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Things to do in Charleston

Welcome to Charleston

Truly one of America’s favorite places, the historic city of Charleston is a delight to all who enjoy Southern charm and hospitality. History buffs, beach lovers, foodies, and all sorts of adventurers will enjoy exploring our sunny seaside town.

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History Buffs

Heyward-Washington House

87 Church St. | 0.3 mi. | (843) 722-0354

Experience what life was like in 18th-century Charleston at this beautifully preserved historic house, featuring colonial furniture and formal gardens.

Old Exchange and Provost Dungeon

122 E Bay St. | 0.4 mi. | (843) 727-2165

Once a prisoner of war facility during the American Revolutionary War, Exchange and Provost has quite a history. Don't miss this must-see national landmark.

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Beach Lovers

Morris Island

8.0 mi.

Take a scenic boat ride to historic Morris Island, an 840-acre uninhabited island that once served as a strategic location during the American Civil War.

Sullivan’s Island Beach

9.9 mi.

From learning about the Revolutionary War at Fort Moultrie to kiteboarding on the shoreline, there’s so much fun to be had at Sullivan’s Island.

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Circa 1886 Restaurant 

Voted #4 Best Fine Dining Restaurant in the U.S. by TripAdvisor.
149 Wentworth St. | 0.6 mi. |  (843) 853-7828

For a romantic evening, there’s no better choice than Wentworth Mansion’s Circa 1886, featuring Southern-inspired dishes and an extensive wine list.

Fast & French Inc. (Gaulart & Maliclet)

98 Broad St. | 446 ft. | (843) 577-9797

Gaulart & Maliclet, also known as Fast & French, is a bustling cafe with breakfast, lunch, and night specials, as well as coffee, beer, and French wines.

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Ghost Hunters

Pleasing Terrors

80 Broad St. | 0.2 mi.

Get to know the history of Charleston in a uniquely exciting way on one of Charleston’s most beloved haunted walking tours.

Ghost City Tours

Concord St & Vendue Range | 0.6 mi.
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Learn about the brave souls that once fought in some of Charleston’s fiercest battles on this unique paranormal tour of the city.

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Historic Charleston City Market

188 Meeting St. | 0.4 mi. | (843) 937-0920

One of the nation’s oldest public markets, the Charleston City Market offers fantastic souvenirs of all kinds.

John Pope Antiques

180 King St. | 0.5 mi. | (843) 793-4277

In the heart of the Historic District, discover an enchanting world of international antiques, artfully curated by SCAD graduate John Pope.

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Intercoastal Adventurers

Charleston Harbor Tour

32 Laurens St. | 1.0 mi. | (843) 722-1112

Hop aboard the Carolina Belle and experience the history and sights of the Holy City, from Fort Sumter to St. Michael’s Church to the dolphins and pelicans.

Nature Adventures Kayak Rentals

1, Shrimp Boat Ln, Mt. Pleasant | 5.6 mi. | (843) 568-3222

Rent a kayak any day of the week from Nature Adventures and explore Shem Creek or one of Charleston’s numerous waterways.

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Whether you’re in the mood for quintessential Southern fare or something a little different, Charleston offers plenty of options for every palate.

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Things to doIn Charleston

As one of America’s most beloved towns, Charleston offers a wide variety of exciting activities to try and sights to see.

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