Nicknamed “The Flowertown in the Pines”, Summerville is home to a historic downtown area and charming Main Street, all set against the lush backdrop of pine forests, blooming azaleas and bountiful green spaces in this Lowcountry paradise.
Browse the shop-lined streets of the historic downtown and pop into Art Central Gallery, a Summerville staple for 20 years that offers an eclectic selection of paintings, photography, handcrafted pottery, sweetgrass baskets and more.
Old Timey Meds
Don’t miss Guerin’s, South Carolina’s oldest pharmacy. Guerin’s Pharmacy operates an old-timey, 1920’s Soda Fountain where you can get floats, malts, milkshakes, hot dogs, lemonade and fountain sodas. They also boast the best candy counter in town and have a great selection of SC gifts and souvenirs!
As you walk around, keep an eye out for Flowertown’s B.I.R.D.S. The “Birds In Residence: Downtown Summerville” Project is a series of permanent, life-size bronze sculptures perched throughout the downtown area. Take the B.I.R.D.S. Tour and find all 22 avian sculptures!
Visit the Colonial Dorchester State Historic Site, located on the Ashley River. Dorchester acted as a fortified post during the Revolutionary War. The town’s archaeological remains include the old brick bell tower of St. George’s Anglican Church, the historical cemetery of St. George’s Parrish, Fort Dorchester and more. Take the park’s self-guided walking or cemetery tour. southcarolinaparks.com/colonial-dorchester
Lunch | Toast!
Toast of Summerville offers homemade lowcountry comfort food that the whole family will enjoy! Southern favorites like Pimiento Cheese and She Crab Soup share the extensive menu with Po Boy Sandwiches and Charleston Cheese Steak. Kids will love Toast’s fried Baskets, while more voracious eaters will want to try the Lunch Entrees, with fuller meals like Country Fried Steak. 717 Old Trolley Road 843.900.4422
Dinner | Low Country Fish Camp
Low Country Fish Camp is a casual, eclectic restaurant serving up some of the best local fresh seafood around! It’s a great place to relax and fuel up after a long day in Flowertown. The menu is bursting with seafood delicacies and scrumptious sides like Parmesan White Cheddar Mac & Cheese, Mama Gina’s Rice and Beans and Southern Fried Okra. 903 Central Avenue 843.285.8558
Sweet Tea Festival
The annual Sweet Tea Festival features a
wide variety of food vendors, live music, deals at shops and boutiques around town and, of course, plenty of sweet tea!
On the Third Thursday of each month, Downtown Summerville shops, restaurants, art galleries and more extend their hours and run specials. It’s a perfect chance to get acquainted with the historic downtown area!
During this annual event, authors are stationed in downtown shops, as visitors are invited to drop in and chat with them, listen to excerpts, buy books and have them signed! summervilledream.org/author-author.html
Red White & Blue on the Green
The Town of Summerville kicks off Independence Day celebrations with this tradition of fireworks at dusk in Gahagan Park. Featuring live music, food vendors, beer garden and of course, Summerville’s beloved Patriotic Hats!
Summerville Christmas Parade, Tree Lighting and Gingerbread Creation Contest
Follow the Gingerbread Trail through downtown, celebrate the season with the Summerville Christmas Parade and feel the joy inspired by thousands of twinkling lights at the Annual Christmas Tree Lighting!