Charleston, South Carolina is easily one of the prettiest and most charming cities in the south! It’s a city that keeps people coming back time and time again because of its history, architecture, good shopping, and great food!
What To Do in Charleston, SC
Whether you’re visiting solo, as a couple, or as a family, there are endless options of things to do in Charleston. Some people go to experience the food and nightlife while others go to soak in the rich heritage of the city. Families go to explore the aquariums, forts and museums, but anyone can enjoy all of its glory!
- Fort Sumter
- Stroll Along the Waterfront or take a dip in one of two fountains at Waterfront Park. This keeps the kids entertained and cool during the hot and humid summer months. There is also a beautiful pier that overlooks the water!
- Magnolia Plantation
- Visit the Angel Oak Tree – The largest living thing east of the Mississippi.
- South Carolina Aquarium
- Children’s Museum of the Lowcountry
- Shopping on King Street
- Shopping in the City Market
- Rainbow Row – A row of beautiful historic homes passed in pastels. It looks like a postcard.
- The Battery
- Walk across the Cooper River Bridge
Explore Charleston’s Five Beach Towns
- Isle of Palms
- Folly Beach
- Seabrook Island
- Kiawah Island
- Sullivan’s Island
Take A Day Trip
Another option would be to take a daytrip from Charleston and visit Botany Bay Plantation in Edisto Island.
Charleston, South Carolina is definitely a walking city. Parking is limited and mostly only available for a fee so your best bet is either to stay right in the city or drive in and leave your car in one place for the day!
Best Time of Year to Visit
Spring is typically the best time to visit because you’ll have the best weather for walking around. Summers are sweltering hot and humid, but if you plan to get away to the beach this is the time to do so.
Skip the horse drawn carriage tour. The treatment of the animals is questionable.
Pack your walking shoes and explore the city on foot! There are some great walking tours like the one we did, Free Tours by Foot. You’ll learn that Charleston dates back to the late 1600’s and has survived the American Revolution and the Civil War as well as countless major fires. The guides are trained, knowledgeable experts that love to share their beautiful city with you!