The 10 Best Retirement Activities in South Carolina!

If you’re among the lucky ones who have retired, you’re in good company in South Carolina. Known as a retirement haven for snowbirds and transplants from across the country, the Palmetto State’s sunny weather, mild winters, beaches, lakes, and mountains make it a retiree’s dream come true. It’s also brimming with plenty of activities to help you make the most of your free time. Even if you aren’t a permanent resident here, make sure you add these 10 best retirement activities in South Carolina to your must-do list. 

1. Take an historic Charleston Carriage Tour

Touring historic Charleston is a favorite among locals and tourists alike, but given the sheer size of the city it can be hard to see it all by foot. Hop aboard a horse-drawn carriage and see all the best hot spots just like your ancestors did. You can enjoy the beautiful buildings and history without walking for miles, plus get a little history lesson to boot.

2. Visit God’s Acre Healing Spring

Also known as the “other” fountain of youth, most folks haven’t discovered this magnificent attraction in tiny Blackville. The natural spring is said to have healing powers. Legend has it that Revolutionary War soldiers were seriously wounded and left to die, but after drinking the water from the spring they were able to return to their camp good as new. The land has been officially deeded to God and is available to all who need a life-restoring drink.

3. Hike to the Station Cove Falls

Oconee Station is a free state park in Walhalla that features two historical buildings and a beautiful, easy 1.5-mile walking trail that leads directly to Station Cove Falls. You can bring your pet along for the trip, or simply enjoy exploring the trail on your own. If you visit the site in the springtime, you’ll also get a sweeping view of wildflowers all along the trail and near the falls.

4. Embark on the Morris Island Eco-Cruise

This small-group tour takes you straight to Morris Island, where you’re sure to spot dolphins and other wildlife along the way. The 2.5-hour tour gives you a chance to comb the private area for shark teeth and seashells, as well as plenty of photo ops of the lighthouse and other scenic areas. 

5. Follow the Heritage Quilt Trail

The trend started in Ohio, but Upstate South Carolina was the first to adopt the fun activity in the south. The Heritage Quilt Trail is a local series of quilts that are prominently displayed throughout the area, each bearing a special significance. Quilts and quilt panels can be found on historic businesses, in downtown areas, and near landmarks. The “trail” is a great way for people to explore the county and get to know more about the area. Oconee, Pickens, and Anderson counties all participate in the program, giving you plenty of places to travel to.

6. Drive the Cherokee Foothills Scenic Byway

The Palmetto State is chock full of scenic drives, but this one spanning 118 miles from Georgia to North Carolina isn’t to be missed. Starting (or ending) at Exit 1 on I-85, drivers can take Highway 11 almost to the NC/SC border in Gaffney for some of the best sights in the state. Along the way, you’ll get breathtaking views of the Blue Ridge Mountains. All total, the drive is 118 miles, but there are towns and stopovers for you stretch your legs and snap a few photos before completing the drive.

7. Go birdwatching at Huntington Beach State Park

There are plenty of birdwatching hotspots throughout the state, and Huntington Beach State Park is among the best in the entire southeast. You can start your visit at the nature center, where you’ll discover the various bird species you’re likely to encounter and pick up a checklist. Then, you can travel along the short trail systems while you scope out wading birds, bald eagles, teal, ducks, and other wildlife. There are a variety of ecosystems within the park that make it an ideal haven for a large number of birds, especially in the winter.

Ok so I've waited long enough to get into this next set 😆. Last weekend, I got the chance to be a part of one of the best birding experiences in my life. A large flock or "phalanx" of wood storks was on hand at Huntington Beach State Park. To say I was blown away would be an understatement. It was amazing and beautiful to see so many large birds in flight. I've got a bunch more shots to share of these moments in the coming days too! Definitely won't be forgetting my time there any time soon.....I'm also adding this pic and many others to my site for purchasing, if interested, at 😄.....#woodstork #stork #everything_imaginable #splendid_nature #global4nature #reflectiongram #reflection #nature_perfection #main_vision #show_us_nature #princely_shotz #discover_sc #huntingtonbeachstatepark #southcarolina #ig_great_pics #wildgeography #majestic_earth_ #wickedpissahpics #eye_spy_nature #pocket_allnature #bestbirdshots #nuts_about_birds #allmightybirds #kings_birds #thetweetsuites #pocket_birds #feather_perfection #your_best_birds #birds_illife #murrellsinlet

A post shared by Chris (@cshwolf79) on

8. Take a golf vacation in Myrtle Beach

Myrtle Beach is arguably one of the golf capitals of the world, playing home to dozens of highly rated courses and attracting thousands of visitors worldwide each year. The area is brimming with golf resorts that can take you away from the bustling Grand Strand and place you directly in golf mode without ever leaving the hotel. 

9. Tour the South Carolina State Museum

This museum is kid-friendly, but it’s not just for children. Retirees, especially if they aren’t South Carolina natives, will enjoy learning about what makes the state so unique, along with a variety of fresh exhibits each year to make every visit one of a kind. The museum also features a planetarium and observatory that hold shows and lectures to keep your social calendar full.

10. Soak in the scenery of the South Carolina Botanical Garden

Part of Clemson University, this botanical garden is open to the public and free to explore. The series of trails lead around ponds and beautiful scenery, as well as historical structures. The garden hosts regular events that retirees can participate in, as well as volunteer opportunities to keep the gardens thriving.

Select a South Carolina town to find the Best Things-To-Do and Places To Go around you
Best Things To Do Near You
Enter City / State or Zip code below
Best Places To Go Near You
Enter City / State or Zip code below
Select your town to find the Best Things-To-Do and Places To Go around you:

Abbeville County

Aiken County

Allendale County

Anderson County

Bamberg County

Barnwell County

Beaufort County

Berkeley County

Calhoun County

Charleston County

Cherokee County

Chester County

Chesterfield County

Clarendon County

Colleton County

Darlington County

Dillon County

Dorchester County

Edgefield County

Fairfield County

Florence County

Georgetown County

Greenville County

Greenwood County

Hampton County

Horry County

Jasper County

Kershaw County

Lancaster County

Laurens County

Lee County

Lexington County

Marion County

Marlboro County