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    The Charleston Historic District

    by roamer61 Updated Jan 18, 2009

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    The Charleston Historic District.
    The district has many historic buildings from the 18th and 19th Centuries. A few are accessable as House Museums, giving visitors an oportunity to see what life was like in a different era. One of the best of these is the Joseph Manigault House (See picture). It was built in 1803 by a wealthy family who made their fortune through rice farming amngst other things.

    There are many other beautiful houses, many open to the public, giving one a glimpse into life during the latter 18th and 19th Centuries.

    Joseph Manigault House

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    Patriots Point Naval Museum

    by MatthewMetcalfe Written Dec 26, 2008

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    Located just across the river is Patriots Point Maritime Museum. The Museum is centered around the U.S.S. Yorktown (CV-10). Also on site is the U.S.S. Laffey (DD-724), a destroyer that survived an incredible Kamikaze attack in WW-II. The diesel submarine Clamagore (SS-343) was completed in late 1945 and did not see action in WW-II but was in service with the U.S. Navy until 1975. Undergoing each GUPPY upgrade (I, II, and III) it is the only Guppy III class Submarine restored and tourable in the U.S. The Coast Guard Cutter Ingham (WHEC-35) rounds out the ships on display.

    Inside the Yorktown and on her Deck are numerous aircraft including the Hellcat, Corsair, and Hornet. A Congressional Medal of Honor museum is located on the Hangar Deck as is a museum remembering the Charleston Naval Yard.

    Each ship has it's own tour that goes through the various stations and history of the ship. A Vietnam Support Base is stationed on-land and tells the history of a Patrol Boat Support Base during the Vietnam War

    Hornet on Yorktown's Flight Deck Navy PBR -
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    Take a horse and carriage ride!

    by nyonnetti Written Dec 2, 2008

    We took a horse and carriage ride with Palmetto Carriage Barn company, although there are plenty of carriage ride tours to choose from. We loved our tour as it really gave us a great history lesson on Charleston. We learned how much this city has been through, between the great fires and the earthquake. We saw historic homes and learned some important details about Charleston architecture. We also learned a lot about the culture of this unique city. I highly recommend doing this when you are visiting Charleston.

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    Walking Tours - a must do in Charleston

    by brewjohnson Updated Aug 6, 2008

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    In my opinion, every visitor to Charleston should do one of the touristy carriage rides that leave from the Market. They're about an hour and give you a great overview of the City (I wouldn't' necessarily trust everything the guides tell you, but nonetheless, its a great intro to Charleston).

    I personally love the walking tours. I think these are probably the best thing that visitors who are in search of culture and history can do during their stay. There are several companies that offer a variety of walking tours. Your hotel will be able to provide you with a list. They're generally about 2 hours long. We did a civil war walking tour and it was fantastic. I've heard the pirate tour is fantastic as well. There's also architectural walking tours.

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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.

    Charleston architecture More Charleston architecture More Charleston architecture US Customs Building, Charleston The Streets of Charleston
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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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