International airports near Lake City, SC
61 miles: Myrtle Beach International Airport – Myrtle Beach, SC (MYR / KMYR)
84 miles: Charleston International Airport – Charleston, SC (CHS / KCHS)
Domestic airports near Lake City, SC
24 miles: Florence Regional Airport – Florence, SC (FLO / KFLO)
61 miles: Myrtle Beach International Airport – Myrtle Beach, SC (MYR / KMYR)
84 miles: Charleston International Airport – Charleston, SC (CHS / KCHS)
85 miles: Columbia Metropolitan Airport – Columbia, SC (CAE / KCAE)
AmTrak: Ride the Silver Service/Palmetto Line, with stops in Kingstree and Florence!
16 miles: Kingstree Station
25 miles: Florence Station
Car Rental Locations
25 miles: Enterprise Rent-a-Car, Florence | 2639 W. Palmetto Street 843-669-6309
25 miles: Avis Rental Car, Florence | 2100 Terminal Drive (the airport) 843-669-7695
25 miles: Budget Rent-A-Car, Florence | 2100 Terminal Drive (the airport) 843-667-1190
25 miles: Hertz Rental Car, Florence | 2100 Terminal Drive (the airport) 843-662-7930
37 miles: Enterprise Rent-A-Car, Manning | 2601 Paxville Highway 803-433-4150
Major airports will have additional rental car options available.
Greyhound Bus Lines serve Florence, Kingstree, and Manning, South Carolina.
16 miles: Greyhound-Kingstree | 131 E. Main Street 843-355-6604
25 miles: Greyhound-Florence | 611 S. Irby Street 843-662-8407
37 miles: Greyhound-Manning | 3014 Paxville Highway 803-473-7666
PDRTA (Pee Dee Regional Transportation Authority) Buses
LakeTran: Get around in Lake City with LakeTran!
For pricing and time information, please visit PDRTA.
Route 912: Hop on the PDRTA bus in Myrtle Beach and head to Lake City. For more information
on this route, see PDRTA’s website at www.pdrta.org.
There is no bus route from Florence to Lake City.
Myrtle Beach to Lake City via 378 W | 1HR 15MIN
In Conway, SC
L.W. Paul Living History Farm | family friendly | Experience living history at this “one horse family farm” from 1900-1955. Visitors to the Farm will have the opportunity to sample the everyday life of an Horry County farm family living during the early 20th century. Guests on this working farm will be able to observe and participate in activities that would have been commonplace on traditional family farms. Plowing with mules, making lye soap, grinding grits, blacksmithing, curing meat, preserving vegetables, milking cows, and harvesting crops are only a few hands on activities the Farm offers. Farm hours are Tuesday through Saturday from 9:00 AM-4:00 PM. L.W. Paul Living History Farm is located at 2279 Harris Shortcut Rd, the corner of Harris Short Cut Rd. and Hwy 701 N. in Conway. For more information: Horry County Museum.
Theatre of the Republic | performance arts | Inside a renovated historic building on Main St. in downtown Conway, the Theatre of the Republic offers four main season shows, musical revues, holiday shows and children’s theatre productions. The nonprofit amateur theatre has been entertaining Grand Strand audiences more than 30 years. During ArtFields®, don’t miss the Theatre’s production of the musical, Bonnie and Clyde and grab a bite to eat at Rivertown Bistro. For more information and tickets, Click Here. The Theatre of the Republic is located at 337 Main Street in Conway.
Rivertown Bistro | foodie | Located in the Historic District of downtown Conway, South Carolina, Rivertown Bistro offers unmatched atmosphere and unequaled culinary fusions. The seasonal menu serves the best the local area has to offer. Rivertown Bistro brings culinary artistry to the heart of historic Conway. Always innovative yet true to the southern roots so celebrated in this region of South Carolina, Rivertown Bistro finds the perfect fit between form and function in food. Rivertown Bistro is located at 1111 3rd Avenue in Conway. For operating hours and a peek at their menu, visit www.rivertownbistro.com.
Columbia to Lake City via 378 E | 1HR 30MIN
In Sumter, SC
Swan Lake Iris Gardens | outdoor enthusiast, family friendly | The beautiful black waters of Swan Lake form the setting for the spectacular Iris Gardens. The lake is dotted with colorful islands, and wildlife is abundant. The only public park in the United States to feature all eight swan species, Swan Lake Iris Gardens is also home to some of the nation’s most intensive plantings of Japanese iris, which bloom yearly in mid to late May and last until the beginning of June. The garden also boasts many other floral attractions, including colorful camellias, azaleas, day lilies, and Japanese magnolias. A Braille Trail enables the sight-impaired to enjoy the scents and sensations of the gardens, and a Butterfly Garden and Chocolate Garden both delight the senses. The park is open daily from 7:30 AM-dusk and is free to the public. Swan Lake Iris Gardens is located at 822 W. Liberty Street in Sumter. For more information, call 803-436-2652 or visit their website here.
Sumter County Gallery of Art | visual art | The Sumter County Gallery of Art is a housed in a newly renovated state of the art facility. SCGA is a non-profit art institution and features rotating shows of both traditional and contemporary art by local, regional, and nationally recognized artists. The gallery has three formal exhibition galleries considered by many in the South Carolina Arts Community to be one of the best exhibition spaces in the state. During ArtFields®, check out an exhibition by South Carolina artist, Tarleton Blackwell, on view from April 25 to June 20. The Sumter County Gallery of Art is located at 200 Hasel Street inside Sumter County’s Cultural Center adjacent to Patriot Hall. The gallery is open Tuesday through Saturday, 11:00 AM-5:00 PM and Sundays from 1:00 PM-5:00 PM. Visit the Sumter County Gallery of Art’s website, Sumter Gallery, for more information.
Simply Southern Bistro | foodies | Tucked away in an unassuming strip mall location is a foodie paradise in Simply Southern Bistro. Southern fare is delivered in a modern and unique way, delighting the taste buds. Try the Fried Green Tomato BLT, the Fried Okra with Mango Chutney, and check out their Rotisserie menu! Simply Southern Bistro is located at 65 W. Westmark Boulevard in Sumter. For more information including operating hours and complete menu, visit their website at Southern Bistro or call 803-469-8555.
In Turbeville, SC
The Chat N Chew | hidden gem | Turbeville’s quaint little eatery, The Chat N Chew, should be on the list of places to eat for anyone passing through. This southern “meat and three” establishment is sure to please the palates of anyone in your party. The restaurant opened in 1952, and is known to many because of its location on U.S. 378 and U.S. 301. Before Interstate 95 was built, it was a main route between New York and Florida. The Chat N Chew is located right along Main Street in Turbeville. Larger parties should call ahead (843-659-2843) as seating is limited.
Charleston to Lake City via US-52 W and US-52 N | 1HR 40MIN
In Moncks Corner
Mepkin Abbey | history buff, outdoor enthusiast | You needn’t be a spiritual person to enjoy the beautiful and peaceful setting at Mepkin Abbey in Moncks Corner. An active Trappist monastery that welcomes both men and women retreatants, daily visitors are welcome. The former plantation home of Henry Laurens, Congressional Constitutional president, and later to publisher and philanthropist Henry R. Luce and his wife, Clare Boothe Luce, the beautifully landscaped grounds overlook the Cooper River. Clare Luce commissioned famous landscape architect Loutrell Briggs to create Mepkins Gardens. In 1988, the gardens were renovated through the efforts of Nancy Bryan Luce, wife of Henry Luce III, and for whom the gardens are named. For those wishing to visit the Church, there are guided tours at 11:30 A.M. (Tuesday through Saturday) and at 3 P.M. (Tuesday through Sunday). Mepkin is closed to visitors on Mondays. For more information, visit www.mepkinabbey.org or call 843-761-8509. Mepkin Abbey is located at 1098 Mepkin Abbey Rd. in Moncks Corner.
Cypress Gardens | outdoor enthusiast, family friendly | Experience the beauty and adventure of Berkeley County, South Carolina’s own Cypress Gardens! Cypress Gardens has been a preferred group and family destination since 1931. Visitors from all over the country come to experience this unique and exciting attraction, which has been featured in numerous national magazines. Enjoy picturesque views along 3.5 miles of walking/hiking paths which loop through the swamp and gardens. Stroll along original dikes from the rice-growing era, keeping an eye out for wildlife. A local favorite, visitors enjoy observing the splendors of nature in the Butterfly House, a large greenhouse filled with flowering plants, live butterflies, birds, a pond, an arthropod exhibit, and an observation beehive. As you search for the different stages of the butterfly’s life cycle, you may even see butterflies actively feeding and laying eggs. Don’t miss the Swamparium, Cypress Gardens’ renovated aquarium and reptile center. Large tanks and terrariums feature fish, amphibians, and reptiles (including venomous snakes) native to swamp and nearby waterways. Representative animals from swamps of the world are also displayed such as a South American anaconda and African crocodiles. For hours, admission rates, and tour options, please visit Cypress Gardens or call 843-553-0515. Cypress Gardens is located at 3030 Cypress Gardens Road in Moncks Corner.
Music Man’s BBQ | South Carolina BBQ | Don’t miss this Southern BBQ staple. Music Man’s BBQ’s catfish stew is an award-winner, but it’s the whole hog barbecue that attracts barbecue lovers from all over. Plus they’ve got ribs, chicken, and a buffet. Music Man’s BBQ is open Monday through Wednesday and Sundays from 11:00 AM to 2:00 PM and Thursdays through Saturdays from 11:00 AM to 8:30 PM. This great little BBQ joint is located at 112 E. Railroad Avenue in Moncks Corner. For more information and a peek at the menu, visit their website at Music Man.
In St. Stephens, SC
St. Stephen’s Episcopal Church | history buffs, architecture enthusiasts | Architecture and history buffs should make the stop at St. Stephen’s Episcopal Church off SC Hwy. 45 at 196 Brick Church Circle in St. Stephens, SC. St. Stephen’s Church, built between 1767 and 1769 on a rectangular plan, is a well-preserved small brick country parish church with a high gambrel roof. It was built and designed by Francis Villepontoux and A. Howard who provided the bricks. William Axson was the master mason. There were no regular services in the church between 1808 and 1932, but the building was not neglected. Needed repairs were done twice during the 19th Century. The property is listed on the National Register of Historic Places and is also listed as a National Historic Landmark.
In Kingstree, SC
Brown’s BBQ | South Carolina BBQ | If there was ever a 100 mile barbeque this is it. Listed in the top 100 South Carolina BBQ joints, it’s amazing how many travelers there are who make a side trip to Brown’s to get barbeque when they are on their way to Charleston or Myrtle Beach. Brown’s cooks up South Carolina’s “original” vinegar and pepper BBQ, a spicy delight that many folks consider to be the ultimate in BBQ. Brown’s BBQ in Kingstree is an institution in South Carolina and is bound to come up in any good BBQ debate. Ample seating is available, making this restaurant perfect for large crowds. Brown’s is open Monday and Tuesday from 11:00 AM to 2:00 PM, Wednesday through Friday, from 11:00 AM to 9:00 PM and Saturdays from 11:00 AM to 3:00 PM. This famed BBQ haven is located at 809 N. Williamsburg County Highway in Kingstree.
From Charlotte to Lake City via SC 151 South and SC 403 | 2HR 30MIN
In Monroe, NC
Treehouse Vineyards | outdoor enthusiasts, family friendly | Nestled in a quiet setting in rural Monroe, North Carolina is a real treat for wine enthusiasts, outdoorsmen, and those traveling with a family. Treehouse Vineyards, located at 301 Bay Street in Monroe has something for everyone. Established in 2005, and opened to the public in 2010, this Muscadine winery is famous for its fun, family friendly atmosphere, fantastic wine, and peaceful retreats in the treehouses dotting the property. Treehouse Vineyards is open seven days a week. Tours and wine tastings are offered. Saturdays and Sundays require reservations. For more information, see their website at Tree House Vineyards.
In Patrick, SC
Sugar Loaf Mountain Recreational Area | outdoor enthusiasts, family friendly | Take a detour off of Highway 151 to Sugar Loaf Mountain Recreational Area near Patrick, South Carolina. Sugar Loaf Mountain, a traditional gathering place for over a century, is maintained on Sand Hills State Forest as a family recreational area. Known locally as “The Mountain,” Sugar Loaf is an unusual geological phenomenon towering a hundred feet above the surrounding terrain. Composed of sand, it was at one time capped with ferrous sandstone, much of which has now weathered away. Vegetation on the mountain is also quite unusual for this area. It includes mountain laurel and the diminutive pixie moss. Rustic stone and timber picnic shelters, a fishing lake, and nature trail combine with this unique geological formation to make Sugar Loaf one of the most popular recreation areas in the Sand Hills Region. Primitive campsites are available. For more information, visit here.
In McBee, SC
McLeod Farms Roadside Market | family friendly | Although Georgia calls itself, “the Peach State,” South Carolina is actually the leader in peach production in the Southeast, followed by Georgia and Virginia. Home of Macs Pride peaches, McLeod Farms Roadside Market is a “don’t miss” landmark in South Carolina. The McLeod family operates one of the largest peach orchards in the area, with 650 acres in production. McLeod Farms grows 22 varieties of peaches on the sandy, loam soils surrounding the small town of McBee, SC. The orchards have been in the McLeod family since 1916. Owner Kemp McLeod represents the fourth generation to work the family orchards. Open daily from 8:00 AM to 6:00 PM, McLeod Farms Roadside Market is sure to please everyone in your group. Shop their selection of hand-picked, fresh, fruits and vegetables. Enjoy a steamy cup of cider or coffee with their hot, fresh bakery treats and old-fashioned slow churned ice-cream. Sample their canned goodies and browse our unique collection of gift items. Also on the property is a museum of antiques with free admission! For more information, see their website here. McLeod Farms is located 4.5 miles east of McBee, SC on Highway 151.
In Hartsville, SC
Yogi Bear Fried Chicken | hidden gem, family friendly | Don’t pass through Hartsville without stopping at Yogi Bear Honey Fried Chicken. Once part of a chain, this particular Yogi Bear is the only one left in South Carolina—experience a real part of a bygone era with delicious fare! Yogi Bear is located at 514 S. 5th Street in Hartsville. The dining area is limited, so call ahead if you have a large group (843-332-7031).
The Midnight Rooster | foodies, visual art, performing arts | Need a pick-me-up? Check out the Midnight Rooster in Hartsville for fabulous coffee and a menu that features several gluten free and vegetarian options. The Midnight Rooster also serves as a local art gallery and has live music during the week. For more information, check out their website at www.midnightrooster.com. The Midnight Rooster is located at 136 E. Carolina Avenue in Hartsville.
From Greenville, SC to Lake City, SC via I-26 E and I-20 E | 3HR
Whiteford’s Giant Burger | family friendly, hidden gem | Under the huge neon carhop sign sits Whiteford’s Giant Burger, Inc., a Laurens institution that has served the community since 1957. This treasure of a dive eatery serves breakfast, lunch, and dinner daily. Don’t miss their famous burgers and chicken! Whiteford’s Giant Burger is located at 212 Hillcrest Drive in Laurens.
The Vista | foodies, visual art, family friendly | The next time you’re looking for something fun, decidedly different and completely unique, set your sights on the Congaree Vista in Columbia, South Carolina. Home to several art galleries, fantastic dining options, and trendy shopping, the Congaree Vista is the place to be in downtown Columbia, South Carolina. Visit the Vista online at www.vistacolumbia.com. Going on during ArtFields®, don’t miss Artista-Vista, Columbia’s premier gallery crawl from Thursday, April 24 through Saturday, April 26. For more information about Artista-Vista, visit their website at www.artistavista.com.
EdVenture | family friendly | Visit Columbia, South Carolina’s children’s museum, EdVenture on your way to ArtFields! EdVenture has eight world-class exhibit galleries, a library, learning laboratories, resource centers and other visitor amenities. Two additional outdoor gallery spaces are located just outside the museum’s front doors. Within the total 92,000 square feet that is EdVenture Children’s Museum, there are more than 350 individual hands-on exhibits. EdVenture is located at 211 Gervais Street in Columbia. For more information including admission prices and operating hours, EdVenture.
Be sure to visit the Columbia Museum of Art and the South Carolina State Museum while you are in Columbia. Both of these institutions offer world-class exhibitions and public programming!
Revolutionary War Park | history buffs, family friendly | Spend a few peaceful hours where the British spent a rough year! Visitors may choose a guided or self-guided tour to learn about Camden’s early history, with focus on the Colonial and Revolutionary eras. The 107-acre outdoor museum complex includes the town site of 18th century Camden, the restored and furnished 1785 John Craven House, Cunningham House circa 1830 (tour office and gift shop), two early 19th century logs cabins with exhibits, partially restored 1795 McCaa House, reconstructions of some of the military fortifications, the reconstructed and furnished Joseph Kershaw mansion, headquarters for Lord Cornwallis, a blacksmith exhibit and a .6-mile Nature Trail. Those wishing to stretch their legs will enjoy the Old Camden Trace, a 3.5 mile walk through Historic Camden, the Nature Trail, the 1758 Quaker Cemetery and numerous other landmarks of early Camden. Historic Camden is an affiliated area of the National Park Service. The Historic Revolutionary War Park is located at 222 Broad Street in Camden.
Antique District | decorative art, visual art | Downtown Camden’s Historic Broad Street is a mecca for Southern antique shops. Stop in at TenEleven Galleria on Broad Street for some eclectic shopping and unique dining experiences, too!
Pear Fryer’s Topiary Garden | outdoor enthusiasts, family friendly, visual art | Since the early 1980s, Pearl Fryar has created fantastic topiary at his garden in Bishopville, South Carolina. Living sculptures, Pearl’s topiaries are astounding feats of artistry and horticulture. Many of the plants in Pearl’s garden were rescued from the compost pile at local nurseries. With Pearl’s patience and skilled hands, these “throw aways” have thrived and have been transformed into wonderful abstract shapes. Pearl Fryar and his garden are now internationally recognized and have been the subject of numerous newspaper and magazine articles, television shows, and even a documentary, A Man Named Pearl. Today, the Pearl Fryar Topiary Garden draws visitors from around the globe. Pearl Fryer’s Topiary Garden is located 145 Broad Acres Road in Bishopville. The garden is open Tuesday through Saturday, from 10:00 AM to 4:00 PM. There is no admission fee, but donations are encouraged.
Harry and Harry Too | hidden gem | Harry and Harry Too is a Bishopville eatery located right off of I-20 at exit 116. The local restaurant embraces the folklore of the area by incorporating the Lizard Man into the restaurant’s art and even the menu! The Lizard Man of Scape Ore Swamp (also known as the Lizard Man of Lee County) is a reptile-human mythical creature who is said to inhabit areas of swampland in and around Lee County, South Carolina. Try the Grinder at Harry and Harry Too and enjoy the folklore of South Carolina!
From I-20E (at SC/GA border) to Lake City
In Aiken, SC
Hopelands Gardens | for outdoor enthusiasts, family friendly | When you first step into the Hopelands Gardens, you immediately get the feeling that you are in a different world. Magnificent old trees tower over the main entrance path, where you can see some grassy fields, flower beds, magnolia trees, and an old horse stable. From there, many miles of paths lead you around the park through a wide variety of environments. Along the way, you will find plenty of ponds, fountains, wetlands, old houses, museums, amphitheaters, and a rope swing. There is even a touch-and-feel walkway with braille signs. Museums on the property include the Thoroughbred Racing Hall of Fame, the Dollhouse, and the Carriage Museum. The Hopelands Gardens are open daily from 10:00 AM to sunset and admission is free. The gardens are located at the corner of Whiskey Road and Dupree Place in Aiken.
Aiken Center for the Arts | visual arts | The Aiken Center for the Arts is located in the heart of downtown Aiken, South Carolina at 122 Laurens Street SW. the Aiken Center for the Arts offers a multitude of outreach and awareness programs including opportunities for children and adults; juried shows and competitions, lectures and instruction, and a variety of concert events; music, dance, film, and other performing arts; as well as a Gallery Store where local artisans offer their original works for sale. Year-round exhibits feature artists from around the world, with an emphasis on local and regional talent of the South. They are open Monday through Saturday from 10:00 AM to 5:00 PM and some Sundays and evenings for special events. For more information and to see upcoming exhibitions during ArtFields, visit here.
Aiken Visitors’ Center and Train Museum | family friendly | The Aiken Visitors Center and Train Museum is located within the rebuilt Aiken Railroad Depot at 406 Park Avenue, SE. The Visitors Center, located downstairs, can assist you with your questions, maps, brochures, event information and more. Operating hours are Tue. – Fri. from 10:00 am – 5:00 pm and Sat. from 9:00 am – 2:00 pm. The Train Museum, located on the second floor of the rebuilt Aiken Railroad Depot, has nine dioramas that depict the towns along the original South Carolina Canal and Railroad Company right of way. This railroad became the first designed steam powered commercial railroad in the United States and the longest railroad in the world. The dioramas accurately show Charleston, Summerville, St. George, Branchville, Denmark, Blackville, Aiken’s freight station, Aiken’s passenger depot, and Hamburg, near North Augusta, as they were in the year 1916. These dioramas are done in the familiar HO scale. The dioramas are complimented by interactive displays depicting railroad history. For more information, visit Aiken.
In Columbia, SC
Riverbanks Zoo |family friendly | Riverbanks Zoo and Garden is home to more than 2,000 magnificent and fascinating animals and one of the nation’s most beautiful and inspiring botanical gardens. The lush 170-acre site features dynamic natural habitat exhibits, scenic river views, spectacular valley overlooks and significant historic landmarks. For information about admission prices and operating hours, please visit Riverbanks Zoo.
Columbia Canal and Riverfront Park | outdoor enthusiasts | Featuring plenty of river views, the Riverfront Park is a nice place to unwind and get away, being only a short distance from Columbia’s business district and the University of South Carolina. You can see the history of the Columbia Canal and Water Works while looking through one of the old pump houses. The main trail is also a good place for bicycling. There are plenty of benches and picnic tables along the main section of the park, with some spectacular views of the scenery. Hours of operation are seasonal and admission to the park is free. Visit River Alliance for more information.
In Lugoff, SC
Lugoff House of Pizza and Subs | hidden gem, family friendly | What is more satisfying than hanging out with friends and family in a fun atmosphere? How about hanging out with friends and family with good food and a fun atmosphere? Lugoff House of Pizza & Subs, located at 841 Highway 1 #18 in Lugoff, is your home for delicious Italian and Greek cuisine, sure to please everyone in your group. The owner of Lugoff House of Pizza & Subs has taken the flavors and styles from his native home in Greece and brought them to South Carolina for visitors to enjoy. He has been in business for 25 years – that’s decades of delicious cuisine and quality, hospitable service! Try the gyros, souvlaki chicken, and the pizza! Lugoff House of Pizza is open Monday through Thursday from 11:00 AM to 10:00 PM, and Friday and Saturday from 11:00 AM to 11:00 PM. They are closed on Sunday.
In Bishopville, SC
The Button Museum | family friendly, hidden gem | Don’t pass through Bishopville without visiting one of South Carolina’s quirkiest attractions—Dalton Stevens, “the Button King” and his Button Museum. What’s so great about buttons? Located in a large hangar off the highway in South Carolina, Dalton Stevens’ Button Museum is the product of decades of insomnia that led to an obsession with sewing and gluing buttons to anything he could get his hands on, and we mean anything. Featured in the museum is Stevens’ button covered car, a button covered outhouse, and so many more fascinating items! The Button Museum is located at 55 Joe Dority Rd. in Bishopville. The Button King is around most days, but call ahead to make sure he is home to let you into the museum (803-236-6096). This place will not disappoint. For more information, visit www.scbuttonking.com.
From I-95 South (NC/SC Border) to Lake City
In Dillon, SC
South of the Border | family friendly | South of the Border has been a landmark of the southeast for over 50 years. South of the Border provides a clean, safe, and fun environment for travelers of all types to visit on their way to or from the southeast. Located right off of Interstate 95 in Dillon, this quirky theme park is sure to be a hit. For more information, visit South of the Border.
In Latta, SC
Shuler’s BBQ | South Carolina BBQ |Tucked away in the tiny town of Latta, South Carolina is some BIG BBQ. Famous for its pit-cooked, pulled pork BBQ, this log cabin establishment is sure to please with its 20 item buffet. Among its many accolades, Shuler’s was selected as “Best of the Best Carolina Barbeque” according to the readers picks of the Dillon Herald every year from 2008 – 2012 and it was designated “100 Mile Barbeque” by the South Carolina Barbeque Association. Shuler’s was even listed as a favorite BBQ establishment in Southern Living Magazine. Shuler’s is open Thursday through Saturday from 11:30 AM to 9:00 PM and is located at 419 Highway 38 W in Latta.
In Florence, SC
Palmetto Peddlers Antiques | decorative arts | If you are looking for Antiques, Collectibles, Vintage Items, Jewelry, Used Items, or just downright interesting stuff, put Palmetto Peddlers on your list of places to visit! The antiques mall, located in Florence, South Carolina, is in a refurbished factory, with wood floors, open ceilings and fantastic new lighting to make shopping a pleasure. The entire facility is heated and air conditioned for your year round enjoyment. Stop by and enjoy South Carolina hospitality and stroll through their unique selection of vendors! Palmetto Peddlers is located in Florence at 2295 Hoffmeyer Road, convenient to I-20 and I-95. They are open Monday through Saturday from 10:00 AM to 6:00 PM and Sundays from 1:30 PM to 6:00 PM.
From I-95 N (GA/SC Border) to Lake City
In Walterboro, SC
South Carolina Artisans Center | award-winning artisans | Experience a true cultural mecca at the South Carolina Artisans Center where you can see, touch, smell, hear, and taste just what South Carolina is all about. Designated by the South Carolina legislature as the Official South Carolina Folk Art and Craft Center, the retail gallery features the artwork of over 270 of South Carolina’s finest juried artists and artisans. Every medium is represented: clay, metal, glass, wood, fiber and mixed media. Extraordinary blown glass, stylish jewelry, quaint brooms, paintings, photography, and pottery are displayed in the setting of a campus of historic homes. Sweet grass baskets, which are part of South Carolina’s Gullah heritage, and face jugs, which are among our indigenous crafts, as well as a broad spectrum of contemporary crafts and two-dimensional art are featured. The South Carolina Artisans Center is open Monday through Saturday from 9:00 AM to 5:00 PM and 1:00 PM to 5:00 PM on Sundays. The SC Artisans Center is located two miles off of I-95 at exits 53 and 57. The address is 318 Wichman Street in Walterboro. For more information, visit SC Artisan Center.
In St. George, SC
Shug’s Southern Soul Café | hidden gem, foodie | Are you a foodie in search of real Southern soul food? Stop in at Shug’s Southern Soul Café for some of the best soul food around. The restaurant was born out of a concept in Alice Walker’s book, The Color Purple and the establishment’s proprietors are dedicated to the food and hospitality of the bygone eras of the jazz age. Shug’s Southern Soul Café is located at 5792 Memorial Boulevard in St. George and is open Monday through Thursday from 11:00 AM to 9:00 PM, Friday and Saturday from 11:00 AM to 10:00 PM, and Sunday from 11:00 AM to 5:00 PM. Be sure to try the shrimp and grits—a Carolina classic!
In Santee, SC
Santee State Park | for outdoor enthusiasts | Located in South Carolina’s well-known Santee Cooper Country, Santee State Park sits along Lake Marion. South Carolina locals know the lake for its abundant population of large catfish. Santee State Park camping is offered on the lake; but for guests who prefer to spend the night indoors, rondette cabins, ten of which sit on piers over the lake, are available and have been attracting families for years. Other amenities and activities found in the park include the Village Round, a community meeting building with a large, screened-in grilling facility, biking and hiking trails and pontoon boat tours of the flooded cypress forest on Lake Marion. South Carolina natives and out-of-towners alike can find something fun to do in Santee State Park-camping, fishing, boating and a whole lot more. Admission into the park is $2.00 for adults, $1.25 for seniors, and free for ages 15 and younger. The park is open daily from 6:00 AM to 10:00 PM and is located at 251 State Park Rd. in Santee.
In Manning, SC
The Swamp Fox Murals Trail | visual art, history buffs | Throughout Clarendon County, experience a treasure hunt of historic murals depicting the American Revolution and General Francis Marion, sites of Francis Marion’s encounters with the British, and the ancient Santee Indian Mounds. In Manning alone, there are ten of these fascinating murals for visitors to enjoy! A map of the mural locations as well as information about the Swamp Fox Murals Trail app for smartphones can be found at Swamp Fox Trail.
LAKE CITY, SC
Lies and Legends Walking Tour of Lake City | history buffs | Join local historian and archivist at Lynches Lake Historical Society, Kent Daniels, for a walk on the dark side of Lake City. Tours will weave a detailed history of Lake City told through its most notorious characters. Tours begin at 6:00 PM and will run until dark. The tour is free, but reservations are required. Call Kent Daniels at 843-374-1506 or email firstname.lastname@example.org. Brochures are available inside The Bean Market at 111 Henry Street.
Ronald E. McNair Memorial and Life History Center | history buffs, family friendly | Lake City, South Carolina was the childhood home of NASA astronaut, Ronald E. McNair, who tragically perished in the 1987 Challenger Space Shuttle Disaster. Through moving photography and artifacts, the museum tells the story of Dr. McNair from his childhood to his death. A renowned physicist who was a pioneer in the field of lasers, as well as an accomplished saxophonist, Dr. McNair from an early age showed a fascination with science and math and overcame the discrimination of the 1960s South to pursue those interests. Housed in Lake City’s old public library, the museum sits next to Dr. McNair’s gravesite along with a statue and square erected in his honor. The McNair Memorial and Life History Center is located at 235 E. Main Street.
Moore Farms Botanical Garden | outdoor enthusiasts | Located near downtown Lake City, South Carolina, Moore Farms Botanical Garden is committed to creating gardens that inform, inspire and delight. By combining cutting edge horticultural practices and rural gardening traditions, garden staff are reinterpreting what it means to be a Southern garden. The staff is comprised of dedicated professionals who are not only passionate about gardening, but also enjoy sharing this special place with others. Come and experience Southern hospitality in this jewel of the Pee Dee. Tours will be available during ArtFields. For more information, visit the Events page of this website or contact Rebecca Turk at email@example.com. Telephone reservations are also available at (843) 373-8068.
Lynches River County Park | outdoor enthusiasts, family friendly | Located on Lynches River in the Pee Dee region, this popular day use park features a river swamp with towering cypress trees as well as sand hills offering a wide variety of vegetation. Popular activities include river fishing, canoeing, nature trails, and picnicking. Visitors will also enjoy strolling along the Riverwalk. This handicap accessible river walk was constructed in December of 2001 and runs 1200 linear feet through the river floodplain. Surrounded by towering cypress trees, guests will hear the soothing sounds of the flowing river, birds chirping, and squirrels frolicking. It is the ideal opportunity to be surrounded by nature and still keep your feet dry! Take a guided canoe or kayak trip down the Lynches River with River Rat Canoe Rentals. Reservations can be made through www.riverratscanoerentals.com or by calling 843-389-4656. Lynches River County Park is open daily from 9:00 AM to sunset and is located at 5094 County Park Road in Coward, South Carolina just minutes from Lake City. More information about the park can be found at Lynches River Park.
Woods Bay State Park | history buffs, outdoor enthusiasts | Woods Bay State Park offers a close-up look at one of the last remaining large Carolina Bays on the Mid-Atlantic Coastal Plain. The 1,590-acre park, located in the coastal plains region, features a wide range of habitats including marsh, sandhills, oak-hickory forest and shrub bog. The habitats of Woods Bay can be explored by taking the nature trail encircling the mill pond or by walking the length of the 1,150 foot boardwalk, which provides views of alligators in the cypress tupelo swamp. The best way to see the park is by following a canoe trail which takes paddlers past the Carolina Bays, elliptical depressions which appear swampy but remain dry. Woods Bay State Park is open daily from 9:00 AM to 6:00 PM with free admission. The park is located at 11020 Woods Bay Road in Olanta, South Carolina.
Handicapped parking will be designated in The ROB parking lot (245 S. Church Street), on E. Thomas Street at the Werks Caboose Café (104 E. Thomas Street), on the corner of S. Church and Henry Streets at The Bean Market, across S. Church Street from The Bean Market in the Lake City Public Library Lot, and at the IH3 Wellness Center located at 148 Sauls Street. Availability is first-come, first- served.
Downtown parking is available. Availability is first-come, first-serve. Parking is FREE. Suggested areas include:
• The Pizza Roma lot at W. Main Street and McAllister Street
• S. Church Street at The Bean Market and Lake City Public Library (111 Henry Street)
• The corner of Irvin and S. Church Streets
• The Werks Caboose Café Lot on E. Thomas Street (104 E. Thomas Street)
• The ROB parking lot on S. Church Street (245 S. Church Street)
• Ronald E. McNair Memorial lot on E. Main Street (235 E. Main Street)
Pets are allowed in most outdoor areas including The Green located on Henry Street provided they are kept under physical restraint or on a leash not longer than six feet. Owners will be asked to remove noisy or dangerous pets. Not all venues at ArtFields® are pet-friendly. Please help keep Lake City beautiful by picking up pet waste.
INFORMATION BOOTH LOCATIONS
ArtFields® information booths will be in the following areas:
• Welcome Desk at The ROB at 245 S. Church Street
• Florence County Park on the corner of E. Main Street and S. Church Street at 153 East Main St.
Take a piece of ArtFields® home with you! ArtFields® merchandise may be purchased at The ROB (245 S. Church Street) and the ArtFields® Voting and Registration Center (108 E. Main Street).
Handicapped parking will be designated in The ROB parking lot (245 S. Church Street), on the corner of S. Church and Henry Streets at The Bean Market, across S. Church Street from The Bean Market in the Lake City Public Library Lot, and at the IH3 Wellness Center located at 148 Sauls Street. Availability is first-come, first- served.
All venues at ArtFields® are handicap accessible.
Tips for Visitors on the Autism Spectrum
ArtFields® welcomes you and your family. ArtFields® is a very large art festival, spanning the length of four city blocks and covering over two million square feet. Preparing for your visit a few days beforehand can make for a more manageable and enjoyable experience. The following tips will help in your planning:
♦Temperatures can fluctuate from venue to venue, and some spaces are quite chilly. You may want to bring sweaters.
♦Some venues are small and can be extremely crowded on peak days. Monday and Tuesday are the least crowded during ArtFields®.
♦Remember that there are over 400 pieces of competition art on view in 50 plus venues.
♦The events calendar, posted under EVENTS on this website, are listed conveniently by date. There is something different going on every day!
♦We have identified some venues that you should be aware of during your visit. These spaces—some of which are quieter and less crowded and others that are overly stimulating—are indicated in the list below.
o Sensory Avoiders:
♦The ROB: Works of art in this venue are quite large and there are a few that may be overly stimulating with projections, lights and sounds.
♦W.A. McClam’s Livery: There are some works of art in this venue that are interactive with lights, sound, and movement. This space is also the location for a participatory public art project, the Community Mandala, so it may be crowded at times.
♦104 E. Main Street contains works of art that are generally soothing and the lighting is much dimmer than in some other venues. This can be great for sensory avoiders needing to take a break from the crowd!
♦Venues on Sauls Street are typically smaller in space. Don’t miss the “Before I Die” wall at the corner of Sauls and North Acline Streets at 115 North Acline Avenue.
o Sensory Seekers:
♦W.A. McClam’s Livery: A few works of art in this venue are interactive with lights, sound, and movement. This is also the site of the Community Mandala, a public participation-based art project using recycled materials.
♦The ROB: Several pieces in this venue are stimulating with lights, projections, and sound. Stop by and experience these pieces!
♦Before I Die Wall at the Corner of Sauls and North Acline Streets at 115 North Acline Avenue. Participate in this public art project! Write your hopes and dreams on the wall with chalk!