Visiting Charleston South Carolina almost feels like stepping back in time, thanks to the architecture and landscapes that still retain that plantation look and feel. Many of the homes were built in the pre-Civil War era since the town’s history goes back to 1670. You’ll still find cobblestone streets and maybe even a horse and carriage or two. The place is gorgeous, hospitable, and full of Southern charm, which is partly why it’s won so many awards for being the best small town in the country.
When you visit Charleston it’s worth it to check out some of the historical sights. The Charleston harbor after all is where the first shots of the Civil War took place. Other fun things to do when you visit include touring an antebellum style home or a WWII aircraft carrier. You can also take tours that go out to Fort Sumter.
There are tons of old gardens in Charleston, and the outdoor activities are a plenty. The Magnolia Plantation and Garden is has been selected as one of “America’s Most Beautiful Gardens”, and it is the most visited garden in the city.
Charleston has a 50 foot climbing wall for anyone who like rock climbing, an equestrian center with 20 miles of trails, water parks, and even kayak tours that will give you an up close look at the wildlife like turtles and dolphins.
The Carolina Queen River Boat is the only paddle-wheel river boat in the city and hosts special events like murder mystery nights, Jazz brunch cruises, and cruises that mix blues and BBQ. There are other boats for more traditional harbor tours as well.
One of the best way to see the city is simply to take of the Charleston Strolls. These walking tours last about two hours and include a guide to fill you in on the historical significance of sites and also point out some modern attractions worth seeing. The weather in Charleston is generally quite warm, so it can be a really fun experience.
For a unique way of touring the city, why not hop on one of the cities ghost tours? A town that old can’t get away without some interesting stories of the past residents who lived (and died) there. The haunted jail tour will even take you on a tour of the supposedly very haunted Old City Jail. That one is a popular one so be sure and make your reservations in advance.
You certainly won’t leave Charleston hungry. The town prides itself on creating dishes in unique ways, so there is something for every palette. At a couple of the restaurants you can get some close sights of the ocean, and some even offer things like gospel Sundays where you can really immerse yourself in the local feel. French, American, and seafood options are all quite popular, most of which have their own Southern twists on things. You can expect top service and kind people anywhere you go.