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Day trip to Charleston - First time visitors

by mschroet

I'm going to be in Charleston for one day. We are staying in Myrtle Beach and taking about a 1/2 day trip to Charleston. We're probably just looking to grab dinner and maybe see the sights for a couple hours. It's just my retired parents and I so we're not looking for the wildest bar or anything like that. Here are a couple questions:

Do you recommend a place to eat: Nothing too fancy. Maybe sandwiches and burgers or possibly seafood. A nice atmosphere in a good location would be ideal (maybe on a boardwalk, near downtown, beach, etc.)

What would you recommend if we only have a couple hours? We're not big musuem goers or anything like that. Maybe if there is a nice downtown area, boardwalk type area, etc. If it were close to a good restaurant that would be ideal.

Thanks in advance for your suggestions,
Mike

Re: Day trip to Charleston - First time visitors

by osoeno

I dont have a specific recommendation for a restaurant but I think if you have only a couple of hours you should go to the battery. Its historicaly interesting and a nice place to walk around. There wil be restaurants, markets and old buildings. If on your way down you see some roadside stands offering basketware stop and check it out.

Re: Day trip to Charleston - First time visitors

by DogPerson

For a short trip I would suggest going to the open air "Slave"* Market, eating at one of the many restaurants in that area and taking a horse drawn wagon tour available in the market area. The tours have excellent guides who take you through the Historic District, by magnificent old mansions, the Battery, the water and many more interesting places.
The Noisey Oyster is open air most of the year and is across from the Market. I
Nearby, and on the bay, is a restaurant called Fleets Landing that has good seafood. Hymans Seafood is world famous and near the Market. The Vendue Inn has a casual roof top restaurant and lounge. These places are moderately priced. If you are looking for fine Charleston dining, try 82 Qween, Magnolias, High Cotton or any number of places in that area that are well worth their high prices. All the food in Charleston is good. Most of these places have web sites.

*For years I thought the Slave Market was where slaves were sold, but, if I understand correctly, it was where slaves, and others, went to sell and purchase goods.

Travel Tips for Charleston

X-mas at the Omni. X-mas tree...

by Reneej

X-mas at the Omni. X-mas tree parade inside building. Johns Island Park had a drive thru the park for $5. Different businesses had scenes they built themselves with lights. The beaches are nice. Watch out for the undertows. They are dangerous. Take a carriage or trolley tour. Carriage was the best. Hot butter rum and sampler trays. Sugar coated pecans. Shopping in the market.

Circular Congregational...

by Stevel47

Circular Congregational Church, 150 Meeting Steet. The original congregation dates back to 1681. The original structure was burned in the great fire of 1861 and the ruins stood until shaken down by the 1886 earthquake. Using bricks from the old structure, the present building was built between 1890-92. The grave yard is one of the oldest in Charleston.

It's HOT and Humid in Summer, so be prepared

by kilpatrick

Pack for play, site seeing, casual classy, and dressy.
You can show some skin in Charleston, but keep it classy.
This is not Miami and if you roll in all hoochied up, you will get looked down on here. Light cottons, sun dresses for the ladies.
Flip flops are acceptable pretty much everywhere, except for some of the
restaurants on East Bay, which you would want to dress up for anyway.

It does not rain often and when it does, it generally clears right up, but a small umbrella is always handy. Its a perfect walking city, so bring some comfy shoes, but keep in mind Charleston unlike the rest of SC is very fashion forwards. There is great shopping, and some chains like Banana, J Crew, Gap, etc downtown, but most of the boutique type stores are $$$$. Make up will sweat off in the summer, so act accordingly.
Hand wipes are great and LOTS of water. Anything you normally would bring and special lenses for bright backgrounds and zoom lenses for possible dolphin sightings at waterfront park. The usual suspects...Wear 50+ sunscreen if you are not used to the Southern Coastal climate.
It's tropical and you can get burned easily.

Fort Sumter Tour

by tatyanap

If you visit Charleston, you can't leave without visiting Sumter Island and exploring Fort Sumter. I have thoroughly enjoyed it!

Tour rates:

Adults $12.00

Seniors $11.00

Kids (6-11) $ 6.00

(5&Under) Free

Old Sheldon Church - If you...

by klstomi

Old Sheldon Church - If you take a day trip to Beaufort this is not to be missed. Take 17S. IMMEDIATELY after the cutoff fro Beaufort (there's only one) Old Sheldon Church RD is on your right. Travel down it for ~1 mile and the curch is on your right. It's an old planter's church (the area is lousy with old rice plantations) that was burnt twice. The first time was during the Revolution and it was rebuilt. The second time Sherman burned it on his march from Savannah to Columbia. Now it's the epitome of Southern gothic - live oaks, planters tombs, church shell.

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