Charleston offers all kinds of activities for visitors.  From the beaches and golf courses to plantations and historic homes, you'll find fun for the whole family.

General Information Sites
Charleston Area Convention and Visitors Bureau offers information on area attractions, tours, accommodations, events, coupons, maps, and more.  It's a great place to start, when you're planning a trip to Charleston.

You can also check out this Charleston travel guide site.


Go South Carolina is another online guide.

Explore Charleston has lots of helpful information including day trip suggestions and self-guided tours.     

Tour Companies

You can find all kinds of tours including several boat tours.                             

SpiritLine Cruises offers trips to                                    Fort Sumter, harbor cruises,                                           and dinner cruises.  We did the                                dinner cruise for our daughter's                                  Sweet 16 Party, and it was a big                                   hit!


For history and garden lovers, a visit to a plantation is a must-do.  Find plantations open to the public here.  For  beautiful gardens and a little peace and quiet, visit Mepkin Abbey.   The plantation dates back to a 1681 land grant.  In 1949, a large portion was donated to the Catholic Church for use as a Trappist monastery  The brothers of Mepkin belong to the Order of Cistercians of the Strict Observance and welcome visitors. 

Charleston is almost as famous for its food as its history.  Some of our favorite restaurants are Long Island Cafe in the Isle of Palm, Charleston Grill in downtown Charleston, and Magnolia's in downtown Charleston.

Want to get married in Charleston?  Want to make it simple?  
Elope to Charleston can take care of all the details, so you can enjoy yourselves!

In addition to several, strong local arts organization Charleston also hosts the Spoleto Festival, which brings world class musicians, dancers, actors, and visual artists from around the globe to the city.  In conjunction with the international festival, the city of Charleston produces the Piccolo Spoleto Festival, which features local and regional artists including a certain piratical storyteller.

For a lovely book about Charleston that's filled with original artwork, check out Diana Hollingsworth Gessler's Very Charleston.

Another of our favorite artists is Karen Hagen.  She has her own gallery at 177 King St.

Charleston Harbor Tours also offers a number of different excursions including sails on the beautiful Schooner Pride.  We had a blast on the Pride during a tv shoot.

Pirates of Charleston
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Here's a short 1934 documentary about Charleston.   A City of Proud Memoriesis                                        full of politically incorrect                                             cliches, but fascinating,                                         nonetheless.


There are several beaches surrounding Charleston.  The closest are Isle of Palms, Folly Beach, and Sullivan's Island, where you will find Fort Moultrie, a National Park.  From Fort Moultrie, you can see Fort Sumter, where the first shots of the Civil War were fired.  

If you're interested in staying on one of the

islands, Exclusive Properties has luxury, vacation homes filled with charm,

personality, and an amazing

blend of amenities from

swimming pools and

gourmet kitchens to

panoramic ocean views...

within steps to the beach

or a short drive to area attractions.     

More Fun Stuff!
One of our daughter's favorite places to visit (we have an annual membership) is the
South Carolina Aquarium

America's first museum, the
Charleston Museum, has permanent exhibits, a special children's area, and events.  The Museum also has one or two special, changing exhibits, so you'll always see something new.

Charleston is home of many "firsts."  Another is the H.L. Hunley, the first submarine to sink an enemy ship.  You can see the Hunley and artifacts discovered on the ship as well as learn at the Warren Lasch Conservation Center on the weekends.  For more information, visit the
Friends of the Hunley website.

The Arts
Of course, Charleston is - and always has been  - a major cultural center.  The                          historic 
Dock Street Theatre                                        was the first building  designed

for theatrical use in the United

States.  The theatre is now home

to a vibrant, local theatre group

and serves as a venue for other

performing groups.  And, yep, you guessed it, the theatre is haunted!

Charleston also has numerous galleries and professional visual artists.  Two local artists have ma
de Eric and Capt. Bob subjects!  A huge thank you to Alice Stewart Grimsley, for this wonderful sketch of Eric & Capt. Bob and the painting of Eric.  

We are also very grateful to the late Detta Cutting Zimmerman for giving us a print of her painting of Eric and Bob.


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