A trip to Florence, South Carolina, can expose the family to Southern culture and food while exploring the city's many parks and recreational activities. The family can take in a NASCAR race or listen to the music of local orchestras before deciding on a variety of other opportunities. Bring plenty of sunscreen for Florence's many outdoor activities.
The family can take in a variety of sports events while in Florence. The Darlington Raceway (darlingtonraceway.com) offers NASCAR and other racing shows, while those less interested in watching the sport can visit The Darlington Raceway Museum instead. Florence is also the home of the Florence Red Wolves (florenceredwolves.com), the local minor-league baseball team. Parents can even hold birthday parties for children at a Florence Red Wolves baseball game with food and access to a picnic area.
Relax with a little skateboarding at McLeod Park's Skate Park (cityofflorence.com) in Florence. At the time of publication, skaters must pay $2 for admission. The skate park operates Tuesday through Friday from 2 p.m. to 5 p.m., noon to 5 p.m. on Saturday and 1:30 p.m. to 5 p.m. on Sunday. Take the family about 16 miles south of Florence to visit Lynches River County Park (lynchesriverpark.com) in Coward. Families can canoe, picnic or walk the nature trails.
Museums are not just entertainment for parents but for kids, too. The Florence Museum (florencemuseum.org) features a variety of memorabilia and art, including local art, Asian, African and Civil War era pieces. Swords and armor from wars and daily life are prominent pieces in the museum. Parents can also take kids to ScienceSouth (sciencesouth.org) in Florence to participate in hands-on exhibits and shows. ScienceSouth also offers a summer camp for children.
Theaters, Orchestras and Art
There are plenty of artistic opportunities for kids visiting Florence. The Florence Little Theatre (florencelittletheatre.org) offers acting workshops for children and puts on performances throughout the year. Music lovers can forget the theater and turn their attention instead to the Florence Symphony Orchestra or the Florence Symphony Youth Orchestra (florencesymphony.com). Kids can also visit the Lynda English Studio Gallery (lyndaenglish.net) in Florence to receive painting lessons.