Whatever you're into - arts, history, nature, local foods, or even just shopping, we have some excursions planned for you! 

Arts aficionado: 

Start your day at the Florence Museum with works by our native Florentine artist William H. Johnson.
Take a selfie with Big Bleu Birdnanna.
Check out the exhibit at the Waters Gallery.
Stop by Clay Pot Coffee Shop for coffee or lunch while browsing the local artwork.
Stroll through James Allen Plaza to view the student-designed steel sculptures by Bob Doster depicting the State Flower, Bird, Butterfly, Heritage Horse, and Tree.
Wander through Hotel Florence to see artwork by Jackie Wukela, the mother of Florence's Mayor Stephen J. Wukela.
Visit the Lynda English Gallery and The Earring Lady for all things bright and colorful.
Check out the painting schedule at Addie's Baby, and BYOB for a fun night with friends.
See what's playing at the Florence Little Theatre, Francis Marion University Performing Arts Center, and the Florence Civic Center.

History buff:

Check out the Arriving South exhibit at the Florence Museum.
Get into the archives at the War Between the States Museum, open Wednesdays and Saturdays.
Follow the Francis Marion Trail to little-known stops where the Swamp Fox carried on the Southern Campaign of the American Revolution.
Hop into a kayak and paddle the SC Revolutionary Rivers Trail.
Visit the site of the Florence Stockade and the Florence National Cemetery.
See the hand-hewn cabins and other sites on the African American Sites at Mars Bluff.
Imagine having class in the Henry Timrod Schoolhouse, under the direction of Henry Timrod, the Poet Laureate of the Confederacy and author of our State Song.
Head on down to Lake City to visit the Bean Market in the historic downtown.
Relive the Challenger Shuttle Explosion at the Dr. Ronald E. McNair Life History Center.

 

Nature lover:

Try to tackle the nearly 45 miles of trails and urban connectors in Florence.
Visit the Environmental Discovery Center at Lynches River County Park, where you can walk in the treetops on a swinging boardwalk and take a relaxing canoe trip on Lynches River.
Paddle a kayak along the SC Revolutionary Rivers Trail to see the type of flora and fauna that General Francis Marion scanned while hiding out from the British troops.
Stop by Woods Bay State Natural Area to see if you can spy a gator or two in the Carolina Bay.
Check the schedule for Moore Farms Botanical Garden for workshops and tour opportunities.
Been itching for a new boat?  Don't miss the amazing selection at Marshall's Marine in Lake City.
Walk the Wallace Woods nature trail at Francis Marion University.

 

Foodie:

Stop by Freeman's, one of the few made-from-scratch bakeries in SC, for pastries and cakes.
Try out the local barbecue scene, and decide for yourself if you prefer mustard-, tomato-, or vinegar-based sauce.
Swing into Young Plantations for samples of a dozen or so flavored pecans. Don't forget to pick up some Blenheim Gingerale and other local favorites.
Make your own progressive dinner in the downtown -- stop by several restaurants and have a course at each one. Save room for dessert!
Check the menus of locally owned restaurants for popular pecan dishes. Some of those along the Pecan Trail are Rebel Pie, Victors, Red Bone Alley, and Top Hat Special-Teas.

 

Ultimate emptor:

Plunder through a dozen antique shops in Florence, and nearly 40 within an hour's drive.
Check out the boutiques on Evans Street in the downtown.
Pick up SC items at Palmetto Moon in Magnolia Mall and at Young Plantations.
Marvel at the handcrafted items at The Earring Lady, Lynda English Studio Gallery, and other local shops.
Make your way to Lake City for even more boutique shopping along Main Street.

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

 

 

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