The Midlands and Upstate

We’ve compiled the best of the best in The Midlands and Upstate - browse our top choices for the top things to see or do during your stay.

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  • 1. EdVenture Children's Museum

    Vista | Museum/Gallery

    With more than 90,000 square feet for climbing, exploring, painting, playing, building—oh, and learning, too—this museum is a full day of hands...Read More

  • 2. Jones Gap State Park

    Viewpoint/Scenic Overlook

    Famous for its trout fishing and the Rim of the Gap Trail, which has views of Rainbow Falls, Jones Gap State Park is 6 miles east of U.S. Route...Read More

  • 3. Riverbanks Zoo and Garden

    Zoo/Aquarium

    This top-notch zoo contains more than 2,000 animals and birds in natural habitats, including a sea lion exhibit and lion cubs born in 2018....Read More

  • 4. Aiken County Historical Museum

    House/Mansion/Villa

    One wing of this 1860 estate is devoted to early regional culture, including Native American artifacts, firearms, an authentically furnished...Read More

  • 5. Caesars Head State Park

    Park (National/State/Provincial)

    Part of the Mountain Bridge Wilderness Area and best known for the Raven Cliff Falls here, Caesar's Head State Park is about 30 miles north...Read More

  • 6. Children's Museum of the Upstate

    Heritage Green | Museum/Gallery

    This 80,000-square-foot facility is packed with hands-on exhibits that cover everything from science and music to construction and race cars...Read More

  • 7. Devils Fork State Park

    Park (National/State/Provincial)

    At this park on Lake Jocassee, Lower Whitewater Falls plunges more than 200 feet over huge boulders to splash into the lake waters. You can...Read More

  • 8. Falls Park

    Park (National/State/Provincial)

    In this urban outdoor oasis, sloping green hills, giant boulders, and winding walkways offer great views of the Reedy River, but the best views...Read More

  • 9. Historic Camden Revolutionary War Site

    House/Mansion/Villa

    This 107-acre outdoor museum complex emphasizes the period surrounding the British occupation of 1780. Several structures dot the site, including...Read More

  • 10. Hitchcock Woods

    Forest

    At 2,100 acres and three times the size of New York's Central Park, this is one of the largest urban forests in the country and is listed on...Read More

  • 11. Irmo Okra Strut

    Festival–Sight

    September's Okra Strut in Irmo is slimy fun and includes live music and carnival rides. ...Read More

  • 12. Kings Mountain State Park

    Park (National/State/Provincial)

    This 6,000-acre park, adjacent to the National Military Park, has camping, fishing, boating, and nature and hiking trails. ...Read More

  • 13. Lexington County Peach Festival

    Festival–Sight

    Every Fourth of July, indulge in fresh peach ice cream and take in live country music, or just bite into a sun-warmed peach while enjoying the...Read More

  • 14. Redcliffe Plantation State Historic Site

    House/Mansion/Villa

    Home to James Hammond, who is credited with being first to declare that "cotton is king," this wood-frame house remained in the family until...Read More

  • 15. Riverfront Park and Historic Columbia Canal

    Vista | Viewpoint/Scenic Overlook

    Where the Broad and Saluda Rivers form the Congaree River is the site of the city's original waterworks and hydroelectric plant. Interpretive...Read More

  • 16. South Carolina Peanut Party

    Festival–Sight

    The peanut is king at this annual fest held in Pelion each August, featuring rides, a parade, and a pageant. ...Read More

  • 17. South Carolina State Museum

    Vista | Museum/Gallery

    Exhibits in this refurbished textile mill explore the state's natural history, archaeology, and historical development. An iron gate made for...Read More

  • 18. Tunnelvision Mural

    Main Street Area | Public Art (Mural/Sculpture/Statue)

    This glowing optical illusion painted on the wall of the Federal Land Bank Building in 1976 by local artist Blue Sky gives the appearance of...Read More

  • 19. Upcountry History Museum

    Heritage Green | Museum/Gallery

    This Furman University exhibit gives a visual portrait of the history of the 15 counties of the South Carolina Upstate. There are two floors...Read More

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