Charleston's Best Attractions and Activities for Visitors and Locals Alike

Welcome to Charleston, South Carolina! We're happy to have you, and whether it's for the week or just the weekend, you'll find that Charleston appeals to every traveler, every mood, and every appetite. The true worth of Charleston is defined by its welcoming nature, conveyed in the demeanor of its residents, the warmth of its sunny weather, and the feeling of belonging you get in the city–even if just for the weekend. 

Charleston, South Carolina is the idyllic, historic town you've heard about, with an added bonus: a world-famous collection of entertaining attractions, activities, and culinary spoils that cater to families, couples, and travelers of all kinds. A visit to Charleston guarantees a fantastic vacation, with an unseen variety of options: catch some Carolina sun on Folly Beach, take the kids to the South Carolina Aquarium and the USS Yorktown, cruise back in time with a trip to Fort Sumter or Boone Hall's plantation grounds. Charleston's parks, markets, and cobblestone streets give the opportunity for days spent exploring this classic lowcountry city.

From historic sites to sandy shores and centuries old Oak trees, Charleston is yours to explore. Don’t worry about seeing it all this time; we know you'll be back again soon!

Johns Island


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 twisting, crooked limbs that extend...  Read More



Just across the sparkling span of the Arthur J. Ravenel Jr. Bridge from downtown Charleston, Patriots Point preserves naval history in its centerpiece: a World War II aircraft carrier named the USS Yorktown. Both kids and adults alike love to...  Read More



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 views of Charleston's harbor...  Read More

Sullivan's Island
Sullivan's Island


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 from the peninsula....  Read More

Boone Hall Plantation
Photo courtesy of 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 Southern states. The majestic Boone Hall Plantation, set on 783 acres and established...  Read More

Charleston City Market
Photo courtesy of Historic 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 Charleston vendors, their unique wares...  Read More

Folly Beach


You can't talk about Charleston area beaches without including Folly Beach! Besides the sand and waves, Folly is known for its growing restaurant scene, state park, and water sport rentals. Folly Beach is the ideal choice among Charleston's many...  Read More

Charleston Farmers Market
Photo courtesy of Clare Sweeney


The Charleston Farmers Market, held weekly each Saturday from 8am to 2pm April through December in Marion Square, is centrally located close to numerous restaurants, bars, shops, hotels and museums, as well as the College of Charleston. Start...  Read More



Fort Sumter, visible across the harbor from Waterfront Park and the Battery, is the famous site of the first shots of the Civil War. Sumter was taken by the Confederate Army in April 1861, and became a Southern stronghold for most of the Civil...  Read More

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 spot Ft. Sumter in the distance,...  Read More


Meet Clare Sweeney

A South Carolina native and avid locavore, Clare is always venturing between traveling abroad and her beloved Lowcountry. 

Clare works and plays in downtown Charleston, spending her days...  More About Clare