Cities and towns in South Carolina feature popular attractions perfect for young spring breakers and families looking to entertain the kids for a week. Enjoy some time in the sun on the beaches of Hilton Head, enjoy the nightlife in Charleston, or sit back and relax at the wineries in Lexington. Take the kids to tour the largest children’s museum in Columbia. Staying at a South Carolina vacation rental puts you in proximity to beaches, historic landmarks, and beautiful natural scenery. Consider these cities when planning your spring break vacation.

1. Columbia

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Soak in the culture of the big city when making Columbia your vacation destination for spring break. The artistic types can spend a week touring the sculptures at EdVenture, known as one of the largest children’s museums in South Carolina, while the history buffs can take in the historical artifacts at the South Carolina State Museum. Get in touch with nature during your spring break vacation with a hike on the Saluda River trails or the Three Rivers Greenway, or make a splash in the river when renting tubes, canoes, or kayaks from Adventure Carolina. Columbia is also a hotspot for nightlife with dancing at Art Bar and homemade brews at Hunter-Gatherer Brewery and Ale House.

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2. Myrtle Beach

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When you want some fun in the sun during spring break, a vacation rental in Myrtle Beach is the obvious choice. This South Carolina city is a mecca for shopping, live music and water adventures with access to the ocean. Get loud and rowdy with an evening at the Dixie Stampede dinner show or show off your dance moves at the House of Blues. Myrtle Beach offers plenty of waterfront adventures with miles of beaches and beachfront dining at the Sea Captain’s House. Continue your adventures with horseback riding at Rock Smith Farm or a golf game at Pine Lakes Country Club before enjoying an evening dancing at Malibu’s Surf Bar.

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3. Lexington

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Lexington offers spring breakers and families stunning nature areas to explore within minutes from luxurious vacation rentals in the city. Hike the trails at Virginia Hylton Park or sign up for the guided walking tour of the Dreher Shoals Dam. Baseball fans can cheer on their favorite team at the Lexington County Baseball Stadium while the water enthusiasts can learn to paddleboard with AquaFun Paddle. Make your trip educational with an informative tour of the Peachtree Rock Heritage Preserve or sit back and relax with a glass of wine at the Mercer House Estate Winery. If you prefer a more rowdy experience, stop in at the Keg Cowboy Bar and Restaurant and embrace the hip vibe and homemade brews.

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4. Greenville

Get ready for some sightseeing when making Greenville your vacation destination. Start your spring break with a leisurely walk or hike to Falls Park on the Reedy River and walk across Liberty Bridge. Snap a selfie at the 62-foot waterfall and climb the rock formations in the park. When you want to get in some retail therapy, head to the West End District’s shopping area or stop in at the specialty shops in the downtown area after riding the Downtown Trolley. Families with kids can spend an afternoon at the Greenville Zoo or the Children’s Museum while adults may prefer an evening at the Local Cue sports bar or Blu Nightclub.

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5. Hilton Head

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Spend your spring break on the southern end of the coast, slipping your feet in the sand and sunning right in front of your cozy vacation rental. Hilton Head is home to family-friendly attractions that include 12 miles of beaches and boat rides with Palmetto Bay Watersports. Get an aerial view of the beaches when parasailing with Sky Pirate Parasail or have a few brews with your crew at Boathouse 11. Hilton Head offers plenty of outdoor attractions for families and college-aged groups. Bike the trails of Daufuskie Island or horseback ride with Daufuskie Island Stables before retreating back to your vacation rental.

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6. Charleston

Eat your way through this South Carolina city when sampling the southern cuisine at the Peninsula Grill or the Charleston Grill. Work off the scrumptious meal during your spring break with a brisk walk through the cobblestone streets of the downtown area to tour the Rainbow Row houses and the Civil War battle sites. Magnolia Plantations and Gardens is the perfect spot to entertain the kids with boat tours and a petting zoo while the South Carolina Aquarium is a popular place to see underwater creatures. Top off a busy day with a relaxing meal at Bay Street Biergarten or an intimate rooftop experience at The Cocktail Club.

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7. Mount Pleasant

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Mount Pleasant adheres to its city name with relaxing attractions and coastal views you can enjoy from the balcony of your vacation rental. Take in the history of the city with a tour of the Charles Pinckney National Historic Site or take an invigorating hike and wildlife tour with nature Adventures. You can savor Southern cuisine at Crave Kitchen and Cocktails or grab lunch at Page’s Okra Grill. If you prefer to catch your own dinner, take your fishing rods to Shem Creek Park for the afternoon. The House of Brews is a hotspot for college kids who want to play horseshoes while enjoying a few drinks.

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8. Georgetown

While Georgetown exudes a small-town feel as one of the oldest cities in the state, it is also home to exciting attractions that include boat and dolphin tours with Coastal Water Adventures. Fishing fans can toss in their lines on a fishing excursion with Georgetown Charters whereas families can head to the Rice Museum and “big town clock” to make spring break a bit more educational. Georgetown also hosts the South Carolina Maritime Museum to entertain the history buffs in your group. The nightlife is not lacking, even though Georgetown is small, especially when you can spend an evening sipping on brews and cocktails at Castaway’s Bar and Grill.

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