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South Carolina for the Whole Family

Updated on April 10, 2009

Antebellum homes and modern shopping venues, large cities and small Southern towns, beautiful beaches and verdant gardens—when you plan a trip to South Carolina, there are so many opportunities vying for your attention it can be difficult to make your selection(s). This is because South Carolina tourism has something for every age, interest or capabilities, so be sure to plan for time to enjoy as many of South Carolina’s attractions as possible.

If salty sea breezes soothe your soul, then set your sights on the sensational scenery found along Highway 17. As you enter South Carolina from Georgia you cannot help but notice the distinctive sights of the low country—its marshlands, waterfowl, rippling creeks, ancient oaks, and the rich culture of the Gullah people make is a fascinating area to visit. Heading north along Highway 17, also known as the Kings Highway or Ocean Highway, you will reach Charleston. Known for its historic homes, rich food, and friendly atmosphere, Charleston is a place where you can kick back and relax as you tour great South Carolina attractions like The Citadel, Magnolia Plantation and Gardens, the Dock Street Theatre, and assorted museums, parks, and shopping centers.

Continue north through rural countryside and small towns like Mt. Pleasant, Awendaw, and McClellandville until you reach Georgetown, SC. This laidback town was once home to rice and indigo plantations, and today its historic homes still stand allowing you to see the magnificent architecture from the past as you stroll along the restored waterfront. While in Georgetown, take some time to visit the Rice Museum, Mansfield Plantation and enjoy some local faire at its area eateries.

Once you leave Georgetown, head toward favorite vacation spots like Pawleys Island and Murrells Inlet. These charming beach towns boast some of the region’s best seafood; have attractive family friendly beaches, quaint stores and quiet bed and breakfast.

Upon hitting the road again, travel Highway 17 to Myrtle Beach. As one of South Carolina’s most renowned beach areas, Myrtle Beach offers a wide range of tourist attractions. While at Myrtle Beach, you will find family friendly fun at a variety of themed miniature golf parks; Ripley’s Believe it or Not, Ripley’s Aquarium, the Alligator Adventures and the South Carolina Museum. Those who love to shop until they drop will have a blast visiting the many stores-national chains and local favorites-at Barefoot Landing and Broadway at the Beach. For wild rides of every size visit a crowd pleasing location like Hard Rock Park, Family Kingdom Amusement Park and Water Park or MagicQuest. On the other hand, if you love to splash around then get your tickets for Wild Water or Myrtle Waves Water Park. If you would like some meal time entertainment, be sure to dine at musical locations like Alabama Theatre, the Carolina Opry, Dixie Stampede, House of Blues, and Legends in Concert. However, for dinner with a theme reserve your seat at Medieval Times Dinner & Tournament where you can step back in time as you eat an authentic meal, enjoy court jesters, and jousting knights. Additional Myrtle Beach attractions include Brookgreen Gardens, the IMAX Theatre, and Hopsewee Plantation.

Not much for the beaches? Not a problem! South Carolina is a special favorite of golfers of all skill levels. It has over 300 sensationally challenging greens scattered liberally across the state. Whether you play the course at Hilton Head’s Harbour Tour Links or Sea Pines Resort, Kiawah Island’s Ocean Course which is considered to be one of the finest in America, or play the 18 holes at McCormick’s Hickory Knob Golf Course, you are sure to have a wonderful time.

South Carolina Tourism offers something for everyone—from hundreds of shopping venues to sporting events, charming southern hospitality and decadent meals at locations across the state. So don’t delay. Mark your calendar for a South Carolina vacation and get ready to make marvelous memories!

Georgetown Fishing Dock - by Rhonda Thompson
Georgetown Fishing Dock - by Rhonda Thompson

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