South Carolina Top 10 Attractions

6: Riverbanks Zoo & Garden

Riverbanks Zoo & Garden

Bask in your child's awestruck and delighted expressions as they visit each of the exotic animals that are housed here in one of America's best zoos, the Riverbanks Zoo & Garden. Your kids will enjoy feeding the farm animals at the petting zoo and they will love watching all the fun animal shows. Register ahead of time for their exciting adventure tours that will let you encounter animals up close as well as explore many behind the scenes zoo operations.

Address: 500 Wildlife Parkway, West Columbia, SC 29169

7: USS Yorktown and Patriots Point

USS Yorktown and Patriots Point
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This Naval and maritime museum located on Charleston harbor is a monument to the many brave soldiers who fought for the country. The main attraction here is the World War II aircraft carrier USS Yorktown. Attracting over 270,000 visitors each year, this is the best place for you to explore, discover and appreciate US history like you never have before.

Address: 40 Patriots Point Rd, Mt Pleasant, SC 29464

8: Magnolia Plantation and Gardens

Magnolia Plantation and Gardens
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Historic, romantic, stunningly beautiful. Those are just a few words used to describe Magnolia Plantation and Gardens located in Charleston County, South Carolina. Magnolia is the oldest plantation site on the Ashley River and was established by the Drayton family in the 1670s. It’s also the oldest public gardens in America, having first opened its doors to guests in 1870. Many of the gardens beautiful flowers and plants predate Civil War and give a fascinating look into the flora of the time. Magnolia is revered for its gorgeous grounds as much as it is its history. The romantic-style garden features sprawling collections of flowers that are in bloom year-round. Magnolia is worthy of a trip no matter the time of year. You can visit in the spring to see startling azaleas or the winter to see the famed camellias.

Address: 3550 Ashley River Rd, Charleston, SC 29414

9: Huntington Beach State Park

Huntington Beach State Park
Photo Courtesy: Flickr/fran.trudeau

A beautiful coastal preserve, Huntington Beach State Park offers a stunning beach area as well as a host of activities and sights for the whole family to enjoy. Atalaya Castle, which was the home of the Huntingtons, is located here and when you visit you can enjoy a tour of this fascinating home as well as explore a range of exhibitions at the Atalaya Visitor Center. You can also enjoy getting to one with nature, as there are various bird species for those who are interested in wildlife. A favorite amongst kids is the onsite Nature Center, which provides an exciting educational experience with both historic displays and live animals.

Address: 16148 Ocean Hwy, Murrells Inlet, SC 29576

10: Fort Sumter National Monument

Fort Sumter National Monument
Photo Courtesy: NPS Site

History buffs know all about Fort Sumter. But it’s one thing to see this historic national monument, and quite another to experience it. You can talk a walk through the exact location where the first shots were fired in the Civil War on a tour of Fort Sumter National Monument. You can also learn about the events leading up to that fateful morning in 1861 by taking a walking tour of the grounds. Fort Sumter is located in Charleston Harbor and is only accessible via boat. It might require some traveling, but a trip is well worth the trek. Fort Sumter has daily tours and a museum that houses many historic artifacts.

Address: 1214 Middle St, Charleston, SC 29482

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