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Get Active, Eat Well and Try New Things in SC in January

Devyn Whitmire Devyn Whitmire
Devyn spends her days creating content to build an online community of travelers. She is a firm believer there’s always something new to Discover in the Palmetto State.
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For many, January represents a fresh start and the perfect time to try unfamiliar things, set positive goals and seek out new experiences. But keeping resolutions can be daunting, so South Carolina is doing its part, providing ample opportunities to help you start off your year in style.

Here's a roundup of events happening around the state this January.

First Day Hikes

If one of your New Year's resolutions is to be active or to get outdoors more in 2021, there's no better way to jump-start your goals than to participate in a First Day Hike. On Friday, Jan. 1, several South Carolina State Parks will host self-guided hikes. So in addition to eating your black-eyed peas and greens this New Year's Day, you can gear up for a fresh year with an exhilarating hike in one of our state parks.

Find more information about which parks are hosting events here as well as safety guidelines for this year. And don't forget to share your First Day Hike experience on social media with the hashtags #SCStateParks and #FirstDayHikes.

Restaurant Week South Carolina

Prepare yourself for 11 straight days of delectable dining all over South Carolina. Though the holidays will be over, your opportunities for epic eating certainly won't be. Hundreds of participating restaurants across the state will be showcasing their cuisine through special menu items and promotions. Whether you want to stop in for deals at one of your favorite casual eateries or try someplace new, this makes it easy. Plan ahead by checking the website for participating restaurants and by making any necessary reservations.

Charleston Marathon

Looking to plan out your next race? Consider kicking off your year by joining in this year's virtual Charleston Marathon. While this run typically takes plave through the historic streets of Charleston in South Carolina's beautiful Lowcountry, they're changing things up a bit for 2021. This year, you can skip the long lines and 5 a.m. start time (unless that's your preference!) and run on your own time and where YOU want, then share and compare results online. Plus, have your Charleston Marathon swag shipped direct to your porch within the U.S. Find more information here.

Charleston Boat Show

Think like is better on the water? Head to the Lowcountry to this year's Charleston Boat Show. This event is where thousands come together each year to celebrate life on the water, learn about the newest trends in the industry, become educated with great fishing seminars, and of course, experience all the beautiful new powerboats from high quality boat dealers, local manufacturers and other marine related companies. Find more information about this year's event, including COVID-19 guidelines, here.

Lowcountry Oyster Festival

Make your way down to Boone Hall Plantation in Mount Pleasant for the largest Oyster Festival in the world. Oysters are a Lowcountry delight, and the Charleston Restaurant Association strives to make sure everyone attending the festivities will experience them at their best - by the bucket that is - with excellent wine, beer and live music to boot. This one-day event has been a January staple for more than 30 years, and while it might look a bit different this year, if you haven't experienced the tradition yet for yourself, you shouldn't miss it. Click here for details on this year's event. 

Devyn Whitmire
Devyn spends her days creating content to build an online community of travelers. She is a firm believer there’s always something new to Discover in the Palmetto State.