Summerville is the birthplace of Sweet Tea, home to the Flower Town Festival, stately Victorian homes, azalea-flanked cottages and a quaint Main Street. Residents appreciate Summerville’s original, small town, family-oriented ambiance but with all the amenities of a larger city. Located right off I-26, Summerville has become a central hub to the low country with new industry and employers in and around the city. Along with an easy commute to major employers such as Volvo, Mercedes Benz Vans, Robert Bosch and Boeing and family friendly amenities such as a YMCA, excellent recreation programs and good schools it is easy to see why this community is popular and growing.
Things to Do
Summerville offers many activities and attractions. From shopping, parks, sporting events and water sports on the nearby Ashley River there is no shortage of things to do in town. Here are some of our favorite activities and things to do around Summerville:
- Shopping in Historic downtown
Downtown offers a town square surrounded by shops and restaurants that we highly recommend visiting. You can see a listing of the shops here.
- Visit Azalea Park
Home to the Flower Town Festival in April, Azalea Park is located in the heart of Summerville and provides a beautiful oasis in the middle of town. We recommend visiting to enjoy the gardens, flowers or to relax and enjoy a birds that make this wonderful park home.
The Ashley River offers unique access to history from the water. From Colonial Dorchester to Charles Towne Landing and everywhere in between. The Ashley River Blue Trail is full of Revolutionary historic sites.
- Visit a Park including the Skate Park!
(Insider tip: Similar to other cities Summerville has many events throughout the year. We recommend checking out the City’s Events page here.)
Summerville is close by to other major Charleston area Attractions as well so there is plenty to do for visitors and residents.
Dining in Summerville
There are many places to dine in Summerville. Like most cities around the Charleston area you will find all of the popular chain restaurants but there are a number of favorite local spots our Insiders recommend.
- Accent on Wine and More
- Five Loaves Cafe
- Persimmon Cafe
- Coastal Coffee Company
- Wine and Tapas Bar
Summerville is very close to all the world-class, award winning restaurants the Charleston area has to offer. Be sure to look at the full Charleston Dining Guide for a complete list.
The city is primarily located in the Dorchester District Two School District but does have a few areas in Berkeley County School District as well. We partnered with GreatSchools.org to provide a list of schools in and around Summerville.
Homes and Builders
New master-planned communities such as Nexton, Summers Corner, feature traditional style homes and a “community in the garden” feel, with bountiful green space, award-winning District 2 schools, and Clemson University Master Gardeners.
2015 Population: 48,848
Median Home Price: $205,990
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