Great Day Trips

If you want something different to do with your family and friends, there are several interesting venues that you can visit in a day. Click on the town/venue below for more information.

Columbia, SC is about 2-1/2 hours from Charleston and is the State Capital of South Carolina. Among the many interesting things to see in Columbia are:

  • The SC State House was started in 1851 but construction was halted as General Sherman’s Army marched into Columbia on February 17, 1865. You can still see artillery shells in the façade and the building is designated a National Historic Landmark.
  • The Riverbanks Zoo and Botanical Garden is a great way to spend the day. The Zoo has animals from continents around the world, a reptile aquarium, a large birdhouse and a farm.  The Botanical Garden contains an Asian garden, a waterfall, and a rose garden.
  • Some of the museums include:
    • The Columbia Museum of Art is one of the finest art museums in the southeast.
    • The State Museum has 4 floors of attractions as well as a planetarium.
    • EdVenture Children’s Museum is the largest children’s museum in the Southeast and houses exhibits that are both fun and educational.

Beaufort, SC is about 1-1/2 hours south of Charleston and is known for its antebellum mansions. Among the places to see, shop and eat are historic landmarks, museums, walking tours and carriage rides. Nearby is Parris Island, the Marine Corp recruit center and Hunting Island, a South Carolina State Park next to the ocean.

Savannah, GA is about 2 hours south of Charleston and is a great place for history buffs, shoppers and art lovers. The attractions include Old Fort Jackson, Fort Pulaski National Monument, SCAD Museum of Art and Broughton Street for shopping and night life.

Brookgreen Garden is a little more than 2 hours north of Charleston near Pawley’s Island. The attractions include Botanical Gardens, American Sculptures, Lowcountry History and the Lowcountry Zoo. Brookgreen Gardens also offers special events throughout the year.

Drive the Evacuation Route. An interesting drive would be to drive the Seabrook Island Hurricane Evacuation Route which takes you through Walterboro and other rural areas of South Carolina. Click here to view the map.

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