6 Hidden Gems in the South Carolina Lowcountry
Where to Go While Visiting South Carolina
When it comes to South Carolina living, there’s nothing quite like exploring the Lowcountry. From quaint town markets and historical monuments to breathtaking maritime museums and art galleries, adventure awaits you around every corner in the enchanting Palmetto State!
If you’re looking to plan your next adventure, make sure you check out our six must-see attractions to help plan your visit to the South Carolina Lowcountry.
1. Angel Oak Tree
Situated on Johns Island, the Angel Oak Tree is commonly referred to as a “Lowcountry treasure”. Its glorious branches are adorned with Spanish moss and it is considered one of the most beautiful trees in the United States. Being roughly 500 years old and having survived numerous storms and hurricanes, it has even become a symbol of the resilience and strength of the South. This tree will be right along your path to Kiawah Island, making it an excellent stop on your journey!
2. Historic Charleston City Market
If you take a short 45-minute commute from Kiawah Island, you’ll find yourself in the charming city of Charleston, SC. Located in the heart of the eclectic town lives the Historic Charleston City Market — one of the nation’s oldest public markets. Here, you can peruse through the market and browse the work of hundreds of local artists and entrepreneurs! Be sure to try the candied pecans and purchase a sweet grass basket, both of which are works of art. To experience Charleston’s authentic Southern charm, take a stroll through the rest of downtown — you never know what treasure you’ll stumble upon! While you’re at it, stop by one of the numerous restaurants to sink your teeth into tasty Lowcountry classics.
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3. Heron Park Nature Center
The Kiawah Island Nature Center was created to connect visitors to nature while developing a greater understanding of the remarkable flora and fauna surrounding Kiawah. Here, a knowledgeable and dedicated team of nature lovers and naturalists introduce guests to plants and animals through demonstrations, hands-on exhibits, and guided tours.
As an environmentally protected barrier island, Kiawah’s blooming ecosystems and natural habitats are brimming with native wildlife. At the Heron Park Nature Center, you can expect to see blue herons, long-legged egrets, and many other bird species perched along the golden marsh. Or, head to the beach and see bottlenose dolphins gracefully diving along the shoreline and loggerhead sea turtles nesting on the beach — the possibilities are endless!
Learn More: Discover Native Wildlife at the Heron Park Nature Center
4. Dock Street Theatre
The local theater community showcases their talents at the historic Dock Street Theatre — putting on a remarkable show each and every time. For many years, the Planter’s Hotel inhabited the theater site and hosted a multitude of notable individuals, such as actor Junius Brutus Booth, father of John Wilkes Booth.
At the end of the Civil War, the hotel deteriorated and was contracted for demolition. The property was handed over to the city of Charleston, and the theater was reconstructed. As the Dock Street Theatre enters its fourth century, it remains the heart and soul of Charleston’s art community. Visitors and residents alike can enjoy more than 100 performances at the theater every year, so be sure to check out a show while you’re here!
5. Patriots Point Naval and Maritime Museum
The Patriots Point Naval and Maritime Museum offers a glimpse into the past by displaying preserved artifacts and experiences of World War II, the Cold War, and the Vietnam War.
Unlike any other in the nation, Patriots Point is the only museum in the United States to house the exclusive Vietnam Experience Exhibit. Furthermore, the museum houses its main attraction, the USS YORKTOWN — the vessel that recovered the Apollo eight astronauts. If you get the chance to visit, you’re sure to learn something insightful that elevates your outlook on American history in the Lowcountry!
6. The South Carolina State Museum
The South Carolina State Museum is truly a one-of-a-kind experience. Located in Columbia, the state capital, this popular attraction features four floors of permanent and changing exhibits covering South Carolina’s natural history, art, culture, science, and technology.
Many educational exhibits are hands-on, making the museum especially engaging for young visitors. The museum also features a 4-D interactive science theater, a planetarium, and an ever-changing roster of special exhibits. You won’t want to miss this on your next trip to the South Carolina Lowcountry.
Visit the Best Hidden Gem: Kiawah Island
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