Sightseeing in Columbia

50% Off Walking-Adventure Tour for 2 or 4

Columbia

$39.95 $20

The digital game requires a smartphone and takes you on a tour of the sights

50% Off a Haunted-History Walking Tour

Columbia

$50 $25

A two-hour walking tour covers Columbia's most haunted areas and allows guests to conduct their own paranormal investigation

52% Off Lexington County Museum Family Membership

Lexington

$25 $12

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36 buildings, such as an original post office, populate the seven-acre museum, which recreates 19th century life in Lexington County

Up to 50% Off Historic Hendersonville Trolley Tour

Multiple Locations

$40 $22

Tour guide fascinates guests with little know facts about city landmarks, locations, and odd occurrences throughout history

50% Off a Tour of Historic White Home

East Town

$12 $6

Visitors tour exhibits and the well-preserved White Home, built in 1839 by one of Rock Hill's founding families

Up to 60% Off Morgan Ridge Vineyards Tour

Morgan

$40 $18

Winemakers Tommy and Amie Baudoin welcome guests to newly built winery with views of charming vineyards and tasty cheese plates.

Up to 58% Off Historical Walking Tour

Greenville

$24 $12

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Led by author of A Guide to Historical Greenville, South Carolina, tours stop at landmarks such as Liberty Bridge and assorted statues.

Cold Blooded Encounters Science Center – Up to 71% Off

Monroe

$100 $29

Science center features interactive science exhibits and fossil displays alongside 150+ species of reptiles, amphibians, and invertebrates

Up to 52% Off Tour Package at Treehouse Vineyards

Monroe

$24 $12

Guides lead tour of winery’s inner workings and ply guests with two glasses of wine made from local grapes; souvenir glasses to take home

Bechtler Museum of Modern Art – 50% Off

Charlotte

$16 $8

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Swiss architect Mario Botta designed the museum to showcase art in every space, including works by Pablo Picasso, Andy Warhol, and Max Ernst

Up to 54% Off Ghost Tour

Fourth Ward

$25 $13

Families explore Charlotte while guided by a member of the local historical society who has also studied paranormal phenomena

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When visitors step into one of the South's largest children's museums, there's one thought that commonly crosses their minds: That's a big kid. Waiting to greet them is a 40-foot-tall statue of EDDIE, a reinforced, molded-plastic boy who weighs 17.6 tons and—like almost everything at EdVenture Children's Museum—is ready for kids to explore. After they've climbed inside his heart, up to his brain, and slid down his intestines—all while learning about their own bodies—kids race to explore the rest of the museum's more than 350 hands-on activities contained within nine exhibit galleries. As a testament to its attractions, EdVenture Children's Museum received the 2011 National Medal for Museum and Library Service, an honor given to only 10 libraries and museums in the nation.

Past Eddie, EdVenture’s permanent exhibits include the World of Work, where kids climb aboard a John Deere tractor, take the helm of a 24-foot fire truck, and learn the value of money by spending Eddie Bucks on groceries or flooding the market to undermine the local economy. At the Aha Factory, wee ones recycle everyday items into paper snowflakes, pipe-cleaner butterflies, and glitter-encrusted egg cartons. Children 3 and younger, meanwhile, can explore the My Backyard exhibit, an age-appropriate haven of soft surfaces.

211 Gervais St
Columbia,
SC
US

Using hand-finished and hand-carved frames from all over the world, the crafty staff at Havens Framemakers & Gallery prepares artwork and memorabilia for perching stylishly on walls. While specialists stand by for free consultations, clients peruse more than 5,000 moulding samples and matting options of varying colors, textures, and scratch-‘n’-sniff scents. Diplomas can be framed for around $100, and small items such as cross-stitches and children’s drawings can be framed for $100 or less. From portraits and needlework to mirrors, framesmiths delicately handle all items in their large workspace and employ high-quality equipment for making accurate cuts on mats and frames. Also, Havens’ shadowbox-framing services help preserve three-dimensional prized possessions such as soccer trophies and medals from Law and Order: SVU marathon watching contests.

1616 Gervais St
Columbia,
SC
US

Villa Brazil bedecks bodies of Northern climes with wearable wares of Brazilian origin. Browse handcrafted jewelry imported from Rio, or adorn style-craving shoulders with a wide array of handbags ($32.50 on average). Surf-seeking stylistas can slip into bikinis ($49 on average) of the Brazilian, American, and Martian variety, and flip-less feet can flop with more than 20 types of Brazilian Havaianas sandals ($16.50–24.50). Villa Brazil also stocks handmade scarves, soccer jerseys, and crafts.

716 Santee Avenue
Columbia,
SC
US

Run by local painter Jackie Humphries, Tag it Art instructs aspiring aesthetes in the art of art. Adult night courses offer hands-on instruction paired with the muse-summoning powers of bringing your own beverage. During class, students sip and paint to produce pompous peacocks and enchanting Eiffel Towers, bringing home 16” x 20” masterpieces. Tag it Art's relaxing atmosphere is ideal for a night out with friends, book club buddies, or fellow kitten-lovers. Adult classes are held on Tuesdays and Fridays from 7–10 p.m.

4517 Forest Dr
Columbia,
SC
US

Culture & Heritage Museums safeguard the Carolina Piedmont's historical treasures and educate residents and visitors about the region's unique past. Instituted in the 1950's, York County's group of affiliated museums and attractions forms a multi-campus network encompassing a wealth of educational opportunities across various disciplines.

Each year, museumgoers view antique documents and photographs at the Historical Center located inside the McCelvey Center. They can get to know more than 1,500 natural specimens at the hands-on Naturalist Center inside the Museum of York County, and march through Historic Brattonsville's 775-acre Revolutionary War site. Locals can volunteer at the museums in fascinating roles, such as specimen preparers, who beautify avian exhibits by helping with taxidermy and surgical beak-lifts.

4621 Mount Gallant Rd
Rock Hill,
SC
US

The Lucy Craft Laney Museum of Black History is a House-Museum, and is alive with activities that represent what Lucy Craft Laney lived and worked for in the Augusta area. In addition to exhibitions and lectures, the museum provides arts, history, preservation programs and storytelling activities.

1116 Phillips St
Augusta,
GA
US