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Activities & Attractions In Sumter, South Carolina

Visitors to Sumter, South Carolina enjoy classic Southern hospitality, and a rich history which dates back to the 1740s, when the first settlers arrived.

Shaw Air Force Base, home to the U.S.A.F.’s 20th Fighter Wing, opened in 1941.  Shaw also serves as home to Headquarters Ninth Air Force, U.S. Air Forces Central, Third Army, U.S. Army Central and many other tenant units.

Enjoy live performances throughout the year at the historic Sumter Opera House, built in the 1890s.

Patriot Hall, located in the center of our Historic District, is the city’s premier performing arts venue, and has welcomed Russia’s Moscow State Symphony and Monaco’s Ballet de Monte Carlo.

Swan Lake and Iris Gardens are America’s only public parks where visitors can admire all eight species of swan, along with the most expansive plantings of Japanese Iris in the United States. During the holiday season, more than 1 million lights illuminate the "Swan Lake Fantasy of Lights."

The Palmetto Tennis Center is one of South Carolina’s leading public tennis centers in the state, offering 18 lit hard courts and 6 turf courts.

Outdoors enthusiasts return again and again to the remarkable land in surrounding Sumter County, where the forests are rich in deer, quail, duck, wild boar, pheasant and turkey.  Privately managed preserves offer quail and waterfowl hunting in the Santee Swamp. 

Lake Marion, part of the 110,000 acre Santee-Cooper lake system, is home to world class fishing.

Points of Interest and Attractions:

  • Beach Creek Golf Course
  • Becton Dickinson
  • Caterpillar
  • Central Carolina Technical College
  • Cutler Hammer
  • Dillon Park
  • Eaton Corp.
  • Iris Gardens/Swan Lake
  • Kaydon Corp.
  • Lakewood Links
  • Memorial Park
  • Morris College
  • Palmetto Park
  • Palmetto Tennis Center
  • Patriot Park
  • Poinsett State Park
  • Shaw AFB
  • Sumter Civic Center
  • Sumter County Museum
  • Sumter Gallery of Art
  • Sumter Mall
  • Sumter Opera House
  • Sumter Utilities
  • Swan Lake/Iris Gardens
  • University of South Carolina - Sumter