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Welcome to beautiful Sumter, South Carolina! From the world famous Swan Lake Iris Gardens to the historic Sumter Opera House, you'll find a host of unique sights and sounds right here "In the Middle of Everything." Only 90 minutes from the beaches and three hours from the mountains, Sumter is nestled in the center of it all. 


The epicenter of tourism in Sumter is Swan Lake Iris Gardens. Swan Lake Iris Garden has more than beautifully landscaped 150 acres and is the only public gardens with all eight known species of swans. From mid-May through early June, the gardens are illuminated in beautiful color with more than 120 variety of Japanese iris.

visitors centerWhile walking the boardwalk through the tall, breath-taking cypress and over the black waters, it is hard to believe this tourist destination with about 15,000 visitors per week during the tourism season is nestled in the heart of the City. Swan Lake Iris Gardens is where you can enjoy Sumter’s peaceful beauty.


For departmental information, or to obtain a comprehensive Sumter Community Guide, please give us a call at 1-800-688-4748, (803) 436-2640 or send us an e-mail at tourism@sumter-sc.com.


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Sumter's official visitors center, the Sumter Convention & Visitors Bureau, is conveniently located at the main entrance of Swan Lake Iris Gardens.

Physical Address: 822 W. Liberty Street

Mailing Address: PO Box 1449, Sumter, SC 29151

tel 803-436-2640 / 1-800-688-4748

fax 803-436-2652





Welcome to the Gamecock City!

Enjoy exploring this unique community that combines the charm of the antebellum era with the exciting advances of the 21st century--from Civil War battlegrounds that recollect the past, to international industrial parks where technological advances are changing the way we live today. With important military and industrial advances taking place in a community where neighbors spend evenings on shaded front porches and the iced tea is served sweet, Sumter proudly reflects our heritage, while racing fearlessly toward the future.


From the bright yellow gingko and burgundy dogwood leaves of autumn to the rich purples of Swan Lake's late-blooming Japanese iris, Sumter offers a cornucopia of visual delights. Mild winters mean that we rarely have the hassle of ice and snow, and our four distinct seasons provide a perfect atmosphere for a variety of outdoor activities.

The Swan Lake Visitor's Center is home to the Sumter Tourism Office, whose mission is to identify and evaluate all sources of present and future tourism, and to make every effort to encourage, promote, advertise and foster the growth of tourism throughout the private and public sectors. Tennis, golf, other outdoor activities, historical sites and attractions, cultural events and many other exciting opportunities await visitors to Sumter, where our delightful stays and Southern ways attract travelers from all over the United States and Canada.