15 Best Things To Do in Charleston
Charleston is located in South Carolina, where the Southern hospitality can be experienced firsthand! From parks to historical attractions, Charleston is full of tourist places. Moreover, foodie travelers will find this place heavenly because of its restaurants and buzzing bars. Charleston is well known for its rich culture and has some of the finest art galleries in the region. Also, theatres and museums further give some sneak peek into the town's local culture.
Let's explore Charleston points of interest and 15 best things to do in Charleston:
1. Extinguish all your firefighting curiosities in the Fire Museum
Looks like a fire station and is operational since 2007. This museum explains its visitors all about the history of fire service in Charleston. There is also a fire prevention theater that gives you an experience of live smoke. From vintage firefighting vehicles to firefighting equipment, this museum displays all their firefighting equipment for visitors. If you always were curious about firefighters, their life and their heroism, this place will give you the thrills!
2. Pay tribute to all the naval sailor in the Greater Charleston Naval Base Memorial
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To honor the local veterans, this naval base that was operational for over 95 years was turned into a memorial. This place is all about tradition, with the walls been covered in historical stories. Also, a stream makes its way through the memorial that is a beauty in itself. There is a 7-foot-tall “Lone Sailor” statue here that was also built as a tribute to all sailors.
3. Be one with Nature in the Riverfront Park
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This beautiful park is thronged by locals and visitors alike. It is located on the banks of the Cooper River that adds to its beauty. From tall and beautiful oak trees to lush green meadows, nature is at its peaceful best in the riverfront park. There is also a performance pavilion that is present in this park to keep the entertainment game strong. Here, live music shows and other cultural events and competitions (like art and sculpture competition) take place. A beautiful walk down the river bank is what you are to expect from this park.
4. Pay an artsy visit to the city gallery
If you are an art lover, you will appreciate the exhibits in the Charleston City Gallery. Here pieces by local, international and national artists are exhibited. The exhibits stay on a rotational basis here to keep the collections updated and fresh all-round the year. Some of the exhibits are put on sale in their on-site store too.
5. Catch a show in this majestic entertainment center, The North Charleston Coliseum
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This hosts some of the city`s largest live entertainment programs with a capacity to seat 13,000 guests at a time. All sorts of art performance happen here, including musical concerts, comedy shows, family shows, and sports events (like hockey).
6. Spend some time relaxing and fishing in the Down south fishing
If you are a fishing enthusiast or if you are keen to try it for the first time, Down South Fishing will give you a chance to explore the aquatic life in Charleston on your plate. The boat day-trips that are organized here, will take you for fishing expeditions, which are also worth a sightseeing visit. Also available are night trips for people who would love to spot some sharks or dolphins in the waters of Charleston. In their excursion menu, down south fishing also offers eco-tours (educative about the underwater environment) and photography excursions.
7. Get some local flavors in the North Charleston Farmers Market
If you are in Charleston between May to October, you need to visit the Felix C Davis Community Center to get a unique farmers market experience. This market is ‘fresh’ personified. The local farmers sell their fresh produce in this market. Everything from fruits, vegetables and freshly baked goods are available here. Also, local arts and crafts of the craftsmen are up for sale in this market. So, if travelers are looking to buy a trinket or two as a take-home souvenir, this is the place to be. The cultural and arts department of the city makes sure that shoppers are kept entertained with live musical performances in and around the farmers market. To experience the laid-back cultural vibe of Charleston, farmers market is a must-visit.
8. To mingle with the elite golf fans of Charleston, drop by at the Wescott golf club
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Wescott Golf Club of Charleston, like any other golf club, is covered with lush green plantations and a carpet-like 27-hole course. Since the course is covered with all-weather Bermuda grass, it can be played on all throughout the year.
9. Turn back some pages of history when you visit the Fort Sumter
During the Civil War, Fort Sumter was an important landmark in the city. It was constructed in the 19th century but was never completed. Fort Sumter is located on a little island and to reach this picturesque historic monument, you need to go by ferry or a boat. The ferry ride is all of 30 minutes but might stay closed in rough weather.
10. Take a sneak peek into the H.L. Hunley Submarine
The H.L. Hunley Submarine is a Confederate vessel of the times of the American Civil War. The remains of this historically significant submarine come among the oldest surviving submarines of the world. With its first launch in 1863, this naval craft is almost like a ‘submarine-fossil’ that you must witness.
11. Witness this age-old architectural beauty called Drayton Hall
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John Drayton had built this grand house way back in 1739, but looking at this house today, you will not be able to believe your eyes! Even after 300 odd years, it stands tall, showcasing its Georgian Palladian architecture of ancient times. The drive to Drayton Hall is also picturesque.
12. Treat the foodie in you by taking up a Culinary tour in Charleston
Charleston Culinary Tours are perfect if you would like to combine history, food and culture. The tour takes you through different restaurants, markets and bars of the city to taste what Charleston serves best. The tour guide also gives you the required dose of touristy history. Each time you stop at a bar or restaurant, you get to sample the local cuisine and chat-up with the chefs and owners of the places. It is indeed a unique experience that foodies will love!
13. Take a tour of the luxurious Calhoun Mansion
This mansion is a massive 35-room house that dates back to 1876. George W. Williams was a businessman who built this place to live with his family. This is the largest house of Charleston that is private, and also one of the most beautiful one. Since it is open to the public, you can witness this grandeur in the city`s downtown area. Its Italianate architecture has a grand ballroom, multiple terraces, elevators, Japanese gardens, piazzas along with a koi pond. Preservationist Howard Stahl is the proud owner of this mansion now (since 2004), who has tastefully renovated it to display his collection of artifacts.
14. Shop your heart out in the Charleston city market
This is said to be one of the oldest public markets of America. It is always bustling with locals and forms the heart of the city. This market runs all year-round that has everything from clothes to antique collectibles by local entrepreneurs. There is also a running night market (Thursday to Sunday) that features local handmade items. Food and drinks stalls are also a part of this market set-up.
15. Get high on the local brew in the Charleston Brews Cruise tour
All the local craft breweries put up their samplers in this cruise. In this cruise, you will also get educated about the science that goes into brewing your favorite beer. This tour includes complimentary samples of beers along with snacks. This tour runs daily and is quite an experience of beer fanatics!