activities. Pawleys Island, Litchfield Beach, Garden City, Murrells Inlet, North Myrtle Beach and Myrtle Beach are all part of the Strand, and offer plenty of places to stay and things to do for your summer vacation.
Explore Things to Do in Nature
South Carolina is rich in natural beauty and resources, and there are many things to do in nature for those who enjoy more natural pursuits. From camping, to flowers, to fishing, to working farms and plantations, South Carolina has plenty to keep you busy in nature.
Piers, parks, lakes and rivers and local ponds all provide ample opportunities for Fishing in South Carolina. Guided saltwater tours along the coast are popular and require advance booking, while pier fishing is allowed and encouraged, with many piers providing all the equipment you need for affordable rental.
Camping among South Carolina's lush forests, beautiful coastline and rolling hills is a favorite pastime and families fill the scenic campgrounds and RV parks scattered throughout the state. Many beaches feature campgrounds with beach access. Find the perfect place to set up camp on your next South Carolina summer adventure.
The South Carolina Aquarium, located in Charleston, is home to over 700 animals, including Atlantic stingrays, horseshoe crabs, sharks, jellyfish, river otters and dozens of other marine and animal species. Holding more than 385,000 gallons of water, enjoy a Touch Tank, Great Ocean Tank that is three stories high, and more. Come face to face with beautiful South Carolina wildlife and plants on the historic Charleston harbor.
In a mood for exploring nature with a bit of history and farm life mixed in? South Carolina boasts some of the most beautiful working plantations in the South. Plan a half-day or full-day visit and soak up all the things to do at:
- Brookgreen Gardens — one of the Top Ten Gardens in the US
- Magnolia Plantation and Gardens — Charleston’s most visited plantation
- Boone Hall Plantation and Gardens — site of the Avenue of the Oaks, made famous in The Notebook and North and South.
Discover South Carolina History
As one of the earliest American colonies, South Carolina is rich in history, especially from the Revolutionary War and the Civil War. A few refurbished forts still exist, as well as historic homes, the Charleston Slave Market downtown and naval museums with World War II ships on display.
The blockbuster movie The Patriot (2000) starring Mel Gibson was filmed entirely on location across several South Carolina locations, including the Darby farm in Chester County and historic Brattonsville, Rock Hill, Edisto Island, Middleton Place Plantation, Lowrys and Cypress Gardens. Learn more here and design your own tour to discover more about real historical inspirations for this film from South Carolina.
Charleston is filled with historical sites, and perhaps none is more beautiful and interesting than The City Market downtown. Established in the 1790s, the market stretches for four city blocks from the architecturally-significant Market Hall, which faces Meeting Street, through a continuous series of one-story market sheds, the last of which terminates at East Bay Street. The entire complex was listed on the National Register of Historic Places as Market Hall and Sheds and was further designated a National Historic Landmark.
Patriot’s Point Naval and Maritime Museum is a hands-on history lesson located in Mt. Pleasant, South Carolina, across the harbor from the city of Charleston. Tour World War II aircraft carrier USS Yorktown, destroyer USS Laffey, submarine USS Clamagore and the only Vietnam War Experience Exhibit in the United States. Packed with plenty of things to do and learn, you may find that one day here this summer isn’t enough.
Fort Sumter and Fort Moultrie are refurbished battle sites from the American Civil War, Fort Sumter being the location of the first shot fired in the war. Guarding Charleston from attack from the sea, they became the sites of a standoff between federal troops at Fort Sumter and Confederate troops at Fort Moultrie. Visit the sites and museums and soak in the rich history of one of the most pivotal sites in our history, including how they played a part in the Revolutionary War, and our defense until 1947.
Enjoy Summer Fun
If soaking up sun at the beach is not your thing, there are still plenty of things to do for summer fun in South Carolina. Check out these great attractions and interests:
- Scream on Roller Coasters at Carowinds in Fort Mill, SC
- Take a Dolphin Cruise
- Play on over 350 Golf Courses
- South Carolina Shopping Can’t Be Beat
- Enjoy Rides & Games at Myrtle Beach Pavilion Park
- Discover Horses & More in Thoroughbred Country
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