Living Here

For the foodie…

Downtown Florence: Home to various dining, retail, residential, municipal and business establishments, Downtown Florence is a must-see stop while in Florence County. Visit the year-round City Center Farmers market for locally grown produce and meats or check out one of the many community events held on the weekends downtown.

Downtown Lake City: Downtown Lake City boasts a variety of dining, art, and retail establishments. From clothing and antiques to country cooking and decadent desserts, you’ll find that and more in downtown Lake City. Visitors are sure to stumble upon one of the various art murals or public art exhibits while exploring downtown.

Eats On The Creek Food Truck Park: Check out Florence’s food truck spot with a picnic shelter, tables, and restrooms, all conveniently located off Palmetto Street in Florence.

SC Pecan Festival: With over 250 vendors, this one-day festival brings over 50,000 people to downtown Florence to celebrate on of South Carolina’s favorite nuts, the pecan.

For the art and history lover…

ArtFields: Since it began in 2013, Art Fields has attracted artists from around the Southeastern US to the week-long celebration and competition. The event takes over the town, with up to 400 works of art featured on street corners, in businesses and on the sides of buildings in downtown Lake City. More than $140,000 in cash prizes are awarded and the event attracts thousands of visitors each year.

Florence Center: Concerts, sporting events, expositions, and social gatherings are all held year-round at the 10,000 seat arena that has over 75,000 square feet of multipurpose space and a 14,500 square foot ballroom.

FMU Performing Arts Center: Home to the Florence Symphony Orchestra and various entertainment throughout the year, you are sure to find a show that interests you at this $34 million dollar state-of-the-art facility that opened in 2011.

Florence Little Theatre: Since 1923, the theatre has served as a destination for theatrical entertainment and community involvement. From Les Miserables to Jesus Christ Superstar, entertainment abounds at this community theatre.

Florence County Museum: Check out the region’s local history and art from local artist’s including William H. Johnson, Florence, SC native and 20th century African-American artist.

For the outdoor enthusiast…

Florence Rail Trail: Walk, run or cycle through Florence’s trail system and experience the beauty of the outdoors. You can even grab a cup of coffee from local coffee shop, Bean Bar or a brew from local brewery, Local Motive at one of the entrances to the rail trail.

Moore Farms Botanical Garden: On the property of Lake City native, philanthropist and entrepreneur Darla Moore, the Moore Farms Botanical Garden is a dynamic 65-acre garden. A blend of beautiful flowers, plants, meadows and pine forests, the farm is home to innovative horticultural research, educational programs and numerous community events throughout the year.

Lynches River County Park: This County-owned 676 acre park features a splash pad, archery range, hiking trails, canopy trails, an environmental discovery center and more!

Woods Bay State Park: This 1,590-acre state park is just one of the 47 facilities throughout the state run by the South Carolina State Park Service. Located in the nearby community of Olanta, Woods Bay features a 1,150 foot boardwalk, from which visitors can observe alligators and a cypress tupelo swap. A canoe trail offers paddlers the chance to see the famed Carolina Bays, elliptical depressions in the earth with unique habitats.