12 Retro Places in South Carolina That Will Take You Back In Time
It’s “Throwback Thursday,” South Carolina. Time to turn back the hands of time and visit some places throughout the state that will take you back in time.
Who loves nostalgia? Raise your hand. We sure do. And we love sharing retro places in the state that take us all back to “the day.” Here are some retro places we’ve discovered in the Palmetto State.
1. The 25 Drive In Auto Theatre - Greenwood, SC
Hit the road and head to Greenwood for the show of your life. This updated venue is a regional favorite and also serves great cheeseburgers. More info
2 Vincent's Drug Store & Soda Fountain - Johns Island, SC
Vincent's is locally owned and a favorite among locals as well as visitors at nearby Kiawah and Seabrook Islands. Step into Vincent's and step back in time to a good old-fashioned '50s pharmacy with a soda counter. More info
3. Hot Diggity Diner - North Myrtle Beach, SC
Throwback to the days when you'd go to Myrtle Beach as a kid. Step out the back door of this '50s style diner and you're only a few steps from the ocean. More info
4. The Alley Charleston - Charleston, SC
The Alley is Downtown Charleston's only bowling alley. But it's much more than that. They have great food, beverages for those of us who are over 21, lots of "theme nights" that go hand-in-hand with the retro theme and skee ball, ping-pong, dozens of old school vintage arcade games, basketball hoops and more. Day or night, there is entertainment galore at The Alley Charleston. More info
5. Wyndham Ocean Blvd Hotel - North Myrtle Beach, South Carolina
Retro style hotels can be a fun experience. Look. Even the lazy river at this hotel in North Myrtle Beach is retro. More info
6. The Beacon Drive In - Spartanburg, SC
The Beacon has been a southern landmark in Spartanburg since 1946. They're known for their Chili-Cheese A-Plenty, a chili-cheeseburger buried underneath piles of sweet onion rings and french-fried potatoes. Yum. More info
7. Leon's Poultry & Oyster Shop - Charleston, SC
Do not let the name fool you. Leon's may have the best fried chicken in all of Charleston (just like Mom used to make) but they have much more. Fresh fish, salads - and oysters served four delicious ways, including charbroiled. More info
8. Northgate Soda Shop - Greenville, SC
Northgate Soda Shop is loaded with knick knacks and momentos from the old days. Oh, and they make a pretty mean sandwich too. More info
9. Summerton Diner - Summerton, SC
This diner is a Summerton tradition. The old fashioned counter, friendly service and great food keep people coming back for more in this retro-feel restaurant. More info
10. Hwy 21 Drive In - Beaufort, SC
The Hwy 21 Drive In opened in 1978 and is popular among residents in the Lowcountry. Take a trip down memory lane and take your honey out to a drive in movie this weekend. More info
11. Bantam Chef - Chesnee, SC
Wow! A 1950 Studebaker Starlight Coupe! Eating at the Bantam Chef in Chesnee is like eating in a souped-up retro machine. From the location itself to all the memorabilia (it's everywhere), the Bantam Chef is a treat for the taste buds, the eye buds and the nostalgia buds alike. More info
12. Big Mo - The Monetta Drive In Theatre - Monetta, SC
The Monetta Drive-in was opened in 1951, closed in 1986 and reopened in 1989 as "The Big Mo." At the moment, the BIG MO is closed for the winter season and will re-open in March. So we're afraid you'll have to save the date on this one, but keep her on your list! More info
Have you been to any of these retro places in South Carolina? The Palmetto State is a big place and we’re sure we’ve just scratched the surface of retro places. Do you want to add any to the list? Feel free in our Facebook comments section. We’d love to know about them!
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