Charleston: Top 10 Locals List

While there are many things to do in Charleston, these are the top 10 musts. From walking along Folly Beach to sipping a beer at a microbrewery, here are the city’s best-kept local secrets.

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Chef Graham Daily shows Shane O local hangouts in South Carolina's oldest city.

Charleston: Top 10 Locals List


Chef Graham Daily shows Shane O local hangouts in South Carolina's oldest city.

Folly Beach
Folly Beach, Charleston, South Carolina
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Located just 20 minutes from downtown Charleston, Folly Beach is often referred to by locals as the “edge of America.” The expansive beaches on this South Carolina island — Folly Island — are famous for their amazing sunrises and sunsets.

  • 101 E Arctic Ave
  • Folly Beach, SC 29439 US
The Folly Boat
Folly Boat, graffiti, Charleston, South Carolina
Participate in a local tradition by painting the famous Folly Boat, which washed ashore sometime during Hurricane Hugo. Now, townies paint secret messages and artwork onto the grungy hull of this local icon.
  • State Hwy 171
  • Charleston, SC 29412 US
Trudy's School of Dance
Trudy's School of Dance, Charleston, South Carolina
Trudy's School of Dance
Learn how to dance the Charleston at Trudy’s School of Dance on Folly Road. Since 1939, this family-owned studio has been popular with the city’s residents.
  • 1291 Folly Rd, Unit 112
  • Charleston, SC 29412 US
Arthur Ravenel Jr. Bridge
Arthur Ravenel Jr. Bridge, Charleston, South Carolina
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If you’re the active type, then you’ll definitely want to run, walk or bike on the Arthur Ravenel Jr. Bridge. This impressive structure spans a total of more than 13,000 feet over the Cooper River, connecting downtown to Mount Pleasant.
  • Charleston, SC US
Charleston SUP Safaris
Sup Safari, paddle boarding, Charleston, South Carolina
Charleston Sup Safaris
The South may have a lazy reputation, but active locals who have visited Charleston SUP Safaris would argue otherwise. At this creative establishment, you can learn how to do yoga atop a paddleboard. Don’t worry — no experience is necessary.
  • 83 Center St
  • Folly Beach, SC 29439 US
Gullah Tours
Charleston has its own language — Gullah — that you might not even know about. At Gullah Tours, you can memorize a few essential Gullah phrases to assimilate into the Charleston culture.
  • 375 Meeting St
  • Charleston, SC 29407 US
Palmetto Brewing Co.
Palmetto Brewing Company, beer, glass, Charleston, South Carolina
Palmetto Brewing Company
Microbreweries are popular all over Charleston. One favorite, Palmetto Brewing Co., offers tours of its brewery every hour, on the hour.
  • 289 Huger St
  • Charleston, SC 29403 US
Joseph P. Riley Jr. Park
Joseph Riley Jr. Stadium, Charleston, South Carolina
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The minor league baseball stadium of the Charleston RiverDogs is a great place to meet locals. With an occupancy of just 6,000 people, this little-known spot is the perfect way to spend a summer afternoon.
  • 360 Fishburne St
  • Charleston, SC 29403 US
The Macintosh
The Macintosh, restaurant, Charleston, South Carolina
The Macintosh
The New American cuisine at the Macintosh in Charleston is truly remarkable. Patrons love how the restaurant sticks to its farm-to-table mantra. Other popular restaurants in the area for quintessential Southern fare include Home Team BBQ and the Peninsula Grill.
  • 479B King St
  • Charleston, SC 29403 US
Market Pavilion Hotel
Market Pavilion Hotel, Charleston, South Carolina
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Charleston is known for having the best of the best. Of the many luxurious hotel options, 1 go-to is the Market Pavilion Hotel. While the price tag might seem a little bit high, the 2-block walk to the waterfront makes it completely worth it.
  • 225 E Bay St
  • Charleston, SC 29401 US

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