CCR will not be offering any trips and tours during the covid-19 pandemic. However, we have provided information on six places you can visit on your own. The Trips & Tours Committee thinks these trips would be very enjoyable experiences. Let us know how it went by contacting the committee chair: Bill Schwartz

Brookgreen Botanical Gardens, Sculpture, Zoo
Columbia (Riverbanks) Zoo & Botanical Gardens
Beaufort, SC
Cypress Gardens
Bulls Island Eco Tour
Hunting Island State Park

Brookgreen Botanical Gardens, Sculpture, Zoo

Directions: Off Highway 17 Bypass between Murrell’s Inlet and Pawley’s Island about 1¾ hours north of Mount Pleasant
Botanical Gardens – 9,127 acres
The Live Oak Allée is comprised of 250-year old Live Oak trees that were planted in the early 1700s when today’s Brookgreen Gardens was four thriving rice plantations. You will find four gardens including four wings of a butterfly garden, the Palmetto Garden, and the Muses Garden.
Sculpture- 2,000 pieces
The collection contains over 2,000 works by 430 artists. Indoor galleries, such as those in the Rainey Sculpture Pavilion, present exhibits of smaller sculptures, as well as paintings, etchings, and other artworks by internationally-renowned artists.
Zoo-194 bird species
The Lowcountry Zoo has been an important element of the mission for Brookgreen Gardens since its inception.
Admission   $16 for Seniors    Hours   9:30-5:00 Daily             Phone   843-235-6000

Columbia (Riverbanks) Zoo & Botanical Gardens

500 Wildlife Parkway, Columbia, SC 29210
Directions: Take I-26 West for about 120 miles. Use right two lanes to take exit 108 B-A for Columbia. Merge onto I-126 East. Take Greystone Blvd exit.
The Riverbanks Zoo and Garden is a 170-acre zoo, aquarium, and botanical garden located along the Saluda River in Columbia, South Carolina, United States.
Riverbanks Zoo
The Zoo is home to more than 2,000 animals that represent more than 350 species from around the world (Africa, Asia, Australia, and North America).
Riverbanks botanical garden
The Botanical Garden’s site features three distinct topographies: the flood plain valley, the valley slopes and the uplands. In addition to its natural beauty, the site has significant historical value as the location of one of South Carolina’s first water-powered textile mills.
The Native Forest
Huge oaks, maples, birches and hickories tower above a forest floor covered with native flowering shrubbery, vines and ground-hugging plants. A closer look reveals delicate wildflowers, Spanish moss growing on mountain laurel and signs of a thriving native wildlife population.
The Walled Garden
There are several themed areas of the Walled Garden. They change periodically, but have included such ideas as a berry garden, art garden, and midnight garden as well as spring, summer and fall borders and hot, pastel and purple borders. All plants are labeled so visitors can identify their favorites as they stroll through the walled garden.
Riverbanks’ Old Rose Garden includes 120 varieties of roses. The rose garden explores the history of roses as well as serves as a transition between the walled garden and the rambling trails to the Saluda River. Three classes of “old” roses are the focus of the garden: Chinas, Teas and Noisettes.
Waterfall Junction
Waterfall Junction at Riverbanks Botanical Garden invites families and children of all ages to get outdoors and explore nature. Pop in and out of rabbit holes, unearth a life-size replica of a T-Rex, frolic between giant tree houses and kid-size playhouses, splash around and under a 25-foot cascading waterfall and run, rest or play games on a grassy meadow.
Admission – seniors $17.95   Hours:  9-5 Daily                  Phone: 803-779-8717

Beaufort, SC

Directions: Take US 17 South. Use the right lane to take the US-21 ramp to Beaufort. At the traffic circle, take the second exit onto US-21/Trask Parkway for 250 ft. Exit the traffic circle onto Trask Parkway. Travel 16 miles. Turn left onto Port Republic Street. Turn right in 50 ft. You are in Beaufort.
Beaufort is a lovely, historical, coastal, SC town and area about 70 miles south of Charleston. It offers many attractions that you can visit on your own.
A few of the more popular places to visit are:
Henry C. Chambers Waterfront Park, (21 Bay St.) with shops, restaurants and historical markers along the Beaufort River. One will see antebellum homes in the historic area.
Haversham Market Place (13 Market St.) Beaufort
Pat Conroy Literary Center (905 Port Republic St.) Tel: 843-379-7025 Open: Thurs.-Sunday Noon-4:00 p.m. Advance reservations recommended. Donations accepted. (author of Prince of Tides, The Great Santini, The Water is Wide)
Reconstruction Era National Historical Park (706 Craven St.) Tel: 513-250-0492 Open: Tuesday -Saturday: 9:00-5:00 p.m.
Robert Smalls House and Landmark: (511 Prince St.) Former African-American slave, war hero and Congressman who seized a Confederate ship and sailed it to freedom!
St. Helena:
Penn Historic Center (Museum of African American History
) (16 Penn Center Circle E.) Tel. 843-838-2432 Open: Thursday-Sunday Noon-4:00 p.m.)  $7 admission. The Penn Center was the first school for freed slaves. It’s now a cultural center.
Port Royal:
Paris St., downtown area.
Spanish Moss Walking and Bike Trail
  It’s an old rail trail offering historic markers, marsh and sometimes animal views with benches along the way. Three parking sites are Westvine Drive and Broome Lane, Beaufort, and Ribaut Road.
Parris Island Museum (111 Panama St., Beaufort, St.) Tel: 843-228-2951 Open: Mon.-Sat. 10:00 a.m.-4:30 p.m. Museum offers US Marine Corps History.
Old Sheldon Church Ruins near Routes 17 & 21 (Old Sheldon Church Rd, Yemassee) Greek Revival Style built between 1745-1753) (free online visitors guide)
Visitors Center Info    713 Craven St., Beaufort   843-525-8500  50 Things to Do

Cypress Gardens

3030 Cypress Garden Road, Moncks Corner 29461
Take 526 West to exit 19 for North Rhett Avenue.
Keep left at the fork, follow signs for Rhett Ave North.
Travel 5.4 miles, turn right onto Red Bank Road.  Travel 3.7 miles.
Turn left onto Bushy Park Rd.  Travel 7.4 miles.
Turn right onto Cypress Gardens Rd.  (0.1 m)
Turn right onto White Hall Plantation (0.3 m)
Cypress Gardens Rd. (Destination is on right)
Cypress Gardens is a 170-acre nature preserve with an 80-acre Cypress Swamp.  There’s a self-guided boat tour, indoor and outdoor animal exhibits, a butterfly garden and scenic nature trails.  The walks are wheelchair accessible.
Admission $6.50 seniors, free parking      Hours Open 7 days a week.  9:00a.m. to 5:00 p.m. Free on Saturday, December 19 for Berkeley County residents   Phone   843-553-0515

Bulls Island Eco Tour

via Ferry (part of Cape Romain National Wildlife Refuge)
Garris Landing, 498 Bulls Island Road, Awendaw, SC
Directions:  (45 minutes from downtown Charleston)
Take Highway 17 North past Mt. Pleasant. Turn right onto Sewee Rd. (Bulls Island Ferry. Turn right onto Bulls Island Road and drive till end of road
Bulls Island​ is a 5,000-acre remote barrier island.  There is a 30-minute ecotour to the island, then you can explore 16 miles of trails and walk/swim in the ocean.
Guides are available.
Jewel of the island is Boneyard Beach​ which is a forest stranded in the surf. (A full day is recommended to visit.)  It is perfect for a picnic lunch.
CDC guidelines followed.  Capacity reduced from 50-34.  Masks required.
What to bring​:  small backpack with plenty of drinking water, lunch, sunblock, insect repellant and binoculars for birding.
Naturalist guides can be reserved for on-island touring.
Admission     Reservation Required.  No walk-ups. Adults-$40   Children-$20
Summer Schedule  (March 1 – Nov 30)  Tues/Thurs/Fri/Sat 
Winter Schedule (Dec 1- Feb 28)  Saturday only, 10-3
Ferry times: 9-2 or 11-4   Phone  843-884-7684

Hunting Island State Park

​2555 Sea Island Parkway, Hunting Island, SC 29920 (Near Beaufort)
Take ​US 17 South ​to ​US 21 South​ (ramp to Beaufort)
Stay on ​US 21 South/Trask Highway
US 21 South becomes ​US 21 South/Business/Boundary St.​ which becomes ​Sea Island
PKWY – Continue onto​ Hunting Island Drive to the Park
Hunting Island​ ​State Park​ includes hiking, nature trails, bird watching, ocean swimming, fishing and camping.  There are 20,000 acres of secluded swamp marshes and four miles of beach.
Special features​:
Ferry Ride​ to ​St. Phillip Island​ which includes a 3.5-mile tram ride to the beach and a ¼ mile walk to the beach (½ day).  Cost is $45.00 adults.
Two (2) hour ​Dolphin Watching Tour​.  $40.00 adults.
Lighthouse​.  $2.00
COVID-19 Guidelines apply.  Reduced Capacity.  Masks Required.
South Carolina Seniors – $5
Reservations Required.             Hours 6:00a.m. – 6:00p.m. daily    Phone ​ 843-838-2011