Discover New Attractions and Historic Landmarks in Florence in the Comfort of a Charter Bus
Be Enchanted with Manicured Gardens, Restored Homes and Fun Family Recreation Centers in Florence, SC
Once you’ve stepped foot in and visited this charming southern city, you will immediately see why Florence was named the ‘All American City’ by the National Civic League in 1965. As with many cities in the United States, the city of Florence was founded as a railroad hub, becoming a junction between Wilmington, Manchester, Cheraw and Darlington. To this very day, people consider Florence an important regional hub for business, culture, finance and medicine. It has grown a long way from when early settlers farming background. The city had a huge role to play during the American Civil War - it became a transit hub for important supplies and became a railroad repair center for the Confederacy. In fact, the Florence Stockade was used to house between 12,000 and 18,000 Union soldier prisoners of war. The burial ground next to the prison, soon, became the Florence National Cemetery. The city prospered tremendously after the war, mainly due to the region’s cotton, timber and tobacco industries. Later, another major industry emerged and it was the pharmaceutical and healthcare industries. Florence underwent quite a massive downtown revitalization period where historic homes, mansions, parks and iconic landmarks were restored and repaired to their former glories. There were also new malls, office blocks, apartment buildings, museums and art galleries opening its doors in Florence’s downtown business district. Florence also became a retail hub, making it one of Pee Dee region’s top shopping destinations with visitors coming in from neighboring communities, like the Darlington county and people were attracted to the large number of options they have at Magnolia Mall, Commons at Magnolia and Florence Mall. The residents of Florence are also known for the deep love for sports like baseball, football and hockey. Baseball, in particular, has a long history in Florence and in 1998, it became home to the Coastal Plain League Florence Red Wolves summer baseball team.
There are countless ways that Florence and its attractions and family-friendly destinations could charm your socks off and it is an amazing place to have an event, family vacation, field trip, summer camp, sports outing, corporate function, wedding reception, birthday party or bachelor or bachelorette party. There are so many options to choose from, without breaking the budget. And speaking of budgets, US Coachways is ready to help you find and secure reliable and professionally-driven charter buses, coaches, wedding limousines, prom limos, corporate cars, airport transfers, party buses, school buses, mini buses and many other different types of vehicles designed specifically for your event, be it big or small. To find out more about these affordable promotional bus rental packages, available in anywhere in South Carolina and nationwide, all you need to do is to pick up the phone and give us a call right now!
There are Small and Big Surprises Located Throughout Florence’s City Center
Some call it hidden gems, some call it iconic landmarks...whatever you call it, they are ready and ripe for you to learn about when you visit Florence, SC! These points of interest and historical attractions has been attracting people from all walks of life, whether they are from other cities in South Carolina, from other states and even from other countries. So, maybe it is time to discover them yourself! Read on to find out more about them below.
- Entertainment & Amusement Parks — When you need to find a place to relax or just bond with your family and friends in Florence, there are countless options to choose from. You can enjoy some cosmic bowling at an attraction like Southgate Bowling Center, bowl or play pool at All Star Lanes in downtown Florence or bring the charter bus to Hartsville Skating Arena when the weather is hot outside. This indoor roller skating rink offers public skating sessions as well as lessons and places to hold social gatherings like birthday parties and corporate events. For a relaxing, quiet movie night out with your special someone, check out what’s showing at attractions like Swamp Fox Cinemas (there is a 3D cinema and stadium seatings) and Julia 4 Cinema (a more intimate movie house featuring first-run movies and matinee shows).
- Art & Culture — What’s really unique about a trip to The Art Trail Gallery is that it is completely run by passionate volunteers and is dedicated to educating its surrounding communities with its outreach art programs and lessons. Throughout the year, people throng to this little gallery for their paintings, photographs and sometimes, LIVE music events. Florence Little Theater is more than just your ordinary art attraction...it is historical too as it was built and opened its doors in 1923, bringing the locals entertainment like comedy shows, dramas and musicals for people of all ages. If you like dance performances, do not miss the chance to check out what’s showing at South Carolina Dance Theater. The production range from musicals, ballet, and dramas and there are summer classes and workshops that works together with the youth and community of Florence.
- Restaurant & Shopping — When you visit a Southern city like Florence, it makes sense to drop by one of the fine diners or check out some local traditional restaurants to sample authentic Southern cuisine. There’s traditional comfort food and seafood like grouper special and Mexican hush puppies at Tubb’s Shrimp and Fish Co in downtown Florence, delicious Russian pecan pie at Julia Belle’s Restaurant and if you are craving for traditional barbeque food, head on over to Wholly Smokin BBQ and Ribs. There’s also crusty, authentic wood-fired pizza at Rebel Pie and authentic Asian fusion and Chinese delicacies to try out at Long Grain Cafe. After a long day of traveling, end the day with your favorite craft brews at attractions like Southern Hops where is also a full menu, outdoor beer garden and beautiful dining room.
- Golf & Sports — The Traces Golf Club offers a 27-hole golf course and is a semi-private course with lots of rolling hills, sand, water and Bermuda greens but if you prefer baseball, we think you might want to check out the Florence Freedom in action. It is an independent minor league baseball team of Frontier League which packs a powerful punch whenever there’s a game on. The local YMCA offers a host of programs and facilities for the locals and it includes gyms, yoga, aerobics and aquatic classes and for an adrenaline-pumping experience, head on over to ‘The Lady in Black’, which refers to Darlington Raceway. The 1.25 mile track was built in 1950 and has been hosting countless famous races since then and it is most popularly known to NASCAR Nation.
- Historical Sites & Landmarks — The Florence Veterans Park is dedicated to all those who contributed heavily in all the American Wars, including World War I and II, and those who lost their lives during 9/11 attacks on the Pentagon. It is a great place to learn about Florence’s central role and history of its armed forces. A walk through the Florence National Cemetery will not just be a touching experience but also a peaceful one surrounded by beautiful trees and flowers. For those who are interested in learning about the American Civil War in Florence, THE place to check out is the historical War Between the States Museum in downtown Florence. There are artifacts like weapons, uniforms, historical archive and pictures and documents depicting the history of the war but for something more light-hearted, check out the W. C. Handy Museum ‘Father of the Blues’ Museum. W. C. Handy is a local musician with wide recognition as the man who started spreading the love for blues music; hence, this museum is dedicated to his contributions, his work including music scores and his beloved trumpet. The Columns Plantation was built in the 19th century in Greek Revival style. This Southern mansion offers tours around the spacious attraction and also Civil War reenactments from volunteers dressed in period clothing. There’s also a treasure trove of information, historical and art artifacts housed in Florence Museum which includes Asian statues and Civil War photos while Hartsville Museum is housed in a 1930s post office in neighboring Hartsville. The old post office building was converted into a museum in 1980 and today, it showcases the many different changes and developments to the city and its surrounding region, making a wonderful place for field trips.
- Parks & Outdoor Activities — The sunny year-round weather in Florence means that any time of the year is a good time to have a field trip or bring the family out for some weekend fun in the sun. Timrod Park in downtown Florence offers visitors with lots of space to run and walk around, there are tennis courts, a gazebo, picnic shelter, train relic and an amphitheater for all to enjoy. Sometimes, there are also concerts so, be on the look-out for them. The Moland House Historic Park is located on 12 acres worth of land and is a historic landmark in the city of Florence. If you wish to, take a guided tour around the historic home or just have a languid self-tour around the park and gardens as a way to relax and unwind. Visitors can also book themselves in for horseback riding lessons, learn to take care of horses at Joyful Noise Riding Academy or bring the charter bus to Kamia Gardens where there are nature trails, a historic house, boardwalk and beautiful gardens for everyone to explore. The South of the Border, some would contend, is more than just an outdoor attraction. It is historic, iconic and had its beginning as a small roadside beer stand back in 1949. It has been developed and grown into a tourist complex, sometimes referred to as ‘the gateway to the south’ that comes complete with banquet facilities and a 200-foot tall observation tower. You can also go boating and kayaking at the Little Pee Dee State Park, hone your photography skills at Fryar’s Topiary Garden (which is home to an amazing collection of horticulture artistry) and fishing as well as boating at Lake Ashwood in neighboring Sumter.
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