10Best Charleston, SC Attractions

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  • Experience Charleston's Culinary Side on a Walking Tour

    Culinary tours are a wonderful way to "sample" the city of Charleston and learn about what makes the city tick. As the foodie travel movement continues to grow, more people are trying local foods and making it a part of their vacation experience. Culinary Tours of Charleston offers two options for walking tours that combine our love for food with interesting sights and sounds of the city.  Read more »

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  • Explore Wadmalaw Island's Firefly Vodka Distillery

    A visit to the Firefly Distillery, just 45 minutes outside of downtown Charleston, makes for a wonderful day trip. Sample six different vodkas for $6, and explore the grounds and resident animals. Though known for its popular Sweet Tea Vodka and other flavored vodkas, Firefly also makes lemonade, bourbon and rum. Firefly Distillery is situated just a few miles from other great destinations including the Charleston Tea Plantation, Angel Oak Tree and several excellent Charleston restaurants.  Read more »

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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!  

- Charleston Expert Clare Sweeney