Things to Do in Summerville

Brimming with southern hospitality, Summerville is an ideal destination for strolling through grand gardens and sipping sweet tea in the shade


Summerville is famous for pleasurable indoor and outdoor pastimes, along with seasonal festivals, museums and sightseeing. There's plenty to do to keep you active and engaged during your time in the city.

Stop and Smell the Flowers

Enjoy vibrant flowers and their heady fragrances at the Flowertown Festival in the spring. You'll see thousands of azaleas and other blooms in Azalea Park, a 16-acre garden in the heart of the city. You can browse through vendor booths that stretch for more than seven blocks, and sample culinary creations from the city's best restaurants. Kids can burn off some of their boundless energy as they whirl and twirl on rides at the Children's Jubilee, a carnival area for the shorter set. And even if you're not in Summerville during the festival, Azalea Park is a picturesque place to stroll and relax at any time of year—you'll find reflecting pools, bridges and vivid greenery year-round.

A Spot of Tea

On Summerville's Sweet Tea Trail, you can enjoy some refreshing sweet tea in the city that invented it! Not only can you sip flavored teas from tea bars or enjoy sweet tea cocktails at local pubs, but you can eat some tea too. Tea is highlighted in numerous local gastronomic delights, such as sweet tea cinnamon rolls, cupcakes, jellies and sweet tea-marinated chicken and pork dishes. Treat yourself to a sweet tea facial at a local spa or have your picture taken with the world's largest cup of tea. Autumn heralds the annual Sweet Tea Festival, during which you can climb aboard a trolley to tour points of interests that are significant in tea's history, listen to live music and enjoy variations of the brewed beverage in your souvenir teacup.

History and Sightseeing

Antiquities from the city's past are on display at the Summerville Dorchester Museum, which is located in the old police building on Doty Avenue. The museum's historical wonders aren't the building itself, however—you can book a trolley tour leaving from the museum to discover historic buildings and extensive gardens in the area, or take in the town's gastronomic delights on a culinary tour. Adult visitors to Summerville will want to hop aboard the Happy Hour Trolley Pub Crawl, which will show you the best local spots for microbrews and sweet tea cocktails.

Feed Your Craving

When you’re hungry for a unique slice of pizza, head on over to Famulari's Pizzeria to tackle the Molten Beast, a pizza-pie bubbling with cheese, three kinds of meat and spicy barbecue sauce; or the jalapeno and pineapple-topped Angry Hawaiian. You can also build your own pizza from an extensive ingredients list and choose crusts that range from New York hand-tossed to Chicago stuffed crust.

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