Coastal Carolina

Gorgeous local green spaces, historic districts, and maritime history line the Coastal Carolina region.

1. Forsyth Park

Since the mid-1800s, Forsyth Park has served as a public gathering and recreation area. Savannah’s oldest and largest public park, Forsyth extends more than 30 acres, with beautiful live oak and Spanish moss lining its walkways. Of course, visitors will be familiar with the iconic fountain installed in 1858 that was modeled after the fountains at the Place de la Concorde in Paris. Moreover, guests can enjoy children’s playgrounds, gardens, a farmer’s market, annual festivals, and spacious green fields for relaxation and/or play.

2. Savannah Historic District

The beating heart of the city, the Savannah Historic District encompasses gorgeous 18th-century homes, 22 park squares, more than 100 restaurants, independent stores, museums, historic forts, and so much more. Guests can enjoy Southern charm and hospitality throughout the district, taking a carriage ride along the cobbled streets, venture on a spooky ghost tour, or ride a traditional ferry down the Savannah River. Further, concerts and festivals pack the streets throughout the year, providing ample acclaimed entertainment for residents and guests alike. 

3. Tybee Island

East of the city, Tybee Island is a barrier island offering respite from busier city life. Quiet, sunny, and known for the state’s oldest and tallest lighthouse, the island is a perfect getaway. Additionally, Tybee has served as an attractive destination spot for visitors since the 1800s, with a long-standing marine history as well. With so many activities to enjoy on and off the water such as kayaking or golf, you won’t want to leave. 

4. Historic Charleston City Market

The cultural center of Charleston, the Historic Charleston City Market stands as one the nation’s oldest public markets. Established in 1807, this iconic market features a variety of vendors with more than 300 spaced throughout the market. Find unique crafts, jewelry, spices, clothing, food, and much more. 

5. Battery Park

Extending along the lower shores of the Cooper River on the eastern side of the peninsula, Battery Park encompasses The Battery, a defensive seawall and promenade with Antebellum era mansions, and picturesque White Point Garden. You can also see the famous giant pineapple fountain at the 12-acre Waterfront Park. With roots dating back to the 18th century, Battery Park’s scenic streets provide views of notable attractions like Fort Sumter, Fort Moultrie, Sullivan’s Island, and Castle Pinckney. 

6. Ripley’s Aquarium

Ripley’s Aquarium showcases 85,000 square feet of interactive marine life exhibits, educational exhibits, and fascinating videos. Located at Broadway at the Beach, guests can see 10,000 exotic sea creatures of more than 350 species in exhibits such as Dangerous Reed, Rio Amazon, Ray Bay, Rainbow Rock, and many more. 

7. The Carolina Opry

The Carolina Opry is one of the best Myrtle Beach attractions. This unique variety show features a cast of stunning 36 performers in a two-hour performance filled to the brim with comedic and upbeat numbers. Guests can enjoy Broadway hits, pop music sensations, gospel songs, and more accompanied by state-of-the-art visual and sound effects. 

8. Hilton Head, SC

Hilton Head is a popular resort destination in the Lowcountry region of South Carolina. Historic lighthouses dot beautiful beaches along the Atlantic Coast such as the Harbor Town Lighthouse and Museum. Moreover, Pinckney Island National Wildlife Refuge is home to animals such as birds, alligators, and deer. Additionally, visitors can treat themselves to prime golf courses, fine dining, luxury oceanfront accommodations, and a myriad of recreational activities on the water. 

9. Wilmington NC

Coastal Wilmington boasts a variety of family-friendly activities. Navigate the Southern city’s National Register Historic District, which hosts more than 200 blocks of quaint, brick-lined streets, magnificent architecture, historic homes, and more. Waterfront restaurants and shops in the river district present scenic views, while the Carolina Beach Boardwalk and Fort Fisher State Historic Site remain popular among families for the myriad of museums, amusement rides, and the acclaimed North Carolina Aquarium.

10. Outer Banks

These barrier islands off the coast of North Carolina display incredible beaches, state parks, and shipwreck diving sites in the Atlantic waters. Guests can enjoy a more quiet vacation with charming beach villages, lighthouses, wild horse sightings, and quaint crab shacks. See top sites and things to do at the Outer Banks such as the resort towns of Nags Head and Kitty Hawk, Ocracoke’s wild horses, the Wright Brothers Memorial, and the Cape Hatteras National Seashore.

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