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Explore South Carolina

Updated on April 16, 2020
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The Kyp family is originally from Pennsylvania and has resided in South Carolina for the past 5 years. Spent time in and around Paris.

Riverbanks Botanical Garden
Riverbanks Botanical Garden

Hilton Head

  • Take your dog to Coligny Beach Park
  • Several pet-friendly hotels

Farther Afield of Hilton Head

  • Auldbrass Plantation (Yemassee, SC) - Frank Lloyd Wright home

Charleston, Mount Pleasant, Johns Island, Isle of Palms, Folly Beach, Southern Plantations

Columbia - the Capital of South Carolina

  • Tour historic homes (a family home of President Woodrow Wilson and another of the architect who designed the Washington Monument)
  • Tour the State House
  • Tour the Civil War Museum
  • Visit One Eared Cow Glass for unique handmade glass pieces (vases, garden ornaments, bird feeders)
  • Koger Center - Broadway shows and concerts
  • Riverbanks Zoo & Botanical Gardens

Farther afield of Columbia

  • Sumter - Swan Lake Iris Gardens
  • Newberry - Wells Japanese Garden
  • Lexington - Lexington County Museum


  • Peace Center - Broadway shows and concerts
  • Greenville Zoo
  • Walk along Falls Park on the Reedy
  • Overlook the Reedy River from Liberty Bridge

Farther Afield from Greenville

  • The Children's Museum of the Upstate
  • Relax at The Red Horse Inn (Landrum, SC)
  • Cowpens National Battlefield

Hilton Head

Pet-Friendly Hotels - Sunday-Thursday reduced rates

  • Beach House Resort
  • Sonesta Resort
  • Omni Oceanfront Resort

Coligny Beach Park

  • pet-friendly
  • walking and bike paths
  • WiFi
  • swings and beach-equipment rentals

Father Afield of Hilton Head

Auldbrass Plantation

  • Located in Yemassee, SC
  • Frank Lloyd Wright constructed home
  • Open every two years for tours - it will open again in 2021


Historic Homes

  • Tour one, two, or three houses in one day
  • Robert Mills House and Hampton-Preston Mansion are across the street from one another
  • Woodrow Wilson Family Home - turned museum dedicated to interpreting the post-Civil War Reconstruction period and South Carolina's only remaining presidential site
  • Gift Shop at the Robert Mills House
  • Robert Mills House - home of the architect who designed the Washington Monument
  • Hampton-Preston Mansion & Gardens - explores the lives of enslaved workers and their planter-class owners
  • Mann-Simons Site - Collection of commercial and domestic spaces owned and operated by the same African American family from around 1843 to 1970

State House

  • Closed Sunday; open 9am-5pm Monday-Friday and 10am-4pm Saturday
  • Located on Gervais St in Columbia
  • Tours are given at 10:30am, 11:30am, 1:30pm, and 2:30pm on Saturdays (except after Thanksgiving and Christmas) after July 12th
  • January-May - tours are offered every half hour beginning at 9:30am and ending at 3:30pm (Tours not offered at 12 and 12:30pm)
  • June-December - Tours are offered every half hour from 9:30am to 3:30pm except for the 12:30pm tour
  • Visitors can tour without a tour using free brochures available in the State House

South Carolina Confederate Relic Room and Military Museum

  • Located on Gervais St in Columbia
  • Closed Sunday and Monday
  • Open 10am-5pm Tuesday-Saturday
  • This exhibit features flags, swords, and other historic artifacts from the Revolutionary War to modern times.

Koger Center

  • Previous shows Wicked

Riverbanks Zoo & Botanical Gardens

  • Backstage Pass - interact, feed, and learn more about penguins, grizzly bears, river otters, giraffes, and sea lions (additional cost and reservations required)
  • Open every day 9am-5pm
  • River Zip through the treetops, cross a bridge and zoom 1,000 feet over the scenic Saluda River (additional cost)
  • Moonlight Zip - zip through the trees at night (additional cost)
  • Waterfall Junction - located with the Botanical Gardens; recommend taking the free tram from the zoo to the top of the hill where the gardens are located - kids can frolic around the 25 foot waterfall and splash zones
  • Spots & Stripes Railraod (addition cost)
  • Sky-High Safari (additional cost)
  • Farmyard Feeding (additional cost)
  • Feed the Lorikeets and the Giraffees (additional cost)
  • Wild Adventures Rock Wall (additional cost)
  • Endangered Species Carousel (additional cost)

Farther Afield of Columbia

Swan Lake Iris Gardens

  • Located in Sumter, SC
  • No pets allowed
  • Watch out for alligators
  • Best time to visit - middle/late May-early June

Wells Japanese Gardens

  • Located in Newberry, SC
  • Exact Street Address is 1608 Lindsay Street

Lexington County Museum

  • Consists of 36 historic homes and outbuildings
  • Showcases the Colonial and Antebellum period of Lexington County with a focus on the Swiss and German heritage


Peace Center

  • Past shows The Lion King, Anastasia, Les Miserables, My Fair Lady, and Aladdin

Greenville Zoo

  • Open daily 10am-5pm
  • Hours vary in the Spring and Summer
  • Closed for two weeks in February

Restaurants (recommend reservations)

  • Passerelle Bistro - French cuisine in the heart of Falls Park on the Reedy
  • Jianna - Modern Italian food across the street from Falls Park on the Reedy

Robert and Catherine Scruggs lived inside this home with their eleven children.  The Scruggs House - Cowpens National Battlefield
Robert and Catherine Scruggs lived inside this home with their eleven children. The Scruggs House - Cowpens National Battlefield

Farther Afield of Greenville

The Children's Museum of the Upstate

  • Spartanburg location is meant for children 5 years and younger
  • Greenville location is meant for children of all ages
  • Open Tuesday-Saturday 9am-5pm; Sunday 11am-5pm
  • Closed Monday

Cowpens National Battlefield

  • Revolutionary War battle site - led to the defeat and surrender of the British commander Lord Earl Cornwallis at Yorktown, Virginia in October 1781
  • This specific battle was fought on January 17, 1781
  • Open 9am-5pm daily
  • Located in Gaffney, SC

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