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3 Great Labor Day Weekend Getaways near Columbia, SC


Here in Columbia we’ve been enjoying the summer, but we’ll soon turn our attention to the fall that is quickly approaching. Before we do, we have one last chance to enjoy some summertime fun. The Labor Day three-day holiday means most of us can kick back or take advantage of the time off for one final weekend road trip. Fortunately, Columbia’s centralized location means we’re a relatively short drive from several cities and attractions that are ideal for an exciting three-day vacation.

Here at Jim Hudson Hyundai, your preferred Hyundai dealership in Columbia, South Carolina, we love the idea of getting out on the open road this Labor Day Weekend in a new Hyundai. So we’ve come up with three nearby Labor Day getaway destinations that we’re sure you and your family will enjoy.


The Charlotte, NC skyline. Photo credit: James Willamor

Charlotte, N.C.

If you haven’t visited Charlotte recently, the Labor Day weekend is a great time to rediscover the Queen City’s many attractions, nightlife, restaurants, and flourishing urban scene. Charlotte is also a fantastic kid-friendly getaway with plenty of educational and fun attractions for the little ones. Some of them include the following:

  • Discovery Place
    Boasting an IMAX Theater and in-house aquarium, there’s lots of hands-on educational fun for both younger and older kids.
  • US National Whitewater Center
    While Charlotte isn’t situated on a major river, it does boast the amazing Whitewater Center, offering Class V rapids, kayaking, or flatwater paddling.
  • Tiger World
    Are the kids growling for something different? This big-cat sanctuary has more than 70 lions and tigers, and bears. You can get “up close and personal” with a variety of other exotic species as well.
  • Carowinds Amusement Park
    The area’s biggest theme park offers acres of exciting thrills for the entire family. Roam the world of dinosaurs at Dinosaur Alive! And splash around at Boomerang Bay.

Turner Field with the Atlanta skyline in the background. Photo credit: James Emery

Atlanta, GA

Atlanta is another nearby metropolis that is bursting with excitement. There are plenty of free and inexpensive attractions, as well as premier restaurants, glittering nightlife, historic tours, and a variety of arts and cultural events. Some of Atlanta’s many unique attractions include:

  • Broadway Shows at The Alliance Theater
    Many outstanding shows prepare for their Broadway debut at this Tony Award-winning theater.
  • The Atlanta Beltline
    Explore the many miles of the green and verdant Beltline by walking, biking, or running.
  • Piedmont Park
    This midtown Atlanta regional park is an oasis of calm in this bustling city and home to the fragrant Atlanta Botanical Garden.
  • Turner Field
    The Atlanta Braves’ home turf is a great place to catch an exciting game of major league baseball.
  • “ATLwood”
    Atlanta is a hotbed of major film and TV production, including shows and movies like The Walking Dead, The Blind Side, Anchorman 2, and many others. Take a tour of these many film sites.
  • Atlantic Station
    For the ultimate shopping experience, Atlantic Station offers a treasure trove of shops, dining, and distinctive boutiques.
  • Center for Civil and Human Rights
    This moving exhibit focuses on the universal struggle for human rights throughout the world.
  • Center for Puppetry Arts
    Kids get to pull the strings as they enjoy learning about the fascinating world of puppets. And the Jim Henson exhibit features a very famous green frog.
  • Centennial Olympic Park
    Relive the excitement of the 1996 Atlanta Summer Games at this expansive and beautiful downtown park featuring the Fountain of Rings.
  • Zoo Atlanta
    This world-class zoo is one of only four in the U.S. to house giant pandas. There are more than 1,500 animals from around the world on display.

Mansions on the battery in Charleston, SC. Photo Credit: Paul Arps

Charleston, S.C.

Quaint, charming, and historic, Charleston is filled with many wonderful things to see and do for the whole family. Of course, it also has some great beaches. Some of the many attractions and points of interest you’ll find include the following:

  • Horse-drawn carriage rides
    Settle in for a relaxing tour of Charleston’s historic district with its many picturesque homes and buildings.
  • Ghost tours
    Take a walk on the spooky side with this haunting, ghostly adventure, visiting some of Charleston’s most mysterious locales. You may catch a glimpse of the notorious Black Beard himself. You can also tour the historic and ghostly U.S.S. Yorktown.
  • Fishing Charters
    The Charleston area offers many private fishing charters for an exciting day on the ocean catching all manner of aquatic creatures.
  • Fine Dining
    Charleston has an abundance of outstanding restaurants, and its bustling after-dark entertainment scene always has something new and exciting to offer. Charleston’s outstanding fresh seafood and Low Country cuisine are widely renowned.
  • Golf
    Charleston is home to numerous world-class golf courses that will test your skill. The Peter Dye-designed Ocean Course was home to the 2012 PGA Championship and the 1991 Ryder Cup.
  • South Carolina Aquarium
    This popular destination on Charleston Harbor features an array of aquatic wonders for young and old.
  • Old City Market
    Immerse yourself in the sights and sounds of Charleston’s historic market that stretches four city blocks. Vendors sell everything from clothing and paintings to pottery and tasty confections.
  • The Charleston Museum
    Founded in 1773, “America’s First Museum” offers a fascinating glimpse into the history of textiles, as well as a host of outstanding educational exhibits.

Start Your Labor Day Savings Adventure at Jim Hudson Hyundai

Head out on the highway of savings this Labor Day weekend with special discounts on our entire inventory of new Hyundai vehicles at Columbia Hyundai dealership. You’ll find a great selection of road trip-friendly vehicles, like the 2015 Hyundai Sonata and the 2016 Hyundai Tucson. Jim Hudson Hyundai is also your holiday headquarters for exceptional savings on our quality used cars for sale. Stop by Jim Hudson Hyundai today at 310 Greystone Blvd. Columbia, SC 29210, or call 877-882-7361 to schedule a test drive.






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