Charleston is a gorgeous place to visit any time of year. It's just minutes from the beach on Sullivan Island to great shopping along King Street. See our choices for 13 things to do in Charleston.
The beautiful Arthur Ravenel Jr. Bridge is not only a beautiful drive across the Cooper River; it also makes for a gorgeous walk and bike ride in the early morning and late evening hours.
A popular destination for many visitors and residents staying in Charleston is Isle of Palms, a wonderful place for vacation rentals. Only 24 minutes from downtown Charleston, Isle of Palms is a great place for a quick walk on the beach -- and you’ll be back just in time for dinner.
Situated along the “beaten-path” -- but definitely worth a visit -- is the Charleston City Market. It’s a wonderful market for handmade baskets, low-country/southern spices for cooking and more.
Fort Sumter National Monument -- the location of the official start to the Civil War -- is accessible via the Fort Sumter Ferry Terminal on Sullivan Island (20 minutes from downtown Charleston).
The Old Exchange Building & Provost Dungeon is a must-see when in Charleston. Take a tour and learn all about its rich history -- as the site of18th-century assemblies; as a prison during the American Revolution; a place where President George Washington greeted locals; and where the Declaration of Independence was publicly read.
Located in Marion Square, Charleston’s Farmers Market is open every Saturday, from April 3 to Dec. 19, 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. The market sells fresh produce and specialty items, including homemade candles, cloths and jewelry. Local vendors serve breakfast and lunch.
The gorgeous Battery Park is a must-see when in Charleston. Cornered by the Cooper River on one side and the Ashley River on another, Battery Park is home to gorgeous Southern mansions, as well as American Revolutionary and Civil War history.
Charleston Place is a luxurious hotel option for those visiting the city. The hotel also includes wonderful dining options (Charleston Grill, Palmetto Café) and high-end shopping (Gucci, Lacoste).
The place to be in Charleston is King Street, where the action occurs between Calhoun and Market streets. The area is home to a handful of boutiques, mainstream shops, and mom-and-pop restaurants.
A favorite among out-of-towners, Hyman's Seafood restaurant is a great place for low-country cuisine. Be prepared for a long wait to be seated, not uncommon for several restaurants in Charleston.
South Carolina Aquarium on Charleston Harbor is a wonderful stop for the family. See the renovated Saltmarsh Aviary, home to 25 stingrays; the new albino alligator exhibit; and a 4-D adventure theater.
Children's Museum of the Lowcountry, located in downtown Charleston, is a must for the kids. Children ages 12 and under interact with 8 hands-on interactive exhibits, including a “true-to-size” grocery store.
Established in the 1700s, the area now known as “Rainbow Row” was the center of Charleston’s commerce district, with storefronts on the first floor and shop owners’ homes on the second. Today, it’s all residential, but such a beautiful place to see before you leave Charleston.