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South of the Border, Dillon

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Theme Park Water / Amusement Park
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. Put South of the Border and other Dillon attractions into our Dillon travel itinerary planner, and watch your holiday take shape.
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TripAdvisor
  • This place was an absolute blast. It was like stepping into a 1950"s theme park. Yes, it's a tourist trap but it is fun. Putt putt golf, dinosaurs, hats from around the world are some of the things yo...  more »
  • What a fun place to visit. Shops and food and fun! If you geocache, there is a series of them here you can follow.  more »
  • Got there around 9 at night, just needed an overnight on our way from PA to FL. Walked into the lobby and the smell of the carpet was not good. Def need to upgrade! You can see the pool from the front...  more »
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  • This wasn't a planned stop as we were just passing through However, well worth it there is a lot of shops they seemed to be really friendly and there was a lot to do as well other then shop. I do wish that we had more time there is a lot of areas to take family pics as part of your trip. I wish we would have been there at night time as I'm sure its a whole different atmosphere with fun and excitement. I was told by other people that visited that it was a dirty place, however I thought otherwise. I did notice maintenance people working and they were putting fresh paint around here and there. So it appeared that they were keeping up with the place.
  • We went today (beginning of June) with zero expectations. Reptile Lagoon is awesome and could stand alone. I highly recommend it for families, or anyone interested in seeing live creatures. It's not a huge area but they had a wide variety of interesting and unique reptiles. Will definitely go again. After that we went up in the sombrero tower and that was reasonably priced and enjoyable. Then we got ice cream. I did not stay in any of the hotels so I can not rate them, but my family's experience at South of the Border was delightful.
  • We stopped through on our way to Disney World. The reptile exhibit was awesome! I was pleasantly surprised at how many different species they had and the snakes were cool, too. We also enjoyed the gift shop with all the different hats and to the ride up the hat to the observation deck. Since I haven't been in over 20 years, it was a throwback to my childhood and I was able to share the experience of S.O.B. with my children. Would definitely stop through again!
  • The shops were excellent. Found everything I needed for my family. Also to ride up in the elevator and go out onto of the look out tower was awesome!! Very inexpensive ($2.00 per person) We ate at their little restaurant and had good food. If you have children it will be a great experience for them!!
  • I am giving this 4 stars because we didn't spend the night in any hotels or ate at a restaurant. So I can't for sure say this place was 5 star worthy. It was however nice for us to stop and take a few silly pictures with our 4 year old on our drive from Ft.Lauderdale to Philadelphia. It was a place to stretch our legs and just get off the road. We did get here around 10am after leaving our hotel in South Carolina. It didn't seem very crowded at all. Not many people walking around. Just a handful taking photos like us. Some places look a little run down and in need of some serious TLC. Also they have everything and anything you could want and imagine here. Convenient stores to liquor stores. Seems like a cool place but not my style.