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South of the Border, Dillon

#426 of 1,949 in Things to do in South Carolina
Landmark · Tourist Spot
Stop and stretch your legs at South of the Border, a rest stop with restaurants, shopping, gas stations, a motel, and even a small amusement park. Head into Pedroland, a park with a selection of children's rides, such the bumper cars and the Mini Himalaya, as well as two championship miniature golf courses. You can also head to the arcade or take the elevator up Pedro tower for 360-degree views of the Carolina countryside. Stop by the Reptile Lagoon, the largest indoor reptile exhibit in the United States, to see snakes, crocodiles, alligators, and turtles. Tourist shops, colorful animal statues, and an assortment of restaurants are also on hand. Choose to start, finish, or center your holiday on a trip to South of the Border by using our Dillon holiday planner.
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  • Been years since I stopped...I must say I enjoyed my stop for nostalgia... The statues for photo ops are still quite plentiful. The stores were still filled with oddities. The place had a quiet feel.....  more »
  • Love this place, and frankly am glad they have security. They take covid seriously, and this place is fun, with good authentic Mexican cuisine  more »
  • Nice and clean. Rooms are good size. Mattresses not much better than the terrazzo floor. As for pillows, plan ahead and bring your own. Rates are better than reasonable. Desk staff was amazing! I will stay there again.
  • My mom and I have stopped here every time we drove to North Carolina. The scenery is awesome. My daughter loves all of the statues. We only got to go up onto the Sombrero Observation Tower once though, since it was usually shut down for some reason or another when we went. Good news, if you have pups, right by the bathrooms is a "Dog Bathroom", so that's a nice addition. Prices are a little steep on some things, but you expect that from a tourist attraction. All in all, we've had awesome, fun times with lots of laughs here. Side note: the woman who works in the bathroom deserve a raise (I can't really speak on the men's room), because every single time we have went, the bathrooms have not only been spotless, they smelled great.

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