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Visitor Information

Whether looking for quiet solitude or active fun with family and friends - Sumter has it all.  Whether walking the tree-lined streets of downtown or its various parks, Sumter offers the shade and tranquility perfect for a Sunday stroll. It’s no wonder Sumter is a part of the state whose slogan is “smiling faces, beautiful places.” Sumter might not be your hometown, but while you’re here, we hope you’ll feel at home. Sumter Community Guide swan with day lily

Local Attractions

Known as the "Crown Jewel" of Sumter, Swan Lake-Iris Gardens is located in the heart of the city and hosts the world-famous Iris Festival each May. A half century ago, a local entrepreneur donated a parcel of land to the city with only one stipulation--that it always be used for public purposes. Later, another entrepreneur matched the gift with an adjoining parcel of land, and Swan lake-Iris Gardens came into being.

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The Arts
Patriot Hall
The Sumter Little Theatre

The Sumter Gallery of Art
The Sumter Opera House
The Sumter County Museum 

Parks & Trails
Community Centers

Community Centers
South Sumter Resource Center
City Parks
County Parks
Swan Lake Iris Gardens
Trails & Walking Paths

Festivals & Events
4th Fridays on Main
Black Cowboy Festival
Chili Cook-Off & Beer Tasting

Earth Day

Fall Feast
Fantasy of Lights
Festival On the Avenue
Iris Festival
Mary McLeod Bethune
Birthday Celebration
Poinsettia Festival
Porches of Sumter

Sumter County Fair
Winefest Sip & Stroll
The Annual Cultural Festival

Sports & Recreation
City Sports Programs
Aquatics Center
Palmetto Tennis Center
Recovery Road Race
Spray Parks
Sumter Road Race Series
TriSumter Triathalon

Sports & Recreation
County Sports Programs
Double Dutch