Summerville is a favorite day trip destination for folks looking for history, beautiful homes and azalea gardens galore, antique-shopping and exceptional dining! Take I-26 east to Exit 199A (1.5 hours from Columbia).
Explore the Public Sculpture Collection: Beautiful sculptures of animals (frogs, foxes, dogs, herons, hippos, and otters), children, adults, and fantasy sculptures decorate charming Summerville! Whether you’re resting on a park bench beside “Toby” the retriever or finding your place in a life-size game of “Follow the Leader” at Azalea Park, your imagination is sure to take flight. Read more about each sculpture and of their locations at sculptureinthesouth.com
Colonial Dorchester State Historic Site: Seated next to the Ashley River, this historic site offers remarkably preserved archaeological remains. Brick bell tower of St. George’s Anglican Church, log wharf during low tide and the fort made of an oyster-shell concrete called tabby. 300 County Rd S-18-373. | 843.873.1740
Antiques Shopping in Summerville: There are a dozen antique shops and malls in the Summerville area, each offering the unique, old and elegant for every room of your home.
Here’s a list:
Accent on Wine
Affordables Apparel, LLC.
Antiques & Artisans
Art Central Art Gallery
Ash and Ts Consignments & Moving Co.
Baker’s Pond & Garden
Bice Barefoot Books
Bottles ‘n Brushes
Boykin Haven Antiques, LLC
Casual Creations by Karina Schulze
Coastal Coffee Roasters
Donovan’s Custom Framing
Dorchester Habitat for Humanity
Fleet Feet Sports Summerville
Four Green Fields Gallery & Gifts
Frame Design & Gallery
Summerville Lunch: Perfectly Franks: Featured on “Diners, Drive-ins and Dives”, this gourmet hot dog restaurant is known for its original toppings and casual, friendly atmosphere. The Frank Morgan (made with really cheesy mac and cheese) and the Frank Bruno (topped with their homemade Pimento cheese) rate high on the menu. Also serving amazing burgers, sandwiches, and Mahi Mahi, BBQ Pork or Shrimp tacos! Rated #5 out of 225 restaurants in Summerville! Open Mon. – Sat. at 11:15am. 118 N Main St. 843.871.9730
Summerville Dinner: Oscar’s Place: Rated #6 out of 225 restaurants in Summerville by TripAdvisor! Upscale yet casual. Entrees range from Sweet Tea Glazed Porter House Pork Chop with sweet potato puree and collard greens to an awesome Shrimp and Scallop Linguine. Dinner served Mon – Sat, open till 10pm. 207 West 5th North St. 843.871.3800
Great Music and A Drink: Rated #1 for nightlife and #4 for restaurants in Summerville by TripAdvisor, The Icehouse, is open daily Noon-2am (upstairs-bar)/Mon-Sat 11am-10pm (downstairs-restaurant). Great food portions, reasonable prices, well made drinks, a “come as you are” atmosphere and live guitar music on Thursdays, Fridays, and Saturdays makes this neighborhood tavern an awesome place to visit! 104 E Doty Avenue. 843.261.0360
TOP EVENT: Sweet Tea Festival: September 15, 2016. As summer is coming to an end, the Town of Summerville revives the fun with their Sweet Tea Festival located at Hutchinson Square from 5pm – 8pm. Enjoy the live music and, of course, the delicious sweet tea!
Sweet tea, the South’s staple, calls Summerville home, as the town successfully trademarked itself as being the birthplace of sweet tea. Click here for more info.