The Trip to Orangeburg will be Surprisingly Memorable and Exciting for Everyone
The Charter Bus will Bring your Group to Museums, Local Theaters and the City’s Dining Districts
The fur trade was what initially prompted an early settler, George Sterling in 1704, to set up a trading post in the city, to cater to the fur trade with local Indians. The city was named after Dutch, William IV, Prince of Orange, who was the son-in-law of King George II of England. The city’s growing popularity encouraged other immigrants from other countries to set roots on the land and it included the Swiss, German and Dutch immigrants, mainly because the city had fertile soil, is located near a river and had an abundance of wildlife. Soon, the town became an established and successful colony of small yeomen farmers. However, the cityscape of Orange changed quite dramatically after the American Revolution, thanks, in part, to the invention of mass-production cotton gin machinery. The majority of the residents turned from being hunters and farmers into cotton growers. The city may have suffered throughout the several wars that the country fought, but the residents found ways to diversifying its economy. In later years, the growth and popularity of Orangeburg has to do with the rising number of students who attended either the Claflin University and South Carolina State University; the former being popular for its liberal arts programs and the latter for their undergraduate nuclear engineering program. South Carolina State University was included in a list of top 33 University Transportation Center by the U.S. Congress and USDOT.
If this is your first time visiting Orangeburg and have a deep love for nature, do not miss the chance to bring the charter bus to the gorgeous Edisto Memorial Gardens - there are approximately 4,000 plants from more than 70 varieties, including the past winners of the All-American Rose Selections. The attraction was first developed in 1920 with some azaleas and local flora and fauna and two years later, a wonderful playground, greenhouse and nursery was added. For history, we think the IP Stanback Museum and Planetarium would make for a great field trip destination. Both the museum and planetarium are located within the campus of South Carolina State University and continues to be one of the largest museums in the state. And if you are eager to understand local culture, the Orangeburg Festival of Roses will be a true eye-opener; the festival has a very humble beginning, with a small group of residents who wanted to improve the quality of life and development for the people of Orangeburg. Today, the festival has a fun river race, a basscatcher tournament, the Princess of Roses beauty pageant and other sporting events. Otherwise, you should make your way to Grand American Coon Hunt which takes place early January annually. With the help of the charter bus, coach, party bus, school bus, mini bus, vans and corporate cars provided by US Coachways, people can also make time for historic sites like F.H.W. Briggman House, Hotel Eutaw, Dixie Library Building, Hodge Hall, Orangeburg City Cemetery, Allan Mack Site, Orangeburg County Fair Main Exhibit Building, All-Star Triangle Bowl and many, many more.
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With these Travel Tips and Suggestions, you will Get an Idea about Some of Orangeburg’s Top Tourist Attractions
Regardless of your favorite activity, there’s something for people of all ages and all walks of life to do in Orangeburg. You can go bowling, skating, play a few rounds of golf, bring the charter bus to points of interest like Carolina Stadium where there are games and events all year round or have a Columbia food tour with your group.
- Entertainment & Amusement Parks — EdVenture is a non-profit organizations featuring fun games as enrichment programs. The attraction is extremely popular with parents and teachers as a destination for field trips and summer camps and understandably so. You can also enjoy open bowling and league bowling games at Gamecock Lanes in Sumter or Anchor Lanes in Irmo. Both attraction offers a nice venue for birthday parties and special events alike. Visitors can also book a weekend trip to the indoor amusement center of Retro Fun Park where there is mini golfing, go-karting, bounce houses and laser tag games or bring the charter bus for the bumper boats slides and go-karts at the family-friendly Frankie’s Fun Park.
- Art & Culture — When it comes to events and festivals, most people’s first consideration is the Columbia Metropolitan Convention Center. Whether it is a huge, elaborate gala, a kids’ festival or art exhibition, this attraction can house thousands of people for each of the events but if you are looking for a more intimate fine art gallery, it would have to be West Columbia’s Gallery West. The atmosphere, while eclectic, makes people feel like they are stepping into someone’s real home. Orangeburg Civic Ballet is known for the long lineup of different dance performances throughout the year while the Orangeburg Arts Center offers arts educational programs, cultural exhibits and fun workshops for people of all ages. If there’s time, be sure to check out the Bluebird Theater, a charming local community theater with theater-focused workshops or bring the charter bus to Bill’s Music Shop and Pickin’ Parlor where there are open mic jam sessions and LIVE country music performances to enjoy.
- Restaurant & Shopping — Feeling adventurous and would like to sample local traditional food in Orangeburg? Try the breakfast and brunch menu like Boss Sandwich and pita chips offered by attractions like CupSide Down Cafe along Chestnut Street, enjoy a culinary adventure with Thai and Asian Fusion cuisine at Thai Orchid, discover a whole new world of barbeque like home cooked soul food at Brown Derby II, sample some simple yet delicious sandwiches from Common Ground Cafe, fire up your appetite with what Taqueria El Jarocho Mexican delicacies or hang out with your friends or make some new ones at the friendly, intimate Parzell’s Cafe on Russell Street. West Columbia Riverwalk is a popular weekend spot for people of all ages - there’s hiking and walking paths, a nice relaxing spot to hang out in and an amphitheater. For foodies, you can’t go wrong with a Columbia Food Tours expedition, especially when the tour will inevitably take you around to some of the best award-winning restaurants and cafes in Columbia.
- Golf & Sports — William-Brice Stadium is home to the University of South Carolina’s Gamecocks football team and the atmosphere is kicked up a few notches whenever there is a game on. It boasts of an alumni such as the Heisman Trophy-winning George Rogers and many others. When there isn’t a game on, people can enjoy concerts, athletic events and friendly tournaments. Carolina Stadium is where you can find the best collegiate baseball games in the region - the arena can seat up to 8,000 patrons per game and has a dining deck and picnic terrace and when it comes to golfing in Orangeburg, Country Club of Orangeburg would be the first attraction to come to mind. This 18-hole golf course offers a wide range of amenities including venues for weddings and special events as well as a swimming pool and a chic restaurant. There are, of course, other golf courses and clubs to check out and it includes the scenic Santee National Golf Club which is located approximately 30 minutes drive from Orangeburg city center, the par-72 golf course of Lake Marion Golf Course with their miniverde fairways and not forgetting, the eclectic and popular Santee Cooper Country Club which has amazing scenery overlooking the gorgeous Lake Marion.
- Historical Sites & Landmarks — Orangeburg is located within one of South Carolina’s most historic regions and you will get to visit attractions like South Carolina Military Museum and University of South Carolina, both iconic landmarks in the state. South Carolina Military Museum is one of the largest national guard museums in the United States and here, people will get to learn about a large array of weapons, uniforms, artifacts and tools while University of South Carolina is a respected state-run research university with a respected sports programs. With the help of a charter bus, make your way to State House which is where the state government is at and there are educational tours around the building and there’s also a treasure trove of information to soak up at South Carolina Confederate Relic Room and Military Museum. It is the third oldest museum in the state of South Carolina and focuses on the region’s Civil War period.
- Parks & Outdoor Activities — The weather in Orangeburg is perfect any time of the year for outdoor activities so, it’s always time to put your best foot forward. The man made Edisto Memorial Gardens is one of the most stunning sights in Orangeburg and features a large garden with nearly 5,000 rose plants from all around the world, including the past winners from All America Rose Selections or you can go on a boat tour with Fisheagle Excursions. People from all walks of life and across all ages will learn history and wildlife of South carolina as they tour around Lake Marion, Lake Moultrie, The Pinopolis Lock, Tailrace Canal and Cooper River. What’s really unique about a trip to Santee State Park is that it is located on Lake Marion and is famous for fishing, camping, bike and hiking trails as well as scenic views. For those who are interested in fishing, look up Santee Cajun Guide Services as they have a full day guide for catfishing. People can also opt for weekend camping trips, hiking and running at Poinsett State Park which has trails snaking through the Manchester State Forest, organize a summer trip out Colleton State Park where there are picnic spots and ballfields for visitors to enjoy or head out for an easy, relaxing stroll around the Columbia Canal and Riverfront Park.
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