Sumter, populated by 42,000 residents, lies in the heart of South Carolina ninety miles west of coastal Myrtle Beach. It’s just over one hundred miles to the northwest of historic Charleston and nearly forty-five miles southeast of Columbia, the state capital. Easily accessible by Interstate highways I-20, I-26 and I-95, Sumter is rich in colonial history. Rising from a small plantation settlement to a modern industrial town, especially after the Second World War, Sumter is an appealing city to explore.
There is much to see and do, so plan to stay in one of the best Sumter, SC hotels while visiting Shaw Air Force Base of enjoying wildlife at nearby Swan Lake Iris Gardens.
What are the best family-friendly hotels in Sumter?
The SpringHill Suites, a Marriott property, is an excellent hotel for families and business travelers alike and offers great value for the price. Situated on Broad Street, guests can enjoy free Wi-Fi, an indoor pool, whirlpool, fitness center, and complimentary hot buffet-style breakfast.
Families will enjoy the extra amenities like sofa beds, microwaves, refrigerators and coffee makers.
The staff here is great, and this is the perfect facility to play golf at one of several golf courses located within a twelve-mile radius. Or, take your family to one of five riding stables just outside of the city.
Also situated on Broad Street, The Hampton Inn, a Hilton branded hotel, is another great family lodging option. The Hampton Inn offers the usual complimentary facilities such as Wi-Fi, necessities for your babies and toddlers including high chairs, cribs, and playpens and a hot breakfast. If limited on time for a sit-down meal, this hotel offers 'On the Run' breakfast bags too. This budget-friendly Sumter hotel located near downtown is adjacent to many restaurants and retail stores.
Affordable Suites of America
Affordable Suites of America on Gion Street is also among the best hotels in Sumter, SC according to TripAdvisor. Each suite has apartment style modifications for extended stays with a kitchenette and a guest laundry. Find plenty of local dining establishments and the Sumter Mall near its location.
Holiday Inn Express
Another top ranked hotel is the Holiday Inn Express on Broad Street. It offers the usual set of free breakfast and internet and is a smoke-free hotel. There is a business center, meeting rooms, two speaker phones with voice mail, and a fitness center. The Holiday Inn Express has a friendly staff; the prices are competitive and is an ideal location next to the Outback Steakhouse and across from Wal-Mart. Whether attending a meeting, an event at Sumter County Exhibition Center or just relaxing, business travelers and families find pleasure in this comfortable all-suites hotel.
Help . . . I need a pet-friendly hotel in Sumter!
You are in luck, as the hotels listed below allow pets. Check with your desired hotel; some properties have special weight restrictions for dogs or request deposits, which are sometimes non-refundable.
· Candlewood Suites
· Quality Inn
· Travelers Inn and Suites
· Motel 6
· Econo Lodge
What are the top fun things to do in Sumter, SC?
There are several interesting spots to see during your stay in charming Sumter, SC. Visit Swan Lake Iris Gardens, established in 1927 and view the wildlife at the lake, especially the graceful swans. In fact, it's the only public park in the United States to feature all eight species of swans.
There are many colorful gardens in the area, particularly in spring and summer, clustered around the lake. Spend a memorable day here enjoying the water features and specialty butterfly garden. Or, take your time strolling through the chocolate garden.
A chocolate garden? Really?
Enjoy the scent of the chocolate garden near Swan Lake containing edibles like Chocolate Corn, Chocolate Mini Bell Peppers, and Chocolate Cherry Tomatoes. This specialty garden also showcases 'chocolate' smelling flowers such as the Chocolate Daisy, Chocolate Cosmos, and Chocolate Mint. Yum!
Known to be one of the best exhibition spaces in the state, the renovated Sumter County Gallery of Art (SCGA) is among the best things to do in Sumter, SC. This notable gallery houses some of the finest art collections and exhibitions which change several times throughout the year.
Enjoy traditional and contemporary art created by area, regional, and nationally recognized artists. Browse the Gallery Gift Shop and explore unique pieces crafted by local artisans. Or, create meaningful artwork in one of the many classes offered for kids, teens, and adults. While visiting this neighborhood, take in one of the many shows at Patriot Hall, next door to the Sumter County Gallery of Art.
Speaking of great shows, explore a piece of history and visit the Sumter Opera House, situated on Main Street. If you take even a small interest in music, this is certainly a place where you can enjoy it more. Once home to jail, a barber shop, and music academy, this venue hosts performances from some of the top area artists. The opera house has a beautiful arched design featuring art-deco gold leafing and offers 550 comfortable seats.
Next, visit the Sumter County Museum on North Washington Street, housed in a former Edwardian-style home built in the early 1900's. Here, you'll learn about Sumter's history and catch a glimpse of how the town looked a century ago. The site contains a re-created homestead, complete with a smokehouse, log cabin, settler's house, storehouse, outhouse and a blacksmith shop. The museum, home to exquisitely landscaped gardens, offers an event hall which is available for wedding and social events rental. Stop by the gift shop too, and take home a unique southern treasure.
Finally, another favorite activity in Sumter, SC is to visit the Battle of Dingle's Mill Marker. It is the perfect site for people interested in American history or as a student learning about the American Civil War. Ten soldiers were killed here on the day that General Lee had already surrendered. As a history buff, search for eight additional historical markers in a three-mile radius.
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