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clemson university and the surrounding area offer plenty of opportunities to explore both indoor and outdoor activities. if you’re looking for outdoor entertainment, our beautiful campus borders the 900-plus-mile shoreline of hartwell lake where swimming, skiing and sailing are favorite pastimes. the mountains are less than an hour away and provide areas to canoe, kayak, white-water raft, hike, camp, snow ski and fish. indoor recreation is even closer to home, with the on-campus fike recreation center, which features multiple courts and studio rooms, an indoor track, a climbing wall and much more. clemson’s downtown provides many dining and shopping possibilities. plus it’s walking distance from campus.
places to see
here are just a few iconic places on campus to add to your list to explore.
stretching out from tillman hall, bowman field was originally a parade ground for clemson cadets. today the field is used for student leisure activities and student organization events.
the robert howell brooks center for the performing arts brings an exciting array of fine arts performances to the community.
used for activities ranging from student meetings to weddings, the carillon garden is nestled between sikes and tillman halls and overlooks the clemson library. it was given to the university by the golden anniversary class of ’43 and is dedicated as a lasting tribute to the entire class and particularly to those who lost their lives during world war ii.
behind memorial stadium is the burial site of many famous clemson leaders and friends, including university presidents and members of the calhoun and clemson families.
clemson university is the home of the largest bur oak in south carolina. the tree is believed to be more than 100 years old and was given its name when clemson celebrated its centennial in 1989.
the clemson conference center and inn is a 17,000-square-foot, state-of-the-art facility for symposia, meetings, seminars and other programs. the center includes the madren continuing education and conference center, an 18-hole championship golf course and an 89-room inn.
better known as death valley, clemson memorial stadium is one of the 10 largest on-campus stadiums in the united states.
the home of john c. calhoun and later of his son-in-law, university founder thomas green clemson, fort hill is a registered national historic landmark located in the center of campus.
outside the littlejohn coliseum stands the littlejohn tiger, a gift from tiger brotherhood. the sides of the statue read: "that the tiger's roar may echo o'er the mountain height," the last phrase of clemson’s alma mater.
military heritage plaza
military heritage plaza overlooks bowman field and features a life-size statue of a cadet and 41 sets of footprints of former clemson cadets to commemorate the spirit of clemson’s military heritage.
across from memorial stadium, memorial park pays tribute to clemson alumni and friends who have served the state and nation from a multitude of professions. a walkway in the park leads to a reflection point overlooking the scroll of honor that lists clemson alumni who have died in military service.
the outdoor theater, also called the bandstand or amphitheater, was a gift from the class of 1915. the stage is a sunburst of gray, red and beige marble with the year 1915 set in. it is used for activities from pep rallies and outdoor movies to concerts. it’s located in front of the r.m. cooper library’s reflection pond.
located between the president’s home and sikes hall, president’s park is one of the most beautiful paces on campus. housed in the park is the president’s park rotunda. in conjunction with the class of 1957, the rotunda was built to portray clemson’s historical responsibilities of teaching, research and public service.
in the south carolina botanical garden sits the red caboose. it was brought to the garden in 1972 with the efforts of marguerite “reet” busby senn and the class of ’39 to reflect the generation of the ’39ers, for many of whom the journey to clemson had marked their first train ride.
the south carolina botanical garden is a 295-acre public garden just off campus that features several thousand varieties of ornamental plants and a unique collection of nature-based sculptures. on its grounds you’ll find the bob campbell geology museum, which displays a large collection of gems, minerals and other specimens donated by collectors.
strom thurmond institute of government and public affairs
strom thurmond institute of government and public affairs houses more than 34 tons of papers and memorabilia of s.c. sen. j. strom thurmond, the graem yates collection of presidential portraits, the rare book collection, the university archives and manuscript collections.
the t. ed garrison livestock arena is a showplace for livestock activities in the state and hosts horse and livestock shows, rodeos, sales, 4-h activities, educational programs, and industrial and agricultural exhibitions.
tillman hall has become an icon of clemson university. its clock tower houses the 48-bell clemson memorial carillon, and outside the building’s doors sits the bronze statue of university founder, thomas green clemson. it was named for benjamin ryan tillman, s.c. governor, u.s. senator and life trustee of the college.