Charleston Things to Do

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  • 1. Battery Park

    Battery Park and White Point Garden offer views of Fort Sumter, scenic antebellum homes, and a number of historic monuments. Located at the southeastern point of the city, the area was established...

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  • 2. Market

    This first carrier was sunk in 1944. Another with the same name was built, and road the seas until about 1980's, when retired to Charleston. Taking a tour of a carrier is long and fantastic. Tickets...

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  • 3. Fort Sumter

    Where the American Civil War Began; decades of growing strife between North and South erupted in civil war on April 12, 1861, when Confederate artillery opened fire on this Federal fort in Charleston...

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  • 4. Magnolia Plantation and Gardens

    Magnolia Plantation is a must see on your trip to Charleston. The gardens are the oldest landscaped gardens in America. We took a tour with Charleston's Finest Historic Tours because we did not rent a...

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  • 5. Middleton Place Plantation

    middleton place plantation was established by john williams in the 1730's. in 1741 william's daughter married henry middleton whose name was subsequently applied to the plantation. at one point in...

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  • 6. South Carolina Aquarium

    This recently opened Aquarium has been one of Charleston's major attractions. It features exhibits on all the aquatic eco systems of South Carolina from the mountainous streams of the west to the...

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  • 7. Waterfront Park

    First point, this is not Charleston Waterfront park. That is on the opposite side of the river, in downtown Charleston. This Waterfront Park is in Mt Pleasant. Relatively small and often passed...

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  • 8. Museum

    The Old Slave Mart Museum recounts the story of Charleston's role in this inter-state slave trade by focusing on the history of this particular building and site and the slave sales that occurred...

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  • 9. Architecture

    Our tour of Charleston started at the corner of Meeting and Broad, listed in Ripley's Believe it or Not as the only place where four branches of the law sit, federal, state, city and canon. The...

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  • 10. Boone Hall Plantation

    boone hall plantation is an excellent place to see plantation life prior to the civil war. the plantation was founded by major john boone in the 1700's. the original wooden plantation house was built...

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  • 11. Old Exchange and Provost Dungeon

    The Old Exchange began its existence as a public building and remains so today. Owned by the South Carolina Society of the Daughters of American Revolution, the Old Exchange offers public tours of its...

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  • 12. Charles Towne Landing

    This state park is set on the spot where English settlers first formed a settlement in 1670 called Charles Towne. The city was later moved across the river to the peninsula due to the original site...

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  • 13. Fort Moultrie

    Fort Moultrie's history covers 171 years of seacoast defense, including the first decisive victory in the American Revolution and firing onto Fort Sumter during the first battle of the Civil War. The...

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  • 14. Audubon Swamp Garden

    This swamp is on the grounds of Magnolia Plantation but is visited with a separate ticket. The garden is a refuge for birds and other animals including alligators. The walk through the gardens is...

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  • 15. Cypress Gardens

    Cypress Gardens was fantastic! My husband and I went in mid October, the weather was perfect, sunny and light breeze. We had a wonderful day. We saw Pedro the Galapagos tortoise who "smiles" for the...

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  • 16. Aiken- Rhett House

    We didn't have time to get out to the country to tour a plantation, so we looked for a way to see as many elements of plantation life as we could without leaving the historic old town area. We chose...

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  • 17. Drayton Hall

    drayton hall is a plantation house built for john drayton in 1742. dayton was a indigo and rice planter on the ashley river during the 18 th century. drayton hall is considered the finest example of...

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  • 18. St. Philip's Episcopal Church

    st. phillips episcopal church is the oldest church in charleston and the first anglican church south of virginia. originally built in 1681 the current structure dates back to 1835. the 1835 church...

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  • 19. St. Michael's Episcopal Church

    St Michael's Episcopal Church is the oldest church structure in Charleston. It was built from 1751 to 1761 on the former site of the original St Phillips Church, which was completed in 1681 and...

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  • 20. Folly Beach

    Folly beach is about ten miles south of historic Charleston. It's a good getaway if you want to supplement your historic sightseeing with some beach culture. The beach is accompanied by a town that...

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  • 21. Rainbow Row

    Rainbow Row is the name for a series of thirteen colorful historic houses in Charleston. These 13 houses are located north of Tradd St. and south of Elliot St. on East Bay Street. It is referred to as...

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  • 22. Edmondston-Alston House

    Edmondston-Alston House This house museum is one of Charleston's most splendid dwellings. It was built in 1825 on Charleston's High Battery. The house has remained in the Alston family since 1838....

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  • 23. Spoleto Festival

    The Spoleto Festival lasts for 17 days and nights, and has been happening since 1977. Named for it's sister festival in Spoleto, Italy, the Spoleto Festival offers theater, music, dance, visual arts,...

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  • 24. Festival of Lights

    Held annually since 1989 (early November through New Year's Eve), the Festival of Lights is put on by the Charleston Country Parks and Recreation with the help...

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  • 25. Kahal Kadosh Beth Elohim

    The first Jews began to settle in Charleston soon after 1670, attracted by the civil and religious freedom of South Carolina and its economic opportunities. A...

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