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There are tons of places to see and things to do in Florence.

The Florence County Museum recently reopened in its new space on Cheves Street, and it’s just amazing. Check out the artwork by Florence native William H. Johnson for a starter. Just across the street from the museum is the Francis Marion University Performing Art Center, which has a full season of entertainment planned for you.

And just a block or so down the street is Florence Little Theatre, where a community theater group puts on top-notch shows. At the intersection of I-20 and I-95, the Florence Civic Center holds a wide range of shows, expos, and sporting events.

The War Between the States Museum highlights the Civil War history in Florence, including the Florence Stockade and National Cemetery. In early March, the Columns Plantation has a reenactment of the Civil War Skirmish at Gamble’s Hotel.

Florence has a great trail system that connects wonderful parks, including the Florence Veterans Park and Timrod Park. Lynches River County Park in Coward offers a tree top canopy walk and Environmental Discovery Center, along with a splash pad that is a favorite for kids during the summer months. Woods Bay State Natural Area offers a variety of natural habitats surrounding the Carolina Bay.

Young Plantations is a pecan outlet that offers samples of flavored pecans. It’s also a great stop for items made in South Carolina. Just down the road (Highway 52) is the Pee Dee State Farmers Market, where you’ll find all sort of local flavors.

Just outside Florence County, you’ll find the internationally renowned Pearl Fryar Topiary Garden and Darlington Raceway.

10 Reasons to Visit Florence

Alphabetical List of Attractions

102 Things to do

There are tons of things to do around Florence, and we've pulled together a list of 102 of them! Here are ...
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Addie’s Baby Paint and Sip Studio

Grab your friends and head to Addie's Baby for a fun-filled painting party!  No experience is necessary. This is NOT serious painting! ...
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African-American Sites at Mars Bluff

Just east of Florence, in the area surrounding Francis Marion University, is Mars Bluff, which provides an unique perspective of African-American ...
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Columns Plantation

The 1857 Columns Plantation is an outstanding example of Greek Revival architecture. The property is listed on the National Register of Historic ...
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Darlington Raceway

Florence is the place to be during race week for the Bojangles’ Southern 500! The Xfinitiy Series and Monster Energy NASCAR Cup ...
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Dooley Planetarium

The Dooley Planetarium is located on the second floor of the Cauthen Educational Media Center on the Francis Marion University campus. The planetarium features ...
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Downtown Events and Live Performances

Florence is hopping, especially when Florence Downtown Development Corporation holds its monthly outdoor concerts - check them out on the first Friday and final ...
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Downtown Florence

Downtown Florence Take in a progressive dinner to include Town Hall, The Library, King Jefe, and Local Motive brewery. Enjoy ...
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Dr. Ronald E. McNair Life History Center

Opened in 2011, the Ronald E. McNair Life History Center is a museum that pays tribute to the life of Dr. McNair, ...
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Drs. Bruce & Lee Foundation Library

The Drs. Bruce and Lee Foundation Library was constructed in 2003 through the assistance of Drs. Bruce and Lee Foundation.  The Foundation constructed public libraries in each of the county's municipalities. The library provides ...
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Eastern SC Heritage Region

The Eastern South Carolina Heritage Region highlights the Pee Dee region and coastal areas of the state, and features lots of stops ...
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First Fridays

On the first Friday of each month the Florence Downtown Development Corp and Victor's host a FREE concert in Downtown Florence! 6-9pm ...
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Florence After Five

The Final Friday of each month from April to October the Florence Downtown Development Corporation along with the City of Florence hosts ...
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Florence Center

Conveniently located at the intersections of I-95 and I-20, the Florence Center, an SMG-managed facility is the hub for entertainment ...
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Florence County Museum

The Florence County Museum holds a collection of artifacts from the American Civil War through World War I, as well as original ...
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Florence Little Theatre

The Florence Little Theatre is a community theater, performing plays and musicals with local talent, of which there is plenty! In 2013, ...
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Florence National Cemetery and Florence Stockade

The Florence National Cemetery is located at 803 East National Cemetery Road, a quarter of a mile from the site of the ...
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Florence Trails System

The Florence Trail System is made up of a series of connections that link nearly 45 miles of trails together throughout the city ...
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Florence Veterans Park

The Florence Veterans Park pays homage to those who are serving or have served in our armed forces with a 'Wall of ...
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Francis Marion Trail

Imagine Gen. Francis Marion and his men hiding out in the dense forests and swamps in the Pee Dee during ...
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Francis Marion University Performing Arts Center

Francis Marion University Performing Arts Center's schedule is filled with top-level entertainment ranging from Broadway musicals to Florence Symphony Orchestra. The exterior ...
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Historic Sites

Florence County is packed with history. In Revolutionary War times, General Francis Marion hid in the swampy areas in the ...
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Julia 4 Value Cinemas

See current releases at discount prices at the Julia 4. Great deal for large families! Julia 4 Value Cinema 1110 ...
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Locked Inn

Try your hand at the live adventure game in which players are "locked in" a room and have to escape ...
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Lynches River County Park

Located on Lynches River, the 676-acre Lynches River County Park features a river swamp with towering cypress trees as well as sand ...
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Lynda English Studio Gallery

Lynda English Studio Gallery is home to artists Lynda English and Jackie Wukela, and the gallery showcases the work of many other local artists. They offer ...
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Moore Farms Botanical Garden

Moore Farms Botanical Garden is a dynamic garden spanning 50 acres near Lake City. The garden setting is informal and inviting, ...
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National Bean Market

The National Bean Market was the world's largest truck auction during Lake City's agricultural prime. Built in 1936 by the Public Works ...
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Pearl Fryar Topiary Garden

Since the early 1980s, Pearl Fryar has created fantastic topiary at his garden in Bishopville, South Carolina. Living sculptures, Pearl’s ...
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Pee Dee State Farmers Market

Pee Dee State Farmers Market in Florence offers delicious produce all year round in its 45,000 sq. ft. farmers market, just ...
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SC Button Museum

The Button Museum stands in honor of Dalton Stevens, who played songs on a button-covered guitar while wearing a button-covered suit ...
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SC Pecan Festival – SC Pecan Trail

SC Pecan Festival The SC Pecan Festival is held in downtown Florence on the first Saturday in November. It features pecan culinary ...
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ScienceSouth is a non-profit educational organization in Florence with the mission to advance scientific understanding and increase the competitiveness of future generations ...
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Self- Guided Tours

If you're up for a Sunday Drive, we have a few self-guided tours for you. It's Tuesday? That works, too! The Rotary ...
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Timrod Park

Timrod Park is an 18 acre park located on Timrod Park Drive. The park is named for Henry Timrod, the poet ...
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War Between the States Museum

The War Between the States Museum was founded in 1988 and displays relics from various battlefields and campsites. You’ll see ...
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Woods Bay State Natural Area

Woods Bay State Natural Area stretches for over 1,500 acres in Olanta. The cypress-tupelo swamp area gives visitors an up-close look at one ...
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Visitor Information

Toll Free: (800) 325-9005
Phone: (843) 664-0330

Visitor Information Center
3290 W. Radio Drive
Florence Civic Center Upper Level
Florence, SC 29501

Daily 9am – 5pm