For a deep look at the Charleston’s history, check out the Middleton Place House Museum. This building has housed generations of the Middleton family, who founded Charleston. Charleston is also home to the oldest unrestored plantation home in the country, Drayton Hall. It's open to the public and a visit will include a tour, nature walks and a visit to an African-American cemetery.Other homes in the city include the Joseph Manigault House, the Heyward-Washington House and the Nathaniel Russell House.
Get an up-close experience with some of South Carolia’s wildlife at the South Carolina Aquarium. The aquarium is home to turtles, sharks, otters, jellyfish, alligators and features a daily dive show and kid-friendly interactive programs. The Center for Birds of Prey is a great place to see bald eagles, golden eagles, red-tailed hawks and great horned owls. In addition to walking tours, you can try one of the center's educational conservation programs to watch a flight demonstration.
Hilton Head Island is home to many golfing resorts. It is considered one of the best places in the country to play and is a top PGA Tour Event destination. You can choose between oceanfront and traditional parkland courses at Arthur Hills, Golden Bear Golf Club, Robert Trent Jones Course, Heron Point, George Fazio Course and Hilton Head National Golf Club.
Hilton Head has more than 12 miles of public beaches. Some of the beaches best access points can be found at Alder Lane Beach, Coligny Beach Park, Driessen Beach Park, Fish Haul Park, Burkes Beach and Folly Field Beach Park. The little ones will love learning how to boogie board in the waves and you'll enjoy the relaxation that comes along with staring off into the horizon where the ocean meets the sky.
Hilton Head has plenty of places to shop including boutiques, outlet malls and art galleries. Don't leave without stopping by Jake's Shore Thing, Inc., home of the famous Salty Dog T-Shirt. If you want to grab a piece of local art to add to your collection, visit Art League of Hilton Head, Karis Art Gallery, Morris & Whiteside Galleries and Smith Galleries, Inc.
People who want to hit the water for a day on the lake can use the two boat ramps as well as a newly installed courtesy dock. Hartwell Lake is a great fishing destination. The lake is home to crappie, bream, stripers, catfish, largemouth bass and hybrid bass. Other outdoor activities at Hartwell Lake include geocaching, walking trails and bird watching.
Myrtle Beach is one of the most popular beach destinations for families. It boasts 60 miles of coastline and plenty of family friendly activities including the beach, go-karts, mini golf and even an amusement park.
The Grand Strand is the main beach road that travels through Myrtle Beach. It's where most of the attractions are located, including the beach shops and amusement park. There's a roller coaster suitable for all ages and the Myrtle Beach Skywheel will give you a bird's-eye view of the ocean and city from 187 feet in the air.
For a dining and shopping adventure, head to Broadway at the Beach. There are toy stores, apparel shops and restaurants as well as Dragon's Lair Fantasy Golf. The Hard Rock Cafe is also found at Broadway at the Beach and the kids will love its pyramid shape that replicates the ones you'll find in Egypt. Other attractions here include the Backstage Mirror Maze, the Hollywood Wax Museum and Myrtle Waves Water Park.