South Carolina: Made for Vacation.
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The South Carolina Department of Parks, Recreation & Tourism (SCPRT) is a cabinet agency assigned to operate and manage South Carolina’s 47 state parks, to market the state as a preferred vacation destination and to provide assistance to communities for parks, recreation and tourism development and promotion. The agency is perhaps most widely recognized for its leadership role in promoting and supporting South Carolina’s number one industry – tourism.


SCPRT’s vision to enhance the economic well-being and improve the quality of life of all South Carolinians guides its operations, and provides a benchmark for hundreds of employees to measure their day-to-day contributions. It also is the basis for South Carolina's new Tourism Action Plan, a statement that projects a bright future if proper investments are made in tourism.  Details about the agency’s activities can be found throughout this website.


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SC Department of Parks,
Recreation & Tourism

1205 Pendleton St
Columbia, SC 29201

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What's New

Carowinds Spending $50 Million on Amusement Park Improvements
The world's tallest, fastest coaster is the centerpiece of the project, and is expected to open in the spring of 2015.

$3 Million Spent to Develop new Waterfront B&B in Beaufort
Historic Anchorage House is now Anchorage 1770, a 15-room inn along Beaufort's storied waterfront.

$15.5 Million Invested in New Florence County Museum
Six new galleries that focus on fine art and history help tell the story of the Pee Dee.

August 2014 News & Economic Indicators of Tourism in South Carolina
Some indicators are up, the deadline for welcome center ads is near, and int'l marketing is making strides.

$750,000 Invested in Aerial Adventure Hilton Head
With 50 in-the-tree activities on six different courses, the new attraction complements a zipline and marina complex.

$23 Million Invested in State Museum Expansion / Renovation
Windows to New Worlds added an observatory, planetarium and 4-D theater.

New Conference Center / Hotel Planned for Summerville
The $30 million investment will build a 66-room boutique hotel, retail shops and conference space.

Anderson County Parks Invests $3.1 million to Expand Boat Landing
Green Pond will have three new deep-water launch lanes and expanded parking for boat trailers and spectators.

$80 million Invested in new Hotel / Retail Complex in Charleston
Hyatt House and Hyatt Place hotels will anchor a new complex on upper King Street in midtown Charleston.

July 2014 Tourism News
Includes information on new state tourism campaign, newly upgraded website and economic indicators.