Whether you’re a native or you migrated to South Carolina after you realized it’s such a fabulous place to live and raise a family, there are certain things that every “true” South Carolinian does at least once. How many of these have you already checked off the list?
1. Pass the famous Peachoid water tower on Interstate 85 and laugh a little at how it sort of looks like a giant bum.
One of the most recognizable landmarks in South Carolina, the Peachoid holds one million gallons of water and was erected in 1981. Here's where to find it so you can check this one off your list: Peachoid Rd, Gaffney, SC 29341.
2. Climb the winding staircase to the top of Hunting Island Light.
South Carolina's only regularly tourable lighthouse was visible for 17 miles when it was in use. It's been taken out of service and is now a focal point at Hunting Island State Park.
3. Shuck an oyster...
...and then eat it. Coastal shell rings, or "middens" are evidence of just how long folks in this part of the world have been consuming this common delicacy.
4. Visit Campbell's Covered Bridge.
South Carolina's only surviving old covered bridge (circa 1909) is closed to vehicular traffic but open to other non-motorized traffic, including your feet. Discover in person why this bridge is so mesmerizing. You'll find it at 171 Campbell Covered Bridge Rd, Landrum, SC 29356.
5. Get wrongly accused of being a "redneck..."
...just because you forgot to use sunscreen!
6. Cross the third-longest cable-stayed bridge in the Western Hemisphere.
It's right here in the Palmetto State connecting Charleston to Mt. Pleasant. Cross it on foot, on a bike, or in your car. You'll find the Ravenel Bridge, sometimes called "the Rav," connecting the two cities via Highway 17. Don't worry about getting lost, you really can't miss it.
7. Spend a day in awe at Brookgreen Gardens.
South Carolina's #1 outdoor attraction is both a sculpture garden and nature preserve. Beautiful gardens featuring sculptures and fountains adorn this 9100-acre gem located along the coast. You'll find Brookgreen Gardens at 1931 Brookgreen Garden Dr, Murrells Inlet, SC 29576.
8. Pose for a perfect photo with the oldest living thing in South Carolina.
The base of the tree we call "Angel Oak" has a circumference measuring at least 28 feet. The longest limb is more than half a football field in length at 187 feet. And the shade from this mammoth tree? The tree produces shade that covers more than 17,000 square feet, according to Wikipedia. You'll find Angel Oak in Angel Oak Park which is open from 9:00 a.m. until 5:00 p.m. Monday through Saturday and from 1:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m. on Sunday. Admission to the park is free. It's located at 3671 Angel Oak Rd, Johns Island, SC 29455.
9. Awaken to find snow on your car at least once...
...even in the Lowcountry and Midlands. You need to have perseverance and patience to check this one off your list. It snows so seldom in parts of the state that you may be waiting years!
10. Hike into one of South Carolina's famously beautiful waterfalls.
11. Scarf down more than your fair share of boiled peanuts.
What's a fair share of this Palmetto State snack? Oh, about a gallon - a year!
12. Visit an historic plantation.
Drayton Hall, shown here, was built 1738-1742, and promotes itself as the oldest preserved plantation house in the U.S. that's still open for public tours. It survived both the Revolutionary War and the Civil War. More information about Drayton Hall can be found
. Or, there are several other plantations in South Carolina you can tour. Find a list of those
13. Spend the day at a state park.
South Carolina has 46 counties and 47 state parks scattered all over the Palmetto State from the coast all the way to the mountains. The overlook shown here is at Ceasar's Head State Park located at 8155 Geer Hwy, Cleveland, SC 29635. More information about this great state park as well as the other 46 can be found
Every true South Carolinian will check these things off their list in their lifetime. How many have you already tackled? We’d love to know in our comments!