Here’s Why You Need to Attend an Event at Spoleto in Charleston

Ballet at Spoleto Charleston

If you love the performing arts, you will want to be in town for Spoleto in Charleston. For 17 days, our theaters, churches, and outdoor spaces are brought to life with incredible performances. Music, theater, and dance are all represented during this famous event! Book your stay with Charleston Coast Vacations, then get tickets to your choice of events. 

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About Spoleto Festival USA

Did you know that Spoleto in Charleston is internationally recognized as America’s premier performing arts festival? This festival was originally started in 1977 as the counterpart to the Festival dei Due Mondi in Spoleto, Italy. The location is just as important as the performances; Charleston was chosen because of its beautiful and historic performance locations. 

During the festival, thousands of locals and visitors attend the many events. Spoleto spans for 17 days during May and June, so there is more than enough opportunity for you to get tickets during your stay with Charleston Coast Vacations! 

The Events

Spoleto Festival USA celebrates the performing arts through its events. See performances by both renowned and upcoming artists in dance, opera, theater, and music. The music selections include choral, symphonic, chamber, and jazz. Check out the schedule to plan out which performances you’d like to attend the most. There are multiple each day, so you have quite a few to choose from!

Getting Tickets

It’s easy to get tickets to the Spoleto Festival! Each show and performance is clearly explained and outlined on their website. Once you pick what you would like to attend, there are a few ways you can purchase tickets: 

  • You can purchase the tickets online from their website.
  • Call (843) 579-3100 to purchase tickets over the phone.
  • Beginning May 1, you may go to the Spoleto Festival USA Box Office at the Charleston Gaillard Center and purchase tickets in person.

Some of the popular events are known to sell out, so we recommend purchasing your tickets as soon as possible.  

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Here’s Why You Need to Attend the Volvo Car Open, Also Known as the Family Circle Cup

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Tennis is such an intense sport! Did you know that there’s a 10,200-seat tennis center right here in Charleston? Located on Daniel Island, this gorgeous center has plenty of room for both visitors and locals to join together to watch a match. Every year, the stadium hosts the Volvo Car Open, previously known as the Family Circle Cup. 

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About the Family Circle Cup, Also Known as the Volvo Car Open

Hosted at the Volvo Car Stadium, the Family Circle Cup is now known as the Volvo Car Open. However, you’ll find it is still referred to by both names! Every year, the stands are full of locals and visitors that love the game of tennis. More than 90,000 people pack into the stadium during the week-long event. Fun fact: it is the largest women’s only tennis tournament in North America! 

When Is the Volvo Car Open?

The Volvo Car Open is hosted every April and lasts for a week. Check the match schedule for the exact dates and times when you’re planning your trip. You can attend every day or choose to get individual passes for the day of your choice! 

More Than Just Tennis

While tennis is the main event, there’s more to do than just watch a match! You’ll definitely want to shop around the Merchandise Tent between matches. If you’re hungry, there’s a variety of dining locations onsite. Make sure you save time to visit the sponsored booths throughout the tournament– there are prizes to win! There’s plenty to keep you busy throughout the entire week of the tournament. 

Getting Tickets

It’s easy to secure tickets to the Volvo Car Open! You can easily purchase tickets online. If you’re only interested in one day of the tournament, we recommend the Single Session Ticket. It will get you into the tournament for one day. If you’re hoping to spend the week or multiple days at the tournament, the Ticket Package is your best bet. 

Who Is Competing?

Because the Volvo Car Open is the largest women’s only tennis tournament in North America, some of the best names in tennis travel here to compete. Even Serena and Venus Williams have been here! Who is competing in this year’s tournament? Check out the players

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What You Need to Know for Your First Time Visiting Charleston, SC

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Is it your first time visiting Charleston, SC? Welcome to the Holy City! You picked a great place to vacation. From beautiful beaches to an incredible history, the Charleston Coast is a very special place. We have activities that are fun for all ages, and many families and groups come back year after year. Here’s what you need to know if it’s your first time visiting!

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Must-Dos During Your First Time Visiting Charleston, SC

Hit the Beach

Our South Carolina beaches bring thousands of visitors to the coast every year. Whether you’re a surfer or want to teach your kids how to build their first sandcastle, the Charleston Coast is the perfect place to vacation. 

When you rent a property with Charleston Coast Vacations, you’ll be close to the beach! Of course, we recommend an oceanfront home if you’re planning on spending most of your time at the shore. Our beaches are expansive, clean, and fun for the whole family. Many of our vacation rentals come with credit for beach gear, too!

Try Our Local Cuisine

Charleston has become known as a culinary mecca. From fresh seafood to luxurious steakhouses, we have it all! You’ll have to try some Charleston staples while you’re here such as she-crab soup, shrimp and grits, oysters, and collard greens. Here are some of our favorite restaurants downtown. If you’re craving something specific, just ask us and we will give you a recommendation! 

Visit Shem Creek

Waterfront dining is a must during your first time visiting Charleston, SC, and there’s no better place to do so than at Shem Creek. The restaurants and bars line the water, and you can even see dolphins while you dine from time to time. After you eat, head to the walkway that stretches out over the water to see more views! You’ll even learn a little about our local wildlife as you read the plaques along the way. 

Walk Through the Historic Charleston City Market

The Historic Charleston City Market is a must-see if it’s your first time visiting Charleston, SC. Local vendors set up in an open-air market every day to sell their wares. You’ll find everything from Southern cookbooks and spices to handmade trinkets. It’s a great place to pick up a souvenir or a gift for someone back home! 

Go on a Plantation Tour

The plantations in the Charleston area are steeped in history. Many of them survived the Civil War, and you can tour them today! Learn all about the families and slaves that lived there when you take a guided tour. Many of them, like Magnolia Plantation, have stunning gardens you can stroll through. You’ll definitely want to bring your camera along! If you’re a fan of The Notebook, Boone Hall Plantation is a must-see. Many of the iconic scenes were filmed here. 

Take a Tour Downtown 

With its cobblestone streets and colorful homes, Downtown Charleston is stunning. However, you’ll never know how much history it holds until you take a tour! You’ll be amazed by some of the things that have happened here, and your tour guide will tell you all about it. There are many walking tours you can choose from, and we are happy to recommend our favorites! If you’re looking for a spook, you can even take a ghost tour

Go Shopping on King Street

Shop ‘til you drop! King Street is one of the best places to go shopping in the Lowcountry. Here, you’ll find everything from designer labels to local boutiques. It’s the perfect place to pick out a new outfit or find a unique gift for someone back home! Plus, there are plenty of restaurants and cafes along the street to keep you occupied for hours. 

Visit the Spot Where the Civil War Began

We told you Charleston has history! Fort Sumter played a huge part in the Civil War– it is actually where the Civil War began. The Confederate army opened fire on Fort Sumter on April 12, 1861. They were able to hold the fort for just 34 hours. Learn all about the battle and its historical significance when you take a tour! Fort Sumter Tours are an excellent option, but we are happy to recommend others to you. 

See a 500-Year-Old Oak Tree

Visiting the Angel Oak is an awe-inspiring experience. This massive oak tree is estimated to be about 500 years old, although no one knows for sure. Some even think it’s more than 1,500 years old! The tree stands 66.5 feet tall, measures 28 feet in circumference, and produces shade that covers 17,200 square feet.

Dine on Sullivan’s Island

Sullivan’s Island is known for its beach vibes, and you’ll love visiting the main strip for a bite to eat and a drink (or two). Middle Street is the main drag on the island, and it’s always bustling with people. If you’re looking for good food and good vibes, you can’t go wrong! Here are some of our favorite Sullivan’s Island restaurants

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Whether it’s your first time visiting Charleston, SC, of your tenth time, your accommodations matter. Don’t settle for a drab hotel– get a vacation rental with Charleston Coast Vacations. Fall asleep to the sound of crashing waves when you get a beachfront home! Your family and friends will love having their own rooms, and having a kitchen to visit in makes a huge difference. You’ll love the memories you make as you sit around the dinner table together. Browse our vacation rentals to start planning your stay today. Don’t be afraid to reach out– we’re here to help you have the vacation of a lifetime! 

3 of the Best Beaches in South Carolina for Families

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Do you remember your first time visiting the beach? The expansive ocean ahead seems infinite, and there’s no feeling like having soft sand beneath your toes. Taking your family on a beach vacation will ensure you make memories that will last a lifetime. But first, you need to choose which beach or beaches you are going to visit! Here are the best beaches in South Carolina for families.

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3 of the Best Beaches in South Carolina for Families

1. Isle of Palms Beach

Directions to Isle of Palms Beach Parking

Isle of Palms Beach, also known as the Isle of Palms County Park, is the beach you will most likely visit if you stay on Isle of Palms. This beach is one of the most popular in the area, and for good reason. Enjoy walking out on the boardwalk, watch your kids play on the community playground, play volleyball on the sand court, and of course, utilize the beautiful beach. Lifeguards and beach rentals are present during the summer season, and there is usually an ice cream truck waiting with a sweet treat! 

Local tip: If you’re staying in a vacation rental within walking distance to the beach, you won’t have to pay for parking at all. Almost every avenue corresponds with a beach access point, and you can walk right onto the beach from any of them. 

2. Folly Beach

Directions to Folly Beach County Park

If you’re staying on Folly Beach, heading to Folly Beach County Park will be most convenient for you! Situated between the Atlantic Ocean and the Folly River, this beautiful beach has visitors every day out of the year. Lifeguards are on duty seasonally, and there is a snack bar during the summer months. Parking costs can vary anywhere from $5 to $10 depending on the season, but we recommend getting an $85 Gold Pass if it’s worth your while for unlimited entry.

3. Sullivan’s Island 

Sullivan’s Island is the local’s beach. This island neighbors Isle of Palms, so it’s very easy to get to. This beach has beautiful views of the Charleston Harbor, and it is common to watch a massive barge float by from time to time. The beach spans just 3.3 miles, but there’s plenty of room. We recommend this beach for families with older children, and you’ll definitely want to visit one of the island’s restaurants after your fun in the sun. 

However, parking can be a challenge. There is no set parking lot, so you will have to abide by the parking signs on the side of the road and make sure that all four wheels are off the pavement. Beach access is clearly marked, so once you park, you should have no problem getting on the beach! 

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Now that you know the best beaches in South Carolina for families, it’s time to book your getaway. All of these beaches are near our homes at Charleston Coast Vacations. Vacation rentals are the perfect way to make memories– your kids will love waking up to the sound of crashing waves, and you’ll love enjoying your morning coffee with ocean views. Browse our vacation rentals and book your stay today!

5 of the Best Shem Creek, SC, Restaurants

Shem Creek, SC, Restaurants

Who doesn’t love waterfront dining? If you’re looking for a meal or a drink on the water, head to Shem Creek in Mount Pleasant, South Carolina. A handful of restaurants line both sides of the of this wide creek, and there’s even a scenic dock you can use to walk off the meal you just ate and see some gorgeous views! Here are some of our favorite Shem Creek, SC, restaurants

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5 of the Best Shem Creek, SC, Restaurants

1. Tavern & Table

Directions to Tavern & Table

Not only does Tavern & Table have great views, but this restaurant also has great food and drinks! The rustic-chic decor inside is stunning, and the menu has a wide variety of locally sourced new American cuisine. You can enjoy everything from house-made charcuterie to seafood towers to steak frites. There’s truly something for everyone! Local tip: In our opinion, Tavern & Table has some of the best pimento cheese in the city. We highly recommend ordering some for your table!

2. Saltwater Cowboys

Directions to Saltwater Cowboys

Saltwater Cowboys arguably has the best view on Shem Creek! Because they are situated at the mouth of the creek, your view isn’t blocked by any other restaurants. They have a large, outdoor deck as well as a small rooftop you are allowed to bring your drinks to for an even better view. Their cuisine is best described as Southern, and the portions are big. Enjoy plates of barbecue, pork rinds, fish tacos, and more. 

3. Red’s Ice House

Directions to Red’s Ice House

Red’s Ice House may seem like a bit of a dive, but it’s where countless locals go to drink and enjoy pub fare year-round. The no-frills atmosphere gives it a unique allure, and you’ll love the energy the crowds bring. The menu consists of fresh seafood and bar eats– if you don’t like seafood, don’t worry! There are other options, too.

4. Shem Creek Bar & Grill

Directions to Shem Creek Bar & Grill

Shem Creek Bar & Grill offers your quintessential Southern seafood fare. Countless oysters are served every day, and seafood is prepared nearly every way possible. Whether you prefer your seafood fried, grilled, or boiled, you can get it here!

5. Water’s Edge

Directions to Water’s Edge

Water’s Edge has both an indoor dining area and an outdoor cabana bar. This restaurant is known for being one of the most sophisticated spots on Shem Creek. Guests can enjoy a variety of freshly caught seafood and steak. If you want surf and turf, consider coming here! 

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Here’s Why You Need to Stop by the Mount Pleasant Farmers Market

fruit at the Mount Pleasant Farmers Market

Visiting a farmers market is like looking through a window into the community. You get to see all of the small businesses come together– it’s truly a representation of the town. The Mount Pleasant Farmers Market is a great stop while you’re vacationing in the Lowcountry. Not only can you get fresh produce and delicious local goods to make some meals in your vacation rental, but you can also find some souvenirs to bring back home!

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About the Mount Pleasant Farmers Market

The Mount Pleasant Farmers Market is fun for everyone! Whether you have the whole family in tow or are heading out for some fresh produce with your sweetheart, you’ll love the community vibe of the market. 

We always recommend checking out our local markets while staying at a Charleston Coast Vacations rental. Our properties have gorgeous kitchens, and the produce and products at the Mount Pleasant Farmers Market speak for themselves. You can easily throw together a delicious salad with the freshest ingredients around! 

When Is the Mount Pleasant Farmers Market?

The Mount Pleasant Farmers Market runs every Tuesday, April through September, from 3:30 – 7:00 p.m.

Where Is the Mount Pleasant Farmers Market?

Directions to the Mount Pleasant Farmers Market

The Mount Pleasant Farmers Market Pavilion is located at the Moultrie Middle School at 645 Coleman Blvd in Mount Pleasant. It’s right down the street from Shem Creek, so you can easily head there afterward for a walk on the dock or a drink at the many restaurants!

What You’ll Find

The Mount Pleasant Farmers Market is home to some of the freshest produce and goods in our area. Vendors typically sell fruits, vegetables, freshly picked flowers, local seafood, canned goods, and snacks. They have everything you need to make a meal, and the non-perishables are great to take home with you!

Our Farmers Market Summer Salad Recipe

The beauty of a farmers market summer salad is that you can use whatever produce is available! Fresh produce speaks for itself– you hardly have to flavor or season it at all. The Mount Pleasant Farmers Market usually has great protein options like shrimp that you can grill up to make the salad a meal, or you can use it as a side dish. Here’s what we like to include: 

  • Salad greens such as spinach, butter lettuce, or romaine 
  • Three or more veggies such as tomatoes, cucumbers, corn (you can cut it straight off the cob onto your salad), radishes, peppers, and/or sweet onion
  • Top with fresh herbs and a light dressing. To make our dressing, we use olive oil, balsamic vinegar, honey, and garlic. 
  • Cheese and protein are optional

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Everything You Need to Know About Folly Beach Surfing

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Surf’s up! If you’re a local on the Charleston Coast, you know that Folly Beach is one of the best places to go surfing in the area. However, if you’re visiting, it’s always a challenge to know where those rad barrels are. Luckily, we’re here to help! Here’s everything you need to know about Folly Beach surfing. 

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Can You Surf at Folly Beach?

Yes! Folly Beach is one of the top places on the Charleston Coast to go surfing. There are a variety of good surf spots along the beach that we will explain below. 

Where Can I Surf at Folly Beach?

Here are some of the top spots to catch some waves on Folly: 

  • The WashoutThe Washout, also known as Hollywood, has been named the number one spot to go surfing by the experienced surfers in our area. The Washout was created when the infamous Hurricane Hugo wiped out a block of beachfront homes. Now, the wind is able to push across the beach and onto Folly River. It is rumored that this wind creates these incredible swells perfect for surfing. 
  • Around the Folly Pier– While you are not allowed to surf within 200 feet of the pier (keep in mind that this might change during construction, maintenance, and repairs), the waters alongside the pier can be a great place to surf at. Surfing is also not allowed here from mid-May to September. 
  • 6th Street East– The waves are known for being fair to good here. 
  • 10th Street East– 10th Street East is a very popular spot for Folly Beach surfing. The waves don’t break as big as The Washout, but they come close!

Check the Surf Cams

Folly Beach is a surfing town, and there are plenty of surf cams you can use to check the swells. A surf cam is the best way to know the current conditions of the water. That way, you don’t have to pack up your board and get to the beach only to find out that the waves aren’t good that day! 

Rent a Board

When you go on vacation, you shouldn’t have to worry about lugging a surfboard around! There are plenty of places to rent a board on Folly Beach. Many of our vacation rentals come with a credit toward beach gear with VayK Gear. You can easily use this credit to rent surfboards for you and your entire family! 

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Here’s Why You Need to Experience the Charleston Food and Wine Festival

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Do you consider yourself a food connoisseur or a wine aficionado? Don’t miss the opportunity to delight your senses at the Charleston Food and Wine Festival. This annual festival gives you a chance to mingle with culinary celebrities while trying some of the best food and drink in the world. Learn all about the best things to do while you’re in town for this event when you access our complimentary Destination Guide.

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About the Charleston Food and Wine Festival

Every year, locals and visitors alike look forward to the Charleston Food and Wine Festival. This four-day event brings some of the best chefs and mixologists in the world together to create the highlight of the spring. Attendees must purchase tickets to a variety of events including the famous Culinary Village. You’ll get a chance to meet celebrity chefs, taste incredible dishes, and see behind the scenes like never before.

The Culinary Village

The Culinary Village is the epitome of the Charleston Food and Wine Festival. Marion Square transforms into a “village” complete with “neighborhoods.” The Culinary Village is open on Friday, Saturday, and Sunday. 

Your ticket will get you into an all-inclusive, five-hour culinary experience. Enjoy tastings, chef demonstrations, live music, and more! The Culinary Village is certainly a must-see during the festival. Eat and drink your way through the square to find your new favorite beverage and indulge in decadent dish after dish.

The Events

Charleston is known for its incredible culinary scene, and everyone in town puts their best foot forward for the Charleston Food and Wine Festival. Events range from hands-on classes to signature dinners to unique excursions. Each of these events is located downtown, and many are a once-in-a-lifetime experience. Attend a barbecue in black-tie attire, learn how to make the perfect cocktail, roll out your own pasta, and more!

The Chefs

Do you dream of meeting your favorite celebrity chef? They might be at the Charleston Food and Wine Festival! Guest chefs join our local Charleston chefs for a variety of events, and many of them will be at the Culinary Village. Check out the chef lineup!

Getting Tickets

Tickets are easy to purchase to the Charleston Food and Wine Festival, but you need to make sure to get them well in advance. Special events are known to sell out within a day of being released, and the Culinary Village tickets sell out soon after. Tickets usually go on sale in October, but the best way to stay in-the-know is to sign up for their newsletter. That way, you’ll be informed as to when tickets go on sale!

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Here’s What You Need to Know About the Cooper River Bridge Run

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Runners… on your mark, get set, go! Every year, the Cooper River Bridge Run brings countless locals and visitors together to race across the most famous bridge in town. Challenge yourself to beat last year’s time or get competitive with your fellow runners as you make your way over the Arthur Ravenel Jr. Bridge. Here’s everything you need to know about the Cooper River Bridge Run. 

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Everything You Need to Know About the Cooper River Bridge Run

The Cooper River Bridge Run is fun for everyone! Whether you prefer running or walking, you can participate in the run of the year. The race itself is a 10K, but you are welcome to walk it. All you need to do is register! 

Registering for the Cooper River Bridge Run

Registering for the Cooper River Bridge Run is easy. You can do it all online! Local tip: To get the best price, you’ll want to register as early as possible. For example, if you register from June 1 to July 31, you can race for just $40. After February 1, the price goes up to $60 per runner. 

Register for the Cooper River Bridge Run 

The Course

The Cooper River Bridge Run shuts down the entire road on the course between Mount Pleasant and Charleston. You’ll start the run on Coleman Boulevard in Mount Pleasant, then run across the Arthur Ravenel Jr. Bridge. From there, you’ll run through some of Charleston’s most popular streets: Meeting Street and King Street. You’ll end the race after six miles and head to Marion Square for the Finish Festival

The Starting Line

Runners should park downtown and hop on one of the bus shuttles in the morning to be brought to the starting line on Coleman Boulevard in Mount Pleasant. That way, your transportation will be downtown when you finish! You must wear your racing bib to be allowed on the shuttle. Once you get there, you’ll line up based on the color code on your bib. Racers are lined up based on their estimated finishing times. 

The Finish Festival

Celebrate your completion of the race at the Finish Festival! Marion Square will be packed with racers and their loved ones enjoying entertainment, vendors, food, and refreshments. It’s the perfect end to your race day. 

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Everything You Need to Know About the Southeastern Wildlife Exposition, SEWE

Egret landing at Southeastern Wildlife Exposition

Do you love wildlife and nature? You have to attend the Southeastern Wildlife Exposition this year! For three days, you can celebrate wildlife and nature through events, socials, fine art, and tons of exhibits. Thousands of locals and visitors of all ages look forward to this special festival all year. You won’t want to miss it! Learn about all the other things to do and see on the Charleston Coast when you access our complimentary Destination Guide

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About the Southeastern Wildlife Exposition

The Southeastern Wildlife Exposition, also known as SEWE, is three days full of incredible events that honor and celebrate the wildlife and nature of our area. We love this festival because it is not only entertaining, it’s educational, too! Have fun while learning about the need to protect our natural environment. 

Getting Tickets

Tickets are easy to get– you can purchase them all online. If you’re looking to go to the main educational events, you’ll just need a general admission ticket. You can purchase a three-day pass or opt to choose which days you would like to attend the festival. Local tip: Kids under 10 don’t need a ticket to lectures, shows, and demonstrations– they’re free! Adults will need a general admission ticket to attend. 

Educational Events and Exhibits 

Learn something new during your vacation when you attend some of the events at SEWE. From a sheep herding demo to learning how to throw a cast net, you’ll get a true taste of the nature and wildlife in our area. Many of these events show how important all of this is to our fragile ecosystem and the steps we are taking for their conservation. 

There are hundreds of exhibitors that participate in SEWE every year! Check out the full list of exhibitors to see who will be there. 

Special Events

SEWE isn’t just about education– there’s plenty of entertainment, too! Everyone looks forward to the annual oyster roast, and there are plenty of other social events to attend. Find some unique art at the auction, or take your sweetheart on a date to one of the cocktail parties. Check out the events schedule and get your tickets! 

Be a VIP

If you’re coming with a group and want to attend all that the Southeastern Wildlife Exposition has to offer, VIP might be the perfect option for you. There are multiple VIP packages to choose from, and packages range from two to 10 badges. Arrive in style with the VIP shuttle, and make use of the VIP Lounge! 

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