March is the beginning of the beautiful spring season in South Carolina. The dryness of winter changes to the wetness of spring, with blooming flowers and a green landscape. The average high temperatures are in the mild 56°F (13.3°C) to warm 69°F (20.6°C) range, while the average low temperatures are in the cold 35°F (1.7°C) to mild 49°F (9.4°C) zone. The ground is entirely free of snow and ice, and the only ice caps that are persistent are those on the top of the high mountains. The ocean water temperatures are still cold for swimming. However, there are plenty of cruises for those who wish to enjoy the excellent sea air. The hunting season draws many shooters to the state looking for birds and small game. It is not surprising to experience a cold wave or a tornado in the spring. The spring season sees many tourists in South Carolina, and March is ideal for budget travelers looking for discounted accommodations.