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What to Do in Charleston: Must See Attractions

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.

Things to Do in Charleston with Kids

Charleston has plenty of close by fun things to do for you and your kids. Our family friendly experiences will keep the crew happy for days.

Free Things to Do in Charleston

Taking a break in Charleston on a budget? The following can be experienced for nada.

Gibbes Museum of Art - Stroll the halls and take in the intriguing displays and collections at this popular museum.

East Bay Playground - If you're hoping to turn up the fun factor during your getaway, head straight here.

Marion Square - If you enjoy modern architecture and design, add this attraction to your to-do list.

The Powder Magazine - Soak up some of the historical background of the area through this site.

Charleston City Marina - Discover for yourself why both locals and tourists gravitate toward the character and charm of this place.

Charleston City Market - Speak to a few locals and discover why many sightseers visit this place.

Circular Congregational Church - Do a bit of quiet reflection and learn a few things about this site's spiritual importance.

Sullivan's Island Beach - Toss a ball around with the youngsters or simply sit back and soak up the sun's rays at this coastal spot.

West Ashley Greenway - Bring your camera and let Mother Nature spark a sense of awe in you.

Washington Park - If you like pottering about the garden, this attraction will satisfy your green thumb.

Explore The Neighborhoods of Charleston

Charleston Historic District

Appreciate the authentic antebellum ambiance as you move between historical homes, museums, markets and waterfront parks on foot or by horse-drawn carriage tours.

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Downtown Charleston

Travelers to Downtown Charleston praise its fantastic nightlife. If you've got some more time to explore, be sure to make a stop by Charleston City Market and Port of Charleston Cruise Terminal.

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French Quarter

Travelers to French Quarter praise its popular shops. If you've got some more time to explore, be sure to make a stop by Waterfront Park and Port of Charleston Cruise Terminal.

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West Beach

If you're spending some time in West Beach, Kiawah Beachwalker Park and Beach are top sights worth seeing.

Vanderhorst Plantation

While visiting Vanderhorst Plantation, you might make a stop by sights like Ocean Course and Beach.

Old Village

While visiting Old Village, you might make a stop by sights like Mount Pleasant Sports Complex and Pitt Street Bridge.

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Frequently Asked Questions

What to do in Charleston on a sunny day?

You'll discover lots of outdoor activities that'll get you out of the hotel room and into the sunshine:

What should I not miss in Charleston?

If you've only got time to explore one thing here, make sure it's USS Yorktown.

Are there cheap things to do in Charleston?

If you'd like to make your vacation budget go further, you can't beat an Evening Carriage Tour of Historic Charleston.

What can you do in Charleston for free?

You'll barely have time to pull your wallet out of your bag with so many fantastic free attractions:

  • Port of Charleston Cruise Terminal
  • Charleston City Market
  • College of Charleston
  • Waterfront Park