General Information Sites
The 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.
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.
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.
Charleston Pirate Tours
Another of our favorite artists is Karen Hagen. She has her own gallery at 177 King St.
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.
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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.
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 made 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.