8 things to do for fall break

Here are some fun ways for students to spend their time off. With so many things within a couple hours’ drive from Columbia, there is always something to do during fall break.

State Fair
The South Carolina State Fair begins Oct. 12 and wraps up Oct. 23. There will be rides and games but most importantly, over 90 food stands. Make sure you try their deep-fried mini-cinnamon roll pops, take a picture and tag us. Buy tickets online until Oct. 12 to save $3.

Relive your childhood and spend a day geocaching at the Swamp Rabbit trail in Greenville. Head in the direction of Travelers Rest, S.C., and you’ll come across a great place to stop and eat called Swamp Rabbit Cafe. You can also spend your afternoon in Falls Park or hop on a trolley to check out the town. Great places to eat and fun things to do can be found by searching their hashtag #Yeahthatgreenville.

Asheville is the perfect weekend trip  here’s our guide to do it successfully. Venture 3 1/2 hours to Grandfather Mountain in Linville, N.C., to your final destination  the Mile High Swing Bridge. The Mile High Swing Bridge is America’s highest suspension bridge and allows visitors 360 degree views from Grandfather Mountain. Afterwards, head towards the Bon Paul and Sharky’s Hostel in Asheville, N.C., about an hour and a half drive. Either snag some food at a restaurant in walking distance or make your way towards downtown Asheville to explore more options. On Sunday, whether you’re carbing up for another hike or just looking for a good place for breakfast  Biscuit Head is a must.

Coward, S.C.
The Canopy Walk is a walkway suspended from trees at Lynches River County Park in Coward, S.C., is less than two hours away, in the middle of nowhere and totally awesome. Warning  if you’re scared of heights this may not be for you. Visitors also have the option of renting kayaks and canoes or trying out the free archery range.

Riley Moore Falls - between Westminster, S.C., and Long Creek, S.C.
The Riley Moore Falls is a 12-foot cascade into a 100-foot-wide pool of water with breathtaking colors at the base. After a quick dip or a few pictures, take a short drive to Chattooga Belle Farm where you can go apple picking or stop by have a farm fresh lunch.

Formally known as Carowinds, SCarowinds takes on a Halloween twist during the month of October to help celebrate our spookiest holiday. SCarowinds is right on the North Carolina-South Carolina state line  about an hour drive north and totally worth the trip. Buy your ticket in advance online to save money and time.

Riverbanks Zoo
If you plan on staying in Columbia for fall break, it’s a perfect time to check out the Riverbanks Zoo. Try out the Zipline Canopy Tour, which includes River and Zip. If you’d rather save the heights for another day, make sure you order your ticket online to save $2.20.

Sky Top Orchard
The Sky Top Orchard is a little over two-hour ride in Flat Rock, N.C. There you can go on a hayride, eat some apple cider donuts or go apple picking. Afterwards stop by Little Rainbow Row to check out some of their collection of shops and eat at Hubba Hubba Smokehouse. If you go on Thursday, check out the local Flat Rock Tailgate Market that’s in town 3-6 p.m.

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