Florence in South Carolina is a beautiful town that sees many visitors each year. The town dates back to the 1870s and played a large role in the American Civil War, even being named after General W. W. Harllee’s daughter. During the Civil War, Florence was an important supplier of railroad material and becuase of its industrial importance, the economy boomed in the 20th century. In the past decade, the city took measurements to preserve the historical downtown area and thankfully it still stands for visitors to enjoy. If you like old architecture and are interested in history, Florence is the place for you! Plus, Florence has many great vacation rental options to choose from, most of which have easy access to the downtown area to your family and friends.
The historical downtown area is one of the most popular places to visit, having plenty to see and do there. Visit the Florence County Museum, which is a science and art museum, to learn about the interesting past of the town and check out super cool exhibitions. The museum is a great place for the whole family and a fascinating step back in time.
The Columns Plantation is a preserved 1850s plantation where visitors can find out more about slavery, farming, and South Carolina's past. Each year the Plantation also holds an event where visitors can watch re-enactments of Civil War Plays. Elsewhere, the Florence Veterans Park is a moving memorial devoted to the people and families who served for thier country. Visit the park to pay your respects and read the interesting notes dotted around. The Florence National cemetery is one of the oldest cemeteries in the state and is a marker of the town's deep history.
Timrod Park and Florence Stockade are great green spaces to spend some quality time outside and enjoy the fresh air. Alternatively, antique markets are very poplar in Florence, so if you enjoy old furniture and collectables, check out one of the local markets -- because Florence is such an old town you may even find something that is 100 years old!
If you happen to be hiking in the woods around Florence, plan a short trip to Mars Bluff Atomic Bomb Impact Crater -- the area where an atomic bomb was dropped in 1958. The space now has plenty of signs explaining what happened and how it changed the landscape.
The best area to stay is in downtown Florence where visitors have very easy access to cafes, restaurants, and shops. The historical downtown area is also packed with wonderful old buildings contrasting with newly-developed spaces.
There are also plenty of great vacation rentals in Florence near the parks, meaning you can enjoy great views and nature close by. Many rentals come with plenty of bedrooms, are fully equipped and have a spacious living room and a number bathrooms -- perfect for large groups. Alternatively, a condo rental is ideal for couples and small families looking for something cozier.
Florence has long summers and cold, short winters. The best time to visit is in September or October when the weather isn't too hot and there's less rain. The average temperature in the summer months can easily go over 90 degrees, while in the spring it's very humid and wet.