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    Just touring Charleston

    by spgood301 Written Jun 8, 2008

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    Charleston is a smaller, compact city that can be toured very easily on foot. There's not much traffic, the streets are navigable, and there's something beautiful on almost every block. If you don't want to talk, there are several person and horse dawn cabs that can take you around town.

    While you're in Charleston, be sure to take your time enjoying all of the beautiful buildings, many in bright colors that give Charleston its special ambience.

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    Patriots Point has other ships too.

    by spgood301 Written Jun 8, 2008

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    The Yorktown isn't the only ship you can visit at Patriots Point - there are others you can board and explore too.

    The USS Laffey has quite a history too: its the only surviving US detroyer to have served in both the Atlantic and Pacific theaters during WWII. It participated on the Normandy landings on D-Day, and the battles of Iwo Jima, Okinawa and in the Phillipines.

    The submarine USS Clamagore, commissioned just as WWII ended.

    You can also tour a Coast Guard cutter.

    USS Clagamore, Charleston Harbor Coast Guard cutter, Charleston Harbor
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    A battleship that helped save the world

    by spgood301 Written Jun 8, 2008

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    The USS Yorktown is now docked in Charleston Harbor, and is open to us as a museum. It's a great place to spend a few hours touring, learning about some of the most seminal moments in world history.

    The Yorktown is part of Patriots Point and can be reached by a ferry that leaves downtown Charleston once an hour (it's a $12 roundtrip ticket). It costs $15 to enter Patriots Point itself, less for kids, seniors and those in the US military. The Yorktown is the major part of a fleet docked in the harbor, all of which you can visit. It and it's crew served its country valiantly in several battles in the Pacific theater in WWII, and for several years thereafter.

    You can visit several exhibits while on the Yorktown, including seeing several WWII fighters & bombers. You can see how the Yorktown's crew lived while on ship, and tour a fascinating museum honoring winners of the Congressional of Honor.

    Leave yourself a few hours to tour the Yorktown, especially if the kids are along.

    USS Yorktown, Charleston Harbor USS Yorktown, Charleston Harbor A WWII fighter jet, aboard the USS Yorktown And some WWII weaponry, on the USS Yorktown You can walk around the Yorktown too.
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  • Shem Creek

    by MandaJ320 Written Jan 30, 2008

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    A romantic must see! This place is awesome during the sunset. Just north of Charleston off of Hwy. 17 is Shem Creek. Here you will find a boat-load of seafood restaurants and shops right on the creek. This is also the place where fishing expeditions leave from early in the morning, and return to late in the evening. It's a wonderful place to be.

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  • Farmer's Market at Marion Square

    by melfry Written Jan 28, 2008

    This is a really cool place to go and do some shopping and eating on Saturdays.

    Beautiful jewelry, great food and some fresh air and excercise!!!

    Check it out: http://www.charlestoncity.info/dept/content.aspx?nid=553
    operates every Saturday from 8:00am until 2:00 pm, from April 12 – December 21, 2008. A special Holiday Magic Market in Historic Charleston will operate during the month of December.

    The Charleston Farmers Market is available each Saturday morning The park at Marion Square has long been the center of festive activities, and is the perfect tranquil setting for the Farmers Market.

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    Beautiful Sunsets

    by bandit76 Updated Nov 4, 2007

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    One of our favorite things to do is go to the Marina (Morgan's Creek Grill) and have a drink overlooking the water.
    We were pleasantly surprised to find that there are two types of dining, more formal inside and then casual burger atmosphere outside/bar food...On our way out of town once, we were able to take our little dog up on the deck with us so he didn't have to wait in the car :) Very friendly people

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  • Ghost Tours

    by LilaLinz Updated Jun 29, 2007

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    Charleston has many ghosts and legends to it. There are many company's that do it but my recommendation would be doing it through Original Charleston Walks, it's called the Ghost and Legends of Charleston. They're known for having great guides plus they're the longest running walking tour company in town. Their ghost tours cover a lot more stories than others and they're also very kid friendly. No people jumping out or any suprises like that. It's fun to bring a camera on ghost tours around here too!!

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    The Hunley : the first submarine (1)

    by GUYON Updated Jun 6, 2007

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    One of our aims visiting Charleston was to see the Hunley, the first submarine.
    It has been searched for a long time but some modern divices were necessary to find it in the bay in 1995.
    It is shaped like a modern submarine with a propeller working by hand, all the crew beeing devoted to this function . It has a ballast and a pump to dive and to go to the surface. It has also 2 snorkels to have fresh air into the ship. There is a long bar at the prow to put the torpedo. The submarine knocks in the bomb in the hull and a long rope linked with the ship allowes to make it explosed.

    The center is open only on Saturday (10AM- 5PM) and Sunday (12- 5PM) - Tour each 20 min.
    Ticket : 12$ - Senior (60 +) 10$

    During the tour, we saw the submarine wreck in a "bath" of cleaning because the hull is covered by rust and shells. Taking pictures is forbiden.
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    Warren Lasch Conservation Center Where the Armericans have learned how to pedal The exibit hall The Hunley attacks Hunley Crew facial reconstruction
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    Charles Pinckney National Historic Site

    by MatthewMetcalfe Written Jun 4, 2007

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    Charles Pinckney, a South Carolina Governor, U.S. Representative, and Ambassador to Spain was also one of the original Framers of the Constitution. Snee Farm was one of several plantations that Pinckney owned in addition to a residence in Charleston Proper.

    Today, Snee Farm is a National Park devoted to Pinckney's life. Little is known about Charles Pinckney even though he was so instrumental in both South Carolina and National politics. He helped form the Constitution still held sacred today.

    You may roam the grounds of the plantation, see some of the foundations of the old buildings that were present. The House that holds the visitor center is also a museum, bookstore, and sometimes holds special exhibits.

    The main building at Snee Farm
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    I love Pirates

    by TheTravelingNerd Updated May 7, 2007

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    Charleston has a long history as a pirate town and alot of famous pirates came here. If you love pirates I would suggest going on one of the many Pirate tours. I would suggest getting tickets in advance on the web. This is really fun for the family as well.

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    Ghost Tours and Graveyards!!!

    by TheTravelingNerd Updated May 7, 2007

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    Charleston is one of the most haunted cities in America and has many Ghost Tours. Not only will you see some amazing southern architecture and learn about southern culture, but you'll also hear some creeepy stories. Even if you're a skeptic they're still alot of fun for adults and older children. Get your tickets early online because these tend to sell out quickly especially around halloween.

    If you don't want to do an actual ghost tour you can always walk around the many beautiful old cemetaries. St. Phillips and the Circular Congregational Church are both very popular.

    Such historical figures as John C. Calhoun (former Vice President of the United States) and Dubose Heyward (author and playwright) are buried in St. Phillips.

    The Circular Church has an amazing display of gravestone art and graves dating back as early as 1695. http://www.circularchurch.org/graveyard.htm

    A beautiful old tombstone from the Circular Church Another tombstone at the Circular Church
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    King Street

    by TheTravelingNerd Updated May 7, 2007

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    KING STREET-King street from the intersection of Anne St. all the way down to Meeting St. is full of great shops, cafes, restaurants and antique shops.

    On the corner of King and Calhoun is Marion Square Park which is a nice spot to relax after a day of walking.

    At King and Market St. is the Charleston Place hotel. The bottom is filled with upscale shops, bar, and restaurant.

    My favorite part about King St. is it's more of a locals street, cheaper and less tourist-y than Market St. You can get some great food here like Juanita Greenberg's Nacho Royale, Kickin' Chicken, and the Mellow Mushroom. Andolini's Pizza is just off King on Wentworth and has been voted best pizza in town.

    There are some good bars on King as well like AC's and Cumberland's. King also has some nice clothing shops.

    My best advice is if you are on King and you think it's too yuppie ask anyone which direction Market St. is and walk the opposite way. Conversely, If you think there's too many college kids or it's too hipster walk towards Market St. and it will change.

    King St. King St. Kickin' Chicken !!! King St. and Charleston Place Hotel shops One of the entrances to Charleston Place Hotel
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    Carriage Tours

    by TheTravelingNerd Updated May 7, 2007

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    The carriage tours are very popular. During the tourist season in the spring and summer you may want to go on one of the carriage tour websites and buy tickets online before you go. If not then just go to Market Street which is the street with the open air market and thats where most carriage and walking tours have their base of operations. You can definitely enjoy one of the many walking tours, but during a hot summer day you can't beat the carriage tour. Just my opinion. You do see more of Charleston on a bus tour, but I think the novelty of a carriage tour is fun and I like being in the open air. It's really up to you as to what your preferences are.

    A carriage tour driven by a mule on Market St. Another shot on Market
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  • Charleston Photo Tour

    by dulphynn Written May 1, 2007

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    This is a great tour for photographers or anyone wanting a fun, information filled tour of Charleston. This two hour tour taught us all about the history of Charleston as well as providing great tips for photographing all the local historical buildings and houses. Our tour guide Judy was wonderful. You could tell that she absolutely loved what she was doing! High in energy and filled with knowledge! And...the best part, I got some great photos! It was two well spent hours!

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    old citadel

    by doug48 Updated Apr 14, 2007

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    this bulding was the first home to the south carolina military college, also known as the citadel. the old citadel was built in 1825 and was modified several times until the south carolina military college moved to it's present location in the 1920's. this historic building now houses the embassy suites hotel.

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