Attractions in Sumter, SC
Amongst the other various things to do, Sumter features several key attractions for both residents and visitors to keep themselves entertained. These, combined with the local and regional events, restaurants and shopping make Sumter and the surrounding region an inviting place to live.
Drive through Pinewood and you’ll see a snapshot of the quintessential small Southern town. Quiet. Unassuming. Beautiful in a way that’s both endearing and heartbreaking in the same instant. A wide thoroughfare pierces the heart of downtown. Most folks around these parts call it Main Street, but the signs contradict them. This is Clarke Street. There’s a town hall, a smattering of tidy, well-groomed churches, and houses for the nearly 500 souls who call this South Carolina town home. Pinewood People Make the Place
The historic building on North Main Street in downtown Sumter serves as the city's center for the performing arts. The Sumter Opera House hosts several monthly programs and special performances throughout the year, including film, dance, theater, concerts and more. The 100-foot clock tower atop the 1894 Richardson-Romanesque-style building is visible from many parts of downtown, and the performance hall is decorated in authentic art deco.
The Sumter-Shaw Street Fest is organized each year by the city of Sumter to salute the men and women stationed at Shaw Air Force Base. The first Street Fest was held in 2002, and the fall event is considered the largest free party in the region. There are musical performances, games and activities for children, military displays, food and lots of fun.
Racing fans love the Sumter Speedway, a dirt track that hosts racing events every Saturday night during race season. The track has a diverse entertainment lineup, with everything from stock car racing to children’s dirt bikes.
Sumter is a great tourism destination if you are a military buff. After all, both the city and county bear the name of Gen. Thomas Sumter, a patriotic hero nicknamed the “Fighting Gamecock” of the American Revolutionary War. Sumter is also known in Civil War history as the home of Potter’s Raid, which involved a series of battles and skirmishes from April 8-21, 1865.
The Sumter Iris Festival is a local institution, the oldest continuous event in South Carolina and one of the most popular festivals in the Southeastern U.S. Held every Memorial Day weekend, the three-day event has for generations drawn visitors from around town and around the country.
The O’Donnell House is Sumter’s place to celebrate life’s special events in a historic setting. Calling itself “the premier event venue of Sumter,” The O’Donnell House is available for weddings, banquets, receptions, parties and any other special event you can imagine.
Sumter's residents stay busy thanks to plenty of fun activities that take place throughout the year, as well as engaging attractions located all over the city. Here's a look at some of the venues and activities Sumter has to offer. Art and Theater