10 Best Museums Unwrap the Lowcountry for Every Member of The Family
Along a single stretch of Meeting Street known as the Museum Mile, Charleston boasts six museums, five significant historic homes that are open to the public, four parks and a Revolutionary War powder magazine. And that’s not to mention a wealth of lovely 18th- 19th-century churches, historic homes and the elegant 1841 Market Hall.
All aspects of the city’s storied past divulge themselves in Charleston. Explore the site where the first British settlers set foot at Charlestowne Landing and learn how folks lived here before yellow fever, which was rampant in the mosquito-infested marshland, drove them to relocate to the... Read more »
Local Expert Tip: "You can catch a ferry to Fort Sumter from Patriot's Point."
Local Expert Tip: "Check the Charlestowne Landing website for special events such as musket-firing demonstrations and family movie nights in summer."
Local Expert Tip: "Save $8 by buying a combination ticket ($22) to the Charleston Museum and the two historic house museums under its auspices: the Heyward-Washington House and the Joseph Manigault House."
Local Expert Tip: "The admission fee includes a cell-phone audio tour, but if you want a more in-depth visit, docent-led tours are held Fridays at 2:30pm."
Local Expert Tip: "Just around the corner off East Bay Street, McCrady's bar (2 Unity Alley) makes a great place to break for a late-afternoon glass of wine after a day of touring."
Local Expert Tip: "From the Confederate Museum, you're just steps from Old City Market, whose sheds teems with sweetgrass baskets, locally made food items, T-shirts and other Charleston souvenirs."
Local Expert Tip: "Before you take those tired kiddies home, treat them to ice cream across the street from the museum at Paolo's Gelato."
Local Expert Tip: "While you're at the museum, pick up a campus walking-tour brochure and check out some of the high points: the Gothic-style Summerall Chapel, the Thomas Dry Howie Carillon Tower, and the grave of General Mark W. Clark (former Citadel president and WWII commander)."
Local Expert Tip: "A block away, at 52 George Street, Caviar and Bananas makes a perfect place to stop for a cup of coffee or something more substantial from the enticing salads and entrees that fill the refrigerated cases at the back of the store. "
Local Expert Tip: "The museum is just two blocks off King Street, so after your visit, spend some time browsing the new shops and galleries that have sprung up along upper King."
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