Category: United States

Rapid City, South Dakota

A- Overview:
Rapid City lies west of the Missouri River at the heart of a landscape of prairies, pine forests, and desolate, rocky outcroppings. South Dakota’s second-largest city is a great place from which to explore the well-known Black Hills. Founded only two years after the gold boom in the Black Hills, Rapid City is a boomtown that has truly made a name for itself.

This land was once dominated by the proud and mighty Sioux nation. Today, there are nine Native American reservations in South Dakota. The Sioux influence in Rapid City can be seen in the shops and museums that display and sell Native American art and artifacts.

The vast Black Hills National forest covers 1.3 million acres on the state’s western edge. Known for its magnificent forests, mountain scenery and ghost towns, the region is home to the natural splendors of bison, deer, coyotes, elk, mountain goats, and big horn sheep. It is among these hills that sculptor Gutzon Borglum labored for more than 14 years sculpting the granite cliff which displays the faces of Presidents Washington, Jefferson, Lincoln, and Theodore Roosevelt are carved. Also, in the Black Hills region the largest sculpture in the world, the Crazy Horse Memorial, is being created. When finished, it will depict the Dakota warrior who defeated General Custer at Little Bighorn.

The Black Hills were the backdrop for the Academy Award-winning film “Dances With Wolves.” Formal gardens, at Halley Park, Sioux Park, Memorial Park and on Canyon Lake Drive, are all places in which to relax and gain a new perspective on the majesty and beauty of the West.

Black Hills gold is sold to tourists at countless roadside jewelry shops and factory outlets, while mines continue to produce millions of dollars worth of it every year. Several historic mines offer tours.

One popular tour is found in the mile-high town of Lead at the Black Hills Mining Museum. The tour winds through re-created mining tunnels lined with figures posed to display old-fashioned and modern mining equipment. The museum is on Lead’s narrow Main Street, which is bordered by neatly restored early 20th-century commercial buildings. Even more authentic, however, is the carefully restored gambling mecca of Deadwood, just three miles away.

Set in a narrow valley, the entire town of Deadwood is one large historic district with a Victorian-era Main Street anchored at one end by the landmark Franklin Hotel. The hotel’s white-columned portico along with Main Street’s ornate cast-iron lamps and renovated storefronts make it easy to picture what life in the Black Hills was like in the early 1900s.

The transformation came not too many years ago when hard economic times reduced funds for historic preservation and Deadwood was in danger of a serious decline. The turnaround began in 1989 when casino gaming in Deadwood was legalized. Today a portion of every dollar made from gambling goes toward preserving Deadwood’s architectural heritage, resulting in its current well-kept and historically accurate appearance.

The casino restaurants offer a wide variety of excellent cuisine. Steaks are featured, beef as well as bison. There is also locally caught trout and pheasant on many menus.

All in all, Rapid City’s heartland hospitality amid a backdrop of some of the most attractive scenery in America, makes Rapid City a sure bet for a memorable trip.

B- City Information:
Population: 59,607

Elevation: 3247 feet above sea level

Land Area: 44.6 square miles

Location: Located in the southwestern section of South Dakota on Interstate 90

Time Zone: Mountain Standard Time (when it’s noon in Rapid City, it’s 1pm in Chicago, 2pm in New York City, and 11am in Los Angeles). Rapid City observes Daylight Saving Time from April – October

Weather:

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

Average temp. (°F)
22.3
26.2
33.4
42.8
53.4
63.3
70.1
68.7
58.6
47.2
32.8
24.9

High temperature (°F)
34.3
38.1
45.4
54.6
64.8
75.0
82.7
82.4
72.8
60.7
44.3
36.9

Low temperature (°F)
10.3
14.3
21.3
30.9
41.9
51.4
57.3
54.9
44.4
33.6
21.1
12.7

Precipitation (in)
0.3
0.4
0.9
2.0
3.4
3.1
2.7
2.1
1.2
1.6
0.5
0.3

Climate:

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

Days with precip.
6
7
8
10
12
12
9
8
6
6
6
6

Wind speed (mph)
10.7
11.1
12.4
13.1
12.2
10.9
10.1
10.2
11.0
11.2
10.9
10.5

Morning humidity (%)
69
71
75
73
76
78
74
72
68
67
69
69

Afternoon humidity (%)
64
61
54
47
48
49
41
37
39
46
60
64

Sunshine (%)
57
60
63
62
60
65
73
74
70
66
55
55

Local Seasons:

Summer tends to be busiest time of year, but at any given time special events both in the city as well as in the nearby areas do increase the number of tourists visiting the area. Rapid City has four distinct seasons. Summers are warm and sometimes hot with cool nights from June through September. During this time, the daytime temperature is near 80 F and the evening temperatures registering in the 50’s F. Fall begins in mid September when the temperatures begin to drop, offering cool weather into November and making it an excellent time to explore the many outdoor sites in the area. While winter temperatures can be very brisk, cold spells usually alternate with milder weather. Snowfall is prevalent—providing excellent conditions for winter sports. Spring brings a re-birth to the area with mostly sunny days, but this can be the rainy season. Spring snow showers are a possibility through early May as well. During this time, temperatures can range from the 40’s F to the 80’s so be sure to bring appropriate clothing.

How to Get There:

By Air

Rapid City Regional Airport

4550 Terminal Road
Rapid City, South Dakota 57703
605-394-4195

The airport is the commercial airline hub for the Black Hills and is served by many of the commuter affiliates of the major national airlines.

Ground Transportation

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

By Car

Interstate 90 is the main route for driving to the Black Hills, but visitors can also enter the area on East-West highways US 16, US 18, US 212, SD 34, or SD 40; and North-South highways US 85, US 385 and SD 79. The South Dakota Department of Transportation keeps all highways in excellent driving condition, even during hard winters.

By Bus

Greyhound

Milo Barber Transportation Center
333 6th St.
Rapid City, SD 57701

605-348-3300

Call for schedule and additional information

How to Get Around

With so many sites to see and things to do, both within Rapid 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:
1880 Town-South Dakota’s Original
Interstate 90, Exit 170
605-344-2259
605-642-2248
Explore more than 30 original turn-of-the-century South Dakota buildings. The buildings have been relocated to this site from throughout the state and furnished with thousands of unique relics of the Old West. Features include a 4-sided barn, a Casey Tibbs tribute, Buffalo Bill display, Town Hall-historic film shown continuously, Western art collection, and an 800-acre longhorn cattle ranch.

Badlands National Park
51 miles east of Rapid City on I-90
Visitors can immerse themselves among jagged cliffs, deep canyons and flat-topped buttes lies one of the most stunning geologic displays visible on earth. Experience Indian cultural exhibits, roadside exhibits, nature trails.

Crazy Horse Monument and Heritage Village
Black Hills
17 miles SW of Mount Rushmore on Hwy. 16-385
605-675-4681
The Crazy Horse Memorial is a memorial to the famous Native American leader, in the form of a huge statue of the rider on horseback. This monument is carved on the side of a mountain. The site includes a full function Visitor Center and is the home of the Indian Museum of North America.

Custer State Park
Custer
800-658-3530
Where the Buffalo Roam Free. Enjoy scenic drives among 73,000 acres of natural beauty.
Guided tours and many park resort areas are available. While cruising the wildlife loop, you never know what you may see bobcat, buffalo, antelope, bighorn sheep, coyotes, and much more.

Devil’s Tower National Monument
120 miles west of Rapid City – Wyoming Hwys. 14 and 24
An awesome rock tower rising 264 meter above the Wyoming Plains, Devils Tower is actually the remains of the inside of an ancient volcano, featured in the science-fiction film “Close Encounters of the Third Kind”. For visitors interested in hiking, there is a flat trail that encircles the tower. There are many interesting trees and plants to observe on this trail, and you might also spot some climbers on the Tower.

Fort Hays Dances With Wolves Chuckwagon Supper & Western Music Show
8181 Mt. Rushmore Road, Hwy. 16W
Rapid City, SD
605-394-9653, 888-394-9653, 605-394-0197
Enjoy the film set where “Dances with Wolves” was filmed, while overlooking the beautiful Black Hills. Make sure to bring your appetite to the nightly roast beef chuckwagon suppers & western musical show.

Mount Rushmore National Memorial
Black Hills
25 Miles Southwest of Rapid City Hwy. 16A
605-574-2515
The monument consists of the enormous statues of four US presidents – George Washington, Thomas Jefferson, Theodore Roosevelt ad Abraham Lincoln – carved from the side of the mountain. There are exhibits detailing the life story of Gutzen Borglum, the monument’s designer, and explaining how the monument was constructed.

Wind Cave National Park
Black Hills
65 miles Southwest of Rapid City, Hwys. 16A and 385
One of the world’s oldest caves; follow 44 miles of underground tunnels and caverns. The cave tours are the main attraction of this National Park.

Jewel Cave National Monument
53 miles southwest of Rapid City, Hwy 16
Jewel Cave is a giant underground labyrinth with a myriad of beautiful “jewel-like” Dogtooth and Nailhead Spar crystals.

Bear Country USA
8 miles south of Rapid City on Hwy. 16
605-343-2290
See where the animals roam free! Bears, mountain lions, Rocky Mountain Elk, big horn sheep, buffalo, and timber wolves are just a few of the creatures in this drive through wildlife park.

Children’s Science Center
515 West Blvd
Rapid City, SD
605-394-6996
605-394-6177
The Children’s Science Center is a science technology museum with “hands on/minds on” exhibits for children of all ages. The museum also includes a gift shop, picnic grounds and gardens.

Cosmos of the Black Hills
17 miles south of Rapid City
605-343-9802
One of the strangest locations in the Black Hills, where the world is topsy-turvy. The laws of nature seem to have gone completely berserk at The Cosmos and nothing is in its normal position.

Reptile Gardens
Mt. Rushmore Road (6 miles South of Rapid City)
Rapid City, SD
605-342-5873
Reptile Gardens Houses the largest collection of reptiles in the world. Featuring four great shows to keep you entertained all afternoon!

Rushmore Waterslide Park
3 miles South of Rapid City on Mt. Rushmore Rd
Rapid City, SD
605-348-8962
A great family spot with 9 exciting slides up to 400 feet long. Bring the family and enjoy the kiddie pool, picnic area, hot spa, and much more.

South Dakota Air & Space Museum
I-90, Exit 66 7 miles east of Rapid City
EAFB
This museum features static displays of the B-52 Bomber, a B-26 Invader, C-47 cargo plane, F-101 VooDoo jet fighter, and much more.

Storybook Island
1301 Sheridan Lake Rd
Rapid City, SD
605-342-6357
This family adventure is Free and Fun! A children s fairyland features 128 fairy tale scenes, live animals, special events, and food concessions. Make sure to bring the entire family!

The Flintstones, Bedrock City
Outside Custer on Hwy. 16 & 385
605-673-4664
Take a step back in time and enjoy Brontoburgers or Dino Dogs. Bring the family for a ride in the Flintmobile and Iron-Horse Train.

The Journey Museum
222 New York St
Rapid City, SD
605-394-6923
The newest Museum to develop in Rapid City, The Journey has combined collections from the Museum of Geology, State Archaeological Research Museum, The Sioux Indian Museum, Minnilusa Pioneer Museum, and the Duhamel Plains Indian Artifacts. This is one attraction you should not miss!

The Ranch Amusement Park
3 miles south of Rapid City Hwy. 16
605-342-3321
The Ranch offers fun family activities that include bumper boats, go-carts, arcades, miniature golf, and much more.

Trout Haven
Hwy. 385 20 minutes from Rapid City via Hwy. 44
605-342-6009
For a true fishing excursion come out to Trout Haven where the trout are always biting! Trout Haven furnishes poles and bait, clean your catch, and package them.

Pirate’s Cove Adventure Golf
1500 Lacrosse St
Rapid City, SD
605-343-8540
Put-Put Golf for the whole family to enjoy!

Old Fort Meade Museum
1 mile east of Sturgis Hwy 34
Established in 1878, Fort Meade displays numerous mementos of the colorful units and troopers who served in the Dakota Territory.

Museum of Geology
South Dakota School of Mines and Technology
501 East St. Joseph St
605-394-2467
800-544-8162
The Museum of Geology is an exhibit facility that presents an astonishing array of fossils, minerals, and rocks that are representative of the geologic diversity of South Dakota. The fossil collection includes dinosaurs such as Triceratops, Tyrannosaurus and Edmontosaurus, a duck-billed dinosaur.

Evans Plunge
Hwy. 385 in Hot Springs
605-745-5165
Great family fun in these natural hot springs. Thrills and spills for everyone to enjoy in these natural spring fed pools.

Black Hills Central Railroad – The 1880 Train
Depart from Hill City Hwy 16 & 385 or Keystone on Hwy 16
605-574-2222
All aboard for a 20-mile trip on a real steam train. The train is just like the one that opened and settled the Great American West.

Thunderhead Falls
10 miles from Rapid City on Hwy 44W
605-343-0081
A gushing 8 cubic feet of water falls. This waterfall is buried deep within 600 feet of mountain and runs vertically for more than thirty feet. Visitors can explore the old mine that houses this spectacular display.

D- Family Fun Attractions:
Bear Country USA
8 miles south of Rapid City on Hwy. 16
605-343-2290
See where the animals roam free! Bears, mountain lions, Rocky Mountain Elk, big horn sheep, buffalo, and timber wolves are just a few of the creatures in this drive through wildlife park.

Children’s Science Center
515 West Blvd
Rapid City, SD
605-394-6996
605-394-6177
The Children’s Science Center is a science technology museum with “hands on/minds on” exhibits for children of all ages. The museum also includes a gift shop, picnic grounds and gardens.

Cosmos of the Black Hills
17 miles south of Rapid City
605-343-9802
One of the strangest locations in the Black Hills, where the world is topsy-turvy. The laws of nature seem to have gone completely berserk at The Cosmos and nothing is in its normal position.

Reptile Gardens
Mt. Rushmore Road (6 miles South of Rapid City)
Rapid City, SD
605-342-5873
Reptile Gardens Houses the largest collection of reptiles in the world. Featuring four great shows to keep you entertained all afternoon!

Rushmore Waterslide Park
3 miles South of Rapid City on Mt. Rushmore Rd
Rapid City, SD
605-348-8962
A great family spot with 9 exciting slides up to 400 feet long. Bring the family and enjoy the kiddie pool, picnic area, hot spa, and much more.

South Dakota Air & Space Museum
I-90, Exit 66 7 miles east of Rapid City
EAFB
This museum features static displays of the B-52 Bomber, a B-26 Invader, C-47 cargo plane, F-101 VooDoo jet fighter, and much more.

Crazy Horse Monument and Heritage Village
Black Hills
17 miles SW of Mount Rushmore on Hwy. 16-385
605-675-4681
The Crazy Horse Memorial is a memorial to the famous Native American leader, in the form of a huge statue of the rider on horseback. This monument is carved on the side of a mountain. The site includes a full function Visitor Center and is the home of the Indian Museum of North America.

Devil’s Tower National Monument
120 miles west of Rapid City – Wyoming Hwys. 14 and 24
An awesome rock tower rising 264 meter above the Wyoming Plains, Devils Tower is actually the remains of the inside of an ancient volcano, featured in the science-fiction film “Close Encounters of the Third Kind”. For visitors interested in hiking, there is a flat trail that encircles the tower. There are many interesting trees and plants to observe on this trail, and you might also spot some climbers on the Tower.

Mount Rushmore National Memorial
Black Hills
25 Miles Southwest of Rapid City Hwy. 16A
605-574-2515
The monument consists of the enormous statues of four US presidents – George Washington, Thomas Jefferson, Theodore Roosevelt ad Abraham Lincoln – carved from the side of the mountain. There are exhibits detailing the life story of Gutzen Borglum, the monument’s designer, and explaining how the monument was constructed.

Wind Cave National Park
Black Hills
65 miles Southwest of Rapid City, Hwys. 16A and 385
One of the world’s oldest caves; follow 44 miles of underground tunnels and caverns. The cave tours are the main attraction of this National Park.

Storybook Island
1301 Sheridan Lake Rd
Rapid City, SD
605-342-6357
This family adventure is Free and Fun! A children s fairyland features 128 fairy tale scenes, live animals, special events, and food concessions. Make sure to bring the entire family!

The Flintstones, Bedrock City
Outside Custer on Hwy. 16 & 385
605-673-4664
Take a step back in time and enjoy Brontoburgers or Dino Dogs. Bring the family for a ride in the Flintmobile and on the Iron-Horse Train.

The Journey Museum
222 New York St
Rapid City, SD
605-394-6923
The newest Museum to develop in Rapid City, The Journey has combined collections from the Museum of Geology, State Archaeological Research Museum, The Sioux Indian Museum, Minnilusa Pioneer Museum, and the Duhamel Plains Indian Artifacts. This is one attraction you should not miss!

The Ranch Amusement Park
3 miles south of Rapid City Hwy. 16
605-342-3321
The Ranch offers fun family activities that include bumper boats, go-carts, arcades, miniature golf, and much more.

Pirate’s Cove Adventure Golf
1500 Lacrosse St
Rapid City, SD
605-343-8540
Put-Put Golf for the whole family to enjoy!

Black Hills Central Railroad – The 1880 Train
Depart from Hill City Hwy 16 & 385 or Keystone on Hwy 16
605-574-2222
All aboard for a 20-mile trip on a real steam train. The train is just like the one that opened and settled the Great American West.

E- Events & Entertainment:
Events & Entertainment

January

Black Hills Stock Show and Rodeo

Held in late January

Location: Rushmore Plaza Civic Center

605-394-6923

Call for additional information

Black Hills Gift Show

Held in late January

Location: Best Western Ramkota Hotel

605-367-3181

Call for additional information

February

Mardi Gras

Held throughout February

Location: Deadwood

800-999-1876

Call for additional information

Black Hills Sports Show and Sale

Held in mid February

Location: Rushmore Plaza Civic Center

605-494-4115

Call for additional information

March

St. Patrick’s Weekend

Held over St. Patrick’s Day Weekend

Location: Deadwood

900-999-1876

Call for additional information

Rockin’ Into Spring

Held in early March

Location: Deadwood Pavilion

800-999-1986

Call for additional information

June

South Dakota Good Sam Skate Samboree

Held in mid June

Location: Rapid City

605-341-7255

Call for additional information

Wild Bill Days

Held in mid June

Location: Deadwood

800-999-1876

Call for additional information

Black Hills Square and Round Dance Festival

Held in late July

Location: Downtown Rapid City

605-394-4115

Call for additional information

August

Blackhills Motorcycle Rally

Held in Early – mid August

Location: Sturgis

605-642-8166

Call for additional information

During the Sturgis Motorcycle Rally, hundreds of thousands of riders experience the many things to see and do in the Rapid City and Black Hills area. From the five National Parks and Monuments, to abundant history and wildlife, including one of the largest herds of buffalo in the world found at Custer State Park, rally goers will discover that the Black Hills are one of the most spectacular touring destinations around.

September

Dakota Roping Association Finals

Held in mid September

Location: Central States Fairgrounds

307-896-2405

Call for additional information

October

Octoberfest

Held in mid October

Location: Deadwood

800-999-1876

Call for additional information

Entertainment:

Black Hills Symphony Orchestra

1202 E Saint Francis St
Rapid City, SD 57701

605-348-4676

Call for performance schedule and additional information

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.