Edisto Beach | Day Trips

Edisto Island Day Trips

Option 1 – Serpentarium & Museumalt

1. Edisto Serpentarium

(843)869-1171

1374 Hwy 174 -hours seasonal

Reptiles native to the region  are on display at the
Serpentarium. Indoor and outdoor facilities are available for viewing the beautiful creatures housed here. Outdoor ponds surrounded by landscaped gardens are home to alligators and turtles.

 alt2. Lunch at a local restaurant

Whether you are looking for pizza, B-B-Q, lunch baskets or fine dining, Edisto Island has a lunch destination to satisfy your taste buds.

3. Edisto Island Museum

(843)869-1954Edisto Museum

8123 Chisolm Plantation Rd -hours seasonal

At this museum visitors can explore the rich history and artifacts that are unique to Edisto Island.  Fascinating stories are told through artifacts dating from Native Americans to present times. Located in the center of the island, the museum is open Tuesday thru Saturday, from 1-4 pm.

Option 2 – Nature Tours of Edisto Island

alt1. Botany Bay Plantation Wildlife Management Area

(843)844-8957

Botany Bay Rd, off Hwy 174 – open daylight hours when not hunting

Read HERE about a day spent on Botany Bay.

Visitors to Botany Bay will find the ruins of an 1800’s plantation house, slave quarters and several intact outbuildings from the 1840’s. Two miles of beach stretch across the eastern border of the plantation.  Visitors are required to obtain a day pass from the kiosk at the main gate on Botany Bay Rd.  Jason’s Lake is open for adult-youth catch and release fishing Friday-Sunday.

 alt2. Lunch at a local restaurant

Edisto Island has many different lunch options. Just click on the picture to view your choices.

alt3. Edisto Beach State Park
843-869-2156

Hwy 174 – open daylight hours

Edisto Beach State Park is rich in wildlife and history. Trails are in abundance for hiking and biking. The maritime forest of live oak and palmetto trees holds a series of trails that wind throughout the island. There is also an Environmental Learning Center which holds exhibits highlighting the natural history of Edisto Island and the surrounding ACE Basin.

altOption 3 – Fishing off Edisto Island

The waters surrounding Edisto Island are filled with many  varieties of fish. Spend the day in a boat with a seasoned charter fishing captain making memories that will last a lifetime.

1. Charter fishing trip

2. Dinner at a local restaurant

Head to a local restaurant after a long day of fishing.

Option 4 – Edisto Church Touralt

Edisto Island is home to many historically significant churches. Stroll the grounds and enjoy the history.
Read our blog on the Historic Churches of Edisto Island.

1. Old First Baptist Church

1644 Hwy 174

This Church was founded and built in 1818 by the wife of an Edisto plantation owner, Hephzibah Jenkins Townsend. Many slaves worshiped here, and after the Civil War it was turned over to the African-American congregation. Descendants of 19th century members continue to worship today in the New First Baptist Missionary Church next door.

alt2. Presbyterian Church on Edisto Island

2164 Hwy 174

Established in 1685, the Presbyterian Church on Edisto Island is one of the oldest Presbyterian churches in the country. Tourists and genealogical researchers often frequent its historic graveyard, which dates back to 1787 and is the final resting place of many Edisto Island natives.

3. Trinity Episcopal Church alt

1589 Hwy 174

Founded in 1774, the present church, consecrated in 1881, stands on the sight of the old sanctuary. The church was occupied by federal troops during the Civil War, destroyed by fire in 1876 and damaged by the hurricane of 1893. The sanctuary was rebuilt and features beautiful interior work done by a former slave. The old bead-board and blown glass windows have been lovingly preserved.

Option 5 – Kayaking Excursion

altSpend the day paddling the unspoiled waterways around Edisto Island.
Be sure to bring your camera along to capture the beauty.

1. Kayak the rivers around Edisto Island

2. Lunch on the shore

Edisto Beach | Dining

Edisto Beach and around the Island Dining

Briny Swine Smokehouse & Oyster Bar
3731 Docksite Rd, (843)361-1460

Coots Bar & Grill
102 Palmetto Blvd, (843)631-1366

Edisto Seafood Market
3729 Docksite Rd, (843)869-3446

Ella & Ollie’s Seafood Restaurant
21 Fairway Dr, (869)4968

Flowers Seafood Co
1914 SC Hwy 174, (843)869-0033

King’s Market
2559 Hwy 164, (843)869-3600

La Retta’s Pizzeria
114 Jungle Rd, (843)869-9178

McConkey’s Jungle Shack
108 Jungle Rd, (843)869-0097

Old Post Office Restaurant
1442 SC Hwy 174, (843)869-2339

Pressley’s at the Marina
3702 Docksite Rd,  (843)869-9226

Sea Cow Eatery
145-A Jungle Rd, (843)869-3222

Tortuga’s Mexican Grill
114 Jungle Rd, (843)631-5110

The Waterfront Restaurant
136 Jungle Rd, (843)869-4007

Whaley’s Restaurant & Bar
2801 Myrtle St, (843)869-2161

Edisto Beach | Accommodations

Edisto Beach Accommodations

Camping

Edisto Island State Park
8377 State Cabin Rd
(843)869-2756, (866)345-PARK


Vacation & Property Rentals

Carolina One Edisto Vacation Rentals
440 Hwy 174
(843)869-2516, (800)945-9667

Extra Holidays by Wyndham
1 King Cotton Rd
(843) 869-4500

Edisto Realty
1405 Palmetto Blvd, Edisto
(843)869-2527, (866) 856-6538

Vacasa
495 Hwy. 174
(843) 869-2151, (866) 713-5214

 

Short Term Rentals

Vacation Rentals by Owner

 

 

 

 

 

Edisto Beach | Shopping

Edisto Beach Shopping and around the Island

Edisto Island Bookstore
547 Hwy 174, (843)869-1885

Edisto Island Museum & Gift Shop
8123 Chisolm Plantation Rd, (843)869-1954

Edisto Surf Shop
145 Jungle Rd, (843)869-9283

Edistonian Gift Shop & Gallery/Surf
& Turf Beachwear
406 Hwy 174, (843)869-4466

Island Bikes & Outfitters
140 Jungle Rd, (843)869-4444

Plantation Course Pro Shop Edisto Beach
19 Fairway Dr, (843)869-1111

Revel Gifts & Gourmet Foods
438 Hwy 174, (843)631-1096

Sabal & Oak
114 Jungle Rd, (843)869-7888

Edisto Resort Wear
114 Jungle Rd, (843)869-1200

The Marina at Edisto Beach
3702 Dockside Rd, 843-631-5055

The Joggle Factory
8215 Palmetto Rd, (843)200-2073

With These Hands Gallery
547 Hwy 174, (843)869-3509

 

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Edisto Beach | Sights to See

Sights to See

Bay Creek Park

Bay Creek Park
3706 Dock Site Rd | (843)603-0009
This park is owned by the Town of Edisto Beach and is an excellent place to try your hand at fishing or crabbing off the dock. There are open areas for a family picnic or a romantic walk with a spectacular view of the marsh surrounding Big Bay Creek. There is an interpretative center there and on Wednesdays, they have an Arts and Crafts and Farmers Market, weather permitting. Bay Creek Park is also a great venue for different festivals during the year.

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Botany Bay Plantation Heritage Preserve/Wildlife Management Area
Botany Bay Road, Edisto Island | (843)844-8957
Botany Bay Plantation, a 4,630-acre tract located on Edisto Island, is now open for public access. The ecologically and historically significant property was privately maintained until recently by former owner, Margaret Pepper. The late Mrs. Pepper preserved the natural integrity of the land and fostered a diverse array of habitats including maritime forests, salt marsh, tidal creeks, freshwater ponds and hammock islands. The tract is now managed by S.C. Department of Natural Resources (DNR) as a part of the agency’s Wildlife Management Area (WMA) program. DNR’s stewardship of the property will continue Peppers’ customary legacy towards enhancing habitat for all wildlife species while providing public access including compatible educational and recreational opportunities and uses of the land.
Edisto Island’s Botany Bay Blog Post

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Edisto Beach State Park and Interpretive Center
8377 State Cabin Road, Edisto Island | (843)869-2156
Edisto Beach State Park features trails for hiking and biking that provide a wonderful tour of the park. The park’s environmental education center is a “green” building with exhibits that highlight the natural history of Edisto Island and the surrounding ACE Basin. With the theme “Choosing to Protect Our Coast,” the Edisto Interpretive Center helps promote the wise use of coastal resources.
Edisto Beach State Park Blog Post

Edisto Museum

Edisto Island Museum
8123 Chisolm Plantation Road, Edisto Island | (843)869-1954
Exhibits of sea island plantation life, Civil War & Native American displays.

Edisto Serpentarium Alligator

Edisto Island Serpentarium
1374 Hwy 174, Edisto Island | (843)869-1171
The Edisto Island Serpentarium is a culmination of more than 50 years of snake hunting adventure and experience by brothers Ted and Heyward Clamp of Edisto Island, SC. The modern indoor facility and beautifully landscaped outdoor gardens house a wide variety of reptiles, mostly those collected by the Clamp brothers and native to the southeastern United States. The reptiles in the outdoor gardens are not displayed behind glass but are viewed by visitors who look over low-walled enclosures to observe the snakes living in streams, climbing in trees or basking on stumps or logs exactly as they would be seen if encountered in the wild.
Edisto Island Serpentarium Blog Post

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Ernest F. Hollings ACE Basin National Wildlife Refuge
8675 Willtown Road, Hollywood | (843)889-3084
ACE stands for the Ashepoo, Combahee, and Edisto rivers basin system. The refuge is home to migratory and resident birds, reptiles and amphibians, fish and other wildlife. You can enjoy hiking and biking, photography, birding and observing other wildlife, hunting and fishing.
Located within the Edisto Unit is the Grove Plantation. Originally built by George Washington Morris in 1828. Today, the house is one of the few antebellum mansions left in the area after the Civil War. Come tour the historical home and rice fields today!
ACE Basin National Wildlife Refuge

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Old First Baptist Church
1644 SC Hwy 174, Edisto Island | (843)631-5040
This Church was founded and built in 1818 by the wife of an Edisto plantation owner, Hephzibah Jenkins Townsend. Many slaves worshiped here, and after the Civil War it was turned over to the African-American congregation. Descendants of 19th century members continue to worship today in the New First Baptist Missionary Church next door. The building is currently used by the Episcopal Church on Edisto.
Historic Churches of Edisto Island Blog Post

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Presbyterian Church on Edisto
2164 SC Hwy 174, Edisto Island | (843)869-2326
Established in 1685, the Presbyterian Church on Edisto Island is one of the oldest Presbyterian churches in the country. Tourists and genealogical researchers often frequent its historic graveyard, which dates back to 1787 and is the final resting place of many Edisto Island natives.
Historic Churches of Edisto Island Blog Post

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Trinity Episcopal Church
1589 SC Hwy 174, Edisto Island | (843)869-3568
Founded in 1774, the present church, consecrated in 1881, stands on the sight of the old sanctuary. The church was occupied by federal troops during the Civil War, destroyed by fire in 1876 and damaged by the hurricane of 1893. The sanctuary was rebuilt and features beautiful interior work done by a former slave. The old bead-board and blown glass windows have been lovingly preserved.
Historic Churches of Edisto Island Blog Post

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