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. Greenville County Museum of Art

    Heritage Green | Museum/Gallery

    This Southern-focused gallery is home to American paintings dating from the colonial era, along with more-modern works by Andy Warhol, Georgia...Read More

  • 3. Aiken County Historical Museum


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

  • 4. Aiken Thoroughbred Racing Hall of Fame and Museum


    The area's horse farms have produced many national champions, which are commemorated here. Exhibits include horse-related decorations, paintings...Read More

  • 5. 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

  • 6. Columbia Museum of Art

    Main Street Area | Museum/Gallery

    This attractive, expansive gallery contains art from the Kress Foundation collection of Renaissance and baroque treasures, sculpture, and decorative...Read More

  • 7. Hampton-Preston Mansion and Gardens

    Main Street Area | House/Mansion/Villa

    Dating from 1818, this grand home is filled with lavish furnishings collected by three generations of two influential families. The mansion...Read More

  • 8. Mann-Simons Site

    Main Street Area | House/Mansion/Villa

    This cottage and outdoor museum was the home of Celia Mann, one of only 200 free African Americans in Columbia in the mid-1800s. Buy tickets...Read More

  • 9. National Steeplechase Museum


    This museum at the historic Springdale Race Course contains the largest collection of racing memorabilia in the United States. The Equisizer...Read More

  • 10. Old Edgefield Pottery


    Stephen Ferrell has an extensive collection of Edgefield pottery on display at this shop operated by the Edgefield County Historical Society...Read More

  • 11. Redcliffe Plantation State Historic Site


    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

  • 12. Robert Mills House and Gardens

    Main Street Area | House/Mansion/Villa

    The classic, columned 1823 house was named for its architect, who later designed the Washington Monument. It has opulent Regency furniture,...Read More

  • 13. Shoeless Joe Jackson Museum and Baseball Library

    Historic West End | House/Mansion/Villa

    This collection is housed in the former home of baseball great Joe Jackson, who along with seven other White Sox players, was accused of throwing...Read More

  • 14. 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

  • 15. 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

  • 16. Woodrow Wilson Family Home

    Main Street Area | House/Mansion/Villa

    This boyhood home of President Woodrow Wilson, which reopened in 2014 after an eight-year renovation, displays the gaslights, arched doorways...Read More

  • 17. Bob Jones University Museum & Gallery


    This renowned international collection of religious art includes works by Botticelli, Rembrandt, Rubens, and van Dyck. Children younger than...Read More

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