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By the water at Landsford Canal State Park


Summertime was made for family-friendly adventures, and the Olde English District has a lot to offer. From exploring historic sites and enjoying outdoor adventures to meeting farm animals and browsing through children’s books, there’s something for everyone to enjoy in the piedmont region of South Carolina. Below is a family-friendly guide to help you plan a memorable getaway filled with lasting memories.

Outdoor Adventures and Farm Fun

Start your day with a visit to Landsford Canal State Park for a scenic hike along the Catawba River. The park features 448 acres, filled with nature and history, for you and your family to explore. If your trip falls during May or June, you may also spot the rocky shoals spider lilies blooming above the Catawba River, which is home to the largest known population of the rare flower species. 

Landsford Canal State Park
Landsford Canal State Park

After working up a sweat, swing by a u-pick farm like Cotton Hills Farm in Chester County. Here you can pick your own produce, grab a scoop (or two) of ice cream from the market and unwind before your next adventure. Be sure to check out what is in season before you visit. 

ice cream from cotton hills farm
Cotton Hills Farm

Looking for something more water-bound? Head to SouthTown Wake Park for an afternoon of wakeboarding. Don’t forget to explore the Aqua Park’s floating obstacle course for some family-friendly fun. Afterward, enjoy a picnic lunch by the lake or grab a bite at a local eatery, such as Rock Taco or Millstone Pizza and Taphouse.

Historic Exploration, Thrills and Animals

Explore 18th and 19th-century structures and participate in hands-on activities at Historic Brattonsville. Interpreters in period clothing will bring history to life, showcasing how people farmed, cooked and entertained themselves way back when. 

Make your way to Carowinds for a thrilling day of amusement park fun. Unleash your adventurous spirit with a variety of roller coasters, including the intense Intimidator and the classic Thunder Road. From roller coasters to water rides, there’s something for everyone. 


While in York County, don’t miss the Crandall Bowles Children’s Farm at the Anne Springs Close Greenway, where you can encounter a variety of animals, such as goats, alpacas, pigs, ducks, cattle and more. With interactive exhibits, friendly animals to meet, and hands-on activities, the Children’s Farm offers a unique educational experience for children of all ages. Continue the educational fun at the Main Street Children’s Museum, conveniently located in the heart of Rock Hill. With its engaging exhibits and interactive displays, the museum provides an enriching experience for the whole family.

Goats, a Picnic and Books

Start your day with a visit to the Goat Daddy’s Farm in Kershaw County. Most days, the farm offers private tours, which include a chance to visit with all of the animals at the farm, cuddle with goats, feed a camel and more. The farm is also open to the public every Saturday from 10 A.M. to 2 P.M. and Sunday from noon to 4 P.M. During these visits you can say hello to the goats, feed chickens and explore the farm.

After your farm visit, head to Three Sisters Essentials, a grassroots market in Camden, to pick up goods for a picnic at Goodale State Park. Pack your picnic blanket, and settle down by the Civil War-era mill pond, covered in tall cypress trees. Don’t forget to take a stroll along the park’s trails or float through the 3-mile cypress canoe trail.

Goodale State Park

After an eventful afternoon, head to Books on Broad, a quaint bookstore in downtown Camden. Browse through their selection of children’s books and find the perfect story to take home as a souvenir of your trip. With cozy reading nooks, it’s a relaxing spot to unwind after a day outside. 

Where To Stay

Looking for a lodging option that best suits your family’s needs? Between cabins, B&Bs, hotels and motels, you are sure to find something in the OED. Check out our Stay page for more information. Happy summer traveling!