Exploring Charleston, South Carolina


Tourists have made Charleston a beloved destination and it is no wonder. With its cobblestone streets, historic architecture, incredible food and multiplicity of activities, it can’t help but be a popular place to visit. South Carolinians take note. You can easily be perpetual tourists in your own great city of Charleston.

There are many outstanding places to see and things to do in Charleston. Some of them are absolute must-sees. Here are four exciting destinations no tourist or local should miss when visiting Charleston.

Waterfront Park

The park covers 12 acres and runs over 1,000 feet along the shores of Charleston Harbor. Sit in an old-fashioned park bench or swing-for-two and watch sailboats glide lazily along. At night, you can enjoy the many fountains which are lighted, and during the day you won’t want to miss the beautiful flower gardens that populate the park with an abundance of seasonal flowers.

Beside the famous Pineapple Fountain is the City Gallery which displays the works of local, national and international artists. There are rotating exhibits throughout the year, so you can revisit the museum and always see something new.

The parkland used to be an eyesore with fire- damaged areas once used for shipping. In 1990, the area was restored to its present glory with the help of local artists and architects.

Middleton Place Plantation

The plantation covers 65 acres and is America’s oldest landscaped garden. The plantation features a house museum, working stable yards and an organic farm. It was built for the Middleton family and walking through the grounds, the plantation house museum, which is a historically accurate example of how the Middleton family lived, and you get a real feel for how life was back then.

South Carolina Aquarium

The aquarium overlooks Charleston Harbor and contains over 5,000 animals including a hospital for injured sea turtles. The Zucker Family Sea Turtle Recovery is not the only attraction that sets the South Carolina Aquarium apart from the rest.

It also features two tanks to touch and receive a hands-on experience with sting rays, sharks, crabs, sea urchins and starfish. You will learn fascinating details about the natural world that you never knew before. There are also dive shows and animal meet-ups to make your visit even more fun.

Patriots Point

Patriots Point is across the Charleston Harbor from Waterfront Park. Much of it is like an interactive military museum where you can tour famous war ships and visit over 40 interactive exhibits. The main attraction for most visitors is the battleships: the aircraft carrier, USS Yorktown; the destroyer, USS Laffey; and the submarine, USS Clamagore. The Yorktown and Laffey were used in WWII. The Clamagore got its commission at the end of WWII and served for over 30 years during the Cold War. This is the perfect museum for military history buffs as well as maritime aficionados. If you don’t fit into either of those categories, do not worry. Once you start climbing all over the ships and visit the other fascinating exhibits, you too will be hooked.

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