Top 10 Things To Do In Charleston, South Carolina
If cold, snowy days are getting you down it’s time to start planning your next vacation to a warmer climate. For a little southern comfort this winter, look no further than staying in Charleston, SC. You’ll find southern hospitality on its best behavior in this city. Everyone we met was kind and accommodating. There’s absolutely no rush, you can just ‘sit a spell’ and they’ll happily give y’all directions and fill you in on all the charm their great city has to offer. It’s a pleasure to visit a destination whose people proudly embrace their tourism!!
With so much to do I always suggest the hop on/hop off trolleys in any city. It’s the quickest way to get an overview on your destination, find the points of interest and plan the days ahead. In Charleston, look for the Low Country Loop Trolley. Once you’re in the know, don’t be afraid to walk this pedestrian friendly city. In addition, many hotels have shuttle service or are happy to call a pedicab to pick you up and deliver you to your destination.
Top 10 Things To Do In Charleston…
1) Be a part of this beautiful city’s southern charm on a horse-drawn carriage tour. There’s a catch though… you’ll only be able to view a small part of the city via your horse-drawn perch. There are so many carriages, drivers pick their route through a lottery system at the beginning of each ride so no area of the city is overcrowded with carriages at one time. You’ll never know which area you’re going to until you go.
2) Visit the charming Waterfront Park area overlooking Charleston Harbor. This neighborhood, south of Broad Street, is known as ‘The Battery’. There stands rows of gorgeous, restored antebellum mansions under an umbrella of ancient oaks. You’ll find the architecture well-preserved and absolutely incredible.
3) Just across the harbor is Fort Sumter, where the Civil War began. This Fort, was a Southern stronghold throughout the Civil War. Accessible by ferry, a visit to this fort will bring history to you firsthand as you stand on the ground where the first shot of the Civil War rang out.
4) Get your souvenir shopping done at the Old City Market, an open air market originally constructed in 1807! Open year round, you’ll find many local crafts as well as plenty of great low-country food to snack on.
5) See a show at the Dock Street Theatre. On the National Register of Historic Places, this theatre first opened in 1736 and is the first in the country utilized as a theatrical venue.
6) Take a ghost tour. There are Haunted Walk tours visiting ancient graveyards and the Old City Jail or you can try a Haunted Tour by boat around the harbor. Hopefully you’ll have better luck on your ghost hunt here than we did. You can read about that on my ghost tour post. Although we didn’t catch any ghosts the last time out, it was an enjoyable ride! Look at this picture of the Old City Jail by day and the next taken at night when the ghost orbs were visible on the camera.
7) Hear about Charleston’s fascinating history at the Old Exchange and Provost Dungeon. This building is a historical landmark and one of the oldest building in all of Charleston.
8) Wander through the gorgeous gardens of a classic 17th century southern plantation. There’s the Magnolia, Middleton Place, or Boone Hall Plantation. Each offers something a little different, do some research before choosing which suits you.
9) Climb aboard one of several WWII vessels in Charleston Harbor at Patriots Point, just across the Ravenel Bridge.
10) Taste your way through Charleston on a Culinary Tour. Mix a bit of history with some food and drink! There are several different tours available. Y’all don’t forget to try two of Charleston’s signature dishes before you go.. a great big bowl of shrimp and grits and the always tasty she-crab soup!
When you’ve had enough of history, go enjoy the delightful weather at one of the many great barrier beaches. Folly Beach is just 15 minutes from historic downtown or choose Isle of Palms or Sullivan Beach for beaching, dining, shopping, boating and watersports.
There’s so much to do in Charleston, there’s a good chance you’ll find that one trip is just not enough! This is a city you can visit again and again.
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