Things To Do in South Carolina

Nick Carter & Jordan Knight at Charleston Music Hall on October 19 at 8 p.m. (Up to 36% Off)

Nick Carter & Jordan Knight

Charleston Music Hall

$55 $35

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Members of New Kids on the Block and the Backstreet Boys debut a new collaborative album on a tour full of harmonies and choreography

Festival of Praise Tour 2014 Feat. Fred Hammond and Donnie McClurkin on October 7 at 7 p.m. (Up to 42% Off)

Festival of Praise Tour 2014 feat. Fred Hammond and Donnie Mcclurkin

North Charleston Performing Arts Center

$50.05 $29

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Grammy, Stellar, and Dove Award-winning gospel stars join forces for a night of uplifting and inspirational songs of faith and love

$20 for 30 Classes from MetaBody Yoga & Fitness Pass ($350 Value)

MetaBody Yoga & Fitness Pass

Multiple Locations

$350 $20

Instructors encourage full-body results in a variety of fitness classes supplemented by a success guide and nutritional coaching

$25 for Zombie-Attack Haunted Hayride VIP Package at Paintball Central Charlotte ($69 Value)

PBC Paintball Park

Charlotte

$69 $25

Aboard a zombie response vehicle that drives through a haunted trail, guests hunt down unarmed zombies with glow-in-the-dark paintballs

Trans-Siberian Orchestra 2014 at Bon Secours Wellness Arena on November 23 at 7:30 p.m. (Up to 41% Off)

Trans-Siberian Orchestra 2014

Bon Secours Wellness Arena

$74.90 $44.50

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Progressive-rock band known for its symphonic rock operas and pyrotechnics plays The Christmas Attic live for the first time

18-Hole Round of Golf with Cart Rental for Two or Four at Summerville Country Club (Up to 53% Off)

Summerville Country Club

Summerville

$74 $37

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Carolina pines line the fairways of par 71 course; bermuda-grass greens and water hazards come in play on 12 holes

$49 for $110 Groupon — Keishi Dojo Martial Arts & Fitness Center

Keishidojo Martial Arts & Fitness Center

Shaw AFB-Horatio

$110 $49

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All-Day Mini Golf for Two, Four, or Six at Adventure Cove (Up to 53% Off)

Adventure Cove

Hilton Head Island

$29.90 $15

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Two 18-hole courses challenge mini golfers with waterfalls, contoured greens, and quirky challenges on each green

All-Day Rock-Climbing Packages for Two or Four at Climb Upstate (Up to 55% Off)

Climb Upstate

Spartanburg

$32 $16

All-day access and a full suite of equipment support climbers across an indoor cave with a 40 ft. roof and a 45-degree bouldering wall

Twelve Martial Arts Classes for One or Two at Team Martial Arts (Up to 94% Off)

Team Martial Arts

Goose Creek

$300 $19

Children, teens, and adults work their way to black belt success under expert instruction; classes include uniform, belt, and exam

Horseback Riding or Polo Lessons at Overbrook Farms (Up to 60% Off)

Overbrook Farms

Overbrook Farms

$140 $69

Instructors design lessons for adult beginners, teaching them either the basics of horseback riding or the basics of polo

Standup Comedy at Carolina Comedy Club (Up to 57% Off)

Carolina Comedy Club

Myrtle Beach

$17 $10

Comedy club welcomes nationally touring standup acts

Two-Hour Airsoft Game with Gear Rental for Two at BattleCat Sports (50% Off)

BattleCat Sports

Anderson

$50 $25

Players suit up with a rented mask, airsoft rifle, and BBs; 10,000-square-foot facility designed by military and law-enforcement members

Admission for Two Adults or Two Adults and Two Kids to Hollywild Animal Park (38% Off)

Hollywild Animal Park

Wellford

$24 $15

Visitors interact with more than 500 animals from around the world, including a rhino that's acted in multiple commercials

Historical Walking Tour for Two or Four from Greenville History Tours (Up to 58% Off)

Greenville History Tours

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.

$143 for $298 Worth of Martial Arts — Sam Chapman's American Karate

Sam Chapman's American Karate

Mauldin

$298 $143

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Flyboarding Experience for One or Two on a Weekday or Any Day of the Week with WNC Flyboard (Up to 41% Off)

WNC Flyboard

Bethlehem

$100 $59

Glide through air and water while a jet ski blasts water through your foot-mounted jet pack and an experienced instructor ensures safety

$149 for a Tandem Skydiving Jump from Skydiving Charleston ($319.99 Value)

Skydiving Charleston

Andrews

$319.99 $149

Skydiver leaps from a plane and soars through the sky at 120 mph while safely strapped to an instructor

Inner-Tube or Inflatable Kayak Rental for Two or Four at Saluda River Rafting Adventures (Up to 51% Off)

Saluda River Rafting Adventures

Easley East

$50 $25

Duos leisurely float down the river inside rented inter tubes or inflatable kayaks

Admission for Two or Four at Brookgreen Gardens (Up to 55% Off)

Brookgreen Gardens

Pawleys Island

$28 $14

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Admission to first U.S. sculpture garden replete with exhibits, a film, and zoo

Corn Maze and Wagon Ride for Two or Four at Stewart Farms (Up to 48% Off)

Stewart Farms

Laurens

$20 $11

Pick pumpkins, navigate a corn maze, explore the green house, visit the farmyard, or observe bees

$45 for $99 Toward 1 Month of Unlimited Aikido and Jiu-Jitsu Classes with One Free Uniform

Carter's Academy of Self-Defense

Multiple Locations

$99 $45

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$61 for $130 Worth of Gymnastics — Capital City Gymnastics

Capital City Gymnastics, Inc

West Columbia

$130 $61

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$149 for a Two-Hour Princess Tea Party at Olivia's Doll House Tea Room - South Carolina ($330 Value)

Olivia's Doll House Tea Room - South Carolina

Travelers Rest

$330 $149

Two-hour tea party treats birthday child to a light meal with dessert, nail and make-up treatments, dress-up, and fashion show

Skating and Snacks for 2 or 4 or Party Package for 11 at The Skate Place (Up to 52% Off). Five Options Available.

The Skate Place

Powdersville-Piedmont

$21.50 $11

Roller skaters of all ages have fun during open skate sessions or parties that include skate rental, pizza, and drinks

Entry & Spectator Pass to Carolinas Spartan Beast or Carolinas Spartan Super (Up to 52% Off)

Spartan Races

Carolina Adventure World

$205 $99

Strength, stamina, and resolve are tested by obstacles ranging from climbing walls to muddy landscapes

Golf Outing for Two or Four with Cart Rental and Lunch at Calhoun Country Club (Up to 59% Off)

Calhoun Country Club

St. Matthews

$68 $28

Relatively open fairways are juxtaposed by towering pines and hardwoods, intersecting waterways, and elevation changes throughout

Bowling Games for Two or Four with Shoes, Pizza, and Soda at Franklin Lanes and Skateway (Up to 63% Off)

Franklin Lanes and Skateway

Franklin

$40 $15

Family entertainment haven holds 24 lanes with automatic scoring alongside tiki bar that dishes up pizza and soda

All-Day-Paintball Packages for 2, 4, 8, or 12 at Adventure Beach Scenario Paintball (Up to 66% Off)

Adventure Beach Scenario Paintball

Tabor City

$130 $52

Sprint across a variety of fields, including woods, urban city, and swamp land, during paintball games

$45 for an 18-Hole Round of Golf for Two with Cart Rental at Rose Hill Golf Club ($90 Value)

Rose Hill Golf Club

Bluffton

$90 $45

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Challenging 18-hole course incorporates oaks, carolina pines, and glistening lakes for 6,961 yards of golf through Lowcountry terrain

Walking History or Ghost Tour for Two or Four from Beaufort Tours LLC (Up to 56% Off)

Beaufort Tours LLC

Northwest Quadrant

$40 $19

Walk through a 300-year-old town and learn about its history and pre-Civil War–era homes or spooky apparitions of Revolutionary soldiers

Roller-Skating or Ice-Skating Admission for Two or Four at Plex Indoor Sports (Up to 58% Off)

Plex Indoor Sports

Multiple Locations

$24 $12

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Indoor sports facilities keep bodies active all year long with soccer, football, fitness classes, ice skating & roller skating.

One Month of Unlimited Boot Camp for One or Two at Burn Boot Camp (Up to 88% Off)

Burn Boot Camp

Multiple Locations

$227 $35

Boot camps include cardio exercises, athletic conditioning, strength training, or upper-body trials

Cooking Class for One or Two with Wine Tasting at The Presidential Culinary Museum (Up to 51% Off)

The Presidential Culinary Museum

Grover

$80 $40

Learn how to cook the same meals former presidents enjoyed from former White House chefs

18 Holes of Golf with Cart Rental and Optional Meals for Two or Four at Country Club of Newberry (Up to 63% Off)

Country Club of Newberry

Newberry

$180 $72

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Water comes into play on nine holes at challenging but fair 6,530 yd. course characterized by rolling fairways and generous greens

One- or Three-Month Membership at Odyssey SC Cheer (Up to 63% Off)

Odyssey SC Cheer

Columbia

$130 $49

Instructors teach students ages 5–18 tumbling and cheerleading skills during age-appropriate classes

General Admission for One to The 3rd Charleston NotWedding (50% Off)

The NotWedding

Historic Rice Mill Building

$30 $15

Guests attend a mock wedding complete with ceremony and dinner to sample wedding vendors' talents and gain inspiration for their own big day

Laser Tag for Two or Complete Fun Package for Two or Four at GloZone (Up to 51% Off)

GloZone

North Charleston

$24 $12

Laser beams zap the fiber-optic vests of opponents during games of laser tag; fun package includes mini golf and arcade tokens

One or Two Rounds of Golf for One with Cart on the Harbor Course at Wild Dunes Resort (Up to 57% Off)

Wild Dunes Resort

Harbor Course

$115 $49

The Harbor Golf Course presents a challenging path filled with lagoons, salt marshes, and views of the Intracoastal Waterway

5 or 10 Zumba Fitness Classes from Queen City DanceOut (Up to 55% Off)

Queen City DanceOut

Multiple Locations

$35 $18.75

Instructors demonstrate easy-to-follow dance steps during 60-minute dance-fitness classes, which sync cardio moves with catchy music

One Day at Repticon for Two Adults and Two Children at Greenville Shrine Club on October 11 or 12 (Up to 50% Off)

Repticon

Greenville Shrine Club

$30 $15

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Reptile, amphibian, and arachnid breeders and experts showcase creatures' behavior and biology through exhibits and demonstrations

4 Weeks of Unlimited CrossFit, Boxing, and Boot Camp Classes at CrossFit Talem (75% Off)

Crossfit Talem

Summerville

$125 $31

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$23 for $45 Worth of Martial-Arts Lessons at Cross Training Martial Arts

Cross Training Martial Arts

Sumter

$45 $23

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One Day of Unlimited Mini Golf for Two Children or Adults at Legendary Golf (50% Off)

Legendary Golf

Multiple Locations

$90 $45

Players can traverse three courses and challenge their skills as they encounter curved tracks, water hazards, trees, and other obstacles

Two-Game Adult or Family Bowling Packages at Paradise Lanes & Family Entertainment Center

Paradise Lanes & Family Entertainment

Spartanburg

$30 $15

Friends & families heave spheres down 32 sleek, smoke-free regular or black-lit cosmic-bowling lanes while munching on popcorn & soda

Three Games of Bowling, Shoe Rentals, Pizza, and Soda for Two or Four at Royal Lanes (Up to 50% Off)

Royal Lanes

Goose Creek

$58 $29

36-lane bowling alley with automatic scoring, more than 20 TVs, a sports bar, an arcade, and billiards

Bowling with Shoe Rental and Drinks for Two, Four, or Six at StrikeHouse Bowl (Up to 54% Off)

StrikeHouse Bowl

Aiken

$36 $18

Roll strikes and spares on refurbished lanes at the former Aiken bowl; snack bar provides cold, refreshing drinks

$28 for 180 Minutes of Game-Play and Classic Wand at MagiQuest ($47.99 Value)

MagiQuest

Myrtle Beach

$47.99 $28

After selecting a magic wand, patrons roam the castle in a live-action adventure game

Crystal-Digging Adventure for Four or Eight at Diamond Hill Mine (Up to 55% Off)

Diamond Hill Mine

Lake Secession

$50 $24

Explore 5-plus acres of dumps and spoil piles while unearthing quartz crystals and pieces of amethyst

$49 for an Eight-Hour Concealed-Weapons-Permit Course at I Am Not A Victim ($100 Value)

I Am Not A Victim

Greer

$100 $49

Split between a lecture and an outdoor range session, the class covers gun laws, firearm safety, and shooting fundamentals

One or Two Months of Unlimited CrossFit Classes and Five Foundation Classes at Upstate CrossFit (Up to 76% Off)

Upstate CrossFit

Mauldin

$175 $49

Instructors change up classes on a daily basis to help engage participants and push them to become faster and more powerful

Two, Four, or Six 30-Minute Lessons at Jessica's Piano Studio (Up to 57% Off)

Jessica's Piano Studio

Multiple Locations

$50 $25

Owner draws from bachelor's in piano pedagogy and master’s in elementary education to give students comprehensive music instruction

Firearms Classes at Palmetto Strategic Defense (47% Off). Four Options Available.

Palmetto Strategic Defense

Multiple Locations

$85 $45

Instructors with law-enforcement backgrounds and experience with SWAT teams instruct students in courses on firearms safety and training

Four Weeks of Unlimited Boot-Camp Classes at D & D Fitness (70% Off)

D & D Fitness

Murrells Inlet

$150 $45

Certified, experienced coaches lead group sessions that can be modified to any fitness level.

Concealed-Weapon-Permit Class or Shooting-Range Packages at The Gun Shop & Indoor Range (Up to 52% Off)

The Gun Shop & Indoor Range

Simpsonville

$50 $29

Indoor range with 15- and 20-yard lanes; rentals include guns from brands such as Glock, Smith & Wesson, and Beretta

$50 for $99 Worth of Martial-Arts Lessons — Lexington Jiu-Jitsu

Lexington Jiu Jitsu

Lexington

$99 $50

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One or Two Months of Unlimited Boot-Camp Classes from PowerFit Bootcamp (Up to 80% Off)

PowerFit Bootcamp

Multiple Locations

$99 $29

Trainers motivate exercisers to tackle routines of calisthenics, plyometrics, and resistance training

Distillery-Tour Package for Two at Six and Twenty Distillery (Up to 56% Off). Two Options Available.

Six and Twenty Distillery

Powdersville

$20 $9.50

Craft distillers show off the hybrid still they use to make whiskey from wheat, not corn; each tour comes with a choice of souvenirs

10 Personal-Training Sessions from Firehouse Fitness Training (65% Off)

Firehouse Fitness Training

Northeast Arcadia Lakes

$350 $122

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18-Hole Round of Golf for Two or Four with Cart at Woodhaven Golf Club & Learning Center (Up to 53% Off)

Woodhaven Golf Club & Learning Center

Pendleton

$36 $18

Nine-hole course characterized by bermuda grass and mature trees gives beginners great place to take up the game

18-Hole Round of Golf for Two or Four Including Cart at Azalea Sands Golf Club (Up to 59% Off)

Azalea Sands Golf Club

North Myrtle Beach

$110 $50

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Course characterized by water hazards on 15 holes and strategically placed bunkers throughout

Two-Hour Kayak Tour of Hilton Head Island for Two or Four from Marshgrass Adventures (Up to 56% Off)

Marshgrass Adventures

Bluffton

$120 $55

Knowledgeable guides lead two-hour kayak expeditions through Hilton Head Island waterways in search of dolphins, fish, and birds

$17 for $30 Worth of Bicycle Rental — SLOWCOUNTRY RENTALS LLC

Slowcountry Rentals Llc

Beaufort

$30 $17

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$36 for Two Hours of Bowling with Shoe Rentals, Popcorn, and Soda for 4 at Anchor Lanes (Up to $73 Value)

Anchor Lanes

Northwest Columbia

$73 $36

This family-friendly bowling alley boasts traditional and bumper lanes and keeps bowlers fueled with popcorn and soda

One, Three, or Five 45-Minute Golf Lessons with Club Fitting at Golf Zone Outlet (Up to 62% Off)

Golf Zone Outlet

Pineville

$100 $49

Instructors help students hone putting and swinging skills; fitting sessions determine ideal dimensions for each player's club

10 or 20 Group Personal-Training Sessions at Celebrity Fitness Studio (Up to 75% Off)

Celebrity Fitness Studio

Southeastern Columbia

$200 $59

Personal trainer works with small groups of women of all ages to help lose weight and get toned

One-Month Membership with Gym & Yoga or 10 Day Fitness Passes at Eco Fitness and Blue Turtle Yoga (Up to 48% Off)

Eco Fitness and Blue Turtle Yoga

Multiple Locations

$75 $39

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Yogis lead classes in a range of traditions, including restorative hot yoga; studio also offers group fitness, cycling, and barre classes

5, 10, or Unlimited CrossFit Classes with CrossFit Swagger at Select Fitness (Up to 62% Off)

Select Fitness

North Charleston

$65 $29

Members shed calories and build muscle through group classes, a fully stocked cardio center, free weights, and functional training

Dolphin Cruise at Sunset or Eco Tour of Capers Island for One or Two from Barrier Island Eco Tours (56% Off)

Barrier Island Eco Tours

Isle of Palms

$34 $16

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Naturalists take guests out to undeveloped Capers Island, whose surrounding salt marshes host bottlenose dolphins and other wildlife

Admission and Tour of the White Home for Two, Four, or Six from Historic Rock Hill (50% Off)

Historic Rock Hill

East Town

$12 $6

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

Shooting-Range Packages at Palmetto State Armory (Up to 51% Off). Three Options Available.

Palmetto State Armory

Greenville

$55 $29

Air-conditioned range at an outfitter staffed by experts in all manner of firearms

Two Weeks of Unlimited Classes for Kids or Adults at Masters Studios (Up to 76% Off). Three Options Available.

Masters Studios

Multiple Locations

$70 $25

Masters Studios trains students to achieve goals, whether to get in shape, train, or to become a martial arts master

Concealed-Weapon-Permit Class for One or Two at Oliver Arms LLC (Up to 58% Off)

Oliver Arms LLC

Spartanburg

$100 $45

Learn gun safety through a state-approved concealed-handgun-training program

One or Three Months of Unlimited Boot-Camp Classes at Carolina Fitness Concepts (Up to 59% Off)

Carolina Fitness Concepts

Aiken

$40 $19

ASFA-certified personal trainer Tom Clements incorporates yoga, plyometric, and strength-training exercises into boot camps

Two Private Dance Lessons or Two or Four Group Dance Lessons at Let's Dance Studio (50% Off)

Let's Dance Studio

Myrtle Beach

$120 $60

Instructors teach dance styles including West and East Coast swing, Argentine tango, salsa, bachata, merengue, and line dancing

One- or Three-Month Unlimited CrossFit Membership at Foothills CrossFit (Up to 52% Off)

Foothills Crossfit

Anderson

$115 $57

Recently opened 4,800-square-foot gym offers varied high-intensity workouts for beginners, athletes, and everyone in between

Wine or Craft Beer Tasting for Two at Wine & Beer (Up to 45% Off)

Wine & Beer

Greer

$20 $11

Connoisseurs host regular tastings of from local wineries and breweries, enhanced with weekend karaoke on weekends and family-oriented games

One Month of Unlimited Yoga or 10 or 20 Classes at Divine Inhale (Up to 73% Off)

Divine Inhale

Taylor

$120 $32

Thai yoga sessions help elongate muscles to promote healing and stamina

One month of unlimited Yoga, Strength Training, and Cardio Endurance Training combined in a 1 hour workout

Easley Boot Camp

Easley

$100 $45

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Though built in 1893 to manufacture textiles, the Columbia Mills’ storied stone halls now weave tapestries of knowledge with exhibits on everything from lasers and space travel to South Carolina's role in the Civil War. Boasting accolades by Columbia Metropolitan magazine and the Smithsonian, South Carolina State Museum devotes each of its four floors and part of its fourth dimension to art, cultural history, natural history, and science and technology represented by more than 70,000 artifacts.

Through a series of permanent exhibits, curators lead visitors on a cultural and geological voyage. Guests stroll through years of traditional and contemporary art by state artists, marvel at a 43-foot white shark display and full dinosaur skeletons, or cast imaginations back in exhibits on turn-of-the-century transportation, laser technology, and aviation. The museum also excavates the surrounding landscape to present 14,000 years of local culture in Native American tools and colonial-era lifestyle items.

Five galleries also house changing exhibits featuring assemblages of artifacts from Civil War–era Charleston or 300 years of American-made telescopes, each carefully monitored to ensure they contain just the right amount of science. While museum staffers frequently rotate their exhibits, they also host traveling displays and send others on the road through the Traveling Exhibits Program. Various education displays such as interactive children's labs, living-history reenactments, and lectures from visiting scholars further enrich all-ages visitors.

301 Gervais St
Columbia,
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Trees draped in spanish moss catch the wind along the edges of the fairways at Shadowmoss Plantation Golf Club, where designer Russell Breeden sculpted a 6,701-yard course into the verdant grounds of a former plantation. Throughout the par-72 layout, ponds and streams ripple on the borders of nearly every hole, often forcing golfers to choose from taking a conservative line, challenging the hazard with a big swing, or releasing their golf ball to a family of catfish. Breeden's artful use of waterways is most noticeable at the par-5 eighth hole, where a stream splits to cut across the center of the fairway and wraps two watery prongs around both sides of the hole to add pressure as golfers contemplate their approach to the green. Bermuda-grass fairways and greens await golf balls that steer clear of the course's water hazards and the various sand traps occasionally populated by disoriented sunbathers.

Before taking to the first tee, clubbers can warm up their swings and rehearse their putter-twirling routine at a practice complex that includes a driving range and a putting green. To keep golfers fresh during rounds, the club offers on-course beverage service and a full-service snack bar and lounge.

Course at a Glance: * 18-hole, par-72 course * Length of 6,701 yards from the farthest tees * Course rating of 72.3 from the farthest tees * Slope rating of 131 from the farthest tees * Five tee options * Scorecard

20 Dunvegan Dr
Charleston,
SC
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It was February 17, 1864. The USS Housatonic floated in Charleston Harbor atop calm, cold waters. Below the surface, a group of Confederate soldiers sweated bullets as they cranked the propellers of the H. L. Hunley, speeding toward the Union's Housatonic on a historic mission: they would become the first submarine crew ever to sink an enemy ship. A 135-pound torpedo struck the Housatonic's stern, detonating a fiery explosion that sank the vessel within minutes. The Hunley then surfaced just long enough for the crew to flash a blue magnesium light, signaling to fellow forces on the shore that the mission succeeded and the submarine would return. And it did—but not until almost 140 years later, when it was raised from the harbor's sandy bottom on August 8, 2000, after author Clive Cussler discovered the wreck intact.

Today, the leaders of the nonprofit H. L. Hunley Submarine seek to conserve, restore, and ultimately exhibit this historic vessel, as well as solve the mystery of how it completed its mission only to vanish moments later. They welcome visitors to see the submarine in its current condition—within a 90,000-gallon conservation tank—and educate guests on the vessel's many details. Guides walk guests through features such as the manual-propulsion system and automatic moon roof, and illuminate exhibits such as a lifesize model from the TNT movie The Hunley.

1250 Supply St
North Charleston,
SC
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When it came time to design The Coastal Cupboard?s demo kitchen, owner Brad Pitner shied away from industrial-grade appliances, opting instead for the kind of layout you?d find in your average home kitchen. That decision reflects the Cupboard?s mission to make gourmet cooking accessible to all.

To that end, Mr. Pitner and his staff of gourmands stock a vast selection of cooking gadgets, bakeware, and cutlery by top-tier brands such as Zwilling, J.A. Henckels, and Kuhn Rikon. Staff members are happy to walk customers through each product?s function and share their own favorite gadgets and dish towels with sentimental value. They also stock gourmet foods such as small-batch wines, baking mixes, sauces, and rubs.

Customers have a chance to see those tools and ingredients in action during the store?s weekly cooking classes. Most are led by in-house chef Stephen Harman, who tailors his class offerings to suit the interests of customers. ?He?s ridiculously talented?he?s just fearless,? says owner Brad Pitner of the inveterate chef. That fearlessness has motivated Chef Harman to master dishes from paella to pad thai. But his true passion is for Lowcountry farm-to-table items. ?He?s obsessed with local agriculture,? says Mr. Pitner. ?If he can get it local, he?ll get it local.?

644 Long Point Rd
Mount Pleasant,
SC
US

Angie Acosta, founder of Queen City DanceOut, has a simple motto for her students: "If you're moving, you're doing it right." This encouraging, low-pressure attitude attracts people of all ages to her dance-inspired fitness classes, which meet at 18 public locations. Angie and her instructors aim to make exercise feel like a celebration and a refreshing break rather than a dreaded routine. To this end, their classes incorporate intuitive dance moves and invigorating music. DanceOut, the signature course, blends genres as diverse as swing, hip-hop, and reggae into a workout, relying on repetition and basic choreography to keep everyone grooving. Other highlights of the curriculum include the Latin rhythms of Zumba; the Dance Impact class, which fuses dance and kickboxing; and JamStrong, a mixture of core-conditioning, dance, and fun.

Community is a central aspect of every DanceOut class. As pupils practice their twirls, they can follow both the teacher and the Jam Crew—a team of regulars who help make the steps easy to follow and can assist fellow dancers. In addition to group workouts, instructors host skill workshops such as Booty Bootcamp, where attendees learn rump-shaking techniques and how to turn any chair into a rocking chair. They also put on performances and lead private classes for special events and parties.

1067 Oakland Ave
Rock Hill,
SC
US

Bucky's Bar-B-Q owner Wayne Preston honed his craft at a young age, spending boyhood afternoons in his father's meatpacking plant and Wednesday nights preparing suppers for his local church. Word about Wayne's saucy ribs and pulled pork spread shortly after he founded his own roadside barbecue stand, forcing him?like the barbecue-sauce barons of years past?to expand his operations to new frontiers. Today, each of Bucky's four locations fashions heaping plates of never-frozen Boston butt, tender chicken, and St. Louis?style ribs in the traditional country style: hand-rubbed with secret seasonings and slow-cooked over a smoky fire of hickory chips. Three housemade sauces garnish slices of juicy meat served alongside traditional sides of baked beans, coleslaw, and sweet potatoes. When they aren't dishing out meals in the restaurant, Bucky's tireless staff serves parties, formal events, weddings, and flash mobs as large as 1,500 people with fully catered barbecue feasts.

Wayne shares his more than 15 years of barbecuing expertise with aspiring grill masters during in-depth classes offered at his Roper Mountain and Donaldson Center locations. Students not only learn the art behind sauces and rub but also get to eat their class materials.

1700 Roper Mountain Rd
Greenville,
SC
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