Inside South Carolina’s 47 state-registered parks, visitors explore secluded forest trails, sweeping cerulean lakes, roiling saltwater surfs crashing on white beaches, and streams and rivers overgrown with thick canopies of trees. The protected areas, many of which were assembled nearly a century ago by the Civilian Conservation Corps, encompass more than 80,000 acres and span turf from the rambling Blue Ridge Mountains to the sandy Atlantic-coast beaches. Abundant activities for guests include canoeing, fishing, mountain biking, horseback riding, and accidentally startling long-forgotten lumberjacks wearing headphones.
Visitors experience colonial history up close at some parks, where registered historic homes, plantations, and landmark buildings stand preserved or in their natural state. These structures grant a glimpse into the lives of European settlers, Native Americans, and African Americans through building tours, archaeological collections, and live history demonstrations. Overnight camping is available at many parks, ranging from primitive campsites to cabins, villas, and tent sites that offer running water. Much like a scientist designing a soda-can-powered robot, park administrators follow a rigorous recycling program to ensure the preservation of the wilderness.
Armed with an army of innovative and certified shutterbugs, Olan Mills Portrait Studio provides families with high-quality portraits, continuing a mission that was established more than 75 years ago by founder Olan Mills Sr. Skilled in the art of capturing infants, children, families, and bunny-ears-giving ghost orbs on film, Olan Mills’s experienced smile snappers will take a series of poses amid a variety of backgrounds and lighting options. The studio is equipped with a selection of props—including numbers for birthdays, toys, and boxes—and patrons may bring their own photo-enlivening items from home. The resulting photos find their way to prints in natural color, black and white, or sepia tones; they can also be immortalized in the studio's signature Old Masters style, a canvas brushed with highlights to recreate look of an oil painting. Like the gentlemanly mariners of ages past with their full schedule of sea-battles, the photographers welcome appointments, but do not require them.
Located in Santee, Comfort Inn & Suites Santee is in a rural location and close to Santee Outlets and Lake Marion. This hotel is within close proximity of Santee State Park.
Make yourself at home in one of the 61 air-conditioned rooms featuring plasma televisions. Complimentary wireless Internet access keeps you connected, and satellite programming is available for your entertainment. Conveniences include coffee/tea makers and irons/ironing boards, and you can also request rollaway/extra beds.
Rec, Spa, Premium Amenities
Take advantage of recreation opportunities including a 24-hour fitness facility and a seasonal outdoor pool.
A complimentary buffet breakfast is included.
Business, Other Amenities
Featured amenities include a business center, business services, and a 24-hour front desk. Self parking is available onsite.
The vessel savants at Lakeside Marina & Resort provide certified jet skis and pontoon boats for adventure-seeking landlubbers. With new Yamaha four-stroke jet skis, groups of three coast over waves on cushy seats, which ensure comfortable rides and inspire local mermaids to invent fish-friendly chairs. Pontoon boats act as buffers between people and Poseidon’s kingdom and can carry more than eight passengers. All boat and jet-ski rentals begin with basic on-water instruction before passengers don life jackets and brandish waterproof lake maps. Fishing licenses, bait, and tackle await eager anglers for an additional cost.
HealthSource Chiropractic and Progressive Rehab provides a full range of services for keeping bodies in line, specializing in chiropractic care, massage, and rehabilitation. Massage therapists manipulate distressed deltoids with hands licensed in therapeutic massage and shadow-puppet recitals, relieving stress and tension from anxiety-filled limbs. The chiropractic consultation provides guests with a detailed overview of causes behind specific symptoms, as well as recommended courses of action, all with a greater success rate than using a fly swatter to squash disobedient aches and pains.