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Exploring the Olde English District on a Budget: 7 Must-Do Activities

Exploring the Olde English District on a Budget

Traveling to beautiful and exciting destinations doesn’t have to cost an arm and a leg. That’s why we’ve compiled a list of seven wallet-friendly activities that showcase the OED’s history, nature and vibrant communities.

1. Visit One of the Region’s Nine State Parks

With nine state parks dotting the OED, nature is never far away. From hiking trails to picnicking spots, these parks offer a variety of outdoor activities at little to no cost. Float the canoe trail at Goodale State Park, play a round of disc golf at Chester State Park, pedal boat on Lake Juniper at Cheraw State Park or learn about a former president’s boyhood at Andrew Jackson State Park; the opportunities are endless. 

Goodale State Park
Goodale State Park

2. Stroll Through Greenways

Lace up your sneakers and explore one of the greenways in the region. Anne Springs Close Greenway in York County is a 2,100-acre nature preserve offering a variety of outdoor activities. Hike, bike or horseback ride along the scenic trails that weave through lush forests, or enjoy a relaxing canoe float. The greenway also boasts various picnic areas, playgrounds and a nature center.

Just a few minutes from Downtown Lancaster is a two-mile nature tail. Dotted with public art, the Lindsay Pettus Greenway is a hard-surface recreational trail along Gills Creek that highlights native flora and fauna and offers a creative experience of art and environment. 

Anne Springs Close Greenway
Anne Springs Close Greenway

3. See History Come Alive at the Revolutionary War Visitor Center

Step back in time at the Revolutionary War Visitor Center in Camden. Through meticulously curated exhibits and interactive displays, you can explore the significance of South Carolina during the war for America’s independence and gain insights into the lives of those who played key roles in shaping the nation. 

The center’s commitment to accessibility ensures that this historical journey is open to all, providing a deeper understanding of the region’s contributions to the nation’s early history without any financial burden. Whether you’re a history enthusiast or a casual learner, The Revolutionary War Visitor Center offers an informative and engaging experience that leaves a lasting impression without costing a dime.

The Revolutionary War Visitor Center in Camden
The Revolutionary War Visitor Center

4. Take a Ride at the South Carolina Railroad Museum

All aboard! Experience the charm of a bygone era by hopping aboard a steam engine at the South Carolina Railroad Museum. This affordable attraction offers a nostalgic journey into the world of locomotives and railroads. 

The museum was established in 1973 by a group of dedicated railroad enthusiasts from the Columbia and Charleston areas. Over the years, it has accumulated several pieces of rolling stock and equipment, including cabooses, freight cars, and diesel engines. 

5. Explore Historic Downtowns 

Walk down Main Street of many historic downtowns scattered throughout the OED. From the quaint charm of Cheraw to the historic allure of Camden and Chester, each downtown offers a unique glimpse into the region’s past and present. The best part? Window shopping is complimentary.

Town of Ridgeway
Town of Ridgeway

6. Take a Self-Guided Mural Tour

Be inspired by the OED’s lively arts scene. Take a self-guided tour through our many downtowns to discover carefully painted murals and other art structures, like Bob Doster’s metal arrangements. 

To help you get started, the Mural Mile in Rock Hill is an initiative in the city’s downtown that strives to connect local artists with the community through a variety of thoughtful artwork. Artists Colt Shirley and Lori Isom-Starnes worked together to paint vibrant butterflies along the Town Green Alley in Camden. And Muralist Will Sellers is the mastermind behind the Greetings from Pageland mural in downtown Pageland. (For more information about the arts in the OED, download our Destination Guide.)

Pageland mural
“Greetings from Pageland” Mural

7. Trace Your Roots

Explore your heritage and family history at one of the many genealogical research sites in the OED. A few destinations to look into include the following: Camden Archives and MuseumFairfield County Genealogical SocietyHistorical Center of York County and Union County Museum.

union county museum
Union County Museum