Charleston

Your Guide to Historic Charleston

With its natural beauty, local hospitality, rich history, lovely architecture, tasty food, and creative culture, it should come as no surprise that Charleston was voted “Top City in the United States” by Condé Nast Traveler readers. Check out or insiders’ guide to the best of the city.

Gibbes Memorial Art Gallery building with antique columned architecture

History Buffs

Fort Sumter

340 Concord St(843) 883-3123 | 1 mile

Fort Sumter, the place “where the American Civil War began,” is just a scenic boat ride away in the historic Charleston Harbor.

The Gibbes Museum

135 Meeting St (843) 722-2706 | 0.5 mile

Established in 1905, the Gibbes Museum is home to over 10,000 works of fine art with a focus on Southern works.

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lighthouse next to a house overlooking a sand dune

Beach Lovers

Sullivan’s Island

10 miles

This small, beautiful island offers wide beaches, eclectic watersports, fantastic local restaurants and shops, and a unique history.

Folly Beach

11.5 miles

Located on Folly Island, Folly Beach is home to Folly Beach Pier, which extends over 1,000 feet into the ocean.

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Chef plating food on plates

Foodies

Circa 1886

149 Wentworth St. | (843) 853-7828 | 0.5 mile

Experience one of Charleston’s most romantic dining destinations, featuring a unique menu inspired by classic Lowcountry dishes.

Kitchen 208

208 King St. | (843) 725-7208 | 95 feet

Grab a seat on the patio and feel the Charleston breeze at this easygoing American restaurant with breakfast, lunch, and weekend brunch.

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Haunted jail with brick arcs & dim lighting

Ghost Hunters

Bulldog Ghost & Graveyard Walking Tour

18 Anson Street, 18 Anson Street, Charleston, SC 29401 | (843) 722-8687 | 0.5 mile

Discover what lies inside the gates of one of Charleston’s oldest graveyards after dark on this exciting walking tour.

Bulldog Haunted Jail Tour

18 Anson Street, 18 Anson Street, Charleston, SC 29401 | (843) 722-8687 | 0.5 mile

Experience a behind-the-scenes tour of the historic Old City Jail, once home to infamous criminals, 19th-century pirates, and Civil War prisoners.

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Charleston city market with people looking at merhcnadise

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Antique District

King St. (Queen-Market) | 0 miles

Whether you’re on the hunt for 18th-century furniture, antique silver, or even vintage fine china, you’ll be able to find it someplace in our Antique District.

Historic Charleston City Market 

188 Meeting St. | (843) 937-0920 | .5 mile

One of the nation’s oldest public markets, the Charleston City Market offers an eclectic selection of goods by over 300 local entrepreneurs.

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Man fishing with rod and sun setting in the back

Intercoastal Adventurers

Sunset Sail on the Schooner Pride

360 Concord St. | (843) 722-1112 | 1.4 miles

From early morning voyages to scenic sunset sails, sailing Charleston’s waters aboard the historic Schooner Pride is always an unforgettable time.

Kayaking Tours

514 Mill St., Mount Pleasant | (843) 884-7684 | 6.3 miles

A great way to experience the Lowcountry is through kayaking. Try one of the fantastic tours with a CA-certified naturalist guide from Coastal Expeditions.

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