South Carolina February 19, 2016
15 Amazing Field Trips Every South Carolinian Took As A Kid … And Should Take Again
Whoa. Those fields trips as a kid were something else. Am I right?
Fortunately, South Carolina is home to many sites featuring the history and culture of the Palmetto State, and some that feature arts from all over the world. Some states aren’t as loaded with field trip material, so let’s consider ourselves lucky. Let’s take a look back as some of those places you may have visited as a kid. And just maybe this will inspire a return trip to a few…
1. Fort Sumter - Charleston, SC
stands at the entrance to Charleston Harbor. This historic reminder of the War Between the States is open daily for tours, or you can roam about freely on your own.
2. Zentrum - The BMW Museum - Greer, SC
some of us
didn't go to the museum on school field trips, but it's possible that our kids and grandchildren have gone. By the way, the
and Gift Shop is closed for renovations until late 2016.
3. Historic Brattonsville - McConnells, SC
Thirty historic structures, ranging from the 1760s through the 1800s, are preserved in
Take a trip back in time to see life as it was then for Scot-Irish immigrants, the Brattons, at Historic Brattonsville.
4. Patriots Point Naval & Maritime Museum - Mount Pleasant, SC
Walk in the steps of heroes aboard the vessels at
Explore the extensive museum displays that include aircraft, an aircraft carrier, a submarine, a Vietnam Experience display, a Cold War memorial and the Medal of Honor Museum.
5. Catawba Cultural Center - Rock Hill, SC
Experience the rich cultural heritage of the Catawba Indian Nation at the
Catawba Cultural Center. More info.
6. South Carolina State House - Columbia, SC
Take a trip to the state house and while here, you just may run into Governor Nikki Haley, whose office is located here. When the legislature is in session (Jan - May) tours are offered every half-hour.
7. Riverbanks Zoo and Garden - Columbia, SC
We're willing to bet the
didn't offer a zipline adventure when you were a kid. Well, they do now - along with other great additions over the years.
8. Cypress Gardens - Moncks Corner, SC
Famous movies like "The Notebook" and "The Patriot" have filmed scenes at the beautiful
in Moncks Corner. Unfortunately, the floods in the fall of 2015 caused so much damage they had to temporarily close to get things back in order. Keep an eye on their website
to find out when they've reopened.
9. Congaree National Park - Hopkins, SC
Depending on the era you were in school, you may or may not have taken a trip to this amazing reserve. In the 1970s the Sierra Club worked tirelessly to preserve this area from development. Their efforts were successful and over the years the land has become more and more protected. In 2003, Congress redesignated it as a National Park.
10. Palace Theatre Myrtle Beach - Myrtle Beach, SC
Wow. You either loved going to performances as a kid, or you didn't.
The Palace Theater
opened at Broadway at the Beach in 1995 and is the #1 venue for live performances and theater in Myrtle Beach.
11. Columbia Museum of Art - Columbia, SC
Columbia Museum of Art
has been going strong since the 1950s. It's an art, natural history, and science museum, including a planetarium. If you didn't get to take a field trip here as a kid, then NOW is the time.
12. Boone Hall Plantation - Mount Pleasant, SC
Chances are, as a kid you went to
Boone Hall Plantation
on field trips more than once. You may have participated in the Boone Hall Farms "pick your own" strawberry or pumpkin harvest, and then you may also have visited the plantation for a history field trip. It's time to make another trip to this beautifully preserved working plantation from the past.
13. South Carolina Aquarium - Charleston, SC
South Carolina Aquarium
has been open since May 2000. The aquarium is home to more than just fish, as you can see from this photo. They also have otters and an entire arboretum filled with our feathered friends.
14. WonderWorks - Myrtle Beach, SC
Chances are, you didn't get to see this one as a kid. That's because
only opened in Myrtle Beach in 2011. But maybe your kids or grandkids have been fortunate enough to visit the 100+ hands-on science exhibits and experiments at this amazing adventure at Broadway at the Beach.
15. Gibbes Museum of Art - Charleston, SC
Gibbes Museum of Art
has been providing access to fine art for more than one hundred years. If you grew up anywhere near the Lowcountry then you likely attended a field trip to this classic museum. And if not, they're currently closed for renovations but expected to reopen in the Spring of 2016. Keep an eye on their reopening schedule
With so many potential places to visit on school field trips we’re sure we’ve only scratched the surface. Did you visit any of these? What other memorable and fun South Carolina places did you visit as a kid in school? We’d love to know, so tell us in the comments below or on our Facebook page.