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South Carolina's best free family activities

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Family activities in South Carolina

Looking for a lot of fun on a little budget? From outdoor movies to art galleries, The Palmetto State has plenty of ways for your family to have fun without having to drop a dime.

Family activities in South Carolina

1Movies in the Park

Take a blanket and your favorite portable chair to Mount Pleasant Pier and James Island County Park for the silver screen under the stars. Catch your favorite blockbusters on special dates in June through late October.

Mount Pleasant Pier
71 Harry Hallman Boulevard
Mount Pleasant, South Carolina 29464

James Island County Park
871 Riverland Drive
Charleston, South Carolina 29412
General movie info: 843-795-4386

2Sumter at Six

Head to downtown Sumter at Brody Pavilion for food, beverages and free tunes every second Thursday of the month, April through October. Bring a chair and your appetite -- and get ready to dance and sing in the streets!

Brody Pavilion on Harvin Street
Sumter, South Carolina 29150
803-436-2640

3BMW Zentrum & Gallery

Put away the Hot Wheels and explore the history of BMW's full-size, high-performance automobiles, from company's oldest models up to the latest vehicles -- and motorcycles, too. For an additional $5, you can even score a trip through the factory!

1400 Highway 101 South
Greer, South Carolina 29651-6731
888-868-7269

4SC State House Tours

Explore the rich history of the South Carolina State House and see the scars left behind by Sherman's army during the Civil War. Call ahead to schedule a guided tour of this remarkable landmark and educational treasure.

1101 Gervais Street
Columbia, South Carolina 29201
803-734-2430

5The City Gallery at Waterfront Park

At the City Gallery at Waterfront Park, you can introduce your children to the works of innovative, contemporary artists and immerse yourselves in an experience that is truly priceless. Featuring rotating exhibits and artist lectures, this is one cultural gem that'll garner repeat visits.

34 Prioleau Street
Charleston, South Carolina 29401
843-958-6484 ‎

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