1. Botany Bay Plantation
Protected as private lands handed down through centuries by planters made rich by Edisto’s slave laborers working its fertile ground, Civil War and Reconstruction led to industrial tycoons discovering the natural treasures of South Carolina’s Lowcountry. Plantation after plantation, bought for getaways and recreation, evolved into the conservation ethic of “This is my land and it shall be Forever Wild.” Those last words, “Forever Wild,” today appear on bumper stickers provided by the S.C. Department of Natural Resources (DNR), which oversees Botany Bay.
2. The Edisto Beach State Park
An oceanfront campground on a palmetto-lined beach famed for its shelling is just one highlight of Edisto Beach State Park. The park also offers another campground deep in the maritime forest full of live oaks and some of the state’s tallest palmetto trees, as well as a row of comfortable cabins nestled in the woods but with a front-row view of miles of pristine marshland. The park also has an environmental education center, a “green” building full of exhibits that highlight the natural history of Edisto Island and the surrounding ACE Basin, one of the nation’s largest preserved estuaries.
8377 State Cabin Rd., 843-869-2156, 843-869-2756, 843-869-4430,
Admissions: $5/adult; $3.50/SC seniors; $3/child age 6-15; Free for children 5 and younger. Office Hours: M-F 9am-5pm, Days and Hours of Operation: M-S, 8 am-6 pm (extended during DST)
3. The Edisto Museum
Explore the history and artifacts unique to Edisto Island, South Carolina, a special place with a fascinating story to share. For well over 300 years, Native Americans, Spanish priests, Spanish pirates, English settlers, Africans, and others including a famous Motown musician have come to Edisto Island and left their influence on this beautiful and unique island.
At the Edisto Museum, you can learn what they left behind, and all of these objects have a story to tell. From its opening in 1991, the Edisto Museum has preserved the objects of Edisto Island and interpreted them to illustrate the history and natural history of the Island.
If you enjoy history, this is a must see when you’re visiting Edisto! The Edisto Island Museum is located in the center of Edisto Island, just off scenic Highway 174, far from the hustle and bustle of the mainland. They are open Tuesday-Saturday from 1:00-4:00. Admission is $4.00 for adults, $3.00 for seniors and $2.00 for students. Children 7 and under and members are admitted free.