Charleston Travel Guide

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Charleston Things to Do

  • Battery Park

    4.5 out of 5 stars

    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 initially as Fort Broughton in 1735, later as Fort Wilkins, as a park in 1837, and it later became a Confederate artillery battery during the Civil War....

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  • 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 Harbor. Fort Sumter surrendered 34 hours later. Union forces would try for nearly four years to take it back. Sullivan's Island has long served as...

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  • 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 federal courthouse and post office respresent federal law, the state courthouse represents state law, City Hall represents city law and St. Michael's...

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Charleston Restaurants

  • Hyman's

    4 out of 5 stars

    One of the most popular restaurants in Charleston, Hyman's is great seafood at a very reasonable price. It often has a long wait so it's best to go on off hours or a week day. Choose a combo and you won't have to choose!

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  • Sticky Fingers Restaurant

    4.5 out of 5 stars

    The building that houses Sticky Fingers was built in 1875. The hardwood pine floors are 100 years old. There are brick archways and cozy little nooks. Be prepared to have a good southern BBQ meal. Of course you will want to start off with sweet tea and some spinach and artichoke dip. Then it's time to settle in and do some serious eating. A slab of...

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  • 82 Queen

    4.5 out of 5 stars

    A beautiful setting, attentive service, large greenhouse that focuses on fresh, local cuisine with southern hospitality. There are 3 buildings, 11 rooms, a and a garden courtyard nestled in the Historic French Quarter. 82 Queen’s menu features dishes influenced by the African, large bar with French, Caribbean and Anglo-Saxon foods that are now...

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Charleston Nightlife

  • Not recommended

    We went on a Saturday. Almost every bar charges a cover so bar hopping gets expensive really fast. The covers don't stop even after midnight, nor get reduced, and rarely will you find a place that lets even women in for free. Some of the bars are misleading, advertising a rooftop bar except after you've paid and entered, you discover you have to be...

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  • Live Theatre

    The Charleston Stage Company operates this old historic theater in the historic heart of the city. I attended no shows there, but if I ever return, I'll try to make one.

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  • Bar Hop

    Wow! I haven't had so much fun out on the town in a long time. Downtown Charleston is a watering-hole wonderland. Every kind of Bar or club you can imagine, live music, good people. Dress codes vary-I didn't see anywhere that required a jacket, but at the same time I think people tended to "dress up" a little more here than other areas. Everyone...

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Charleston Transportation

  • FREE TROLLEY - CARTA

    When we visited the Charleston Visitor Center, we found out that there was a FREE TROLLEY - CARTA system - Charleston Area Regional Transportation Authority.There are three routes available - Orange 210 - goes to Liberty Square & South Carolina AquariumGreen 211 - starts at the Visitor Center then goes to Waterfront Park - Market Hall - then down...

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  • parking headaches

    As I read through other reviews about transportation & parking in Charleston, I thought a more recent one would be in order (all I am seeing is stuff from 2005-2009). We just returned from our first visit tot he city.I totally concur with the other reviews about how horrible parking is there. From the looks on other drivers faces we viewed while...

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  • Think Green Take a Pedicab

    The day was getting warmer and now after visiting the Charleston Museum and 2 of the homes on our 2 day pass, having had our lunch and gelato we needed to head South of Broad near the Battery to try to get in one more home before they closed for the day. Question - how to get several miles further south without taking our car from the parking...

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Charleston Shopping

  • King Street Charleston

    King Street has developed into three distinctive areas; the Upper King Street Design and Dining District; in the middle the King Street Fashion District and the Lower King Street Antiques District. There are many interesting shops on historic King Street that include antiques, art galleries, book stores, children's clothing, chocolate, cosmetics,...

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  • Old City Market

    The Old City Market is fronted by a historic building and has everything from souvenirs to local baked goods and sweets. This is the best plce to pick up reasonably priced souvenirs.

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  • Charleston's City Market

    Charleston's city market stretches along four buildings from Meeting Street all the way to the Customs House at the water's edge. The small buildings or, "sheds," were built between 1804 and 1830 after the land was donated to the city in 1788. The main building was constructed in 1841 and is a replica of the Temple of the Wingless Victory in...

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Charleston Local Customs

  • SWEETGRASS BASKETS & CRAFTS

    As we drove along Hwy 17, through Mount Pleasant - a town near Charleston - we saw many stands selling straw baskets. We pulled our van to the side of the road where there was a lovely stand (pics #1, #2 & #3). I chatted with the lady there and found out that these beautiful baskets were hand-made SWEETGRASS BASKETS. Sweetgrass Baskets or Coiled...

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  • Sweet Grass Baskets - Mount Pleasant

    Sweet grass is a grass that grows naturally from the Carolina to Texas along the coastal dunes. It is also common on the coast of Africa, in countries that grew rice hundreds of years ago. These people used the grass to make baskets for winnowing and hauling rice and other products. When the slaves were brought to America beginning around 1500, the...

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  • Sweetgrass baskets

    Sweetgrass basket making is an art that has been handed down from generation to generation (mostly women), and is part of the uniquely low country Gullah culture.The art was brought to the coastal islands of South Carolina and Georgia by slaves from West Africa. The materials have been modified but the techniques are centuries old.They are coiled...

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Charleston Warnings and Dangers

  • please don't go on Nassau St. or America...

    Please take my advice, Dad told me that Nassau St. and America St. are one of the most dangerous streets in Charleston. The things that might happen there are stabbings, shootings, drug trafficking, and maybe forcible rape. If you see anything suspicious, call the police and tell what is happening. Also, these streets are dangerous at nighttime,...

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  • Mini Bottle Law

    READ: South Carolina is the only state left in the Union that uses mini bottles to serve drinks. Each mini bottle is equivlent to 1.5 oz. If you order a drink with two liquors in it, you will receive 3 oz's. And be charged for both. For example, If you get a white russian, you get both the full vodka bottle and full kaluha bottle. Your drink will...

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  • Boycott of Charleston South Carolina

    One should show caution when planing a trip to the City of Charleston in coastal South Carolina. The boycott seems to be related to the deaths of 9 firemen and the City of Charlestons reluctance to change policy's that directly contributed to their deaths. The Mayor and Fire Chief stand accused by many as for having created unsafe conditions in the...

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Charleston Tourist Traps

  • TO THE LODGE ALLEY INN WARNING POSTING

    It is apparent by reading your post that you have no knowledge of Lodge Alley Inn or bluegreen corp. for that matter. Your 20. deposit is just that. A deposit. The people are making it available for you and your family to tour this 300 year old former merchant warehouses. The arrange the schedules for the people who shows you around. What would...

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  • Magnolia Plantation - a huge...

    I went to Magnolia Plantation for the gardens. The experience was very disappointing. The grounds looked unkempt and some bushes needed pruning pretty badly. Even my husband who is not a gardener noticed it. In some areas the flower array looked like an awful technicolor display with no apparent thought given to the design. There was nothing...

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  • lines lines lines

    There really aren't many tourist traps here. During peak season Folly beach can get a bit busy, but it's still tolerable. To avoid crowds go to the Isle of Palms beach or Sullivan's Island beach. If you want to eat on Market St. or at Hman's Seafood Iwouldn't during peak hours...the lines can be quite long. Go to King St. to get food there..no...

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Charleston What to Pack

  • Warm summers. But a city.

    If you have a Bugatti, its fitted luggage would do very well. Neither is required. Charleston is not a resort, nor, God knows, a beach. Dress, for a gentleman is a jacket, shirt with collar, and shoes you would wear in New York. In the summer, seersucker is an excellent choice, and a Panama will stand you well. A tie is not quite required for...

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  • warm

    Anything you would need for a day walking and soaking up the sun Cool clothes but fancy for dinner sandals are fine bring fancy shoes unless you have any fancy sandals look at pics for examples Any meds Tablet or phone for catching that sc sunset Bathing suits and sunscreen

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  • It's HOT and Humid in Summer, so be...

    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...

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Charleston Off The Beaten Path

  • Picture Perfect History Tours of...

    Joyce our tour guide clearly demonstrated her knowledge and passion of photography and the history and architecture of Charleston, For two hours, Joyce whisked us through alleyways and down quiet streets to present perfect angles, views, light, positions & the best time of day to shoot the many beautiful gardens, buildings and sights in Charleston....

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  • Berkley County Museum

    On the grounds of the Old Santee Canal park is the Berkely county museum ,a small but interesting museum with artifacts of both revolutionary and civil war era.

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  • Old Santee Canal Historic park

    A very pleasant surprise, The park is 15 miles north of Charleston in Monck's Corner about 5 miles past Cypress gardens and in my opinion a much superior park at a fraction of the cost of Cypress.

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Charleston Sports & Outdoors

  • Exploring by Water

    So many great places to explore outdoors in Charleston, and many of them are accessible only by watercraft. During our visit we stayed an Middleton Place and explored the numerous trails by foot, but the best perspective was by kayak. The outfitter on site offers kayaks for rent, or guided tours. We opted for the guided tour and got some great...

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  • MM 461.1 Charleston Maritime Center

    There are lots of marinas in the Charleston area, but not many actually in Charleston that are suitable for us.We've stayed at Charleston Harbor Marina, but that is across the Cooper River at Mt. Pleasant. We've stayed at Buzzard's Point and Ross Marine - which are both on Johns Island. And we've usually stayed at Isle of Palms, which is off the...

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  • Kayak Charleston

    There is also a place to rent kayaks aon Shem Creek in Mt. Pleasant. It is called Nature Adventures and they also do tours from that location as well as other places around the Low- country. They provide the important stuff like kayak, paddle and life vest. You bring water and bug and sun gunk. Wear comfortable clothes and shoes that can get wet.

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Charleston General

  • CITADEL SQUARE BAPTIST CHURCH

    Located at 328 Meeting Street, CITADEL SQUARE BAPTIST CHURCH (ca 1855) was the fourth Baptist Church built in Charleston. The name refers to the church's location on Upper Meeting Street, immediately across from Marion Square which at the time was the location of the Citadel.

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  • A BIT ABOUT CHARLESTON

    The oldest and second largest city in southeaster state of South Carolina, CHARLESTON is located on Charleston Harbor, an inlet of the Atlantic Ocean.Founded in 1670 as Charles Towne, in honor of King Charles II of England.Known for its rich history and well-preserved architecture.History bluffs will love the Old Plantations and numerous historical...

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  • TRINITY UNITED METHODIST CHURCH

    In 1926, Trinity purchased the present church at 273 Meeting Street from Westminster Presbyterian Church (ca. 1848).The exterior of TRINITY UNITED METHODIST CHURCH has a grand portico and imposing Corinthian columns. When Hans and I entered the church, we were immediately welcomed by a church volunteer, who showed us around the church. We were...

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