Museums and More: EBT and SNAP Discounts in South Carolina

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Are you looking for discounted admission at museums or zoos? SNAP and EBT benefits recipients can take advantage of discounts at amazing museums and attractions across South Carolina, simply by presenting their EBT card. In fact, there are several EBT FREE Museums and SNAP discount admissions offered at great museums right in Columbia, SC.

In this article, we’ll look at the discounts provided to EBT and SNAP recipients in South Carolina. We’ve included deals in Columbia, SC and those within a day’s drive to Charleston, SC, and Greenville, SC. These venues provide educational experiences as well as recreational time for families with kids of all ages. If you participate in either the EBT or SNAP benefit programs in South Carolina check out the list and start exploring!

SNAP and EBT Discounts on Activities and EBT FREE Museums in South Carolina

EBT and SNAP Discounts in Columbia, SC

Summertime in Columbia can be full of fun, family time, and hot afternoons. Kids are home from school and trying to keep them entertained can be a struggle! Especially when you start to factor in the cost of a family outing. We are lucky to have so many free outdoor activities in this city, but sometimes an adventure can cost a pretty penny.

We are so glad to see Columbia offering a helping hand to families through discounts offered for those receiving EBT and SNAP benefits, like the new EBT Perks program. These discounts give all kids the opportunity to visit South Carolina’s best-known attractions, and give their parent’s wallet a break!

South Carolina State Museum

Discount: $2.00 admission for up to 4 members of the household!

Address: 301 Gervais Street, Columbia SC 
South Carolina State Museum

It only seems appropriate to start with one of our cities most nostalgic attractions. The SC museum operates out of a building that originally held the first fully electric textile mill in the state! This place was transformed into a place of exploration in 1988, hosting a floors full of history about our state, country and ancient ancestors.

You can also experience a digital dome planetarium, 4d theater, and observatory! Check out their calendar to see the rotating exhibits, and ever-changing events like digital laser shows and more!

EdVenture Children’s Museum

Discount: $3.00 admission for up to 6 people!

Address: 211 Gervais Street, Columbia SC 
EdVenture Children’s Museum

EdVenture has been inspiring kids to learn through play for many years in Columbia! I remember being brought here as a kid with my family and on field trips with school. There are so many interactive learning experiences for kids of different ages. They also have rotating experiences that are so fun like the butterfly exhibit, or science experiments. Check their calendar for these events as well as sensory-friendly nights!

edventure indoor playground

Columbia Museum of Art

Discount: Free admission for up to 4 people, including the SNAP EBT card holder!

Address: 1515 Main Street, Columbia SC
Columbia Museum of Art

CMA is in the heart of downtown, located at 1515 Main Street. This museum is so awesome for kids and adults. They have rotating exhibits all year long that display educational, diverse, and inspiring artwork.

Riverbanks Zoo & Garden

Discount: Purchase up to six $5 general admission tickets for any age!

Address: 500 Wildlife Parkway, Columbia SC
Riverbanks Zoo & Garden

We LOVE our zoo in Columbia! Riverbanks has been in Soda City since 1974 and as far as we’re concerned it never gets old! So many great exhibits to see, educational instructions scheduled on different days, giraffe feedings and so much more!

Charleston, SC SNAP and EBT Discounts

Charleston Museum

Discount: Free admission for up to 5 people including the EBT card holder!

Address: 360 Meeting Street, Charleston SC
Charleston Museum

Fun fact, this is America’s FIRST museum! Founded in 1773, this museum has been offering some really amazing insights into our state’s history with permanent and rotating exhibits. There are some hands-on experiences for kids, as well as beautiful fully furnished homes to show what it was like living centuries ago.

Patriots Point

Discount: Free admission for up to 4 people per family!

Address: 40 Patriots Point Road, Mount Pleasant SC
Patriots Point

This Naval and Maritime museum is a one-of-a-kind experience. It’s a perfect experience to add on to a summer trip to Charleston. This museum lets you see into the life of a navy crew member aboard the USS Yorktown. If that’s not impressive enough, there are several other National Landmark Ships, a Cold War memorial, and the only Vietnam Experience Exhibit in the US. It is truly an adventure for kids of all ages.

The South Carolina Aquarium

Discount: $40 Family membership! This includes 2 named adults plus all children in your household under 18.

Address: 100 Aquarium Wharf, Charleston SC
The South Carolina Aquarium

This aquarium offers so much for a family day full of fun! So many exhibits that introduce animals from the land and see. There are interactive kid discovery zones, instructional exhibits that include animal showings, and even a touch tank! A perfect addition to a day trip on the coast.

Sea Turtle Hospital at the SC Aquarium

The Powder Magazine

Discount: Free museum admission for up to 5 people!

Address: 79 Cumberland Street, Charleston SC
The Powder Magazine

The Powder Magazine has been many things in the city of Charleston, including a gunpowder storage room, a print shop, and a wine cellar! This museum is now open to the public and holds centuries of knowledge about our colonial beginnings. Check out their web page for some of their special scheduled events!

SNAP and EBT Admission Discounts in Greenville, SC

The Children’s Museum of the Upstate

Discount: $3 entry for all household members!

Address: 300 College Street, Greenville SC
The Children’s Museum of the Upstate

This wonderful museum was created for kids by Moms in our state! There are two locations, Greenville and Spartanburg. Each museum is packed full of intentional and inclusive play. The exhibits are designed to engage kids in areas of arts, science, health, transportation, the environment and more. Less than a 2 hour drive from Columbia, this would make a great day trip!

Sigal Music Museum

Discount: Free admission for up to 5 people!

Address: 516 Buncombe Street, Greenville SC
Sigal Music Museum

Take a trip back in time in this musical immersion experience. Sigal Music Museum offers an experience to delight music lovers of all ages! With a rotating exhibit of permanent pieces as well as acclaimed musical instruments from around the world, the museum offers visitors the chance to celebrate the history of music. Don’t forget to check their schedule for live concerts as well as select performances using period pieces!

The Greenville Zoo

Discount: Up to 6 tickets (2 adults and 4 children) may be purchased for $5 each.

Address: 150 Cleveland Park Drive, Greenville
The Greenville Zoo

Spend some time with the giraffes, lions, monkeys, snakes, and more at Greenville’s zoo. The location in Cleveland Park couldn’t be any more perfect for an afternoon. So don’t forget your picnic and leave some time to play at the park!

Museums for All Program

The Museums for all initiative was launched in 2014-2015 and encourages people of all backgrounds to regularly enjoy the museum experience. The goal is to eliminate the cost barrier for any family in hopes that the museum experience is more inclusive and available!

Museums throughout the United States participate in the Museums for All program. Check out their website to see details on admission and to find participating museums outside our city and state! Then, use your EBT card to gain free or reduced admission.

Do you know of additional discounts offered to those with EBT or SNAP benefits? Please let us know in the comments.

Meagan Carrol
About the Author
I am a born and raised local who has a passion for exploring new towns, hiking, and attending local events. As a mother and full-time web developer, I balance my career and family life while still finding time to travel the world with my husband. My love for trying new foods and visiting breweries keeps my adventures exciting and flavorful! I am always on the lookout for new experiences and so excited to share them with you!

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