Old Charleston Market
North and South Market Streets between Meeting and East Bay streets
A narrow line of low-roofed nineteenth-century sheds, packed with 'basket ladies' selling crafts, jewelry, spices, T-shirts and trinkets.
Magnolia Plantation & Audubon Swamp Garden
Hwy-61 (River Road), twelve miles west of Charleston
Stunning ornamental gardens (best in spring and early summer) with tram rides through the swamp, complete with alligators and lush flowers.
James Island County Park
871 Riverland Drive
Admission charged. Children under 2 free.
When the temperatures start rising, visitors of all ages will enjoy this favorite summer playground located within the James Island County Park. The park features two 200-foot tube slides, a Caribbean play structure with slides, a 500-foot lazy river, and a recreational pool.
City Marina, off Lockwood Blvd
Fort Sumter is the site of the first battle that started the Civil War. A pleasant boat trip docks at this island which features a good Civil War museum inside the fort.
Old Exchange and Provost Dungeon
122 East Bay Street
Often called the "Independence Hall of South Carolina," the Old Exchange was built in the late 1700's. Today, this impressive building is filled with historical items of the state and region.
American Military Museum
40 Pinckney St.
Hours: Mon.-Sat. 10-6, Sun. 1-6.
The museum has on display hundreds of uniforms and artifacts from all branches of service, dating from the Revolutionary War to the present. Its collections also include antique toy soldiers, war toys, miniatures and weaponry.
88 Meeting St.
Saturday noon-4, Sunday 1-4
Built in 1841 and modeled after the Temple of Nike in Athens, this imposing landmark building includes the Confederate Museum, where the Daughters of the Confederacy preserve and display flags, uniforms, swords and other Civil War memorabilia.
Old Powder Magazine
79 Cumberland St.
Hours: Mon.-Sat. 10-5, Sun. 2-5
This structure was built in 1713 and used during the Revolutionary War. It is now a museum with costumes, armor, and other artifacts from 18th-century Charleston, all described during an interesting audiovisual tour.
Boone Hall Plantation
1235 Long Point Rd., off U.S. 17N
Hours: Apr.-Labor Day, Mon.-Sat. 8:30-6:30, Sun. 1-5; Labor Day-Mar., Mon.-Sat. 9-5, Sun. 1-4 Admission charged.
This working plantation is found at the end of one of the South's most majestic avenues of oaks, and was the model for the grounds of Tara in "Gone With the Wind." You can tour the first floor of the classic columned mansion, which was built in 1935 incorporating woodwork and flooring from the original house; however, the primary attraction is the grounds featuring formal azalea and camellia gardens.
W. Middle St., Sullivan's Island
Hours: Daily 9-5
At this site Colonel William Moultrie's South Carolinians repelled a British assault in one of the first Patriot victories of the Revolutionary War. A 20-minute film tells the history of the fort.
Foot of Cooper River Bridges
Hours: Labor Day-Mar., daily 9-6:30; Apr.-Labor Day, daily 9-7:30
Admission charged.Tours are offered on all of the vessels located here at the world's largest naval and maritime museum. Visitors may tour the aircraft carrier Yorktown, the World War II submarine Clamagore, the destroyer Laffey, the nuclear merchant ship Savannah, and the cutter Ingham.
Palmetto Islands County Park
U.S. 17N, 1/2 mile past Snee Farm, turn left onto Long Point Rd.
Hours: Apr. and Sept.-Oct., daily 9-6; May-Aug., daily 9-7; Nov.-Feb., daily 10-5; Mar., daily 10-6 Admission charged.
Located across from Boone Hall Plantation, the park features a Big Toy playground, 2-acre pond, paved trails, an observation tower, marsh boardwalks and a "water island."
Admission charged per car (up to 8 passengers)
June-Aug., daily 10-7; May and Sept., daily 10-6; April and Oct., weekends 10-6.
This beach features 300 ft of beach frontage, seasonal lifeguard service, rest rooms, outdoor showers, a picnic area, snack bar and a 150-car parking lot.
Folly Beach County Park
Admission charged per car (up to 8 passengers)
May-Aug., daily 9-7; Apr., Sept., Oct., 10-6; Nov.-Mar., daily 10-5
This large beach has 4,000 ft of ocean frontage and 2,000 ft of river frontage. The beach facilities include dressing areas, outdoor showers, rest rooms, and picnicking areas; beach chairs, raft, and umbrella rentals; and a 400-vehicle parking lot. Pelican Watch shelter is available year-round for group picnics and day or night oyster roasts.
South Carolina Aquarium
100 Aquarium Wharf
The Great Hall is the
impressive introduction to the South Carolina Aquarium. Two-story windows offer
one of the best views in town of Charleston Harbor. A large wall map of South
Carolina allows visitors to see the regions of South Carolina represented in the
Aquarium. The floor is an artistic representation of the entire coast of South
Carolina from the North Carolina to the Georgia border. The 15,000 gallon
Carolina Seas exhibit that is the centerpiece of the Great Hall allows guests to
see some of the colorful fish found around the reef habitats off the coast of
The SC Aquariumâ€™s summertime detective theme allows children and adults alike to
use their detective skills to uncover mysteries throughout each of the South
Carolina regions represented at the Aquarium, from the mountains to the ocean.
Guests have the opportunity to use clues, a scavenger map, a Dorsal Decoder, and
the help of the five Somethingâ€™s Fishy animal characters to learn more about the
wonders of the natural world. Discover new facts while exploring with Ollie the
Otter, Olivia the Octopus, Dr. Ali Gator, Carlos the Shark and Harrison the
Heron. Turtles of all colors and creative whim have taken up residence around
Charleston for the South Carolina Aquarium exhibit, Turtles on the Town.
Fiberglass loggerhead sea turtles, transformed by South Carolina artists, are
displayed at locations throughout the community. Modeled after successful
community art projects such as Cows on Parade in Chicago, Turtles on the Town
will raise funds and awareness for the conservation programs of the South