Things to do in Charleston

Top Things to Do in Charleston

Things to Do in Charleston

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  • Rhoni L
    Paducah, KY55 contributions
    It was hot and humid. The shaded paths helped to forget about it. It's so worth the time. Get a bottled water at the market to take with you. When your done head to the air- conditioned gift shop. They have a great selection of books and items made in Charleston.!
    Written 11 September 2022
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  • Catherine
    Baltimore, MD212 contributions
    Cool breezes off the Cooper River felt good. Splashing in the fountain cooled my feet. Waterfront Park has lots of benches, many under shady trees, for resting. Do stop at the Robert Smalls Memorial and learn about a courageous American hero.

    Written 15 September 2022
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  • Patricia S
    United States123 contributions
    We viewed the bridge from several different places as we traveled about town from site to site. It is an amazing, beautiful structure.
    Written 19 September 2022
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  • Scuba-Obsession
    Melbourne, FL569 contributions
    We took the boat from Patriots Point to Ft Sumter. About a 30 minute cruise. The Ranger at Ft Sumter provided an excellent briefing on the history of Ft Sumter and the Civil War. Excellent information.
    Written 22 September 2022
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  • Linda010659
    312 contributions
    On the advise of the docent at the Exchange we decided to head to this plantation tour. I question, why go to hear about the beautiful home, etc. but the docent said that is not what happens here.

    It was true! The docent at this plantation concentrated on what happened on the grounds, as well as, how the slaves took care of the plantation. It was very informative about what these poor people did on a daily basis.

    They are consistently trying to improve the grounds to help preserve the grounds as well as the graves they have found.

    Just a note, I think closed toed shoes would be the best for this tour.
    Written 17 September 2022
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  • Ronald 8200
    10 contributions
    You can see where the cannons were placed. A clean sidewalk to view the harbor. !)) year old plus homes that have been restored. Construction underway at one end of the walk.
    Written 5 September 2022
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  • PRpro
    26 contributions
    We had a great tour with a lovely volunteer named Suzanne. She was as interesting as the house itself. With a purposeful, soft-spoken demeanor, she held our attention with clearly articulated facts, a steady gaze and deliberate gestures. She imparted tons of information and when asked a question revealed that she had even more knowledge up her sleeve. Even though Herculean efforts by the group that owns the home could not retrieve the original furnishings, the house still easily shows how the really rich managed to live really well in the early 1800s. The brick home is totally worth seeing.
    Written 21 September 2022
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  • Elena B
    Knoxville, TN30 contributions
    Super interesting, do not miss it on your visit to Charleston! Take the dungeon tour, included in the entrace fee, it’s very cool!
    Written 19 September 2022
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  • Wm D
    Richmond, VA7 contributions
    This is a nice aquarium that will planned to see on a rainy day during our visit to Charleston. The sea turtle hospital was very interesting. What is there is very cool, I just wish there were more exhibits. I thought the price was a little high for what they offer. However, it was a good time for two hours.
    Written 13 September 2022
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  • QueenOfTh3Road
    Charleston, WV60 contributions
    We took all ad on tours. I recommend that. Makes for a busy day. If you have trouble walking might wanna spread your visit into 2 days..
    Written 18 September 2022
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  • Ronald 8200
    10 contributions
    Near the Harbor Taxi shuttle, see the cruise ships up close. a covered area on nearby pier to get out of the sun. Several restaurants and shops nearby.
    Written 5 September 2022
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  • Karen J
    54 contributions
    Visited the City Market and it was a delight of all types of merchandise from local vendors.
    It’s a must visit to get souvenirs to take home.
    Written 24 September 2022
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  • Autumn_Y_007
    Myrtle Beach, SC214 contributions
    Wonderful little museum, rich with slave history. Artifacts, photos, stories, newspaper articles and more are featured. This would be boring for most kids as you have to read everything. As an adult, I loved it. It is very small and does get very crowded and it can be hard to navigate. My one complaint is that the long haired kid working the desk was extremely unfriendly and acted like he’d rather be digging his eyes out with a spoon then working there. People who came in after us got a spiel about the museum, but for some reason he didn’t think we needed any acknowledgment. I almost turned around and left, but this museum was more important than this little jerk. If he’s a paid employee, I would fire him. Even my teenagers (experts in eye rolling, boredom and contempt) expressed their irritation at this guy. No eye contact, no friendliness, no explanation as to the history of the museum…nothing.
    Written 3 September 2022
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  • Patricia S
    United States123 contributions
    This was our second visit to this house. It is a beautiful old structure. My headset did not work the first part of the tour, so I missed all the information about the slave quarters and gardens, carriage house, stable, etc. The guide did give me another headset, so I enjoyed the rest of the tour. Enjoyable.
    Written 19 September 2022
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  • Scuba-Obsession
    Melbourne, FL569 contributions
    This was our first stop when we arrived in Charleston. The workers were extremely informative, and I think they saved us a ton of money.
    Written 22 September 2022
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