Arts and Cultural
Founded in 1773 as America's First Museum, The Charleston Museum's mission is to preserve and interpret cultural and natural history of Charleston and the South Carolina Lowcountry. Guests are invited to explore the area's history at the Museum and its two National Historic Landmark houses.
Dock Street Theater
Known as America's First Theatre, the Dock Street Theatre held its first performance in 1736. Following an extensive renovation in 2010, the theatre is now home to many of the city's finest cultural institutions, including Spoleto Festival USA. Charleston Stage, the resident professional theatre company for Dock Street Theatre, produces over 120 performances each season.
Gibbes Museum of Art
Located in Charleston's Historic District, the Gibbes Museum is the city's premier art museum, with innovative exhibitions, acquisitions and educational programs designed to link the art of the past with the art of the future.
Patriots Point Naval and Maritime Museum
Patriots Point attracts more than 270,000 visitors each year, with the center piece of the museum being the World War II aircraft carrier, the USS YORKTOWN. Patriots Point is also home to a fleet of National Historic Landmark ships and the only Vietnam Support Base Camp in the U.S. Patriots Point is also headquarters to the Congressional Medal of Honor Society and the agency's official Medal of Honor Museum.
Points of Interest
Boone Hall Plantation
Boone Hall is one of America's oldest working, living plantations, producing crops for over 320 years. Once known for cotton and pecans, the plantation still actively produces strawberries, tomatoes and pumpkins as well as numerous fruits and vegetables for visitors to enjoy. Self-guided tours, house tours and various live presentations make a visit to Boone Hall Plantation a must for any trip to South Carolina.
With a striking Italianate design, the Calhoun Mansion is the largest residence in Charleston, boasting 35 rooms, a grand ballroom, Japanese water gardens, 25 fireplaces and more. Although the house remains a private residence, it is open to the public on a daily basis for tours.
Charleston Pirate Tours
In authentic costume, Eric Lavender brings Charleston's Golden Age of Piracy to life with stories of Blackbeard's siege of the city, the capture and execution of Stede Bonnet and other pirates and much more. Accompanied by Captain Bob, the parrot, Lavender leads visitors through the city's most historic buildings and events all while sharing stories of the pirates who plundered, partied and perished in Charleston.
Considered one of the best examples of Georgian-Palladian architecture in the entire United States, Dray Hall's plantation grounds represent one of the most significant, undisturbed historic landscapes in America. Drayton Hall is a leader in Charleston's historic preservation movement, with stories of race, family, culture, sacrifice, innovation and preservation.
At Fort Moultrie, the first American victory over the British Navy in 1776 galvanized the patriots' cause for independence. Today, guided ranger programs are available along with museum exhibits, an orientation film, a bookstore and a self-guided tour.
Fort Sumter National Monument
Fort Sumter National Monument commemorates defining moments in American military history within a timeframe that spans more than a century and a half. While arriving by ferry, visitors to the Fort Sumter National Monument may listen to a 10-minute ranger history talk before beginning a self-guided tour of the location of the first shots of the Civil War.
Magnolia Plantation and Gardens
This 17th century estate acquired in 1676 by the Drayton family features America's oldest gardens, which are in bloom year round, along with a stunning plantation house, Biblical garden, antebellum cabin and a nature train and boat. The Magnolia Plantation and Gardens are the oldest public tourist site in the Lowcountry with thousands of beautiful flowers and plants in its famous gardens.
South Carolina Aquarium
Conveniently located in downtown Charleston at Aquarium Wharf, the South Carolina Aquarium showcases aquatic life from five major regions of the Southeast Appalachian Watershed and is home to more than ten thousand plants and animals including river otters, alligators, horseshoe crabs and sharks. The largest exhibit in the Aquarium is the Great Ocean Tank, which spans the first through the third floor and holds more than three hundred animals.
Historic Charleston City Market
The Charleston City Market is a popular destination for visitors to the Charleston area and is open 365 days per year. Four blocks of open-air buildings provide visitors the opportunity to encounter a wide assortment of vendors selling paintings, pottery and Charleston's famous sweetgrass baskets, along with plenty of options for casual and fine dining.
Historic King Street Shopping
King Street in Charleston is a must for any shopping enthusiast. King Street has developed into three distinctive areas: Upper King Street Design and Dining District; the Fashion District and the Lower King Street Antique District. On the whole, visitors will find interesting and fun shops that include antiques, art galleries, book stores, cosmetics, children's clothing, restaurants and more.
Tanger Outlet Center
Bargain hunting is always in style at the Tanger Outlets, where shoppers can save at brand name stores including Ann Taylor, Banana Republic, Nine West, Polo Ralph Lauren and more.
Sports and Entertainment
From gorgeous sunrises and sunsets to rich history, great food and miles of beaches, Folly Beach is a charming island town with plenty of activities for the whole family. From fishing to kayaking as well as jet ski rentals and camping, Folly Beach allows visitors to make the most of the South Carolina climate.
Joe Riley Stadium
The excitement and novelty of minor league baseball comes alive at the Joseph P. Riley, Jr. Park, home to the Charleston RiverDogs and also known as The Joe. The stadium is named for Charleston's long-serving mayor and is located over the banks of the Ashley River.
North Charleston Coliseum and Performing Arts Center
The Coliseum is a 14,000 seat multi-purpose sports and entertainment venue, home to the South Carolina Stingrays professional hockey team. The Performing Arts Center also features a Best of Broadway series along with dozens of other events and performances throughout the year.
Waterfront Park is a 12-acre park along approximately one-half mile of the Cooper River in Charleston, South Carolina. A favorite of visitors and locals alike, the Waterfront Park offers fantastic views of the Charleston harbor and is the perfect picnic spot, with plenty of grassy areas, picnic tables, shady trees and even family-sized swings and a large fountain.
- Bayer Corp-AGFA
- Behr Corporation
- Bushy Industrial Park
- Charleston Convention Center
- Charleston School of Law
- Coast Guard Station
- College of Charleston
- Johnson and Wales University
- Medical University of South Carolina
- The Citadel Military University