10 Things to do for Honeymoon in Coastal South Carolina That You Shouldn't Miss

June 11, 2021 Renato Branum

Miles of white sand and romantic island resorts beckon from the hem of the Palmetto State. Families gravitate to Myrtle Beach and the 60-mile span of Grand Strand, where over 100 championship golf courses, tennis courts and nightclubs await. Charleston’s hundreds of heritage buildings, and irresistible charm, are part of its allure. Beach resorts at Kiawah Island, Seabrook and Edisto Island make for romantic getaways. Marshes, moss-bearded palms and oak groves create ambiance in the haunting Lowcountry.

1. Brookgreen Gardens

1931 Brookgreen Dr U.S. Hwy 17, Murrells Inlet, SC 29576-5072 +1 843-235-6000 [email protected] http://www.brookgreen.org
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5.0 based on 3,890 reviews

Brookgreen Gardens

This National Historic Site contains the country's largest and most extensive sculpture collection of American Figurative Sculpture, much of it places in beautiful gardens. Also a site for Lowcountry History and our Lowcountry Zoo, featuring animals native to our area.

Reviewed By 93Trombo - North Carolina, United States

The largest sculpture garden in the world - 350 acres!!! Gorgeous gardens, impeccable landscapes, a wide variety of sculpture in varying places (indoors and out). If you visit Myrtle Beach, this garden is an incredible surprise and well worth visiting for a few hours. They also have a small zoo, an explorer bus ride and also a pontoon ride thru the canals of the old rice plantations.

2. Henry C. Chambers Waterfront Park

700 Bay St, Beaufort, SC 29902-4753 +1 843-525-7071 http://www.cityofbeaufort.org/henry-c-chambers-waterfront-park.aspx
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5.0 based on 1,101 reviews

Henry C. Chambers Waterfront Park

Reviewed By Phoinix15 - Tampa, United States

What a great place to walk, take a picnic and enjoy the swings and sunset. Lots of people just having a nice time and relaxing. I was impressed how clean and neat the entire walk was. Sunsets to die for, kids were playing and parents pushing strollers. Just a peaceful beautiful place. Beaufort you should be proud.

3. Hilton Head Island Bike Trails

1 Chamber of Commerce Dr, Hilton Head, SC 29928-3573 +1 800-523-3373 http://www.hiltonheadisland.org/biking/biking-on-hilton-head-island/
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5.0 based on 3,141 reviews

Hilton Head Island Bike Trails

Reviewed By JoniSBrown - Charlotte, United States

My favorite thing to do in Sea Pines, where is do vacation rentals, is to ride bikes, walk or run the trail system. They are well maintained, well marked and long enough to satisfy any level of exercise ability. A great way to spend time with friends and family.

4. Nathaniel Russell House

51 Meeting St, Charleston, SC 29401-2536 +1 843-724-8481 [email protected] http://www.historiccharleston.org/Russell.aspx
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4.5 based on 1,952 reviews

Nathaniel Russell House

A National Historic Landmark, the Nathaniel Russell House Museum was completed in 1808 by merchant Nathaniel Russell. The home’s graceful, free-flying, three-story staircase is an architectural marvel and the elegant interiors with elaborate plasterwork, geometrically shaped rooms, formal gardens and collection of 18th-century decorative and fine art speak to the wealth of Charleston’s elite in the early days of the American Republic. Restored to its original splendor using forensic analysis and cutting-edge conservation technology by our curatorial staff, we ensure the highest standards of old-world expertise to replicate the finishes, fixtures and textiles appropriate for this 200-year old townhouse. The 18 enslaved Africans that lived on and maintained this property are an integral part of its history. Archaeological artifacts, educational panels and ongoing restoration of the enslaved quarters are vital to learning more about the enslaved and telling their important stories.

Reviewed By 866TaylorB - Chicago, United States

Nathaniel Russell, a wealthy shipping merchant, built this magnificent three-story, Federal-style, 9,600-square-foot rectangular townhouse in 1808. Today, it is recognized as one of America's most important Neoclassical houses. It was designated a National Landmark in 1960 and added to the National Register of Historic Places in 1971. Located at 51 Meeting Street in Charleston, South Carolina, the prestigious house was built to display Russell's prominence as one of the wealthiest citizens of the community. Constructed of Carolina gray brick, the three-bay entrance front emphasizes height rather than width with the main living areas on the second and third levels. The first-story entrance front is dominated by the residence's grand entrance door. The house features three main rooms per floor, each of different geometric designs: a front rectangular room, a center oval room and a square room in the rear. The most important architectural feature of the house is the elliptical spiral staircase, which ascends three floors and is showcased by a golden walled stair hall. The second floor oval drawing room is the most highly decorated room in the house and is where the women of the house retired to after dinner. Papered in apricot, it features elaborate plaster moldings covered with 24-karat gold leaf. The Adamesque ornamentation of the fireplaces' mantles and cornices are among the most detailed in the city. Though most of the art and furniture displayed in the house are not original to the Nathaniel Russell House, they are of the correct period when the Russell family inhabited the house and many are of Charleston origin. The house and grounds are separated from the street by a brick and wrought iron fence with the entrance gate flanked by tall brick columns. To the south of the house is the garden that was originally laid out in a geometric arrangement with patterned beds of flowers, ornamental shrubs and large orange and grapefruit trees. Today, a formal English garden can be found with gravel paths, boxwood hedges and plants favored in the 19th century. In the rear of the house is the two-story slave quarters that housed many of the 18 slaves that lived and worked at the Nathaniel Russell House.

5. Magnolia Plantation & Gardens

3550 Ashley River Rd, Charleston, SC 29414-7109 +1 843-571-1266 [email protected] http://www.magnoliaplantation.com/
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4.5 based on 6,816 reviews

Magnolia Plantation & Gardens

South Carolina's Most Visited Plantation and Gardens. National Registry of Historic Places. Ancient Oak Avenue. Tours full of History. World Famous Gardens of the 19th Century "Romantic Style". Selected by Travel + Leisure (2014) as the only South Carolina garden deemed one of "America's Most Beautiful Gardens". Reconstruction Period Plantation Home Tour. Award Winning Slave Cabin Tour. Very popular Nature-Train Tour. Rice Field Boat Tour. Family Oriented. Petting Zoo and Nature Center. Audubon Swamp Self-Guided Tour. Amazing Nesting Rookery. If you have only one Plantation to see, don't miss us!

Reviewed By barnettmail64

Had a wonderful trip around plantation lots to see Very interesting plus fabulous little petting zoo Shawn our driver was brilliant made the trip Good knowledge and vey informative Passionate about magnolia gardens Would definitely recommend a lovely day out

6. Hunting Island Lighthouse

2355 Sea Island Parkway, Beaufort, SC 29920 +1 843-838-7437 http://huntingisland.com
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4.5 based on 809 reviews

Hunting Island Lighthouse

The only public lighthouse in South Carolina.

Reviewed By 44lindas44 - Metamora, United States

We made reservations in advance. Our group of four made the first climb of the day. The 45 minutes allowed per group is more than sufficient. We found the climb to the top well worth doing. Try for a clear day, of course! Also provided are informative plaques as well as outbuildings that provide additional information. They are worth the time. The staff here proved exceptional, knowledgeable, and friendly. At $2 per person this is a great value and fun opportunity.

7. Joe Riley Waterfront Park

Concord Street, Charleston, SC 29401-2129 +1 843-724-7327 http://www.charlestonparksconservancy.org/park-detail/1Qmz18RhAc0mcIikyaAQgm/riley-waterfront-park
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4.5 based on 5,516 reviews

Joe Riley Waterfront Park

Bright green public space overlooking the coast: great for picnics and lounging.

Reviewed By Global_Coug - Houston, United States

Charleston is quite a charming city. The older part of town towards the battery is sort of like the best of Philadelphia's Independence neighborhood and the French Quarter in New Orleans, except clean and safe. This is a great place to walk and see beautiful antebellum houses as well as Charleston Harbor and Fort Sumter.

8. Hunting Island State Park

1775 Sea Island Pkwy St. Helena, Beaufort, SC 29920-4808 +1 843-838-2011 [email protected] http://southcarolinaparks.com/hunting-island
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4.5 based on 2,268 reviews

Hunting Island State Park

Park that is a large secluded barrier island with a historic 1859 lighthouse as its centerpiece.

Reviewed By EvanGuthrie - Charleston, United States

Hunting Island State Park is a well managed and maintained state park that has much to offer including a great beach, a historic lighthouse, add on tours, and maritime forrest trails that are really cool. It is well worth the visit here as you can experience the nature and beauty of the coast that is well preserved and an unique experience.

9. Middleton Place

4300 Ashley River Road, Charleston, SC 29414-7206 +1 843-556-6020 [email protected] http://www.middletonplace.org
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4.5 based on 4,196 reviews

Middleton Place

Middleton Place National Historic Landmark is home to America’s oldest and most important landscaped gardens. Began in 1741, the historic site today encompasses 110 acres including the Gardens, House Museum, Stableyards, and Eliza’s House. Together they tell the inclusive history of all who lived, worked, and died here. The stories of the Middleton family including two Founding Fathers and generations of enslaved people are interwoven throughout the property. Visitors have opportunities to experience those stories with both guided or self-guided tours.

Reviewed By clairann2000

Went right for the cow milking and was the only person there...the cow obliged and it was fun. The area around the barn is really interesting with a cooper who was very informative along with a potter, some stable hands who hitched up water buffalo using voice commands, displays on rice, etc...we loved that area. The slave house had interesting displays and most all over were really well done and mercifully the hand outs at the Ticketing office showed right where to find them. Loved the whole place and spent a good 3 hours before enjoying a delicious lunch at the restaurant then had a talk by a lovely fellow about slavery that ended with him singing in the chapel...he was amazing as well.

10. Morris Island Lighthouse

Morris Island, Charleston, SC +1 843-270-4464 http://follybeachcharters.com
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4.5 based on 405 reviews

Morris Island Lighthouse

Reviewed By laurenkF2032TY - Verona, United States

We drove to the end of the road where the paved trail begins. We were able to park easily on the side of the road at the beginning of the paved trail, although it was the middle of the day on a Tuesday so not busy. Short walk on the paved road with some cool graffiti to the sandy beach with a beautiful view of the surrounding nature and the lighthouse. You cannot get to the light house from that trail, but it is a great view. Saw very few people and it was very peaceful. Note - dogs not allowed!

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