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Unlimited Thrills Await Visitors at Carowinds

From screaming roller coasters to wild water slides to Peanuts-themed kiddie rides, Carowinds offers fun for the whole family.

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Carowinds’ WinterFest Is a Holiday Treat for the Whole Family

Each holiday season, Carowinds becomes a winter wonderland with millions of shimmering lights, festive activities, live entertainment—and rides!

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Get to Know Gullah at One of These Fun Festivals

From the Penn Center’s Heritage Days to the Original Gullah Festival, Gullah/Geechee events showcase the rich culture, cuisine and history of the sea islands.

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Best Holiday Events in South Carolina

From Christmas villages to parades to candlelight tours, South Carolina offers a wide array of unique and traditional holiday celebrations.

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Join the Fun Festivities at Columbia’s Soda City Market

Styled after European street markets, Soda City Market is held each Saturday from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. in Columbia’s historic downtown.

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Stroll through 15 of South Carolina's Finest Gardens

Discover some of South Carolina’s most breathtaking gardens and uncover the natural beauty of the Palmetto State.

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Experience Shrimp Trawling Aboard the Tammy Jane

Vagabond Cruise on Hilton Head Island offers a two-hour tour aboard a working shrimp trawler – and passengers take home the shrimp!

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Annual Pelican Plunge Draws Hundreds Each Year to Hunting Island State Park

One of South Carolina’s coolest events, the annual Pelican Plunge takes place each New Year’s Day at Hunting Island State Park near Beaufort.

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