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Mount Pleasant, South Carolina

A- Overview:
Wednesday, (April) 26 th, (1780): At two o’clock in the morning got in motion, and marched seventeen miles to Mount Pleasant, opposite Charleston, where we took possession of the ground, on which the Rebels had one eighteen pounder. Here is a ferry from this to a town called Hibban’s Ferry; there are very good barracks here if finished, that were begun before the rebellion. Sullivan’s Island is about a half a mile distant from the Point. There is a bridge from the Point to the Island with four arches. The barracks were used for a hospital, in which we took some invalids and a doctor. About six miles from the Point stands Christ Church. This night I might properly sing, “Content with our hard fate, my boys,” on the cold ground where I lay – wrapt up in my great coat, with my saddle for a pillow. A blustering cold night. Excerpt from the diary of Lt. Anthony Allaire, Loyal American Regiment, 1780.

Just across the bridge from Charleston lies the town of Mount Pleasant, South Carolina. Mount Pleasant is a town rich in the history of the past while living graciously in the present. Its colorful history includes a leading role in the military engagements of the Revolutionary War. When Charleston finally fell to the British on November 12, 1775, Cornwallis crossed the Cooper River with 2,500 troops and took possession of Haddrell’s Point. The British headquarters is said to have been the home of Jacob Motte, later known as Hibben House.

Located close to the Atlantic Ocean, Mount Pleasant affords its visitors a very comfortable climate for a visit at any time of year. This gracious southern town is always ready to offer hospitality and to welcome visitors. Due to it’s proximity to Charleston, it follows the same seasonal patterns. With the Atlantic Ocean nearby, a breeze is felt year long. Each season brings a special feel to this beautiful and peaceful town. Summer do get warm with the daytime temperature often approaching 90 F but with the evenings dropping into the mid 70’s F, it’s an ideal time for a leisurely stroll during the day or in the evening. The fall stays relatively warm with temperatures still in the 80’s F. Winter is a season of change with temperatures still in the comfortable mid 50’s during the day and the 30’s at night making it just right for sitting by a warm fire with a comforting drink in hand. Visitors may be treated to a dusting of snow during this time, but it will melt very quickly. Spring brings a rise in temperature and more sunshine. Whatever the season, Mount Pleasant welcomes visitors with a warm smile and a gentle sea breeze.

During any season there are a unique variety of attractions and sites to experience. Boone Hall Plantation, originally a cotton plantation, and now producing fruit and vegetables, is one of America’s oldest working plantations. It boasts one of the most majestic avenues of moss draped live oaks in the south. It’s a picture waiting to be taken. A tour of the plantation house, former slave quarters, and 738 acre grounds is a memorable experience.

If a visitor is lucky enough to visit Mount Pleasant in late April, there is the Blessing of the Fleet. Overlooking beautiful Charleston Harbor, this seafood festival celebrates the historic Mount Pleasant shrimping industry with the majesty of the ceremonial Blessing of the Fleet and a host of other family activities. For another family activity, plan a day at Palmetto Island County Park. It is a 943 acre park with a variety of recreational opportunities available including Splash Island Water Park, crabbing and fishing from floating docks along tidal creeks and lagoons, biking, lagoon boating and picnicking.

Of course no visit to Mount Pleasant is complete without a trip to watch the Sweet Grass Basket Weavers at work on US Highway 17 North. Sweet grass basket making has been a part of the Mount Pleasant community for more than 300 years. In fact, Mount Pleasant enjoys the distinction of being the only place where this particular type of basketry is practiced.

Whether the interest is history, nostalgia for hometown America of years past, warm breezes, family water adventures, golf, or just wandering the streets of Old Town: a visit to charming Mount Pleasant is an experience not to be missed on any trip to the area.

B- City Information:
Population: 47,609

Elevation: 24 feet above sea level

Land Area: 41.9 square miles

Location: Located in the southeastern section of South Carolina, approximately 7 miles from Charleston, SC

Time Zone: Eastern Time Zone (when it’s noon in Mt. Pleasant, it’s 11am in Chicago and 9am in Los Angeles). Mt. Pleasant observes Daylight Savings Time from April – October

Weather:

Jan
Feb
Mar
Apr
May
Jun
Jul
Aug
Sep
Oct
Nov
Dec

Average temp. (°F)
47.8
49.6
56.3
63.8
72.0
78.2
81.5
80.4
76.2
67.2
58.8
50.7

High temperature (°F)
56.9
59.3
65.5
72.6
79.9
85.3
88.6
87.4
83.2
75.8
68.0
59.9

Low temperature (°F)
38.7
39.9
46.9
54.8
64.1
71.0
74.4
73.3
69.2
58.7
49.6
41.4

Precipitation (in)
4.2
3.1
4.1
2.8
2.9
5.0
5.0
6.4
5.6
3.6
2.9
3.4

Climate:

Jan
Feb
Mar
Apr
May
Jun
Jul
Aug
Sep
Oct
Nov
Dec

Days with precipitation
10
9
10
7
9
11
14
13
10
6
7
9

Wind speed (mph)
9.1
9.8
10.0
9.7
8.6
8.3
7.8
7.4
7.7
8.0
8.1
8.5

Morning humidity (%)
83
82
83
84
85
86
88
90
90
89
86
84

Afternoon humidity (%)
56
52
50
49
53
59
62
63
62
56
53
55

Sunshine (%)
56
59
66
72
68
66
67
64
61
63
59
56

Days clear of clouds
9
9
9
11
8
6
5
6
7
11
12
9

Partly cloudy days
6
6
8
8
11
11
12
13
10
8
7
7

Cloudy days
16
13
14
11
12
13
13
13
13
11
12
14

Snowfall (in)
0.1
0.2
0.1
0.0
0.0
0.0
0.0
0.0
0.0
0.0
0.0
0.3

Local Seasons:

At any given time of year, Mt. Pleasant is in a vacation mode. This gracious southern town is always ready to offer hospitality and to welcome visitors. Due to it’s proximity to Charleston, it follows the same seasonal patterns. With the Atlantic Ocean nearby, a breeze is felt year long. Each season brings a special feel to this beautiful and peaceful town. Summer do get warm with the daytime temperature often approaching 90 F but with the evenings dropping into the mid 70’s F, it’s an ideal time for a leisurely stroll during the day or in the evening. The fall stays relatively warm with temperatures still in the 80’s F. Winter is a season of change with temperatures still in the comfortable mid 50’s during the day and the 30’s at night making it just right for sitting by a warm fire with a comforting drink in hand. Visitors may be treated to a dusting of snow during this time, but it will melt very quickly. Spring brings a rise in temperature and more sunshine. Whatever the season, Mt. Pleasant welcomes visitors with a warm smile and a gentle sea breeze.

How to Get There:

By Air

Charleston International Airport

500 International Blvd.

Charleston, South Carolina 29418

843-767-1100

The airport is conveniently located just a short drive from Mt. Pleasant. It is served by many of the recognized national airlines as well as certain local and regional carriers.

Ground Transportation:

Most of the major car rental companies as well as taxi, limousine, and shuttle services are available at the airport.

By Car

The main north-south coastal route, U.S. 17, passes through Mt. Pleasant; I-26 runs northwest to southeast, ending in Charleston. From there, head north on U.S. 17 to Mt. Pleasant.

By Train:

Amtrak

The nearest Amtrak station is located in nearby Charleston

4565 Gaynor Avenue
North Charleston, SC 29405

800-USA-RAIL

By Bus:

Greyhound

3610 Dorchester Road
Charleston, SC 29405

843-744-4247

How to Get Around:

With so many things available both in Mt. Pleasant as well as in the surrounding area, the most convenient means of transportation is by car, either personal or rental.

National Holidays:

New Year’s Day- Jan. 1

Martin Luther King, Jr., Day- 3rd Mon. in Jan.

President’s Day- 3rd Mon. in Feb.

Memorial Day- last Mon. in May

Independence Day- July 4

Labor Day- 1st Mon. in Sept.

Thanksgiving Day- 4th Thurs. in Nov.

Christmas Eve and Christmas Day- Dec. 24 and 25

New Year’s Eve- Dec. 31

C- Attractions/Things To Do:
Boone Hall Plantation

1235 Long Point Road
Mt. Pleasant, SC 29465
843-884-4371

Admission Charged

Hours: Labor Day to March 31: Monday-Saturday, 9am – 5pm; Sunday, 1pm – 4pm;

April 1 to Labor Day: Monday-Saturday, 8:30am – 6:30pm; Sunday, 1pm – 5pm.

Closed Thanksgiving Day and Christmas Day

Originally a cotton plantation, Boone Hall boasts one of the most majestic avenues of moss draped live oaks in the South.

Palmetto Islands County Park
444 Needlebrush Parkway

Mt. Pleasant, SC 29464
843-884-0832

Hours: Call for additional information

Admission Charged

A 943 acre park with a variety of recreational opportunities available including Splash Island Water Park, crabbing and fishing from floating docks along tidal creeks and lagoons, biking, lagoon boating and picnicking.

Charles Pinckney Historic Site

1240 Long Point Road

Mt. Pleasant, SC 29465
843-881-5516

Hours: Open 9am – 5pm daily

Admission Charged

The last protected remnant of Snee Farm is this country estate of Charles Pinckney (1754-1824). Pinckney was a statesman, revolutionary war officer, and a principal framer of the US Constitution. The site includes interpretations of African-American life and contributions during the colonial era.

Charleston National Country Club
1360 Highway 17 North

Mt. Pleasant, SC 29465
843-884-7799

Call for tee times and additional information

Admission Charged to Play

Unabashedly beautiful, Charleston National is a golf facility of high standards and impeccable taste. This 18-hole championship course is the only Rees Jones Design in the Charleston area open to the public. The course is sculpted out of Low Country marshland, with the cool ocean breezes creating different playing conditions between the morning and afternoon rounds.

Dunes West Golf Club
3535 Wando Plantation Way

Mt. Pleasant, SC 29465
843-856-9000

Call for tee times and additional information

Admission Charged to Play

Set amid Bermuda grass-covered dunes and 200 year old oaks draped in Spanish moss, this course blends its historically rich environment with the best golf facilities offered anywhere today. The Dunes West clubhouse, which was built on the site of the antebellum Lexington Plantation, was specifically designed to capture the old southern charm of the Low country. This tremendous course takes full advantage of its fabulous setting.

Patriots Point Link
1 Clubhouse Drive

Mt. Pleasant, SC 29465
843-881-0042

Call for tee times and additional information

Admission Charged to Play

Patriots Point Links is one of the most convenient 18-hole championship golf courses to downtown Charleston – and within minutes of the beaches at the Isle of Palms and Sullivan’s Island. Overlooking Charleston Harbor, Fort Sumter and Shem Creek, Patriots Point Links is known for its excellent putting surfaces and challenging waterfront finishing holes.

RiverTowne Country Club
1700 RiverTowne Country Club Drive

Mt. Pleasant, SC 29465
843-216-3777

Call for tee times and additional information

Admission Charged to Play

Situated among scenic marshlands and majestic live oaks with 13 holes along the Wando River and Horlbeck Creek, this 18-hole championship course features exceptional year-round playing conditions with five sets of tees from 5100 yards to 7200 yards. Amenities include GPS-equipped cars, driving range, chipping and putting green, clubhouse, golf shop and PGA teaching professionals on staff.

Historic Old Village

This National Register district is home to both colonial and antebellum period homes as well as many historic churches. A stroll in the Old Village may lead visitors to Pitt Street, the heart of the Old Village and once business center of this well-maintained community of Mount Pleasant. Here visitors will find unique shops and boutiques as well as the Pitt Street Pharmacy, where an old fashioned ice cream soda is still available. This district’s only accommodation is The Old Village Post House, a renovated grocery store originally built in 1888 by German immigrants. The Post House also operates a restaurant and tavern. The Old Village is also home to the majestic Alhambra Hall, a popular site for weddings and special events. The Hall is situated on a waterfront park with a view of the Charleston Harbor and a community playground just across the street for “little ones.” Perfect for family picnics or watching the sunset, Alhambra Hall is an ideal place to spend the afternoon with your loved ones.

Patriots Point Naval & Maritime Museum

40 Patriots Point Road

Mount Pleasant, SC 29464
843-884-2727

Hours: Call for hours of operation and additional information

Admission Charged

Home to the aircraft carrier USS Yorktown, nicknamed the Fighting Lady. The museum also includes the destroyer Laffey, submarine Clamagore, Coast Guard cutter Ingham, a re-creation of a Vietnam Naval Support Base, a Navy Flight simulator, vintage military aircraft, displays and exhibits and the Congressional Medal of Honor Museum.

Sweet Grass Basket Weavers

Roadside basket stands on US Highway 17 North. Mount Pleasant Sweet grass basket making has been a part of the Mount Pleasant community for more than 300 years. Basket making is a traditional art form, which has been passed on from generation to generation. Today, it is one of the oldest art forms of African origin in the United States. Mount Pleasant, South Carolina enjoys the distinction of being the only place where this particular type of basketry is practiced.

Beaches

Beaches of Isle of Palms and Sullivan’s Island

Mount Pleasant is also Charleston’s only access to the barrier island beaches of Sullivan’s Island and Isle of Palms. Isle of Palms caters to the visitor with ample public parking, a beach front county park, public facilities and a bustling front beach district with restaurants, snack bars, and shopping. Although Sullivan’s Island is less intentional in its attraction of travelers, the beaches on this quaint island town still warrant a visit. Public facilities are not provided by the municipality but the main street does house shops and restaurants that serve visitors and residents alike.

D- Family Fun Attractions:
Boone Hall Plantation

1235 Long Point Road
Mt. Pleasant, SC 29465
843-884-4371

Admission Charged

Hours: Labor Day to March 31: Monday-Saturday, 9am – 5pm; Sunday, 1pm – 4pm;

April 1 to Labor Day: Monday-Saturday, 8:30am – 6:30pm; Sunday, 1pm – 5pm.

Closed Thanksgiving Day and Christmas Day

Originally a cotton plantation, Boone Hall boasts one of the most majestic avenues of moss draped live oaks in the South.

Palmetto Islands County Park
444 Needlebrush Parkway

Mt. Pleasant, SC 29464
843-884-0832

Hours: Call for additional information

Admission Charged

A 943 acre park with a variety of recreational opportunities available including Splash Island Water Park, crabbing and fishing from floating docks along tidal creeks and lagoons, biking, lagoon boating and picnicking.

Historic Old Village

This National Register district is home to both colonial and antebellum period homes as well as many historic churches. A stroll in the Old Village may lead visitors to Pitt Street, the heart of the Old Village and once business center of this well-maintained community of Mount Pleasant. Here visitors will find unique shops and boutiques as well as the Pitt Street Pharmacy, where an old fashioned ice cream soda is still available. This district’s only accommodation is The Old Village Post House, a renovated grocery store originally built in 1888 by German immigrants. The Post House also operates a restaurant and tavern. The Old Village is home to the majestic Alhambra Hall, a popular site for weddings and special events. The Hall is situated on a waterfront park with a view of the Charleston Harbor and a community playground just across the street for “little ones.” Perfect for family picnics or watching the sunset, Alhambra Hall is an ideal place to spend the afternoon with your loved ones.

Patriots Point Naval & Maritime Museum

40 Patriots Point Road

Mount Pleasant, SC 29464
843-884-2727

Hours: Call for hours of operation and additional information

Admission Charged

Home to the aircraft carrier USS Yorktown, nicknamed the Fighting Lady. The museum also includes the destroyer Laffey, submarine Clamagore, Coast Guard cutter Ingham, a re-creation of a Vietnam Naval Support Base, a Navy Flight simulator, vintage military aircraft, displays and exhibits and the Congressional Medal of Honor Museum.

Beaches

Beaches of Isle of Palms and Sullivan’s Island

Mount Pleasant is Charleston’s only access to the barrier island beaches of Sullivan’s Island and Isle of Palms. Isle of Palms caters to the visitor with ample public parking, a beach front county park, public facilities and a bustling front beach district with restaurants, snack bars, and shopping. Although Sullivan’s Island is less intentional in its attraction of travelers, the beaches on this quaint island town still warrant a visit. Public facilities are not provided by the municipality but the main street does house shops and restaurants that service visitors and residents alike.

E- Events & Entertainment:
Events & Entertainment

January

Low Country Oyster Festival

Held in late January

Location: Boone Hall Plantation

843-884-8517

Imagine…65,000 pounds of oysters! Two tractor- trailer loads full of single select oysters roll into Boone Hall Plantation for one of the World’s Largest Oyster Roasts sponsored by the Greater Charleston Restaurant Association.

February

African American Cultural Heritage Days

Held Saturdays in February and March

Location: Charles Pinckney National Historic Site

843-881-5516
These programs highlight Low country African American history and culture including traditional stories, music, and demonstrations of sweet grass basket making and food arts.

March

Mount Pleasant Arts Festival with Towne Centre

Held in late March

Location: Town Centre

843-849-2061

Admission Free

A joint festival with Towne Centre to celebrate the arts in Mount Pleasant. Live entertainment, performing arts, juried art exhibit, Mount Pleasant Artists Guild entries, roving entertainment, games, fun for kids.

April

The Cooper River Bridge Run

Held in early April

843-577-7400

A local tradition that stretches back to 1978, this 10-K race draws more than 30,000 participants every year. From lean elite runners to weight-watching weekend warriors to those who just run once a year, this race attracts a diverse crowd from across the state and beyond (Oprah Winfrey and Bill Murray have both been spotted).

Mount Pleasant Farmers Market

Held April – mid October, every Tuesday 4pm until dark

Location: Moultrie Middle School on Coleman Blvd.

843-884-8517

The Mount Pleasant Farmers Market offers vegetables, fruits, seafood, flowers, plants, baked goods, canned goods, fresh cooked meals and snacks.

Family Circle Cup

Held in mid April

Location: Daniel Island

800-677-2293

The Family Circle Cup is held 5 minutes from Mount Pleasant on Daniel Island. The Family Circle Cup is the longest running women’s professional tennis event in the United States. As one of the oldest all-women’s Tier 1 events in the world, the Family Circle Cup has provided fans with over three decades of exciting action on the court. In 2004, fans saw a Grand Slam player field including Lindsay Davenport, Serena Williams, Jennifer Capriati, and Venus Williams.

The Blessing of the Fleet

Held in late April

Location: Charleston Harbor

Overlooking beautiful Charleston Harbor, this seafood festival celebrates the historical Mount Pleasant shrimping industry with the majesty of the ceremonial Blessing of the Fleet and a host of other family activities.

May

Mount Pleasant Farmers Market

Held April – mid October, every Tuesday 4pm until dark

Location: Moultrie Middle School on Coleman Blvd.

843-884-8517

The Mount Pleasant Farmers Market offers vegetables, fruits, seafood, flowers, plants, baked goods, canned goods, fresh cooked meals and snacks.

June

Mount Pleasant Farmers Market

Held April – mid October, every Tuesday 4pm until dark

Location: Moultrie Middle School on Coleman Blvd.

843-884-8517

The Mount Pleasant Farmers Market offers vegetables, fruits, seafood, flowers, plants, baked goods, canned goods, fresh cooked meals and snacks.

July

Mount Pleasant Farmers Market

Held April – mid October, every Tuesday 4pm until dark

Location: Moultrie Middle School on Coleman Blvd.

843-884-8517

The Mount Pleasant Farmers Market offers vegetables, fruits, seafood, flowers, plants, baked goods, canned goods, fresh cooked meals and snacks.

Patriots Point 4th of July Celebration

Held on the fourth of July

Location: Charleston Harbor

Hot bands, a huge Kidz Zone, some of the best restaurants and snacks in Charleston, and when the stars come out… fabulous fireworks off the flight deck of the USS Yorktown.

Rice Planters Golf Tournament

Held in early July

Location: Snee Farm Country Club

843-971-9352

One of the top 10 amateur golf tournaments in the country.

August

Mount Pleasant Farmers Market

Held April – mid October, every Tuesday 4pm until dark

Location: Moultrie Middle School on Coleman Blvd.

843-884-8517

The Mount Pleasant Farmers Market offers vegetables, fruits, seafood, flowers, plants, baked goods, canned goods, fresh cooked meals and snacks.

September

Mount Pleasant Farmers Market

Held April – mid October, every Tuesday 4pm until dark

Location: Moultrie Middle School on Coleman Blvd.

843-884-8517

The Mount Pleasant Farmers Market offers vegetables, fruits, seafood, flowers, plants, baked goods, canned goods, fresh cooked meals and snacks.

Scottish Games and Highland Playing

Held in mid September

Location: Boone Hall Plantation

843-529-1020

Boone Hall Plantation hosts this annual Scottish Society of Charleston event. A family friendly weekend where you can enjoy and learn more about Scottish heavy athletics, piping and drumming, highland dancing, Scottish country dancing, Scottish fiddling, children’s games, and Border Collie demonstrations.

October

Mount Pleasant Children’s Day Festival

Held in mid October

Location: Park West Recreation Complex

843-849-2061

Old and new traditions meet at the Mount Pleasant Children’s Day Festival as children have their pick between tethered balloon rides, pony excursions, laser tag games, wall climbing and many other activities. Other activities include giant slides in all shapes and forms, jump castles, climbing walls, an obstacle course, roving clowns, mascots, a magician and costume theme characters.

Mount Pleasant Farmers Market

Held April – mid October, every Tuesday 4pm until dark

Location: Moultrie Middle School on Coleman Blvd.

843-884-8517

The Mount Pleasant Farmers Market offers vegetables, fruits, seafood, flowers, plants, baked goods, canned goods, fresh cooked meals and snacks.

IOP Connector Run & Walk for the Child

Held in early October

Location: Isle of Palms

843-884-3912

The IOP Race for the Child, a tradition since the opening of the Clyde M. Dangerfield Isle of Palms Connector Bridge, is getting bigger and better. Organized by the Exchange Clubs of Mount Pleasant and the Isle of Palms, the City of Isle of Palms, the Town of Mount Pleasant and the Charleston County Parent Teachers Association, the race continues to promote child advocacy and local child abuse prevention in the low country.

Taste of Charleston

Held in mid October

Location: Charleston

843-577-4030

An afternoon of food, fun, entertainment, contests and music. Charleston’s best restaurants offer their house specialties in bite-size portions for you to sample.

November

Re-enactment of the Battle of Secessionville

Held in mid November

Location: Boone Hall Plantation

843-884-4371

A Civil War reenactment at Boone Hall Plantation where military history is reenacted right in front of your eyes by skilled historians.

December

Holiday Farmers Market and Craft Show

Held in early December

Location: Moultrie Middle School

843-849-2061

The Festival is a combination of locally grown fresh produce, baked goods, hot food and homemade preserves. Hand crafted gifts by more than 75 local artisans include Christmas ornaments, glass work, lighthouses, whimsical holiday crafts, doll clothing, and original art by locally recognized potters, painters and photographers. Live entertainment with a holiday twist flow through the market. Children activities include face painting, a jump castle and a visit with Santa Claus.

Mount Pleasant Holiday Extravaganza

Held in mid December

Location: Downtown Mount Pleasant

843-849-2061

More than 100 floats march down Coleman Boulevard as the Mount Pleasant Holiday Parade set sails to the delight of thousands of residents and visitors. Immediately following the Fireworks and Tree Lighting Ceremony held at Moultrie Middle School at 5:30 PM, the parade begins at 5:45 PM at the intersection of Coleman and Pelzer Drive. It continues past Shem Creek and the Moultrie Middle School to conclude at the Sea Island Shopping Center around 7:15 PM.

Entertainment

The Village Playhouse

730 Coleman Blvd.

Brookgreen Towncenter

Mount Pleasant, SC 29464

843-856-1579

Call for performance schedule

Mount Pleasant’s only professional repertoire company.

Palmetto Grand Theatre

1319 Theater Dr
Mount Pleasant, SC 29464
843-216-8696

Call for current showings on multiple screens

Florence, South Carolina

A- Overview:
Welcome to Florence, “A City of Character”. Conveniently located at the intersection of two major Interstate highways, this South Carolina city is easily accessible and a world of fun. In 1997, Florence became a finalist as an All-American City, and it’s no wonder why. The city is brimming with history, character, and Southern charm. Chartered in 1871 and incorporated December 24, 1890, the original township formed as a railroad terminal. The town was named after Florence Henning Harllee, the daughter of William Wallace Harllee, the first president of the Wilmington & Manchester Railroad. Today, Florence continues it’s growth with an ever expanding population.

The City of Florence is a fine example of a genteel, Southern city: mid-sized, yet large enough to boast of a variety of things to see and do. Whether it’s the performing arts, fun attractions, museums or sports, all are present in Florence. Still, the City is small enough to preserve a small-town feeling with tree-lined streets and parks and a pleasant lifestyle that citizens enjoy. Residents exude a strong sense of community pride and Southern hospitality to visitors.

With a moderate climate year round, any time is a good time for a visit. Summer tends to be a busy time of year as tourists make their annual north/south vacation journey. With temperatures during this time averaging near 80, it’s a perfect time to take advantage of the many activities, historic sites, and attractions that are available. Fall and spring do bring a change of season, complete with a new and inspiring color scheme. The weather remains comfortable

The city has a variety of experiences, both indoors and out, for everyone. Taking a stroll through any of the parks is always a pleasure, particularly McLeod Park. Not only is a walk enjoyable, the park also offers a swimming pool, fishing pond, lighted tennis courts, ball fields, picnicking and more. For history buffs, a worthwhile trip is a visit to the National Military Cemetery. This site serves as a burial ground for Union soldiers who died in prison in Florence during the War Between the States. For more history of the War, the War Between the States Museum offers a walk into the past. The museum invites visitors to learn and read about the role played by Florence in the Civil War.

For a unique experience and just a short drive away, plan a day at Darlington Raceway. This nationally recognized raceway is sure to get the adrenalin pumping.

Of course, a relaxing meal at one of the many fine local restaurants is always a fine and enjoyable option.

Whether visiting for business or pleasure, just passing through or staying for a weekend or longer, this true Southern historic and beautiful city awaits its visitors with a style all its own.

B- City Information:
Population: 30,248

Elevation: 149 feet above sea level

Land Area: 17.7 square miles

Location: Located at the intersection of Interstate 20 from the west and Interstate 95 from the north and south, approximately 80 miles east of Columbia

Time Zone: Eastern Time Zone (when it’s noon in Florence, it’s 11am in Chicago and 9am in Los Angeles). Florence observes Daylight Savings Time from April – October

Weather:

Jan
Feb
Mar
Apr
May
Jun
Jul
Aug
Sep
Oct
Nov
Dec

Average temp. (°F)
44.9
48.3
55.8
63.2
71.1
77.7
81.3
79.8
74.7
64.0
55.4
47.5

High temperature (°F)
55.1
59.3
67.4
75.5
82.4
88.0
91.1
89.4
84.6
75.5
67.0
57.9

Low temperature (°F)
34.8
37.1
44.1
50.9
59.7
67.4
71.4
70.1
64.7
52.4
43.8
37.0

Precipitation (in)
4.3
3.1
4.1
2.8
3.4
4.3
5.3
5.4
3.8
3.0
2.6
3.5

Climate:

Jan
Feb
Mar
Apr
May
Jun
Jul
Aug
Sep
Oct
Nov
Dec

Days with precipitation
10
9
10
8
8
10
13
12
9
6
7
9

Wind speed (mph)
7.9
8.4
8.8
8.8
7.7
7.2
6.9
6.4
6.6
6.8
6.9
7.3

Morning humidity (%)
83
82
83
83
85
86
88
91
91
90
88
84

Afternoon humidity (%)
55
50
49
46
50
54
56
59
58
53
52
54

Sunshine (%)
55
59
64
70
68
67
66
65
64
66
62
58

Days clear of clouds
9
9
9
11
9
7
6
7
9
12
12
10

Partly cloudy days
6
6
8
8
10
11
13
12
9
7
6
6

Cloudy days
16
13
14
11
11
12
12
12
12
11
12
15

Snowfall (in)
0.4
0.6
0.2
0.0
0.0
0.0
0.0
0.0
0.0
0.0
0.0
0.4

Local Season:

With a moderate climate year round, any time is a good time for a visit. Summer tends to be a busy time of year as tourists make their annual north/south vacation journey. With temperatures during this time averaging near 80, it’s a perfect time to take advantage of the many activities, historic sites, and attractions available. Fall and spring do bring a change of season, complete with a new and inspiring color scheme. The weather remains comfortable during these times. Regardless of the season, this inspiring city has something for everyone.

How to Get There:

By Car:

Traveling from the north or south, Interstate 95 runs through the city, from the west, Interstate 20 is easily accessible and from the east (Myrtle Beach), U.S. Highway 601 is convenient.

By Plane:

Florence Regional Airport

2100 Terminal Drive

Florence, SC 29501

843-669-5001

This regional airport is located just 3 miles from city center and is served by some of the nationally known airlines as well as select local carriers.

Ground Transportation:

The major car rental companies, as well as taxis, are located at the airport.

By Train:

Amtrak

805 East Day Street
Florence, SC 29506

800-USA-RAIL

By Bus:

Greyhound

611 S Irby St.

Florence, SC 29501

843-662-8407

How to Get Around:

Most visitors tend to visit the nearby areas and attractions and therefore the best way to get around is by car, either personal or rental.

National Holidays:

New Year’s Day Jan. 1

Martin Luther King, Jr., Day 3rd Mon. in Jan.

President’s Day 3rd Mon. in Feb.

Memorial Day last Mon. in May

Independence Day July 4

Labor Day 1st Mon. in Sept.

Thanksgiving Day 4th Thurs. in Nov.

Christmas Eve and Christmas Day Dec. 24 and 25

New Year’s Eve Dec. 31

C- Attractions/Things To Do:
McLeod Park

700 Santiago Dr
Florence, SC 29501

843-665-0515

Call for additional information

Admission Charged for some

Swimming pool (fee), fishing pond. Lighted tennis; basketball courts, ball fields. Picnicking, playground.

National Military Cemetery

803 East National Cemetery Road

Florence, SC 29506

843-669-8783

Hours: Call for additional information

Admission Free

Burial ground for Union soldiers who died here in prison.

Florence Museum

558 Spruce St
Florence, SC 29501
843-662-3351

Hours: Tuesday-Saturday 10am – 5pm, Sunday 2 – 5pm; closed holidays

Admission Charged

Art, history, and science exhibits. Southwestern Native American pottery; Asian and African collections; Catawba pottery; furniture gallery of mixed periods; South Carolina Hall of History.

Lynches River State Park

902 Spine Rd
Florence, SC 29530
843-389-2785

Hours: Call for additional information

Admission Charged

Approximately 650 acres. Located on old stagecoach route. Swimming pool (fee), fishing. Nature trail, bird-watching. Picnicking, playground, community building. Primitive camping.

Beauty Trail

12-mile trail within city featuring beautiful gardens (usually best in April).

Jeffries Creek Nature Park

1400 Deberry Blvd.

Florence, SC 29501

Fishing. Nature trails. Picnicking, playground.

Lucas Park

800 Santee Dr

Florence, SC 29501

Picnicking, playground; tennis courts. Rose gardens, camellias, azaleas, rhododendrons; lighted fountain.

Pee Dee State Farmers Market

2513 W Lucas St
Florence, SC 29501
843-665-5154

Hours: Call for additional information

Francis Marion University Planetarium

Hwy 301 N
Florence, SC 29501
843-661-1250

Hours: Call for additional information

Admission Charged

Florence Museum of Art, Science and History

558 Spruce Street
Florence, SC 29501

843-662-3351

Hours: Call for days and hours of operation

Admission Charged
See a 1917 Vulcan Steam Locomotive at the museum plus many other artifacts and items from the local history. Next door is Timrod Park which commemorates Henry Timrod, the Poet Laureate of the Confederacy.

The War Between the States Museum
107 South Guerry Street
Florence, SC 29501
843-669-1266

Hours: Call for days and hours of operation

Admission Charged

Take a walk into the past. Visit the War Between the States Museum and experience the many artifacts, pictures and stories of a nation divided. The Civil War was a war between two governments: The United States of America, and The Confederate States of America. The museum invites visitors to learn and read about how the local area played a role in the Civil War.

Florence Air and Missile Museum

2204 East Palmetto Street

Florence, SC 29506
2.5 miles east on US 301 at the airport entrance.
843-665-5118

Hours: Call for days and hours of operation

Admission Charged

The museum houses a representative sample of aviation relics, including planes, missiles and military artifacts. The inside of the museum presents a wonderment of space, aviation and military artifacts, memorabilia and pictures.

Darlington Raceway
1301 Harry Byrd Hwy
Darlington, SC 29532

Located approximately 12 miles north of Florence

843-395-8499

Hours: Call for race schedule and additional information

Admission Charged

Harold Brasington knew what he was doing in 1949 when he started pushing dirt around an old peanut field. With every lap those graders and bulldozers completed, the Darlington Raceway slowly came to life. Today, the track’s specifications remain true to Mr. Brasington’s vision, save a few minor adjustments.

D- Family Fun Attractions:
National Military Cemetery

803 East National Cemetery Road

Florence, SC 29506

843-669-8783

Hours: Call for additional information

Admission Free

Burial ground for Union soldiers who died here in prison.

Lynches River State Park

902 Spine Rd
Florence, SC 29530
843-389-2785

Hours: Call for additional information

Admission Charged

Approximately 650 acres. Located on old stagecoach route. Swimming pool (fee), fishing. Nature trail, bird-watching. Picnicking, playground, community building. Primitive camping.

Beauty Trail

12-mile trail within city featuring beautiful gardens (usually best in April).

Francis Marion University Planetarium

Hwy 301 N
Florence, SC 29501
843-661-1250

Hours: Call for additional information

Admission Charged

The War Between the States Museum
107 South Guerry Street
Florence, SC 29501
843-669-1266

Hours: Call for days and hours of operation

Admission Charged

Take a walk into the past. Visit the War Between the States Museum and experience the many artifacts, pictures and stories of a nation divided. The Civil War was a war between two governments: The United States of America, and The Confederate States of America. The museum invites visitors to learn and read about how the local area played a role in the Civil War.

Florence Air and Missile Museum

2204 East Palmetto Street

Florence, SC 29506 …
2.5 miles east on US 301 at the airport entrance.
843-665-5118

Hours: Call for days and hours of operation

Admission Charged

Darlington Raceway
1301 Harry Byrd Hwy
Darlington, SC 29532

Located approximately 12 miles north of Florence

843-395-8499

Hours: Call for race schedule and additional information

Admission Charged

Harold Brasington knew what he was doing in 1949 when he started pushing dirt around an old peanut field. With every lap those graders and bulldozers completed, the Darlington Raceway slowly came to life. Today, the track’s specifications remain true to Mr. Brasington’s vision, save a few minor adjustments.

E- Events & Entertainment:
Events & Entertainment

March/April

Southern Plant & Flower Festival
Held in late March – early April

Location: Pee Dee State Farmers Market

843-665-5154

Call for additional information

May

Sports Council Spectacular

Held in late May

Location: McLeod Park

843-665-0515

Annual Horseshoe tournament

July

The Florence Family Fling

Held on the 4th of July

Location: Florence

843-665-0515

Call for additional information

Admission Free

The Florence Family Fling, held each year on the 4th of July, is one of the largest one-day festivals in the southeast. The day long event includes free admission to all activities, music, and entertainment. The festival draws individuals from the entire southeast traveling along the Interstate 95 corridor. Festival goers experience the largest fireworks show in the Carolinas as the culmination of the day s events.

September

Fall Plant and Flower Show

Held in late September

Location: Greenville State Farmers Market

864-244-4023

Call for additional information

Annual Tobacco Festival

Held in early September

Location: Lake City (located 30 minutes south of Florence)

843-374-8611

Call for additional information

The Tobacco Festival is held each year in Lake City. This two day event in September celebrates the number one cash crop of the area: Tobacco. Festival events include street dance, arts and crafts, motorcycle rally and poker run, radio controlled airplane/helicopter/ultra lite demonstrations, gospel/bluegrass singing, tobacco tying and stringing contests, beauty pageant, all day stage entertainment and a town parade.

October

Pee Dee Fall Festival

Held in early October

Location: Pee Dee State Farmers Market, Florence

843-665-5154

Call for additional information

Entertainment:

Florence Symphony Orchestra

320 W Cheves St.
Florence, SC 29501

843-661-2541

Call for performance schedule and additional information

Season runs October – May

Florence Little Theatre

1000 South Cashua Drive

Florence, SC 29501

843-662-3731

Call for performance schedule and additional information

Sports:

Darlington Raceway
1301 Harry Byrd Hwy
Darlington, SC 29532

Located approximately 12 miles north of Florence

843-395-8499

Hours: Call for race schedule and additional information

Admission Charged

Harold Brasington knew what he was doing in 1949 when he started pushing dirt around an old peanut field. With every lap those graders and bulldozers completed, the Darlington Raceway slowly came to life. Today, the track’s specifications remain true to Mr. Brasington’s vision, save a few minor adjustments.

Greenville, South Carolina

A- Overview:
Greenville is located in the Piedmont region of South Carolina in the foothills of the Blue Ridge Mountains. The area, commonly referred to as the Upstate, includes Greenville, Spartanburg, Anderson, Pickens and Cherokee counties and the cities of Anderson, Clemson, Greenville, Simpsonville, Greer and Spartanburg. The city represents 56,000 residents of the roughly 350,000 who make up the region. Greenville’s moderate climate offers a full change of seasons. The average annual temperature is 59 degrees F with an average rainfall of 50.45 inches and an average snowfall of 1.20 inches per year.

One of the city’s main attractions of Greenville is its award winning downtown. Falls Park on the Reedy is a must visit in downtown. This city park showcases the scenic Reedy River Falls. The feature attraction is a one-of-a-kind pedestrian suspension bridge, offering beautiful view of the Falls and surrounding park. Downtown is also the arts and entertainment epicenter for the Upstate South with live entertainment ranging from ballet and symphony to hockey and indoor football. Local theater companies provide intimate settings for performances, while the Peace Center for the Performing Arts hosts major productions on three performance stages including an outdoor amphitheater. The Bi-Lo seats 17,000 and hosts athletic events as well as major concerts and family entertainment. The Bob Jones University Museum and Gallery offers one of the most recognized collections of religious artwork in the nation, including works by such artists as Dolci, Rembrandt, Rubens, Titan and Van Dyck. The nationally recognized Greenville County Art Museum has an exquisite collection as well.

Greenville also holds the honor of being the home of Shoeless Joe Jackson. Homegrown legend Joe Jackson began his baseball career in the local textile league at the age of thirteen. He earned his nickname by playing gin one game without his shoes that were hurting his feet. After getting a hit and rounding the bases in his stocking feet, a fan of the opposing team shouted, “You shoeless son-of-a-gun!” A local sportswriter heard the remark and tagged Jackson with the nickname “Shoeless Joe”. In his honor, visitors can enjoy a visit to Shoeless Joe Jackson Memorial Park as well as visit the Shoeless Joe Jackson Plaza Statue & Fountain in the historic West End of the city.

For a little outdoor adventure as well as a beautiful experience, visitors should plan on spending time exploring some of the magnificent areas. Mountain Bridge Wilderness Area, located on the border of North and South Carolina offers a breath-taking view of the Blue Ridge Mountains.

Another beautiful site is the Campbell Covered Bridge. Built in 1909, this is the only remaining covered bridge in South Carolina.

For a taste of Civil War History, the South Carolina Confederate Museum shouldn’t be missed.
It is operated & owned by the 16th Regiment, SC Volunteers, sons of Confederate Veterans, Camp 36, in memory of the 250,000 gallant Confederate soldiers who answered the call of duty. The museum features a large collection of artifacts and memorabilia from the war.

Also located in Greenville is the Palmetto Expo Center, one of the largest exposition facilities in the southeast with 368,000 square feet of exhibit space in four halls. The Palmetto Expo Center is a popular regional destination for corporate meetings, tradeshows, banquets, and many special events held throughout the year. The city is also known for its outdoor entertainment which includes Jazz Concerts, Farmer’s Markets, and Moonlight Movies along the River.

Within the City of Greenville are 39 parks, playgrounds and recreation centers which include bike/jogging trails, miniature golf course, shuffleboard courts, tennis courts, playground structures, picnic shelters and ball fields for a total of 452 acres of park space, making any day a day of fun. And, after a day of fun in the city, there is nothing better than a meal at one of the city’s many fine restaurants.

This remarkable, historic city, so conveniently located to major interstate highways truly offers its visitors year-round entertainment. No matter what the reason for a visit or the time of year, this tranquil South Carolina city has something for everyone.

B- City Information:
Population: 56,002

Elevation: 966 feet above sea level

Land Area: 26.1 square miles

Location: Greenville is located in the Piedmont region of South Carolina in the foothills of the Blue Ridge Mountains in the northwest section of the state and at the intersection of Interstate 85 and Interstate 385

Time Zone: Eastern Time Zone (when it’s noon in Greenville, it’s 11am in Chicago and 9am in Los Angeles). Greenville observes Daylight Saving Time from April – October

Weather:

Jan
Feb
Mar
Apr
May
Jun
Jul
Aug
Sep
Oct
Nov
Dec

Average temp. (°F)
40.8
44.5
51.7
59.3
67.5
74.9
78.9
77.5
71.6
60.6
51.3
43.4

High temperature (°F)
50.6
55.3
63.2
71.5
78.7
85.5
89.1
87.4
81.5
71.8
61.9
53.0

Low temperature (°F)
31.0
33.5
40.2
47.0
56.2
64.2
68.5
67.7
61.5
49.4
40.7
33.7

Precipitation (in)
5.1
4.5
5.5
3.8
4.8
4.3
4.7
4.3
4.2
4.1
4.1
4.3

Climate:

Jan
Feb
Mar
Apr
May
Jun
Jul
Aug
Sep
Oct
Nov
Dec

Days with precipitation
11
9
12
10
10
11
12
11
9
8
9
10

Wind speed (mph)
8.9
9.0
9.1
8.6
7.0
6.1
6.0
5.4
5.8
6.6
7.7
8.3

Morning humidity (%)
84
82
83
84
89
92
93
95
95
92
87
84

Afternoon humidity (%)
58
54
52
49
55
59
61
61
61
55
55
58

Sunshine (%)
55
59
61
67
62
63
62
57
58
62
58
55

Snowfall (in)
3.9
3.3
2.4
0.4
0.0
0.0
0.0
0.0
0.0
0.0
0.5
1.6

Local Seasons:

With a year round moderate climate, each season brings something special to this historic city. Summer tends to be the busiest time of year as visitors from the north come to see the sights. With the daytime temperatures in the mid to high 80’s F, it’s perfect for working on that summer tan. Fall brings a plethora of color to the area and visitors can expect watching the leaves change. Be sure to bring a camera. Winters are generally mild but it does snow occasionally, transforming the entire area into a postcard-like effect. It’s just right for a wonderful meal by a warm fire. Spring brings a rebirth to the area as blossoms appear and the temperatures rise. Whatever the reason for visiting or whatever the season, Greenville awaits its visitors with some of natures best.

How to Get There:

By Air

Greenville – Spartanburg Airport

2000 GSP Drive

Greer, SC 29651

846 877-7426

The airport is conveniently located near the city and is served by many of the nationally known airlines as well as certain local and regional carriers.

Ground Transportation

Most of the major car rental companies as well as taxi, limousine and shuttle services are available at the airport as well as throughout the city.

By Car

From the northeast and southwest, the city is located directly on Interstate 85, from the southeast, I-385 enters the city off of Interstate 26 and from the north, and Interstate 26 intersects I-85

By Train

Amtrak

1120 West Washington Street
Greenville, SC 29601

800-USA-RAIL

By Bus

Greyhound

100 W McBee Ave.

Greenville. SC 29601

864-235-4741

How to Get Around:

With so many things to see and do both in the city as well as throughout the surrounding area, the best way to get around is by either personal or rental car.

National Holidays:

New Year’s Day, Jan. 1

Martin Luther King, Jr., Day 3rd Mon. in Jan.

President’s Day, 3rd Mon. in Feb.

Memorial Day, last Mon. in May

Independence Day, July 4

Labor Day, 1st Mon. in Sept.

Thanksgiving Day, 4th Thurs. in Nov.

Christmas Eve and Christmas Day, Dec. 24 and 25

New Year’s Eve, Dec. 31

C- Attractions/Things To Do:
Beattie House

8 Bennett St.

Greenville, SC 29601

864-233-9977
Hours: Call for days and hours of operation

Admission Free by appointment

An Italian Gothic-style house, circa 1834, listed on the National Register of Historic Places. Features include exquisite turnings, brackets and railings on the roof of an arched verandah. Furnished in early Victorian style and now occupied by the Greenville Woman´ s Club.

Kilgore-Lewis House
560 N. Academy St.

Greenville, SC 29601

864-232-3020

Hours: Open year-round, Monday-Friday, 10am – 2pm

Admission Free

This historic house, built between 1835-1838, now houses the Greenville Council of Garden Clubs and is surrounded by a five-acre tract planted with a series of charming gardens. On the National Register of Historic Places.

Bob Jones University Museum & Gallery
1700 Wade Hampton Blvd.

Greenville, SC 29614

864-770-1331

Hours: Open Tuesday – Sunday 2 – 5pm. Closed Thanksgiving Day, Dec. 20 – 25, Jan. 1, July 4 and BJU commencement day in early May.

Admission Charged

One of the most highly recognized collections of religious art in America includes works by Dolci, Rubens, Botticelli and Van Dyck. Children must be six years or older.

Caesar’s Head Overlook & Visitors Center
Caesar’s Head State Park

US Hwy. 276 at the SC/NC border

864-836-6115

Hours: The visitor center is open year round, Monday – Friday, 9am – 5pm; Saturday – Sunday, 9am – 6pm.

Call for directions and additional information

Admission Free

At 3,208 feet, the overlook provides a breath-taking view of the Blue Ridge Mountains.

Mountain Bridge Wilderness Area

Caesars Head Station

US Hwy. 276 at the SC/NC border.

864-836-6115

Hours: The visitor center is open year-round, everyday 9am – 5pm
Admission Free

At 3,266 feet, the overlook provides a breath-taking view of the Blue Ridge Mountains. Special note: the state parks known Caesars Head and Jones Gap have been combined and reclassified as a “Natural Area” under the title “The Mountain Bridge State Natural Area.”

Campbell’s Covered Bridge

Built in 1909, this is the only remaining covered bridge in South Carolina. From U.S. Hwy. 25 north of Travelers Rest, take State Rd. 414 through Tigerville. Turn right on Pleasant Hill Road, right on Campbell´ s Bridge Road and travel approximately 1/4 mile to bridge.

Paris Mountain State Park
2401 State Park Rd.

Greenville, SC 29609

864-244-5565

Hours: Call for additional information

Admission Charged

Paris Mountain State Park located only 7 miles from downtown Greenville offers over 1500 acres of mountainous forest in an urban setting. Educational programs focusing on the pristine environment are available to school groups and the general public. Over 9 miles of trail and four lakes provide opportunities to explore nature. Special events offered by the Friends of Paris Mountain State Park throughout the year highlight environmental awareness.

Poinsett Bridge

The oldest bridge in SC, completed in 1820, is part of the original state road connecting Greenville to Asheville. From US Hwy. 25 N., two miles northwest of SC Hwy. 11, turn onto Old US Hwy. 25. Travel 3.2 miles and turn right onto Callahan Mountain Road. Travel 2.2 miles and bridge is on left.

Christ Episcopal Church
10 N. Church St.

Greenville, SC 29601

864-271-8773

Hours: Tours by appointment, call for additional information

Admission Free

A Gothic-Revival structure with an unusual brick spire, this was the first church built in Greenville. The congregation was founded in 1820 by summer residents from Charleston. Notables buried in the cemetery include town founder Vardry McBee. Listed on the National Register of Historic Places.

Downtown Baptist Church
101 W. McBee Ave.

Greenville, SC 29601

864-235-5746

Hours: Call for additional information

Admission Free

Located in the heart of Greenville, this is a large and beautiful historic church building. The sanctuary was dedicated in 1858 as First Baptist. Downtown Baptist was formed in February 1974.

Roper Mountain Science Center
402 Roper Mountain Rd.

Greenville SC 29615

864-281-1188

Hours: Varies by venue, call for additional information

Admission Charged

The science center is open to the public the second Saturday of each month & offers different programs. It contains one of the largest planetariums in South Carolina and it is open to the public each Friday evening, 7:30, 8:30 & 9:30p.m.

Shoeless Joe Jackson Memorial Park, Statue, and Fountain

Greenville’s homegrown legend Joe Jackson began his baseball career in the local textile league at the age of thirteen. He earned his nickname by playing in one game without his shoes because they were hurting his feet. After getting a hit and rounding the bases in his stocking feet, a fan of the opposing team shouted, “You shoeless son-of-a-gun!” A local sportswriter heard the remark and tagged Jackson with the nickname “Shoeless Joe”

This park pays homage to Joe. He grew up and played ball in this Brandon Mill Community during the early 1900’s. Take Academy Street, cross Pendleton St. onto “Shoeless Joe Jackson Memorial Parkway”. Take a right onto West Street. A life-size statue is located in the historic West End of the City of Greenville; take Main Street south to Pendleton & Augusta Streets. The base was constructed with bricks removed from the Old Comiskey Ball Park where Jackson played for the Chicago White Sox before he was accused of being a part of throwing the 1919 World Series. He was later found innocent of the charges but was banned from professional baseball.

South Carolina Confederate Museum
15 Boyce Ave.

Greenville, SC 29601 (in the Pettigru Historic District, near the Bi-Lo Center)

864-268-0713

Hours: Open Wednesday, 10am – 3pm; Friday, 5 – 9pm; Saturday, 10am – 5pm; Sunday, 1 – 5pm

Admission Free

Operated & owned by the 16th Regiment, SC Volunteers, sons of Confederate Veterans, Camp 36, in memory of the 250,000 gallant Confederate soldiers who answered the call of duty. Features a large collection of artifacts and memorabilia from the war.

Falls Park on the Reedy
123 W. Broad St.

Greenville, SC 29601

864-467-4350

Hours: Call for additional information

Admission Free

This downtown park showcases the scenic Reedy River Falls. The feature attraction is a one-of-a-kind pedestrian suspension bridge, offering beautiful view of the Falls and surrounding park.

Furman University Thompson Gallery

3300 Poinsett Hwy.

Greenville, SC 29613

864-294-2074

Hours: Open weekdays 9am – 5pm

Admission Free

This gallery in Furman´ s Roe Art Building exhibits the work of top local and regional artists, and student works.

Gassaway Mansion

106 Dupont Drive

Greenville, SC 29607

864-271-0188

Hours: Open by appointment

Admission Charged

The mansion combines several complex architectural styles and represents the wealthy Greenville of the 1920s.

Symmes Chapel “Pretty Place”

Located 5 miles off US Hwy. 276 near Caesars Head State Park.

864-836-5785

Hours: Open daily, the chapel is closed to the public during weddings and camp functions. Call ahead for scheduled closings.

The outdoor chapel at the YMCA Camp Greenville is called “Pretty Place” because of the breathtaking view from Standing Stone Mountain. More than 100 couples are married each year at this chapel.

Greenville County Museum of Art

420 College St.

Greenville, SC 29601

864-271-7570

Hours: Tuesday – Saturday 11am – 5pm (Thursdays until 8pm). Sundays 1 – 5pm.

Admission Free
The museum houses one of the finest collections of Andrew Wyeth´s watercolors in the world, including recent works. Also, the highly acclaimed Southern Collection features works from the 1700´s to the present.

Greenville Zoo

150 Cleveland Park Dr.

Greenville, SC 29601
864-467-4300

Hours: Open daily, 10am – 4:30pm, except Thanksgiving, Christmas and New Years Day

Admission Charged

Wildlife from around the world is displayed in natural open-air exhibits. Children under 13 must be accompanied by adult. Picnic shelters, playgrounds and tennis courts.

Cowpens National Battlefield

4001 Chesnee Hwy
Gaffney, SC 29341

864-461-2828

Hours: Open daily 9am – 5pm. Closed Thanksgiving, Christmas and New Year’s Day. Special Events celebrated on anniversary date of battle and 4th of July.

Admission Charged

Famous for the Jan. 17, 1781 battle where Daniel Morgan led his outnumbered troops against Banastre Tarleton´s troops, Cowpens offers interpretive facilities, a visitor’s center with exhibits, a tour road and a walking trail through the battlefield.

South Carolina Botanical Garden

102 Garden Trail, Clemson University,

Clemson, SC 29634

864-656-3405

Hours: The grounds are open 365 days a year from dawn until dusk

Admission Charged

This 270-acre public garden features several thousand varieties of ornamental plants, both native and introduced; niche gardens; natural woodlands and streams; an arboretum; and the only nature-based sculpture collection of its kind in the nation. A visitor’s center, geology museum and cafe are also located here. The garden hosts numerous educational and recreational events year round, including nature walks and festivals.

Shopping:

Downtown

Greenville’s walkable Main Street, – which features beautiful trees, attractive landscaping, public art and comfortable street furniture – gracefully hosts a variety of specialty shops offering antiques, high-fashion clothing, toys, books, furniture and art galleries, along with rare and unusual gift items. Add the largest concentration of cultural amenities in South Carolina together with more than 70 restaurants and it’s a destination well worth adding to the itinerary.

West End Market & Historic District
The West End Historic District, known as the arts and entertainment center of the city, is anchored by the West End Market and Falls Park on the Reedy. While visiting the West End, you can browse through the shops in the West End Market and surrounding streets, dine in one of the area’s unique restaurants, enjoy a theater performance, or view the progress of the construction of a world-class pedestrian bridge across the Reedy River falls.

Augusta Road

Less than a mile from Greenville’s central business district, nestled between some of the most desirable neighborhoods, you’ll find the Augusta Road Shopping District. Fine clothing stores, flower shops, health food markets and decorating resource centers can be found near old fashioned hardware stores and a wide range of restaurants. Augusta Road is also the location of Greenville’s first, and still very active, shopping mall.

D- Family Fun Attractions:
A Unique Way to Explore Downtown Greenville

This was a school project idea by a local high school student who wanted to do something good for the community so that people would feel they were in a special place that has character and individuality.
Based on the popular children’s book Goodnight Moon, a bronzed sculpture of the book and one mouse are mounted on the fountain in front of the Hyatt Regency hotel and the other eight mice are installed along a nine-block stretch of Main Street between the Hyatt & the Westin Poinsett hotels. The artist who created the work is Zan Wells.

Hints to finding the mice:

1. Where the water springs above ground. Mr. Mickey is on his book. (Think fountain at a downtown hotel)

2. Mrs. Minnie is within 75 ft of Mickey, keeping vehicles off the sidewalk and keeping an eye on her old man. (Think across the street on a parking barrier)

3. Mickey Jr. is too young to drink a.m. adult beverages, but he is trying to sneak in anyway. (Think about a coffee shop)

4. With a northern view, Mickey and Minnie’s son, Mikey, watches the crowds
at Downtown Alive. (Think Piazza Bergamo)

5. At her high-tech location, Miss Minney, Mikey’s twin sister, keeps an eye on the pedestrians. From above and is the hardest to find. (Think of a large, high-tech business on Main Street)

6. Hard to see, little brother Mitch hangs out at the Rising Star. (Think artwork in front of a bank)

7. Melissa, Mitch’s twin sister, keeps watch on patrons eating Chinese and wraps. (Think Chinese restaurant and a Mexican wrap restaurant)

8. Minnie’s sister Mifflin stays on a wall at the newest high-rise by the corner of the oldest bank. (If you can hear the wind chimes on Main Street you are close)

9. Near a rain spout at an Italian restaurant, Uncle Miles, Mifflin’s husband enjoys the garden close by.

Campbell’s Covered Bridge

Built in 1909, this is the only remaining covered bridge in South Carolina. From U.S. Hwy. 25 north of Travelers Rest, take State Rd. 414 through Tigerville. Turn right on Pleasant Hill Road, right on Campbell´ s Bridge Road and travel approximately 1/4 mile to bridge.

Paris Mountain State Park
2401 State Park Rd.

Greenville, SC 29609

864-244-5565

Hours: Call for additional information

Admission Charged

Paris Mountain State Park, located only 7 miles from downtown Greenville, offers over 1500 acres of mountainous forest in an urban setting. Educational programs focusing on the pristine environment are available to school groups and the general public. Over 9 miles of trail and four lakes provide opportunities to explore nature. Special events offered by the Friends of Paris Mountain State Park throughout the year highlight environmental awareness.

Roper Mountain Science Center
402 Roper Mountain Rd.

Greenville SC 29615

864-281-1188

Hours: Varies by venue, call for additional information

Admission Charged

The science center is open to the public the second Saturday of each month & offers different programs. It contains one of the largest planetariums in South Carolina and it is open to the public each Friday evening, 7:30, 8:30 & 9:30p.m.

Shoeless Joe Jackson

Greenville’s homegrown legend Joe Jackson began his baseball career in the local textile league at the age of thirteen. He earned his nickname by playing in one game without his shoes because they were hurting his feet. After getting a hit and rounding the bases in his

Stocking feet, a fan of the opposing team shouted, “You shoeless son-of-a-gun!” A local sportswriter heard the remark and tagged Jackson with the nickname “Shoeless Joe”

Shoeless Joe Jackson Memorial Park

This park pays homage to Joe. He grew up and played ball in this Brandon Mill Community during the early 1900’s. Take Academy Street, cross Pendleton St. onto “Shoeless Joe Jackson Memorial Parkway”. Take a right onto West Street.

Shoeless Joe Jackson Plaza Statue & Fountain

This life-size statue is located in the historic West End of the City of Greenville; take Main Street south to Pendleton & Augusta Streets. The base was constructed with bricks removed from the Old Comiskey Ball Park where Jackson played for the Chicago White Sox before he was accused of being a part of throwing the 1919 World Series. He was later found innocent of the charges but was banned from professional baseball.

Jackson Grave

Woodlawn Memorial Gardens

Wade Hampton Blvd.

Jackson died in 1951; his grave is located at Woodlawn Memorial Gardens. He continues to be one of the most publicized and beloved baseball players in the history of the game.

South Carolina Confederate Museum
15 Boyce Ave.

Greenville, SC 29601 (in the Pettigru Historic District, near the Bi-Lo Center)

864-268-0713

Hours: Open Wednesday, 10am – 3pm; Friday, 5 – 9pm; Saturday, 10am – 5pm; Sunday, 1 – 5pm

Admission Free

Operated & owned by the 16th Regiment, SC Volunteers, sons of Confederate Veterans, Camp 36, in memory of the 250,000 gallant Confederate soldiers who answered the call of duty. Features a large collection of artifacts and memorabilia from the war.

Greenville Zoo

150 Cleveland Park Dr.

Greenville, SC 29601
864-467-4300

Hours: Open daily, 10am – 4:30pm, except Thanksgiving, Christmas and New Years Day

Admission Charged

Wildlife from around the world is displayed in natural open-air exhibits. Children under 13 must be accompanied by adult. Picnic shelters, playgrounds and tennis courts.

Nearby:

Hollywild Animal Park

2325 Hampton Rd.

Inman, SC 29349

864-472-2038
Hours: Open daily 9am – 6pm, April 1 – Labor Day. Open weekends only 9am – 5pm, March and Labor Day to Halloween.

Admission Charged

This 100-acre animal park features hundreds of exotic animals; “Outback Safari” rides; feeding stations; concessions and more!

Cowpens National Battlefield

4001 Chesnee Hwy
Gaffney, SC 29341

864-461-2828

Hours: Open daily 9am – 5pm. Closed Thanksgiving, Christmas and New Year’s Day. Special Events celebrated on anniversary date of battle and 4th of July.

Admission Charged

Famous for the Jan. 17, 1781 battle where Daniel Morgan led his outnumbered troops against Banastre Tarleton´ s troops, Cowpens offers interpretive facilities, a visitor’s center with exhibits, a tour road and a walking trail through the battlefield.

E- Events & Entertainment:
Events & Entertainment

March

Annual Carolina First Reedy River Run

Held in early March

Location: Intersection of South Main & McBee Streets, Downtown Greenville

800-937-8461

Fee charged for race

The Annual Reedy River Run 10K is a Palmetto Grand Prix event and is the RRCA South Carolina 10K State Championship.

April

A Celebration of Quilting

Held in mid April

Location: Morningside Baptist Church

864-585-5435

Biannual Quilt Show, featuring dimension quilt patterns for creative people.

Artisphere: The International Arts Festival of Greenville

Held in early April

Location: Falls Park
864-271-9398

Call for additional information

Artisphere is an annual signature event for Greenville, SC, which showcases the arts, reflect the area’s international flair and maximize existing arts programs by providing a diverse menu of experiences that center around the arts…visual and performing…and Greenville’s multi-cultural offerings to appeal to visitors from throughout the world, as well as citizens throughout the region.

Run for Hope 5K

Held in early April

Location: Downtown Greenville through Cleveland Park

864-972-3354

Call for additional information

The Run for Hope is an established event that has achieved a great success in its short history. It was started in 1996 by Greenville Jaycees as a fundraiser for its primary charity, Jaycees Camp Hope, a camp for mentally challenged individuals in South Carolina.

May

Greek Festival

Held in mid May

Location: Saint George Greek Orthodox Cathedral

864-233-8531

The annual Greek Festival in Downtown Greenville is an entertaining and delicious “Taste of Greece”, offered at the Church’s location across from the old Greenville County Public Library.

June

Chautauqua Festival

Held in mid June

Location: Downtown Greenville

864-609-5812

“Civil War, as told by those who were there”

July

BMW Charity Pro-Am

Dates vary, call for exact date

Location: The Cliffs

864-297-1831

The BMW Charity Pro-Am at The Cliffs golf tournament is one of the premier events on the Nationwide PGA Tour and the only event that pairs professional golfers with amateur/celebrity partners in a two-day better-ball competition.

September

Art in the Park

Held in early September

Location: Falls Park on the reedy

864-380-8097

The centerpiece of the festival is a large outdoor gallery, covered by tents, which features the Upstate Visual Arts Annual Member Exhibition. Over 350 original art works by more than 150 artist members are showcased in this exhibition. The members’ exhibition is juried for awards. Surrounding this gallery are many individual artist booth exhibits featuring local and out-of-town artists, informational booth displays by other Greenville area visual art organizations and institutions, and a hands-on art activities area for children.

Piedmont Fall Festival
Held in late September
Location: Greenville State Farmers Market
864- 244-4023

Call for additional information

Race for the Cure

Held in late September

Location: Varies

864-298-CURE (298-2873)

Call for additional information

Location: Varies in Greenville, call for exact location

This nationally recognized event takes place throughout the country with proceeds benefiting the The Susan G. Komen Breast Cancer Foundation.

October

Bark in the Park

Held in mid October

Location: Clement Estate, Greer SC

864-243-4222

A variety of doggie games, contests, prizes, raffles, demonstrations, food, vendors, kid’s activities, as well as fun and educational seminars take place at this annual event.

Fall for Greenville

Held in early October

Location: Varies throughout Greenville
864-467-5780

Call for additional information
The three-day event highlights Greenville’s finest restaurants and musical entertainment on 5 music stages including the new Wachovia Stage. Bring the kids too, the family will love the MDC Homes Children’s Area featuring amusement rides and craft activities for everyone.

Entertainment:

The Peace Center for the Performing Arts

300 South Main St.

Greenville, SC 29601

864-467-3030

Call for performance schedule and additional information

The Peace Center’s mission is to present the world’s finest performers from a broad variety of disciplines, sustain state-of-the-art theatrical venues and quality services to support local performing arts groups, and foster life-long appreciation for the arts through comprehensive education and outreach programs for children, educators and adults.

Founded with the philosophy that a strong cultural life is integral to a community’s success, The Peace Center is an advocate for the performing arts, and actively participates in the economic development and cultural advancement of the upstate.

The Warehouse Theatre
37 Augusta Street
Greenville, SC 29601
864-235-6948

Season runs September – May, call for additional information

From the classic to the contemporary, The Warehouse Theatre presents some of the best professional theatre in the Upstate. But the “Warehouse experience” doesn’t end there. The popular Staged Reading Series has become The Warehouse Theatre New Play Symposium where audiences directly participate in the development of new plays. It also produces Late Nites, presenting edgier works along with experimental and provisational theatre.

The Greenville Chorale
864-235-1101

Season runs November – May, call for additional information

The mission of the Greenville Chorale is to bring together vocal and orchestral artists to provide the region with a professional symphonic chorus for the purpose of re-creating great music to enrich the soul and enjoyment of both performer and listener. The vision of the Artistic Director and Conductor determines the balance of masterworks and new music to ensure exacting performance standards and enthusiastic involvement for all participants.

Greenville Symphony Orchestra
200 South Main Street
Greenville, SC 29601
864-232-0344

Call for performance schedule

The Greenville Symphony Association is dedicated to providing educational and cultural opportunities for the citizens of Greenville and surrounding communities through the presentation of live orchestral music. Offering excellence in live musical performances, the orchestra enriches lives, educates minds and encourages community support of the arts.

Greenville Little Theatre

444 College Street

Greenville, SC 29601

864-233-6238

Season runs September – June, call for additional information

If visitors are looking for rich, evocatively staged and costumed classical theater — drama, comedy, and musicals — in the Upstate of South Carolina, they have come to the right place. Every year, GLT stages six shows by the greats of theater, from Shakespeare to Wilde to Cole Porter.

South Carolina Children’s Theatre

Performances held at the Peace Center

864-235-2885

Season runs December – June, call for performance schedule

The mission of SCCT is to educate and stimulate the minds and imaginations of young people and their families through theatre of the highest quality, year-round education and accessible outreach.

The Bi-Lo Center

650 North Academy Street
Greenville, SC 29601
864-241-3800

Call for event, performance schedule and additional information

Sports, concerts, family shows, the Bi-Lo Center has ‘em all.

Sports:

Greenville Grrrowl

Professional Hockey

Games played at the Bi-Lo Center

650 North Academy Street
Greenville, SC 29601

864-467-4777

Season runs October – April

The Greenville Grrrowl of the ECHL are the proud affiliates of the Chicago Blackhawks and Edmonton Oilers