South of the Border, Dillon

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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. Choose to start, finish, or center your holiday on a trip to South of the Border by using our Dillon holiday planner.
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  • Wow, this place has sure grown since I was a kid. Still extremely cheesy but had to stop anyway. Used the truck stop restroom. Was clean but old. Only went into one store just to look around and get o...  more »
  • This place is a mess. The workers are unfriendly, helpful and seem completely apathetic about their jobs. The place smells awful and there were lots of black flies hanging around the trash cans. We we...  more »
  • If you're looking for a 5-star resort and entertainment complex, keep driving. That's not what SOB is about. SOB is a throwback to the 60s, with wholesome family entertainment and tacky gift shops. We...  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.
  • Spent the weekend here. Stayed in the Pedro's Pleasure Dome. Rooms were very clean and roomy. We loved the atmosphere. The reptile lagoon is worth every bit of $8/person. The neon lights at night are amazing. Will be going back soon.
  • I personally have been to south of the border about 6 times, with the last 2 being last year, and just yesterday. As a kid i would read all the signs on the side of the road. There were a LOT of them! Over the years there are less and less.. I think i saw about 5 yesterday. Same goes for the area itself. It's pretty run down and hasn't changed much. Pedro better revamp that place and give it the glory it had when i was a child, even 30 years later i would still get a kick out of those billboards! But they're pretty much all gone. Even that big yellow sombrero that you could see lit up at night from a mile away was not lit. I was pretty disappointed in it this time passing through
  • 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!

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