An eight-acre park and pier that stretches out along the Charleston Harbor, the Waterfront Park has something to offer everyone. From spectacular interactive fountains, spacious expanses of lawn, small gardens enclosed by ingenious planting, a path for walkers or joggers, and a long wooden pier, it’s a great place for a bracing jog, a romantic picnic, or a fun family outing. Like that there are top 10 things to do in Charleston SC.
South Carolina Aquarium
One of Charleston’s most popular attractions, the South Carolina Aquarium features the wildlife and history of the lowcountry. Visitors can check out a rare albino alligator, pet stingrays, and enjoy a stunning view of the harbor.
100 Aquarium Wharf
Charleston, SC 29401
Boone Hall Plantation
Boone Hall is an elegant and still working plantation that reflects the glory of the old south. Visitors can tour the gardens, the slave cabins, and the magnificent mansion at the end of the Avenue of the Oaks, a spectacular tree-lined entryway. There’s also the cafe, live performances during the season, and coach tours.
For more information, please call 843-884-4371 Monday-Friday 9-5.
Charleston Tea Plantation
The Charleston Tea Plantation a where American Classic Tea is grown, harvested, and processed. Visitors can catch a trolley to tour the scenic grounds and the working Tea Factory to learn about the history and manufacture of Camellia Sinensis tea.
Please call 843-559-0383 for additional information.
Built in 1741, Middleton Place is a National Historic Landmark featuring 65 acres dubbed the the oldest landscaped gardens. Visitors can explore life in the 18th century with authentic demonstrations in the plantation and stable yards. Tours of the house showcase a huge collections of Middleton family portraits, jewels, furnishings, and other belongings. An inn and a restaurant on the grounds are available for hearty libations.
4300 Ashley River Road
Charleston, SC 29414
Folly Beach is a county park with an unspoiled, old-south feel. Family-friendly activities include surfing and fishing from the wooden pier. Birding is a popular activity, along with simply taking in the breathtaking ocean views. Water sports are offered near the only oceanfront hotel. Visitors can take a short stroll up Center Street for wonderful seaside dining and eclectic shopping.
Sandlapper Water Tours
Explore Charleston Harbor with a twist – take a history or nature tour, a sunset cruise, or even find out about the otherworld with a haunted harbor ghost tour. Tour guests discover the rich history of the Lowcountry while enjoying the beautiful views and astounding variety of harbor life. Playful dolphins are a frequent sighting.
Call 843-849-8687 for more information.
The Sanctuary Spa at Kiawah Island Golf Resort
Only three spas in the U.S. that have earned a Mobil Five Star rating, and the Sanctuary Spa is one of them. Guest relax in spectacular luxury while receiving all-natural treatments derived from botanicals, seaweeds, and mud loaded with natural enzymes. Amenities include private sauna, steam, and whirlpool baths.
One Sanctuary Beach Drive
Kiawah Island, SC 29455
Vendue Inn Rooftop Bar
Live music, a casual atmosphere and an incredible view of the downtown area all work to make the newly renovated Vendue Inn Rooftop Bar an award-winning experience popular with both locals and visitors.
19 Vendue Range
Charleston, SC 29401
Charleston Brews Cruise
Hop aboard the party bus and let someone else do the driving as you explore Charleston’s flourishing craft beer scene. Tour local micro breweries, sample many different brews, and learn about the art of brewmastering.
Call 843-860-9847 to find out where your Brews Cruise begins.
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