South Carolina is known for its shoreline of subtropical beaches and marshlike sea islands. Coastal Charleston is a historic city, defined by pastel-colored houses, Old South plantations and Fort Sumter, where the Civil War’s opening shots were fired. To the north is the Grand Strand, a roughly 60-mile stretch of beachfront known for golf courses and the vacation town Myrtle Beach. When South Carolina seceded from the Union, the palmetto tree was added to the flag. The palmetto tree was chosen because this tree had helped South Carolinians defeat the British in a battle at Sullivan’s Island (during the Revolutionary War). A fort was built from palmetto wood, and when the British fired cannonballs at the fort, instead of knocking the fort down, the soft palmetto wood just absorbed the cannonballs.
THE PALMETTO STATE
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Places to Go
Planet Jellies Ripley’s Aquarium This Myrtle Beach iconic aquarium continues to amaze visitors with new aquatic displays! NOW OPEN! Welcome to Planet Jellies! This beautiful expansion to the Ripley’s Aquarium of Myrtle Beach has thousands of jellyfish surrounding you! See 5 different types of jellyfish! This astounding gallery will mesmerize you with its backlit and color-changing displays. Buy tickets online …
Things to Do
Take a Day Cruise Charleston History Cruise – Meet at Charleston Maritime Center on Wharfside Street. Travel by a different mode of transport—an 80-foot sightseeing boat. Learn about the city’s history from a guide, including the Civil War. Choose from multiple cruise times to best suit you. Combine cool city sights from the water with a boatload of historical facts during this Charleston history cruise—a …