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Our most recommended South Carolina Day Trips

  • Hilton Head Island: Scenic Helicopter Tour

    1. Hilton Head Island: Scenic Helicopter Tour

    Take in breathtaking views only seen by helicopter. Have the chance to see a range of wildlife from dolphins and sharks to sea turtles and manta rays. See Hilton Head, Daufuskie, Tybee Island, and downtown Savannah by air. This flight offers amazing views of the entire island from the north to the southern tip. Choose between 3 options: Ocean View Get views of Folly Field Beach and the Port Royal Sound on an 8-mile loop around the northeast corner of the island. This flight is designed as a discovery flight to experience what it is like to fly in a helicopter. The 8-mile Ocean View loop will take 3-minutes. Beach Cruiser Fly right over the sandy shores of Hilton Head. Depart out of the Hilton Head Airport and head east, right down the busiest beaches on the island. This tour offers great views of Folly Field Beach, Broad Creek, Port Royal Sound, and S...

    Amazing experience. Even more amazing pilot. It was his first time flying, so we all took turns trying to figure out how a helicopter works. It's a lot easier than it looks.

  • Hilton Head Island: High-Flying Parasail Experience

    2. Hilton Head Island: High-Flying Parasail Experience

    Enjoy beautiful views of Daufuskie Island, Calibogue Sound, Harbour Town Lighthouse, Harbour Town Yacht Basin, South Beach Marina, and all the other breathtaking sights the Lowcountry has to offer. Don’t forget to keep your eyes open for Hilton Head Island’s famous bottlenose dolphins. Flyers get to take off and land on the flight deck of the 31-foot Ocean Pro parasail boat powered by a diesel Volvo Penta engine. Tandem and triple flights are available based on weather conditions. Flyers also have the option to stay dry or get wet — will you make a splash? Time on board is approximately one hour and 30 minutes with a full boat of 12 passengers. Each flight lasts between 8-10 minutes.

    We had an awesome time. Our crew was so much fun and just treated us so special. It was the first time for several of the kids and they can’t stop talking about it and everybody enjoyed our pictures and why didn’t know where we went because we brag on the cruise so much. We definitely will be back

  • Boone Hall Plantation: Admission & Day Trip from Charleston

    3. Boone Hall Plantation: Admission & Day Trip from Charleston

    Tour the historic Boone Hall Plantation, a beautiful gem nestled in the town of Mount Pleasant, just across the harbor from Charleston. Enter through the Avenue of Oaks and take a guided tour of the historic mansion. Enjoy a self-guided tour through the original slave cabins and learn about the experience of enslaved people with a presentation by a knowledgeable guide. Learn the history of the area, tour the grounds and homes with expert storytellers and guides.

    The oak trees are amazing and worth the trip because you are not going to see them anywhere else. The performance by Jackie the Gullah was also amazing and informative. If you take the tour definitely see it. And the tractor ride because it gives you an overview of the plantation and it’s history. The food in the snack bar is pretty good too, especially the pulled pork.

  • Hilton Head Island: Round-Trip Ferry Ticket to Savannah

    4. Hilton Head Island: Round-Trip Ferry Ticket to Savannah

    Cruise through stunning intracoastal waterways from Hilton Head Island to Savannah with this round-trip express ferry ticket. Board from inside the Sea Pines Resort, then travel to the city in a comfortable air-conditioned boat. Sit back and admire the view as you sail through old shipping channels. Enjoy over 4 hour in Savannah to explore the city, before heading back to the ferry. On the return trip, benefit from happy hour pricing on selected drinks.

  • Hilton Head Island: 75-Minute Jet Ski Tour

    5. Hilton Head Island: 75-Minute Jet Ski Tour

    Discover Hilton Head on a thrilling 75-minute jet ski adventure. Depart from Palmetto Bay Marina`with your guide and cruise past beautiful mansions, spartina grass, oyster beds, and luxury boats on the way to your free riding area. Once in the designated area, let loose and zoom around on your very own jet ski or simply take in the beautiful surroundings. Try to spot some of Hilton Head's wildlife including dolphins, birds, and the occasional sea turtle.

    This was my second attempt at jetski. Water here was more turbulent. Had fun. Kudos to staff.

  • Hilton Head Island: America’s Cup Sailing Yacht Cruise

    6. Hilton Head Island: America’s Cup Sailing Yacht Cruise

    Step aboard a former America’s Cup sailing yacht for an afternoon cruise. Discover what it takes to sail a racing yacht as you help the crew, or simply sit back and enjoy the ride. See the sights of the Calibogue Sound and learn about the history of these waters. Have your camera ready as you keep an eye out for dolphins. Drinks and merchandise are available for purchase on board.

    This was a major hi light of our trip to Hilton Head! Captain Peter and his crew, Luke and Taylor, were amazing! They were all so personable and so interested in ensuring our trip exceeded our expectations. It certainly did! I highly recommend this sail for anyone interested in getting a water view of the island.

  • Hilton Head Island: Round-Trip Daufuskie Island Ferry

    7. Hilton Head Island: Round-Trip Daufuskie Island Ferry

    Step back in time with a trip to Daufuskie Island and get a feel for the Low Country. This express ferry service departs from the Sea Pines Resort and arrives in Daufuskie just 30 minutes later, giving you more time to explore. Learn the island’s history from your captain and hear about interesting landmarks and sights to see. Bring your bike on board the ferry at no extra cost, or rent a golf cart on arrival. After exploring the island, hop back on the ferry to return to Hilton Head.

  • From Myrtle Beach: Charleston Historic Tour

    8. From Myrtle Beach: Charleston Historic Tour

    Leave from Myrtle Beach in an air-conditioned motorcoach. Once in Charleston, your all-day itinerary includes Palmetto Carriage Works Tour, Hop on a mule driven carriage for a historic old city tour. Learn about Charleston’s rich history from your knowledgable guide. Relish the sight of magnificent homes and gardens. See the historical sites of the old city on a mule-driven carriage ride. Visit the Charleston harbor. Board the Carolina Belle for a 90-minute tour of the harbor, narrated by your captain. See 75 points of interest including the USS Yorktown and the Battery while enjoying in a delicious deli-style boxed lunch. Explore the Boone Hall Plantation, a 738-acre plantation. See the historic brick slave cabins, a smokehouse, and a cotton gin. Receive a guided tour from a costumed hostess and learn about Southern elegance, strife, and charm. Time permitting, you'll be able to brows...

    Just wish there was a lil more time at the shops and plantation other then that it was great and loved it

  • Charleston: Folly Beach Stand Up Paddleboard Dolphin Safari

    9. Charleston: Folly Beach Stand Up Paddleboard Dolphin Safari

    Learn the basics of stand up paddleboard surfing on this 2-hour introductory lesson as you explore the peaceful Folly River. Glide alongside beautiful flora and fauna while keeping an eye out for bottlenose dolphins. Following the tides and wind direction, your expert instructor will help you go with the flow for a great beginning paddle. Your instructor will point out all the amazing sights in this truly unique landscape. You can commemorate your experience with a group photo at the end of the tour. Choose your perfect experience with the morning, afternoon, and sunset tour options. Paddleboard, paddle, and a personal floatation device will be provided. Just bring your water shoes or flip flops, swim trunks, and a positive attitude and enjoy two amazing hours on the water.

    It was a fantastic time! We had fun learning about the ecosystem, seeing a mother dolphin and her baby and learning how to SUP! Our guides were funny and knowledgeable!

  • Charleston: 3-Hour Amazing Scavenger Hunt Adventure

    10. Charleston: 3-Hour Amazing Scavenger Hunt Adventure

    Guided from any smartphone, groups make their way among well-known and overlooked gems of the city, solving clues and completing challenges while learning local history. Your adventure begins at the Four Corners of Law and takes you on a well-designed course through historic squares and cobblestone streets, among ancient gravestones and down through the beautiful neighborhoods of this true Southern gem. You’ll visit famous civil war defense installations and experience the beauty of the Charleston Bay. The tour requires approximately 2.5 miles of walking and uses the free trolley at two points during the adventure. Using a smartphone as “the guide” allows participants to start when they want and determine their own pace of play. Stop to enjoy a historic monument, take in the ocean views or grab an ice cream… why not, it’s your schedule right? Offered at a fixed price for a group vs. per...

    My team bailed on me so I did the scavenger hunt on my own and actually had fun! Saw lots of cool things and walked a LOT! I suggest bringing paper and pencil for a few of the questions…they didn’t translate well to notes on the phone. Took me about four hours to complete, partially because I got sidetracked a few times. It was fun! I would definitely do it again in another location. It is, however, a bit expensive, I think.

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What people are saying about South Carolina

Overall rating

4.6 / 5

based on 80 reviews

This was a major hi light of our trip to Hilton Head! Captain Peter and his crew, Luke and Taylor, were amazing! They were all so personable and so interested in ensuring our trip exceeded our expectations. It certainly did! I highly recommend this sail for anyone interested in getting a water view of the island.

Amazing experience. Even more amazing pilot. It was his first time flying, so we all took turns trying to figure out how a helicopter works. It's a lot easier than it looks.

This was my second attempt at jetski. Water here was more turbulent. Had fun. Kudos to staff.

Tyler was great tour guide he made the experience very fun! And he’s funny :)

Good experience. Need to improve the travel map of the island