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Off the Beaten Path

Have you already explored the cities? There is plenty to discover in the outskirts of Florence and Lake City.

  • Coward is the home of Lynches River County Park – a great place for birding, archery, kayaking, and river fishing.
  • Johnsonville is the place for Revolutionary War buffs – check out Venter’s Landing, or rent a kayak from Swamp Fox Kayak and Canoe Rental to check out Rev War sites.
  • Olanta has an unusual Carolina Bay that is wet year round. Check out Woods Bay State Natural Area.
  • Pamplico is the home of the annual Cypress Festival in September.
  • Scranton is THE place for lunch – check out Scranton Cafe and Schoolhouse BBQ. You’ll also find River Rats Kayak and Canoe Rental in Scranton, along the Lynches River.
  • Timmonsville has two exceptional farm stops – Ovis Hill and Little Fruit Farm

102 Things to do

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2018 Summer Camps

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American Heritage Festival Celebrates Local Revolutionary War Legacy

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ArtFields is the South's most engaging art competition and festival held in the historic community of Lake City, South Carolina. The nine-day ...
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ArtFields: The South’s Most Engaging Arts Fest

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Arts International

Arts International offers a spectacular experience of art and culture with international performing artists, visual artists, exotic foods, cultural displays and the ...
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Cain’s Bar-B-Que

Cain's Bar-B-Q has been serving up an amazing buffet since the 50s. It's voted one of the best 100 BBQ ...
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Chuck E. Cheese’s

Chuck E. Cheese's 2701 David H. McLeod Blvd. Florence, SC 29501 (843) 679-9436 website  ...
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Cici’s Pizza

Cici's Pizza 1945 West Palmetto Street Florence, SC 29501 (843) 413-0600 website menu  ...
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Clemson Outdoor Educational Trail

At the Clemson University Pee Dee Research and Education Center, you can explore the 1.5 mile Outdoor Education Trail while learning about ...
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Your first stop traveling Highway 52 south from Florence is the quaint town of Coward (population 752) where you’ll find Lynches River County ...
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Cypress Festival

The Pamplico Cypress Festival is held annually in the month of September. This family event, held since 2005,  is sponsored ...
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Darlington Car Hauler Parade and Festival Zooms Back August 30

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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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Dr. Eddie Floyd Florence Tennis Center

Boasting 24 Hard Courts and 6 Hydro Clay courts the Dr. Eddie Floyd Florence Tennis Center is one of South Carolina's Premier ...
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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

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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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Around here, we live for the roar of race car engines, squealing tires, and drivers. Darlington Raceway is just down ...
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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 County Scares Up Huge Collection of Halloween-Inspired Events!

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Florence Flea Market

Florence Flea Market 4001 E. Palmetto Street Florence, SC 29506 (843) 667-9585 website  ...
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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 RedWolves

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Florence Trails System

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Florence-Darlington Technical College

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Francis Marion University

Ranked by US News & World Reports as one of the best of the South, Francis Marion University is one of South ...
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Freedom Florence Recreation Complex

Freedom Florence Recreation Complex consists of a nine-field softball facility with paved parking, a gymnastics center, and a four-field football and ...
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While supplies last, we'll give you a Florence County geocoin just for stopping in our office. Special thanks to our ...
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Ho-Ho-Holiday Season Events in Florence!

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International House of Pancakes

IHOP 2699 David McLeod Blvd Florence, SC 29501 (843) 629-9999 website   ...
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Johnsonville Public Library

The Johnsonville Library houses the SC History Room containing a unique collection of rare Americana and original maps. Johnsonville Public ...
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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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Lake City Public Library

The Lake City Library complex features an SC History Room containing a unique collection of rare American and original maps ...
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Lil D’s Dugout

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Lynches River County Park

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Magnolia Mall

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Olio Studio

Olio Studio 104 W Main St Lake City, SC 29560 (843) 374-6546 website  ...
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Once Upon a Child

Once Upon a Child 315 N Beltline Dr Florence, SC 29501 (843) 679-5555 website  ...
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Phil’s Bicycle World

Phil's Bicycle World 2519 W Palmetto St Florence, SC 29501 (843) 665-8115 website  ...
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Revolutionary Rivers

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SC Button Museum

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Sparrow Stadium at Griffin Athletic Complex

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Sweet Cafe & Bakery – SC Pecan Trail

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Townhouse Restaurant

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Waffle House – near Florence Center

Waffle House 2900 West Radio Dr. Florence, SC 29501 (843) 662-8421 website ...
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War Between the States Museum

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Woods Bay State Natural Area

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Visitor Information

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

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

Daily 9am – 5pm