Downtown Florence has seen tremendous growth over the past near-decade, transforming it into a destination for dining, entertainment, and shopping. Downtown is home to two hotels, fourteen independently-owned restaurants, fifteen unique shops, and is host over 30 annual events and festivals per year. Downtown Florence is also home to several public plaza spaces including the Kress Alley, Evans Street Breezeway, James Allen Plaza, and Renaissance Dining Courtyard.
Where is Downtown Florence?
Downtown Florence is approximately 1.1 square miles located in the heart of Florence, SC, convenient to McLeod Hospital, cultural destinations, places to shop and eat, and home to the Francis Marion University Health Sciences Campus and Florence-Darlington Tech Health Sciences facility. The H-1 Historic District is bounded by Coit Street to the west, Railroad Ave. to the east, Cheves Street to the south, and E. Darlington Street to the north.
There’s plenty of convenient free parking available downtown, with over 2,500 spaces of designated public parking available. For additional information, click here.
With over thirty annual events including the award winning Florence After Five concert series and the South Carolina Pecan Festival, visitors can expect to find fun and unique experiences every month from March through December. Check out the Downtown Events page for the latest in upcoming events or visit our Facebook page to learn more.
Arts & Culture
Downtown Florence is home to several of Florence’s finest cultural institutions and facilities including the Francis Marion University Performing Arts Center, Florence County Museum & Waters Gallery, Florence Little Theatre, Florence Regional Arts Alliance, and Drs. Bruce and Lee Foundation Library. Downtown Florence has also received the SC Arts Commission Cultural District of SC designation, and joins only seven other communities throughout the state who have exhibited a concentration of walkable and connected cultural assets, amenities, and activities.