South Carolina Sunshine™ | Places to see and things to do outside in the beautiful state of South Carolina.
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Bulls Island, the largest in Cape Romain National Wildlife Refuge, is a pristine 5,000-acre barrier island established in 1932. Its thriving maritime forest, diverse wildlife habitats, beautiful beach area, and numerous trails offer plenty of opportunities for exploration and wildlife observation.
Discover Hilton Head Island's year-round allure! This vibrant South Carolina hotspot shines even in winter. In February alone, the island hosts events like the 2023 Hilton Head Island Gullah Celebration, a cherished Seafood Festival, and the prestigious Darius Rucker Intercollegiate Golf Tournament hosted by the University of South Carolina. Craving more? Explore Hilton Head Island's vibrant culture with our photo essay.
Delight in the engaging attractions at Riverbanks Zoo & Garden in Columbia, SC. From the captivating Western Lowland Gorilla, Sea Lion, and White Rhino exhibits to the tranquil botanical gardens and fun-filled Waterfall Junction splash pad, there's something for everyone. The venue, offering rentable spaces for events, makes learning fun across all ages, with educational aspects woven into every exhibit. Exciting events for summer 2023 include Members' Night Out and Brew at the Zoo.
Discover the enchanting Lake Jocassee, a gem nestled in the secluded northwest corner of South Carolina within Devils Fork State Park, Oconee County. Perfect for local getaways and out-of-state explorations, this family and dog-friendly haven offers refreshing, crystal-clear waters fed by Appalachian rivers - an ideal retreat on the hottest days. Embrace serene solitude or engage in thrilling adventures with many activities, including flatwater kayaking, paddleboarding, fishing, scuba diving, and hiking. Lake Jocassee - your destination for a memorable escapade!
Hosted annually in Columbia, the South Carolina State Fair is a cherished local tradition managed by the South Carolina Agricultural and Mechanical Society. With rides, tempting food, and exciting games brought to you by North American Midway Entertainment, it's the perfect gathering spot for community fun. Revel in this delightful event, an ideal setting for a memorable day with loved ones. Soak up the amusement, indulge in delectable treats, and engage in lively games!
Join acclaimed artist and the University of South Carolina Professor Sara Schneckloth for an enriching drawing residency in New Mexico's high desert. Immerse yourself in the mesmerizing landscape that inspired Agnes Martin. Discover the sensory richness of piñon, juniper, and Milky Way skies, as you create artwork with handcrafted charcoal and natural paints. This unique experience combines land, creativity, and tutorials to deepen your drawing insights and foster independent studio practice.
Every Saturday, come rain or shine, the Soda City Market in downtown Columbia, SC, welcomes visitors from 9 am to 1 pm all year round. An ideal experience for Midlands residents or those seeking weekend fun, this producers-only market hosts an average of 150 vendors weekly, with a rotating database of 400. From fresh produce, handcrafted jewelry, baked delights, and art to trendy clothing and accessories, there's something for everyone. Food trucks and LIVE music add to the vibrant atmosphere, making it a must-visit destination!
Embark on a journey through the South Carolina Aquarium, with a special focus on the Zucker Family Sea Turtle Recovery™ exhibit and the Sea Turtle Care Center™. It is devoted to preserving sea turtles, and the center's efforts are crucial in protecting all seven endangered or threatened species. 'Dive' into our photo essay tour of the visit with images captured by Dawn Hunter (unless noted otherwise).
Embrace the outdoors at Flowertown Charm in Summerville, SC, where we enjoyed an unforgettable pumpkin carving experience amidst a delightful farm setting. With pumpkins, tools, and stencils provided for up to sixteen guests, we bonded over carving and interacting with various farm animals, planning to turn this into an annual tradition. Beyond this seasonal delight, Flowertown Charm offers cozy accommodations and unique activities like Goat Yoga, Farm Snuggle Sessions, Marshmallow Roasting with Goats in Sweaters, and more. The warm hospitality of farmers Chris and Jenna Pelayo makes every visit special. We wholeheartedly endorse Flowertown Charm for fellow animal enthusiasts!