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Lowcountry and Resort Islands South Carolina

Hunting Island State Park Hunting Island State Park- Located in the southern part of South Carolina about 60 miles north of Savannah, Georgia. Five miles of pristine beach, thousands of acres of marsh and maritime forest and a saltwater lagoon all add up to make this one of South Carolina’s most popular state parks. There are nature trails, a visitor center, fishing, and camping available at this park. The Hunting Island Lighthouse is the only one in the state that is open to the public. You can get breathtaking views of the Atlantic Coast and surrounding area from the lighthouse.

Arts Center of Coastal Carolina - Located in the heart of Hilton Head Island, the award winning regional Arts Center of Coastal Carolina is a remarkable showcase for professional performing and visual arts, as well as cultural festivals and educational outreach.

South Carolina Artisans Center - The state'’s official folk art and craft center. All work is handmade and all artists live and work in South Carolina. The mission of the South Carolina Artisans Center is to interpret, market, preserve and perpetuate the folk art and fine craftsmanship of South Carolina.

Beaufort National Cemetery - Abraham Lincoln established this cemetery for soldiers who died in the Civil War. 7,500 Civil War soldiers are buried here. Included is The Union Soldiers monument to honor the 174 unknown Union dead buried at the cemetery; a large granite monument dedicated to "the Defenders of American Liberty Against the Great Rebellion"; and a memorial in honor of Confederate soldiers interred at the cemetery.

Blue Heron Nature Center - Created to address the natural resource education needs of the local community. The goal of the Center is to provide quality environmental education and technical assistance for visitors, teachers, students of all ages.

Harbor Town Lighthouse & Museum - Completed in 1970, this was the first privately financed lighthouse to be built since the early 1800s. Visitors who climb the lighthouse steps will find an excellent spot from which to view Hilton Head Island.

Island Winery - Presents a unique concept of fine wines. Owners Loren and Georgene Mortimer travel the wine regions of the world to select the finest grapes to handcraft their wines. The Lowcountry specialty wines are crafted from locally grown fruits.

Parris Island Museum - Contains more than 10,000 square feet of displays, making it one of the largest museums in the Southeast. The museum features large exhibit halls on the history of recruit training, 20th Century Marine Corps history and the history of Parris Island.

Colleton Museum - A permanent collection which explores the history of Colleton County from prehistoric times to the early 1900's. The Museum also has an on-going exhibit on "Animals of the ACE," a natural history display featuring wild animals indigenous to the South Carolina lowcountry.

Coastal Discovery Museum - A great place to visit any time of the year. With indoor and outdoor exhibits, activity centers in the Sea Island Classroom, the History Time-line Exhibit, and Museum Store on-site, plus 11 different tours and cruises around the island, the Museum is a fantastic way to become familiar with the island's unique history and ecology.

Waddell Mariculture Center - One of the country's largest and most sophisticated facilities for mariculture research. It was constructed to develop propagation and farming techniques for marine and brackish water species of finfish, mollusks, crustaceans and plants.

Hilton Head Island - Known as the most family-friendly destination in the world. Offering an assortment of outdoor excursions and also named as one of the top ten family beaches in the country, the Island is the perfect selection for a family vacation or getaway.

Slave Relic Historical Museum - Dedicated to documenting, preserving, interpreting, and celebrating the history and culture of peoples of African descent. Though victimized, exploited and oppressed, enslaved Africans in the Americas were active, creative agents in the making of their own history, culture, and political future.

Hunting Island Nature Center - Discover the wonders of nature on a barrier island, as the Nature Center has live animals and exhibits that delve into the diverse habitats of Hunting Island State Park.

Hunting Island Lighthouse - Visitors can climb the 175 steps and walk around the observation deck for a lofty view of the barrier island and surrounding seascape.