X-mas at the Omni. X-mas tree...
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 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
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
If you visit Charleston, you can't leave without visiting Sumter Island and exploring Fort Sumter. I have thoroughly enjoyed it!
Kids (6-11) $ 6.00
Old Sheldon Church - If you...
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.