1) Waterfront Park- This is such a delightful place to visit in Charleston. As the name suggests, it is right along the water so there are some nice views to be had. When you gaze out to the water, you can see Ft. Sumter, boats, and possibly even some dolphins. There are plenty of benches and shaded areas as well as swings. The park is well-maintained and extremely clean. Within the park, there are two fountains--one that kids seem to enjoy running through and the Pineapple Fountain.
2) King Street- This is known as "the shopping street" in Charleston. There are all kinds of big chain stores like Victoria's Secret, H&M, Francesca's Collections, Forever 21, and Banana Republic, but there are also plenty of locally owned shops. If you're interested in buying local, check out this great guide from Charleston City Paper.
3) Restaurants serving Southern cuisine- The last time I went to Charleston, I went with my Chinese co-teacher who heard about Hyman's Seafood from other teachers that work at our school. We went for the lunch and all three of us got the $19.95 combo deal which includes three items of your choice, plus a side dish. I chose the fried oysters, fried shrimp, and Carolina style shrimp and grits with a side of sweet potato mash. Our waiter was really friendly and also brought out coleslaw, boiled peanuts, and some hush puppies while we were waiting for our meal. Personally, I liked the shrimp and grits the most, but everything else was also great. There are little plaques on each table of which famous people ate there. Our table had some big names like Sarah Jessica Parker, James Brown, Earth, Wind, and Fire, and Sandra Bullock.
Of course, there plenty of other restaurants to try in Charleston if this one doesn't appeal to you. Here is a Top 10 list from USA Today.
4) Rainbow Row- Located from 83 to 107 East Bay Street, these colorful, pastel row houses are fun to admire and photograph. This is an iconic spot in Charleston and not to be missed on a walking tour. Many of the homes were built in the 1770's.
5) The Battery and White Point Garden- When I visited Charleston, I parked along the Battery (it's free and there were tons of spaces!!) and made my way into the city by walking towards White Point Garden. The Battery is full of beautiful antebellum mansions, and the streets are lined with palmettos. White Point Garden has cannons from both the Revolutionary War and Civil War, a gazebo, and several historic monuments.
6) Charleston City Market- This is the place to go if you're looking for a souvenir to take home. The most famous souvenirs are the Gullah sweet grass baskets and roses made out of palmetto leaves. The City Market is four blocks long and has 300 plus vendors.
Does Charleston interest you? If you've gone before, what are your recommendations?