What to do in Charleston, SC

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Charleston Attractions

Charleston, the oldest city in the state of South Carolina, is a fun destination for everyone from those interested in the city's rich history, to people looking to enjoy some of Charleston's exciting attractions. It can be hard to pick which things to do in Charleston, or Chucktown, simply because of the variety of famous sites which call the city home.

There are, however, a few local spots that you'll not want to miss the next time you head to this charming, historic city.

One of the top tourist attractions in Charleston has to be Charleston tours of various historic homes. Many of these homes, like the must see Aiken-Rhett House, have been transformed into museums that transport visitors back to Charleston's lovely past. If you are interested in learning more about the industries that first put Charleston on the map, you'll want to take Charleston excursions to Drayton Hall, America's oldest plantation, or visit Middleton Place, a former rice plantation. Military history lovers will want to be sure to visit places like The Citadel and those who want to experience what it was like to live in Charleston as an early settler should stop by Charles Towne Landing.

There are many fine Charleston activities for families visiting the area as well. You could head to the Children's Museum of the Lowcountry so your children will have a hands on learning experience. Splash Zone Waterpark is the best place to stop for families with active children staying in Charleston. The South Carolina Aquarium is a great place to visit, if your little ones are interested in learning more about sea creatures. After a busy day of checking out Charleston's many sites, you can head to Charleston Waterfront Park for a relaxing picnic dinner or go to Marion Square to check out one of the area's fine dining establishments.

From the Cathedral of Saint John the Baptist, one of the sites that helped earn Charleston its nickname of Holy City, to the stunning Morris Island Lighthouse, there are endless delights to be found on your next visit to Charleston, SC.

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A trip to Charleston doesn't have to hurt your hip pocket. You won't have to spend a penny if you check out:

Gibbes Museum of Art - See if there are any special displays, exhibits or tours on at this fascinating museum.

East Bay Playground - Loads of fun and action awaits you at this unmissable place.

Marion Square - This modern local landmark is a wonderful backdrop for some selfies.

The Powder Magazine - Feel like you've gone back in time while wandering around this historic site.

Charleston City Marina - Discover why both locals and tourists are in love with the unique atmosphere of this place.

Charleston City Market - Widely recognized among those who reside here, this place is worth exploring.

Circular Congregational Church - Gain an insight into the local faith at this spiritual place.

Sullivan's Island Beach - Get stuck into a great book or listen to a podcast while you're soaking up those rays.

West Ashley Greenway - Appreciate the contrast between the urban jungle and nature's splendor at this awe-inspiring spot.

Washington Park - Whether you know your daffodils from daisies, you'll find beauty in this marvelous display.

Things to Do in Charleston with Kids

There are loads of incredible experiences in Charleston that the whole gang will enjoy. These are a few of the best family friendly experiences in the area.


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