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Trip to South Carolina

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A June 2013 trip to South Carolina by Muchmor

Hampton Inn Santee Photo, Santee, South Carolina More Photos
Quote: Trip to South Carolina including a day in Savannah Georgia. We stayed in a place called Santee and used this as our base and then travelled around the area.

Riverbanks Zoo

Attraction | "Great place to eat at the zoo"

Riverbanks Zoo Photo, Columbia, South Carolina
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Whilst at the Riverbanks Zoo in Columbia we got hungry and found this restaurant just across from the giraffes and zebra. There was quite a long line, but it seems to move relatively quickly. Hey have choices of burgers, hot dogs, chicken strips, salads, chips etc. I had chicken strips and chips and my husband had cheeseburger and fries. We both had a fountain drink and it all cost around $16.The food was remarkably good. My chicken strips were very chunky and made with real chicken breast and were delicious. My husband thought his burger was great too. Considering this is a fast food restaurant it was very well managed and the food very good. Plus you get to look out the windo...Read More

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on June 26, 2013

Riverbanks Zoo
500 Wildlife Parkway
Columbia, South Carolina 29210
(803) 779-8717

Goose Feathers Express Cafe & Bakery

Restaurant | "Nice little cafe in Savannah"

Goose Feathers Express Cafe & Bakery Photo, Savannah, Georgia
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When we visited Savannah it was incredibly hot and we needed to get out of the heat but also have a bite to eat. We stumbled upon this cafe and joined the line to be served. When we arrived the line was just a dozen people and was contained within the building, however during our stay the line got longer and eventually extended to outside. We guessed this must be popular with locals as well as visitors. I had a cold drink and a chocolate brownie and my husband had a coffee and a lemon poppy seed muffin. All very really lovely and clearly home made. This place is so busy, but seems to be well worth it. They do also offer breakfasts, bagels, pastries, soups, salads, Panini’s and ...Read More

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on June 26, 2013

Goose Feathers Express Cafe & Bakery
39 Barnard Street
Savannah 31401
(866) 221-1948

Riverbanks Zoo

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Attraction | "Small but nice zoo with plenty of interaction"

Riverbanks Zoo Photo, Columbia, South Carolina
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Riverbank Zoo is located in Columbia, SC and is easy to find being just off the interstate. It costs $23 each to enter and you are given a map so you know where everything is. We visited on an extremely hot day and found a couple of areas where they spray cold mist, which is very welcoming. There are also several indoor exhibits that also helped. Although this is quite a small zoo, all the animals looked well and only the hyenas looked particularly stressed as they paced up and down the same area. They have tigers, lions, bears, monkeys, elephants, tortoises, lemurs and tons of other animals.There is an aquarium, which has many different fish tanks to explore. There...Read More

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on June 24, 2013

Riverbanks Zoo
500 Wildlife Parkway
Columbia, South Carolina 29210
(803) 779-8717

Magnolia Plantation and Gardens

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Attraction | "An amazing place for animal lovers"

Magnolia Plantation and Gardens Photo, Charleston, South Carolina
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We visited the Magnolia Plantation during our South Carolina trip and went with the intention of visiting just the Audubon swamp area. You have to pay $15 each for general admission, which includes the gardens and petting zoo, then an additional $8 for each of the other activities on offer. These include a house tour, nature train, boat tour, slavery tour and the Audubon swamp tour. You can pay for one or two things then go back to the ticket booths and pay for any additional things you want at a later time. We paid just for the swamp, so $23 each in total.The swamp is within the grounds but a 10-minute walk to the entrance. You can also drive to it and park close to the entrance if you wi...Read More

Member Rating 5 out of 5 on June 24, 2013

Magnolia Plantation and Gardens
3550 Ashley River Road
Charleston, South Carolina 29414
(843) 571-1266

Pizza Hut

Restaurant | "Both excellent and very bad service at Pizza Hut"

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We stayed in Santee and one night did not want too much to eat and couldn’t be bothered to go out for a full meal, so decided to get pizza delivered from the local Pizza Hut. I phoned my order through - medium Hawaiian - and it was taken pleasantly and courteously and was told it would be delivered direct to or room in 15-20 minutes. As promised it arrived about 15 minutes later and a pleasant lady delivered it complete with lots of napkins, three large paper plates, packets of seasoning and a smile. The pizza was really nice and we were very happy with the service.A few nights later we decided once again to have pizza, so I phoned my order through. This time the woman who answ...Read More

Member Rating 3 out of 5 on June 23, 2013

Pizza Hut
9104 Old Number Six Hwy
Santee, South Carolina 29142
(803) 854-3818

Clark's Inn and Restaurant

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Restaurant | "Best place to eat in Santee"

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When we stayed in Santee it became apparent that the restaurant choices were quite limited as it was not a big town and many of the eateries were fast food types which we did not always want. We found out about Clarke’s via the hotel staff and it turned out to be a good choice. They have a good extensive menu with options for steak, fish, pasta, burgers etc. Although this restaurant is more expensive than many of the restaurants in Santee it is well worth it and it is really no more expensive than the likes of Outback Steakhouse type places.The dining room is ornately decorated and servers dressed in shirts and ties. Piano music is piped in and the low lighting with candles on ...Read More

Member Rating 5 out of 5 on June 23, 2013

Clark's Inn and Restaurant
114 Bradford Boulevard
Santee 29142
(803) 854-2101

Olive Garden

Restaurant | "Nice meal with extras"

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This Olive Garden is located in the shopping area outside and opposite the Columbiana Centre Mall. We had never been to an Olive Garden before so wanted to try it out.The menu was quite extensive with lots of options and some specials. I decided on an angel hair pasta with shrimp and tomato sauce and my husband had chicken parmesan. Both meals were very nice and not too huge. You also get unlimited breadsticks with the meal which was a nice touch. Both meals also came with a choice of salad or soup included and we both had the minestrone soup which was incredibly thick and full of pasta and vegetables. Overall a very nice meal and we would definitely return to an Olive Garden...Read More

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on June 23, 2013

Olive Garden
274 Harbison Blvd
Columbia, South Carolina 29212
8037320471

Columbiana Centre

Attraction | "Pleasant environment for retail therapy"

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We went to this mall whilst visiting South Carolina. The whether during our stay was incredibly hot and we needed a day out of the sun and heat, so decided to do some retail therapy. This mall is easy to get to being just off the interstate and has many shops and restaurants surrounding it. It opens at 10am Mon - Sat and 12pm on Sunday. There is ample free parking surrounding the mall.This mall has four key shops: Belk, Dillars, J C Penny and Sears as well as others such as Aldo, Banana Republic, Express, Hollister, Gap, Coach, Sephora, Forever 21, Pandora etc. There are also several eateries such as Bourbon Street Grill, China Express, Auntie Anne’s ext. ...Read More

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on June 23, 2013

Columbiana Centre
100 Columbiana Circle
Columbia 29212
(803) 732-6255

Dolphin Magic

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Attraction | "Totally fabulous dolphin experience"

Dolphin Magic Photo, Savannah, Georgia
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We came across this tour boat whilst searching the internet for things to do in Savannah. It got good reviews so we decided to give it a go. When we got to Savannah we found the riverfront walk and searched for the Dolphin Magic booth where they sell tickets. It was quite a way along, but the young girl who was there was very friendly and told us there was a tour available for 1:30 which suited us fine as it gave us a few hours to look round the city before the trip. She told us to come back at around 1:15 and took our money ($30 each) and our names. We did not get tickets or a receipt, which seemed odd, but when I asked for either she seemed flummoxed and implied no one had asked for one ...Read More

Member Rating 5 out of 5 on June 23, 2013

Dolphin Magic
River Street
Savannah, Georgia
800 721 1240 or

Santee National Wildlife Refuge

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Attraction | "Nice park with many interesting trails"

Santee National Wildlife Refuge Photo, Summerton, South Carolina
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As we were staying in Santee it made sense to visit the local wildlife refuge. We particularly wanted to drive along the Cuddo East area as it allowed us to drive round the loops as well as stop and walk some of the trails. At the south end is the area known a Alligator Alley, so the idea of seeing wild alligators up close was a real must.We started off in the visitors centre and spoke to a guy who explained the various trails and walks and also told us the auto tour route was closed for maintenance. This was a huge disappointment, but we set out to do the walking trails instead. He gave us a map and some brochures and advised us where to go. We started off at Wright’s Bluff Na...Read More

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on June 23, 2013

Santee National Wildlife Refuge
Lake Marion
Summerton

Francis Beidler Forest

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Attraction | "Fabulous place to experience a swamp"

Francis Beidler Forest Photo, South Carolina, United States
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We came across this tourist option via a brochure in our hotel. It was close to Santee where we were staying and we wanted to visit a swamp in the hope of getting wild alligator photos, so went over one morning. The swamp is managed by the Audubon Society and is quite the gem. When we arrived we parked up under some trees and then went into the centre to pay our admission - $8 per adult. We were given a set of laminated cards which come on a lanyard to hang round your neck and offered a map and information about the trail and what you should look out for at different points. The trail is a boardwalk and was quite slippery in places, so make sure you wear suitable footwear. The ...Read More

Member Rating 5 out of 5 on June 23, 2013

Francis Beidler Forest
336 Sanctuary Road
Harleyville 29448
(843) 462-2150

Hampton Inn Santee

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Hotel | "Nice hotel in Santee"

Hampton Inn Santee Photo, Santee, South Carolina
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When we were planning our trip to South Carolina we wanted to stay in one central location and be able to travel place to place from it. So we chose Santee and because we often stay at Hampton Inns chose this hotel as our base.We had a king room which had a bed, side tables, chest of drawers with 37" TV on top. A desk with mirror and lamp and a sofa bed. The bathroom was very small but clean with a tub, shower, toilet and vanity. Just outside the bathroom was a fridge with coffee maker above and a microwave.Once again we found that the king bed was equipped with small single pillows, which are really way too small for a king as you need three or four to cover the width of the b...Read More

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on June 23, 2013

Hampton Inn Santee
9060 OLD HWY 6
Santee, South Carolina 29142
803 854-2444

Shoney's

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Restaurant | "Shoney's - we'll never be back"

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When we arrived in Santee we needed somewhere to eat and the first place we saw was Shoney’s as it was just across form the hotel. We had never heard of this chain before so thought we would give it a try.Upon entering we were struck by its old fashioned interior. By this I don’t mean fashionably old or in keeping with a theme, just tired and in need of a make over. We were seated at a table and a young server introduced himself then tried to have us commit to menu items we hadn’t even looked at yet. We said we would like to look at the menu and then make up our minds but he kept asking us if we wanted this or that which we found very annoying. In the end he got the message and...Read More

Member Rating 2 out of 5 on June 23, 2013

Shoney's
9033 Old Number Six Hwy
Santee 29142
(803) 854-3914