Set your sights on South Carolina attractions
With all the options, the toughest part is deciding where to go.
One of the best things about South Carolina attractions
is the wide range you’ll find running all across our state. From museums to water parks, raceways to aquariums, beaches to rugged mountain beauty to open air markets – it’s all here waiting for you to explore and enjoy.
Here’s a quick look at some of the newest and most exciting South Carolina tourist attractions:
Take a spin in Rock Hill
Rock Hill is now home to one of only 20 velodromes in the country! Get on the track at the new Giordana Velodrome, a 250-meter world-class banked racing track off Interstate 77, just south of Charlotte. The track also features a 42.5 degree bank. It's like Disney World for cyclists! Events for kids and adult riders are offered at Giordana Velodrome. If being a spectator is more your speed, come out and watch some of the country's best cyclists during a league racing series. Admission is free!
South Carolina Quilt Trail
When you're ready to go on a road trip , consider letting the rubber meet the road on one of the Palmetto State's quilt trails. The South Carolina Quilt Trails began in Oconee County and has spread throughout the state. Today, more 180 quilt patterns come alive as outdoor art on painted panels, preserving our rich heritage of quilting. These clotheslines of quilts are found in small towns and rural areas mounted on barns, businesses, homes and public buildings. Ready for the adventure? Visit each trail's website to learn the location of quilt blocks in the state. Get on the roads less traveled and discover quilt trails in the Upstate and Foothills. Drive through McCormick and Ridge Springs and York County. Every quilt tells a story and every story leads to discovery.
Learning from history
The Old Slave Mart Museum in Charleston has reopened to rave reviews and is quickly becoming one of the most visited South Carolina tourist attractions The museum recounts the story of Charleston’s role as an urban slave-trading center during the domestic slave trade. The Old Slave Mart Museum’s permanent exhibit speaks to the stories, the contributions and the legacies of those who shaped the outcome of the domestic slave trade. Various narratives are presented in different media (personal letters, oral histories, documents, audio, video and artifacts) to provide a sense of those who passed through the mart, where they lived and how you can find their various legacies today.
At the Benjamin Mays Historic Site you can tour Dr. Benjamin Mays’ childhood home. A former sharecropper’s son, Mays became president of Morehouse College and was a key mentor of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. The historic site also includes an interactive visitor’s center and schoolhouse.