9112 Old Number 6 Hwy
Santee, SC 29142
Phone: (803) 854-3870
Fax: (803) 854-2801
Congaree National Park is located in South Carolina. It is ecologically very important as it is home to one of the largest tracts of hardwood forest left in the United States. The national park is spread over 26,546 acres (10,742 hectares). The national park has a designated wilderness area and it has recreational facilities like hiking, canoeing, kayaking, and bird watching. It also has a rich variety of native flora and fauna.
Located near Givhans State Park along the historic Edisto River where tupelo trees grow, this family-owned bee farm aims to educate visitors on the importance of honey bees and the honey they produce. In addition to tours of the farm and bee production, the park offers a petting zoo for children with monkeys, lemurs, lamas and wallabies. A gift shop also features varying sizes of honey and beeswax figures and candles, lip balm, hand creams and chocolate-covered honey candy. The Bee City Café offers simple lunch fare that includes hamburgers, cheeseburgers or hot dogs, but visitors are also welcome to bring a picnic. - Natasha Lawrence
A traditional style layout built on the site of a former rice plantation, this beautiful and challenging 18-hole Championship course has been compared to Pinehurst #2 in its straightforward presentation of challenge. Spacious fairways, generous greens and staggered tees give everyone a chance to enjoy the layout. However, with water in play at half of the holes and massive oaks often standing between golfer and green, an ability to work the ball is required to score well. The greens are medium-sized and have some undulation. The signature hole is #10, a 372-yard, par 4, requiring a shot over a wetland area to an elevated green. Tee times and rates vary; contact the club or check the website.
CSU Field House is home to the Charleston Southern University Buccaneers basketball team. It is located in the famous Charleston Southern University. It is mainly used for basketball and hockey games. Events constantly take place in this 760-seat venue. Check the website for further event details.
Located a half-hour north of Charleston, this former 1700s rice plantation and black water swamp is a scenic treasure, open to the public since 1932. One admission price allows visitors to follow meandering nature trails over foot bridges and through rice fields, admire azalea and magnolia gardens, take a flat bottom boat out onto the swamp (just follow the arrows on the cypress trees), and explore the Butterfly House, Aquarium and Reptile Center. There are also guides who take groups out on tour boats, but most folks like the chance to paddle and explore on their own. Bring a lunch to enjoy in the picnic and playground area while the kiddies romp on the giant spider web made of rope. Gift and snack shop. Parking is free. Don't forget your camera. - Natasha Lawrence
Get the family together and spend some time playing the 18-hole "tropical" miniature golf course, riding go-karts and tooling around on the bumper boats. The park also offers a large arcade, batting cage and rock climbing wall. For the really adventurous, there's the "Trampoline Thing." Golf fans are happy to send their kids off with a handful of tokens and practice their swing at the Golf Range. The Pizza Shop on site lets you spend the whole day playing. Party packages are available.
Located on the grounds of the Magnolia Plantation and Gardens, the Audubon Swamp Garden is a beautifully preserved stretch of blackwater swamp. Explore the 60 acres (24 hectares) of swamp land using their system of boardwalks, bridges and dikes. Within the garden you can see a large number of native species, including herons, egrets, turtles and alligators, along with the beautiful natural flora. Admission is only an additional eight dollars when you buy a general garden ticket.