There comes a time when you have visited every museum, checked out every zoos and the beaches your state has to offer. At a certain point, you just want to see something that you may not have come across before. You have that deep hankering for the unique, the odd, the ‘never done before’. I call this the “Something New Syndrome” (watch out for that phrase in the new medical dictionaries…I’m sure it will become a ‘thing’). If this sounds like you, especially since summer is barreling down on you at the speed of an out of control freight train with broken brakes, then I have some good news! Whether you’re a weekend tourist or a lifelong resident, these 21 things to do in South Carolina are nothing short of amazing!
Built by Archer Huntington for his wife, Anna, a sculptor in 1931-1933. It is in Huntington Beach State Park. So, when you are finished touring the castle and making loads of memories, you have a beautiful state park for you to roam as well.
2. Neverbust Chain
Dreamed up by the artist, Blue Sky, and installed is the Neverbust Chain in downtown Columbia. And, while you are there you can visit...
3. Tunnel Vision
Another great work done by Blue Sky. It is something to see to believe. A barrier has been installed in front of this so that there would be no accidents. It truly looks like you could drive right to the other side. While still in Columbia, where there are so many things to do and see, you can visit another piece...
4. Busted Plug
Busted Plug is another of Blue Sky's art pieces. This particular piece stands 40 feet tall and weighs in at a spectacular 575,000 pounds. Definitely something to take a trip for!
5. The Angel Oak
A unique attraction to be sure. This beautiful tree has been saved from death by thousands of signatures and a couple who bought the land. It stands on John's Island and has been there for many centuries. It is a spectacular sight to behold.
6. King Neptune
In Hilton Head at Shelter Cove Gardens, stands a 12 foot tall bronze statue of Neptune. It is hailed as the world's largest figurative sundial and keeps precise time.
7. Union Cotton Mills mural
Blue Sky strikes again! In the little town of Union, SC, you will find this beautiful and robust mural on the back of a building actually facing Sharpe Ave.
8. Healing Springs
Also known as God's Acres, but most locals just call it Healing Springs. Nestled in Blackville, SC, this place has quite the story. And, when you are done gathering some of that lusciously cool water, you can take in a meal at the Miller's Bread Basket on Main St. Believe me, you will not be disappointed in that choice!
9. Palmetto Moonshine Distillery
South Carolina's first legal moonshine distillery can be found in historic Anderson, SC. Probably not a place to take the kids, but great for a couple's day out! You can take a tour and a taste test of the different kinds of moonshine available.
10. Pearl Fryar's Topiary Gardens
Three acres of whimsical, almost Seussian trees and shrubs. A true delight to the eyes. Found in Bishopville, SC.
11. Castle Pinckney
Constructed in 1810 by the US Government in the harbor of Charleston on Shutes' Folly Island. And, while you are in the area you can also visit...
12. Fort Sumter
A day of history and relaxation awaits with these two combined. You can take a tour of the fort and on the way there, the tour guide will give you all the details of the past.
13. Mars Bluff Bomb Site
Speaking of unique attractions. Did you know that Mars Bluff had been accidentally bombed by a nuclear weapon? Yes, it is a fact. Over the years, the site is slowly being taken back by nature, but you can still see the place where it landed.
14. Center for Birds of Prey
This one is special to my heart. This center takes in birds of prey and shorebirds for rehabilitation purposes. They give tours, flight demonstrations, and have exhibits. You can find them at 4719 Hwy 17N Awendaw, SC or visit their web page at: www.thecenterforbirdsofprey.org for more information.
What could be more unique than a water tower in the shape of a gigantic peach? Located in Gaffney, SC, this water tower stands 135 feet tall and holds 1 million gallons of water.
16. Medieval Times
Definately not the ordinary and fun for the entire family plus you get a meal! You will see jousting, falconry, and horsemanship all while eating a four course meal fit for a..ummm...King? And, while you are in the area you can also see....
17. Alligator Adventure
Not only will you see South Carolina's famed alligators, but you will also see tropical birds and bears! They also have live shows.
18. Dizzy Gillespie
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In Cheraw, SC, home of Dizzy Gillespie, you can see the beautiful bronze statue as well as tour this beautiful town.
19. Reedy River Falls
How amazing is it that this gorgeous scenery is located in downtown Greenville, SC? Talk about unique. How many places do you know that have this kind of attraction in the middle of town? Plus, there is so much to do in the area besides take amazing pictures.
20. Raven Cliff Falls
Located in Caesar's Head State Park, this stunning nature trail will leave you with plenty of pictures and loads of memories. P.S. It may just be me, but I do have a fascination with suspended bridges and find them unique in the fact that there are not many in South Carolina.
21. Stumphouse Mountain Tunnel
What started out as a shortcut to the Ohio River Valley ended up a unique and odd attraction for us. It is operated by the city of Walhalla as a state park and open daily to the public. While there you can also skip over and see the ever amazing Isaqueena Falls.
I hope that a few of these are at least one has piqued your interest. South Carolina has a lot of amazing places and most of them are just around the corner from you. These are just a few of the unique things you can do here. If I have missed anything that you find particularly interesting, please share in the comments below. Until next time my friends…