Best Charleston, SC Attractions

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    10. Children's Museum of the Lowcountry

    The Children's Museum of the Lowcountry is the perfect family activity for those travelling with young children! All eight of the museum's exhibits feature hands-on learning and imagination training, with stations...

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    9. Charleston City Market

    The Historic Charleston City Market is perhaps the most visited destination in downtown Charleston. Always bustling with shoppers and sightseers, the City Market is open 365 days a year, and showcases local...

    Photo courtesy of Historic Charleston City Market
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    8. South Carolina Aquarium

    Charleston's Aquarium brings visitors into the lowcountry coastal environment and its wildlife through touch tanks, two-story wall aquarium tanks, salt march aviaries, and educational tours and programs. Panoramic...

    Photo courtesy of SC Aquarium
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    7. Angel Oak

    This impressively massive live oak is believed to be more than 1500 years old, having survived many hurricanes earthquakes. The incredible heights stretch up 65 feet, with a trunk 25 feet in circumference, and...

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    6. Boone Hall Plantation

    An iconic row of ancient live oak trees welcomes you to one of America's oldest living and working plantations, and one of the most famous plantations in the South. Boone Hall Plantation, set on 783 acres and...

    Photo courtesy of Boone Hall Plantation
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    5. Sullivan's Island Beach

    Head North out of downtown Charleston on US 17/US 1-26 N, keep to the right when crossing the Ravenel Bridge. Follow the signs to Sullivan's Island, passing expansive marsh and wetlands during a 15 - 20 minute drive...

    Photo courtesy of Clare Sweeney
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    4. Battery Park & White Point Gardens

    Battery Park is the quintessential image of Charleston for most Holy City locals. Walking along East Bay Street, with the famous Battery mansions to one side, the Charleston harbor to the other, you'll be able to...

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    2. Palmetto Carriage Works

    Palmetto Carriage Works is the oldest carriage tour company in Charleston, and offering hour long horse-drawn guided tours of Charleston's Historic District. Tours begin and end at the Palmetto Carriage Works "Big...

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About Charleston, SC Attractions

With all of the things to do and see in the Holy City, deciding how to plan your time can be challenging. 10Best has narrowed down Charleston's popular attractions down to the most appealing and enjoyable, so that you can fully experience Charleston surrounding lowcountry areas the way locals do every day.

Local Charleston college students are often the first to take advantage, (read: skip class), to enjoy the city’s warm sunny weather. Follow their example by getting outdoors, and heading to one of Charleston’s many parks or three area beaches. Take a short drive to visit Charleston's favorite tree on John's Island, or plan a picnic lunch at Battery Park downtown.

Families and young children visiting Charleston may want to try their hand at recycled arts and crafts at the Children's Museum, or even feed local shrimp to stingrays at the South Carolina Aquarium.  Visit the USS Yorktown, a retired World War 2 aircraft carrier turned interactive educational ship, at the Patriot’s Point Naval and Maritime Museum.  

Charleston’s rich, centuries old American history is all around you in the buildings, markets, and cobble stone streets. Why not take a step back in time to learn more of Charleston’s story by visiting local museums, taking a carriage tour, or visiting a traditional Southern plantation? Don’t worry about seeing it all - we’ll just see y’all next time!  

About Clare Sweeney

A South Carolina native and avid locavore, Clare also ventured abroad to Spain and North to Boston, MA before returning to Charleston and her beloved Lowcountry. 

Clare works and plays in downtown Charleston, spending her days enjoying the city’s perpetually sunny weather, nearby beaches, and ever-growing food and craft beer scene. Follow Clare on Twitter...  Read more »

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