Things To Do in South Carolina

"The Nutcracker" at Sottile Theatre at the College of Charleston on December 19 (Up to 40% Off)

"The Nutcracker"

Sottile Theatre at the College of Charleston

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Tchaikovsky’s classic score twirls to life in a holiday classic which sees young Clara venture into a dreamland of snow and ice

$48 $29

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One- or Two-Month Membership with Foundation Class for One or Two at Palmetto CrossFit (Up to 78% Off)

Palmetto CrossFit

North Charleston

Clients of all experience levels work through functional-fitness CrossFit exercises in a team-oriented, friendly environment

$250 $59

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$40 for Entry for One to Rugged Maniac 5K Obstacle Race on Saturday, March 7, 2015 ($100 Value)

Rugged Maniac 5K Obstacle Race

Boone Hall Plantation

This obstacle-filled 5K has runners climbing walls and crawling through mud to reach a beer- and music-filled party at the finish line

$100 $40

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5 or 10 Zumba Fitness Classes from Queen City DanceOut (Up to 60% Off)

Queen City DanceOut

Multiple Locations

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

$35 $15

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$70 for a Two-Hour Segway Tour for Two from Greenville Glides ($130 Value)

Greenville Glides

West End

Segway tours glide through the city’s historic West End, Fluor Field, and Swamp Rabbit Trail

$130 $70

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

MetaBody Yoga & Fitness Pass

Multiple Locations

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

$350 $20

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

Keishidojo Martial Arts & Fitness Center

Shaw AFB-Horatio

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$110 $49

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All-Day Mini Golf for Two, Four, or Six at Adventure Cove (Up to 62% Off)

Adventure Cove

Hilton Head Island

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

$29.90 $13

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All-Day Rock-Climbing Packages for Two or Four at Climb Upstate (Up to 64% Off)

Climb Upstate

Spartanburg

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

$32 $14

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Three Games of Bowling, Shoe Rentals, Pizza, and Soda for Two or Four at Royal Lanes (Up to 59% Off)

Royal Lanes

Goose Creek

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

$58 $24

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Bowling with Shoe Rental and Drinks for Two, Four, or Six at StrikeHouse Bowl (Up to 62% Off)

StrikeHouse Bowl

Aiken

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

$36 $14

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

Carolina Comedy Club

Myrtle Beach

Comedy club welcomes nationally touring standup acts

$17 $10

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Two-Hour Airsoft Game with Gear Rental for Two at BattleCat Sports (60% Off)

BattleCat Sports

Anderson

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

$50 $20

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

I Am Not A Victim

Greer

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

$100 $49

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

Greenville History Tours

Greenville

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

$24 $12

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

Sam Chapman's American Karate

Mauldin

Local businesses like this one promote thriving, distinctive communities by offering a rich array of goods and services to locals like you

$298 $143

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Two or Four Horseback Riding Lessons at Belle Terre Farm (Up to 51% Off). Three Options Available.

Belle Terre Farm

Pine Drive Greer

Instructors teach students horseback riding basics and safety tips during one-hour lessons

$90 $46

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One or Two Groupons, Each Good for One Tandem Skydiving Jump at South Carolina Skydiving (47% Off)

South Carolina Skydiving

Andrews

After a 30-minute ground briefing, skydivers ascend to at least 10,000 ft. and jump while strapped to pros

$279 $149

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18-Hole Round of Golf for Two or Four Including Cart Rental at Southern Oaks (Up to 54% Off)

Southern Oaks

Powdersville-Piedmont

Lakes, streams, and more than 650 trees line 6,495 yards of bermuda-grass fairways and greens at an 18-hole, par-72 course

$86 $40

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

D & D Fitness

Murrells Inlet

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

$150 $45

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10 Classes or One Month of Unlimited Classes at BK Hot Yoga (Up to 71% Off)

BK Hot Yoga

Simpsonville

Hot yoga can result in greater energy levels, lower stress, and an improved sense of well-being

$100 $39

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$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

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$99 $45

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

Capital City Gymnastics, Inc

West Columbia

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$130 $61

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Two-Hour Cooking Class or Painting Session at Artober Fest on Oct. 17 from Upcountry Provisions (Up to 52% Off)

Upcountry Provisions

Multiple Locations

Chefs teach students to make bread, desserts, or pizza; artists lead students in re-creating a pastel masterpiece at Artober Fest

$135 $65

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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

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

$21.50 $11

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

Firehouse Fitness Training

Northeast Arcadia Lakes

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$350 $122

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

Calhoun Country Club

St. Matthews

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

$68 $28

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Four Dance Classes from Elevation Dance Company (75% Off)

Elevation Dance Company

Pendleton

From the merchant: You will receive monthly tuition for one age and level appropriate dance class in the genre of your choice.

$40 $10

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Buddy Guy at House of Blues Myrtle Beach on Saturday, November 8, at 8:30 p.m. (Up to 50% Off)

Buddy Guy

House of Blues Myrtle Beach

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Blues legend’s career of buttery riffs and heartfelt wails spans more than 50 years

$36 $18

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$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

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

$90 $45

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Bowling Packages for Two or Four at The Big E – Entertainment Outlet (Up to 52% Off)

The Big E – Entertainment Outlet

Gaffney

Games include shoe rentals and arcade tokens; nacho platter for two or large pizza for four

$35.50 $17

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Walking History or Ghost Tour for Two or Four from Beaufort Tours LLC (Up to 65% Off)

Beaufort Tours LLC

Northwest Quadrant

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

$40 $17

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

Plex Indoor Sports

Multiple Locations

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

$24 $12

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Three or Six 60-Minute Private Golf Lessons from Dave Bayko - PGA Professional (Up to 53% Off)

Dave Bayko - PGA Professional

The Golf Depot

Based on each student’s athletic abilities, lessons focus on the fundamentals of the golf swing

$210 $99

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

The Presidential Culinary Museum

Grover

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

$80 $40

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18 Holes of Golf with Cart Rental and Optional Meals for Two or Four at Country Club of Newberry (Up to 59% Off)

Country Club of Newberry

Newberry

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

$180 $73

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10 or 20 Group Personal-Training Sessions at Celebrity Fitness Studio (Up to 83% Off)

Celebrity Fitness Studio

Southeastern Columbia

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

$200 $41

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Two or Four Admissions to the Save the Rhino Party from Project Rhino Charleston (Up to 52% Off)

Project Rhino Charleston

Johns Island

The party helps support efforts to save rhinos from poaching in South Africa

$30 $15

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The Fresh Beat Band at North Charleston Performing Arts Center on November 11 at 6:30 p.m. (Up to 40% Off)

The Fresh Beat Band

North Charleston Performing Arts Center

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Colorful quartet of Nick Jr. stars sings and dances with preschooler- and parent-friendly hits such as “Great Day” and “Bananas”

$39.85 $24

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$20 for a Patriots Point Naval & Maritime Museum Visit for Two (Up to $40 Value)

Patriots Point Naval & Maritime Museum

Patriots Point

Historic vessels that fought in World War II, Vietnam, and the Korean War; retrieved the Apollo 8 astronauts; and earned many battle stars

$40 $20

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

Historic Rock Hill

East Town

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

$12 $6

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Shooting-Range Packages at Palmetto State Armory (Up to 60% Off). Three Options Available.

Palmetto State Armory

Greenville

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

$55 $26

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One or Three 60-Minute Golf Lessons with a PGA Teaching Pro from Rtaylor Golf (Up to 52% Off)

Rtaylor Golf

The Golf Club at Wescott Plantation

PGA teaching pro helps players perfect their golf game with one or three private lessons

$80 $39

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

Cross Training Martial Arts

Sumter

Local businesses like this one promote thriving, distinctive communities by offering a rich array of goods and services to locals like you

$45 $23

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One Day of Unlimited Mini Golf for Two Children or Adults at Legendary Golf (60% Off)

Legendary Golf

Multiple Locations

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

$90 $36

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Concealed-Weapon-Permit Class for One or Two at Oliver Arms LLC (Up to 62% Off)

Oliver Arms LLC

Spartanburg

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

$100 $40

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One Month of CrossFit Classes for One or Two People at CrossFit Talem (Up to 70% Off)

CrossFit Talem

CrossFit Talem Goose Creek

In a supportive community with caring, pro coaches, pupils take advantage of free nutritional coaching and practice functional fitness

$125 $39

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

Carolina Fitness Concepts

Aiken

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

$40 $19

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$25 for 180 Minutes of Game-Play and Classic Wand at MagiQuest ($47.99 Value)

MagiQuest

Myrtle Beach

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

$47.99 $25

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Crystal-Digging Adventure for Four or Eight at Diamond Hill Mine (Up to 63% Off)

Diamond Hill Mine

Lake Secession

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

$50 $21

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Wine or Craft Beer Tasting for Two at Wine & Beer (Up to 55% Off)

Wine & Beer

Greer

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

$20 $9

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One or Two Months of Unlimited CrossFit Classes and Five Foundation Classes at Upstate CrossFit (Up to 79% Off)

Upstate CrossFit

Mauldin

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

$175 $44

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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

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

$100 $59

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Inner-Tube or Inflatable Kayak Rental for Two or Four at Saluda River Rafting Adventures (Up to 58% Off)

Saluda River Rafting Adventures

Easley East

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

$50 $21

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18-Hole Round of Golf for Two or Four Including Cart Rental at Indigo Creek Golf Club (Up to 65% Off)

Indigo Creek Golf Club

Myrtle Beach

Waterways, wildlife, and oaks and pines shape 18-hole, 6,747-yard course that snakes through the Carolina Lowcountry

$110 $45

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Concealed-Weapon-Permit Class or Shooting-Range Packages at The Gun Shop & Indoor Range (Up to 62% Off)

The Gun Shop & Indoor Range

Simpsonville

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

$50 $23

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

Lexington Jiu Jitsu

Lexington

Local businesses like this one promote thriving, distinctive communities by offering a rich array of goods and services to locals like you

$99 $50

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One or Two Months of Unlimited Boot-Camp Classes from PowerFit Bootcamp (Up to 84% Off)

PowerFit Bootcamp

Multiple Locations

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

$99 $26

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$122 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

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

$330 $122

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Distillery-Tour Package for Two at Six and Twenty Distillery (Up to 60% Off). Two Options Available.

Six and Twenty Distillery

Powdersville

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

$20 $9

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$27 for $50 Worth of Tennis — The Plantation Club At Longcreek

Windermere Racquet Club

Blythewood

USPTA professional instructor Tyler Simmons leads private and group tennis lessons

$50 $27

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Bowling Games for Two or Four with Shoes, Pizza, and Soda at Franklin Lanes and Skateway (Up to 70% Off)

Franklin Lanes and Skateway

Franklin

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

$40 $12

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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

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

$130 $52

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Round of Golf Including Cart for Two or Four at The Golf Club at Hilton Head Lakes (Up to 51% Off)

The Golf Club at Hilton Head Lakes

Hardeeville

Par-72 course challenges with twisty greens and vengeful bunkers surrounded by lakes and wetland across 7,300 yards; cart included

$100 $49

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

Slowcountry Rentals Llc

Beaufort

Local businesses like this one promote thriving, distinctive communities by offering a rich array of goods and services to locals like you

$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

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

$73 $36

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

Golf Zone Outlet

Pineville

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

$100 $49

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One-Month Gym Membership, or 10 Boxing, Kickboxing, or Zumba Classes at Main Event Fitness Center (Up to 73% Off)

Main Event Fitness Center

Northeast Arcadia Lakes

One-month memberships allow exercisers to attend unlimited fitness classes and open gym; boxing, kickboxing, and Zumba classes are held

$70 $30

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General Admission for One to The 3rd Charleston NotWedding (60% Off)

The NotWedding

Historic Rice Mill Building

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

$30 $12

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Moscow Ballet’s “Great Russian Nutcracker” with Optional Nutcracker and DVD on December 24 (Up to 51% Off)

Moscow Ballet's

North Charleston Performing Arts Center

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Professional Russian dancers leap and pirouette against stunning backdrops in a holiday ballet set to Tchaikovsky’s beloved score

$85.30 $42

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Five Rounds of Golf with Range Balls at Dunes West Golf and River Club (Up to 76% Off)

Dunes West Golf and River Club

Mount Pleasant

Players drive balls across 6,781-yard course that runs along marshland water hazards

$205 $49

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$76 for $170 Worth of Martial Arts — Universal Karate Studios

Universal Karate Studios

Lancaster

Local businesses like this one promote thriving, distinctive communities by offering a rich array of goods and services to locals like you

$170 $76

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10 or 20 Fitness Classes or One Month of Unlimited Classes at Qi Works Studio (Up to 63% Off)

Qi Works Studio

Greenville

Classes include tai chi, qigong, Zumba, yoga, and toning with light weights

$99 $44

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Two Weeks of Unlimited Classes for Kids or Adults at Masters Studios (Up to 80% Off). Three Options Available.

Masters Studios

Multiple Locations

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

$70 $20

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One, Three, or Six Private Golf Lessons or One Lesson for Two at Upstate Golf Schools (Up to 58% Off)

Upstate Golf Schools

Spartanburg

PGA instructor helps golfers groom their game in private or two-person sessions

$70 $31

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BYOB Painting Class for One, Two, or Four at Aiken Center for the Arts (Up to 67% Off)

Aiken Center for The Arts

Aiken

Customers can bring wine, cocktails, and refreshments to painting classes, creating works of art in a step-by-step process

$30 $12

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Two Private Dance Lessons or Two or Four Group Dance Lessons at Let's Dance Studio (65% Off)

Let's Dance Studio

Myrtle Beach

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

$120 $42

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

Foothills Crossfit

Anderson

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

$115 $57

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Three or Six Personal-Training Sessions and a Meal Plan at Xfactor Sports and Fitness (Up to 63% Off)

Xfactor Sports and Fitness

Powerhouse Gym

Personal-training sessions build strength, burn fat, and rely on intense intervals designed to speed up the metabolism

$79 $29

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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 sports nutritionist and Coastal Body Studio Director Lauren Dauscher was training for the St. Jude Marathon in Memphis, she sought a workout that not only conditioned the entire body, but also focused on preventing injury. What she discovered was an enduring passion for Pilates training. Lauren began her studies with Penelope Wyer Barrow, who was taught by the master eye of Joseph Pilates?s prot?g? Romana Kryzanowska, and Lauren has since gone on to learn from countless luminaries of the Pilates universe. Her resulting program helps student build strength, control, and flexibility, a trio of physical abilities ideal for those competing in sports, seeking rehabilitation, or lifting their couch to look for a misplaced gift receipt.

Lauren?s studio blends mat training with work performed on the reformer, barrels, and the wunda chair. She complements workouts with one-on-one nutritional counseling, which includes coaching, meal planning, and dietary support. Lauren also currently partners with Dr. Donald Layman, who, oxymoronic name aside, is an author and a professor of nutrition at the University of Illinois who has developed the Metaboliq weight-loss system. :m]]

2700 North Highway 17
Mount Pleasant,
SC
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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
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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,
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