6 Places to Visit in Charleston, South Carolina

April 8, 2015
Charleston, South Carolina is a historic city that will likely win you over in just one visit!  It is truly a city that is full of Southern charm and was even voted America's friendliest city by Conde Nast Traveler. Go for the weather, architecture, food, and hospitality and you'll see firsthand why so many people rave about Charleston.



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.





Other suggestions if you have more time are:  Folly Beach, Ft. Sumter, and South Carolina Aquarium.

Does Charleston interest you?  If you've gone before, what are your recommendations?
16 comments on "6 Places to Visit in Charleston, South Carolina"
  1. As a local, I love it when ever my home town shows up in my blog feed! I love the places you've talked about, My husband and I actually got engaged at Waterfront Park, right in between the swings and the fountain. It was the best. And I have memories of playing in the Pineapple fountain as a kid. Great post!

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  2. My fiance and I got engaged at Washington Square Park in Charleston this past summer! I can't wait to get back some day and dig even deeper into Charleston, it was a quick trip this last time :)

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  3. I've never been to Charleston but it's definitely on my list of places I want to see! The market looks awesome.

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  4. Charleston is on my list of places to visit! It looks wonderful. Thanks for sharing.

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  5. There is so much to love about the Low Country!

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  6. It really is a special place. :)

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  7. I love living near Savannah and Charleston!! Both places are really wonderful--hope you make it there yourself one day.

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  8. Aw, how romantic! And yes, I know what you mean--there are so many restaurants I want to try.

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  9. I can see why you have that hometown pride! And the Waterfront Park sounds like a fantastic spot for a proposal. :)

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  10. I live in Charleston... Magnolia Plantation, Boone Hall, Charleston Tea Plantation, Middleton Place, Patriots Point, Fort Moultrie, Sullivan's Island, walk the Ravenel Bridge, etc, etc. So many awesome things to do here :)

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  11. Thanks for the suggestions. I'll be sure to put some of these places on my list for next time!

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  12. Ive never been to South Carolina but this all looks great. I love unique cities and this fits the bill!

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  13. Yes it does! I also love that it's not too big, but that there are still plenty of things to do. :)

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  14. Great post! My cousins live here so I have seen a couple of these sights! Will check out the others next time I visit! :)
    -Jenna :)
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  15. Thanks and hope that you get to visit again soon! :)

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