South Carolina Vacation Ideas

South Carolina Vacation Ideas #1: Carowinds Theme and Waterpark is 105 acres of great family entertainment. Located in Fort Mill this popular attraction has more than 50 state-of-the-art rides, attractions, and shows. No matter what your age there is something for you.

The kids will especially enjoy Nickelodeon Central and the 13-acre WaterWorks water park. For thrills you can't beat the first roller coaster in the world to carry a Star Trek theme with its eight gut-wrenching inversions.


South Carolina Vacation Ideas #2: Enjoy one of the Southeast's premier spring festivals, the Come-See-Me-Festival in Rock Hill. Held every spring this 10-day festival has over 60 different events.

It starts off with a parade and Beach Bash. Then there's the Mayor's Frog Jump Race, live entertainment and crafts, a tailgate party, and more. The finish is a big fireworks display.


South Carolina Vacation Ideas #3: Visit the animals at Waccatee Zoological Farm, "the best kept secret in Myrtle Beach". This is a privately owned zoo run by people who just love animals.

Enjoy the 500 acres of carefully preserved, wooded property as well as the wonderful collection of exotic and domestic animals. Winding trails and shady trees help you relax.


South Carolina Vacation Ideas #4: A fresh water aquarium, alligator pond, and the Butterfly House are popular places at Cyprus Gardens, just north of Charleston. Delight to the sight of hundreds of butterflies fluttering freely around you. As well as turtles and birds and a beehive (behind glass). The 175-acre swamp/garden has 4 ½ miles of walking trails for you to stretch your legs and enjoy the natural setting.
South Carolina Vacation Ideas #5: Charlestown Landing is a 63 acre recreation of Charlestown, South Carolina's colonial beginnings. There is an underground section full of historical exhibits. Ground level is the small village recreation. There's a full-scale reproduction of a 17th century sailing vessel like the ones that fueled the booming trade economy of early Charleston. It's a perfect place for a low-key journey into our past.

You can wander through on foot or rent a bike to tour the 80 acres of gardens, towering oak trees, freshwater lagoons, a 17th century crop garden, the Animal Forest and costumed interpreters.


South Carolina Vacation Ideas #6: Hunting Island is a 5,000 acre protected nature reserve located near historic Beaufort, South Carolina. It used to be a private hunting resort but now it is open to the public. It is an excellent South Carolina vacation spot for all kinds of outdoor activities. The Hunting Island Lagoon is on Hunting Island. It's a nice quiet place for fishing, crabbing and shrimping as well as wildlife viewing.

The lagoon is calm enough to take the family out on rubber rafts. There are over four miles of beach to enjoy. You can get a spectacular view of the coastline at the top of the 19th-century lighthouse. Hunting Island has 200 camping sites. Overall, this is a great South Carolina family vacation idea.


South Carolina Vacation Ideas #7: If you are into water sports than consider Charleston, South Carolina for you next vacation. Already known as a romantic vacation spot, Charleston is fast becoming a hot spot for surfing, kitesurfing, kayaking, parasailing and other vacation activities that can take advantage of the Atlantic coastline and the local creeks.

Folly Beach is one of the more popular spots. It offers all the water activities in a small town setting. Charleston is full of rich southern history as well as revamped neighborhoods with trendy eateries and shops.


South Carolina Vacation Ideas #8: North Myrtle Beach family vacations are very popular along the U.S. Atlantic coast. Located in South Carolina, Myrtle Beach has so much to offer for the family on vacation. There's the beach itself, for great swimming, surfing, fishing and all the water related fun. But there is also plenty of other things to do and see. There is almost always some type of festival or other event taking place.

Some of the local attractions include Ripley's Aquarium, Alligator Adventure and Waccatee Zoo. A real favorite with the kids is Family Kingdom Amusement Park and Family Kingdom Water Park, both situated right on off the beach. A vacation in Myrtle Beach is also great for golfing, theaters, shopping and excellent restaurants.


South Carolina Vacation Ideas #9: Fort Sumter National Monument, South Carolina is a powerful reminder of the great burden that the Civil War placed on our country. Fort Sumter is where the fighting began and it stands today as a memorial to those who fought on both sides of that terrible war. You can reach the fort by going to the Fort Sumter Visitor Education center in downtown Charlestown.

From there you take a ferry across the Charleston Harbor to the island where the fort stands guarding the mouth of the harbor. There are interpretive exhibits at the visitor center as well as rangers that will help explain the history of the fort and its important role in the war. While visiting Fort Sumter, include a stop at Fort Moultrie which sits on nearby Sullivan's Island and has held a key role in out seacoast defense since the Revolutionary War.

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