In Columbia, the capital and largest city in the state, museums, art galleries, the 68-acre Riverbanks Zoo and the historic State House, home to the South Carolina government, offer a variety of cultural attractions. The South Carolina State Museum is the largest museum in the southeastern United States and is housed in a textile factory built around 1894. Other historic sites include the magnificent gardens of the Hampton-Preston Mansion and Gardens, the Robert Mills House and Garden (he designed the Washington Monument) and the Woodrow Wilson Family Home.
Nature lovers will also get their money’s worth in Columbia. The city is located on three rivers that invite to canoeing and exploring. The nearby Lake Murray is also a mecca for water sports and is ideal for boating.
Camden, South Carolina’s oldest city, has countless picturesque homes and interesting antique shops. It is also home to a Revolutionary War site and the site of the Camden Civil War Battle. Along the Palmetto Trail are signs that tell you about this historic battlefield. Kershaw House was originally built in 1777 and reconstructed in 1977. This Revolutionary War Site building and many more are reminiscent of the moving history of the United States. In the old town of Camden you will find the right gift in one of the pretty antique shops.