Christmas in July, a truly southern tradition, began in Brevard, North Carolina in 1933 at a girls’ camp called Keystone Camp. Campers used laundry bags as makeshift stockings and made fake snow out of cotton. There were carolers and Christmas trees, and Santa would even make an appearance now and then.
Many Christmas in July festivities look like this still today, with gifts and goodies. For others, July 25th is simply a fun excuse to celebrate even in the middle of the sweltering summer heat! However you celebrate this “holiday” should be a fun time.
We’ve put together our top seven Christmas in July day trips in Georgia and the Carolinas to help you have some fun in the sun and get in the festive spirit!
Table Rock State Park
It’s no secret that the Blue Ridge Mountains hold some of the most picturesque views in the Carolinas. Table Rock State Park is home to a lot of these views! With thousands of acres of forests, lakes, and rivers, there’s plenty to do whether you’re into hiking, swimming, camping, or just lounging in the shade.
The Biltmore Estate in Asheville, North Carolina is beautiful any time of year, but the grounds truly come to life in the summer! With bright flowers blooming everywhere, it’s the perfect place to take a stroll before eating a delicious meal on site.
Paris Mountain State Park
Located only five miles from Greenville, South Carolina, Paris Mountain State Park is a conveniently place to get away from the bustle of everyday life. Rent a paddle boat to explore the lake before enjoying a picnic in the shade!
DuPont State Forest
DuPont State Forest is home to the tallest waterfalls in North Carolina! And the really nice thing about this park is that you don’t have to be an expert hiker to enjoy the views. The falls are very accessible, perfect for families with children.
Riverbanks Zoo and Gardens
A staple day trip for most any South Carolina resident, the Riverbanks Zoo is home to such a wide variety of animals. Lions, tigers, and elephants, as well as other special exhibits are sure to captivate any guest. Pair that with the lovely facilities on site, and you’ve got a perfect day lined up!
One of the few indoor activities on this list, the Georgia Aquarium is one of the most impressive aquariums in the nation! You could stand in awe of the massive, 6.3 million gallon saltwater tank, which houses the aquarium’s four whale sharks. The entire facility is home to over 10,000 marine animals.
South Carolina Botanical Gardens
At just under 300 acres, the South Carolina Botanical Gardens in Clemson, South Carolina provide visitors with a nice mixture of wild landscapes and carefully cultivated garden displays. There are often themed children’s exhibits on display as well. Perfect for the whole family!