Attractions April 01, 2017
You Can’t Afford To Miss These 15 Free Outdoor Activities In South Carolina
Who says “nothing in life is free?” Well, in the case of these 15 amazing attractions in the Palmetto State, those people are wrong.
Find yourself zipping along the foothills of the Blue Ridge Mountains, touring the only tea plantation in America, or roaming through a garden doused with heavenly-scented plants as you make your way through this massive list of things you can do for free in South Carolina.
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1. Charleston Tea Plantation - Wadmalaw Island
Visit this one-of-its-kind American tea plantation and see the fields of tea bushes where this and at least nine other tea varieties are grown.
Indulge in a free factory tour and an amazing gift shop full of - you guessed it - tea stuff. It's perfect for early holiday shopping, or just to browse or buy yourself a treat.
Tour the plantation and above activities on foot for free. Optional trolley tours are a (small) fee.
Charleston Tea Plantation
6617 Maybank Hwy, Wadmalaw Island, SC 29487
More information including hours here
2. The Gardens of the South Carolina Governor's Mansion - Columbia
The "secret" gardens surrounding the South Carolina's Governor's mansion are open to the public. Find yourself in awe of how you've gone this long without even realizing this was here and free.
South Carolina Governor's Mansion gardens
800 Richland Street, Columbia, SC
More information in this article we published
3. Campbells Covered Bridge - Landrum
History buffs will love the rich story behind this bridge, the only old-timey covered bridge remaining in the state. Read more about it
Campbell's Covered Bridge
171 Campbell Covered Bridge Rd, Landrum, SC 29356
4. Visit the City of Landrum
While you're in Landrum to visit
Campbell's Covered Bridge
head over to this magical town that's straight out of a fairy tale. Together with Pickens and Greenville, Landrum is part of a trio of perfect cities to visit in the Upstate. Read more about Landrum
in this article
5. Charleston (open-air) City Market - Charleston
If you're a native, hear me out. This market is a blast if you go when it's not super crowded. Plan your excursion to avoid busy weekends and go early in the mornings. The Charleston City Market is akin to a bonafide flea market with everything from new items, antiques like jewelry, locally-made preserves, plants and plenty of those sweetgrass baskets that Charleston is so famous for.
Charleston City Market
188 Meeting St, Charleston, SC 29401
More information including hours
6. South Carolina Botanical Garden - Clemson
7. Angel Oak - Johns Island
It's safe to say the Angel Oak tree may be the top free outdoor attraction in the state. Visitors are drawn to this tree that has an unwavering spirit. It's speculated to be as old as 1500 years. It's like visiting an outdoor art gallery with only one exhibit.
3671 Angel Oak Rd, Johns Island, SC 29455
8. The South Carolina Maritime Museum - Georgetown
Georgetown is the third oldest city in South Carolina and one of the
three remaining South Carolina fishing villages
that seem frozen in time. Visit the (free) Maritime Musuem on Front Street and marvel at the relics they've saved over the centuries. After, head outside to stroll around historic Georgetown and love every minute of it.
South Carolina Maritime Museum
729 Front St, Georgetown, SC 29440
Hours: 11:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m., Monday through Saturday
More information on their wonderful website
9. Greenville County Museum of Art - Greenville
collection of watercolors by Andrew Wyeth, one of the most iconic American artists in the 20th Century. In fact, many Wyeth family members were lauded as influential and there are several Wyeth family works on display at this gallery in Greenville. Although it's not outdoors, this museum is worth the drive all by itself. Add a spectacular free outdoor attraction to the trip by popping over to a fabulous park that's hiding in plain sight in downtown Greenville. Read on to learn more about it.
Greenville County Museum of Art
420 College St, Greenville, SC 29601
Phone: (864) 271-7570
More information including gallery hours here
10. Falls Park on the Reedy - Greenville
Head over to Greenville to a park right in downtown with a waterfall that spans the width of the entire river. Falls Park on the Reedy and surrounding attractions, including an outdoor amphitheatre with free concerts, is an explosion of colors in the Spring, Summer and Fall seasons with many elevations to explore, including trails that meander along the river bottom.
Falls Park on the Reedy
601 S Main St, Greenville, SC 29601
More information in this article from OnlyInSouthCarolina
11. God's Acre Healing Springs - Blackville
There are scores of people who swear by the healing properties of the water flowing from these quirky pipes. (You all know who you are!) Bring some empty bottles and take some home to find out for yourself!
God's Acre Healing Springs
Springs Ct, Blackville, SC 29817
Hours: always open
12. Kings Mountain National Military Park - Blacksburg
A major Revolutionary War battle took place on these hallowed grounds. A national monument honors the men who fought and/or died here. In addition to those significant moments in time, this park's ancient history includes some volcanic activity right here in South Carolina. Read more about that
in this article we published
Kings Mountain National Military Park
2625 Park Rd, Blacksburg, SC 29702
More information including hours and holiday closures here
13. Brasstown Falls - Westminster
Spend a day in the wild chasing this magnificent waterfall as it drops 120 feet in three sections into the Brasstown Valley. Its location makes it easy to get to and one of the most photographed waterfalls in the Palmetto State.
Directions and more information here
14. Ninety-Six National Historic Site - Ninety Six
The first land battle of the Revolutionary War south of New England ocurred at Star Fort at Ninety-Six in 1775. The historic site includes 1,000 acres for you to explore and discover evidence of this pre-Revolutionary War "city" that once thrived here. The Battlefield and "ghost town" are located approximately two miles south of present day Ninety Six, South Carolina.
Ninety Six National Historic Site
1103 Hwy 248 S, Ninety Six, SC 29666
More information including hours
15. South Carolina Scenic Byways - statewide
Roll down the windows and take a drive along one of the Scenic byways in South Carolina. Find yourself zipping along the foothills of the Blue Ridge Mountains, or trailing under the canopy of Spanish moss-covered old Oak trees. You'll find a
list of the state's scenic byways
from the SCDOT here.
Read more about 8 of them in
this OnlyInSouthCarolina article
If you’re looking for even more fun things to do, you can’t miss this list of
10 of the weirdest places, attractions, and activities in South Carolina.