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Sightseeing and landmarks in Charleston

Art museums

Art Museum
“They always have really cool exhibits and if you're walking downtown and it's hot, the museum is a great place to step into and steal some air conditioning.”
  • 32 locals recommend

History museums

History Museum
“An outstanding collection will guide you through the whole History of the Lowcountry. ”
  • 34 locals recommend
History Museum
“Tour the old fighter ship the USS Yorktown. Unique experience I've been touring since I was a child. It's over the Ravenel Bridge in My Pleasant. ”
  • 34 locals recommend
Historic Site
“See where the first shots of the Civil war were fired.....and get a harbor tour as a bonus!”
  • 26 locals recommend
History Museum
“This is an important part of Charleston's history that we should never sweep under the rug. ”
  • 7 locals recommend
Historic Site
  • 1 local recommends

Scenic lookouts

Scenic Lookout
“Historic and beautiful on the Charleston Harbor, surrounded by lovely historic homes, built before the civil war. A must see while downtown Charleston .”
  • 83 locals recommend
Park
“This is where you can park to walk on The Ravenel Bridge!! This is my favorite place to walk if I want to see a really good sunset :)”
  • 28 locals recommend
Park
“As a kide this is where id go fishing before I had a boat. :) Still good fishing. And the wife loves the whole long walk on the beach feel.”
  • 27 locals recommend
Seafood Restaurant
“Rustic to say the least. Quirky atmosphere with goid foid and beautiful sunsets. ”
  • 76 locals recommend
Scenic Lookout
“Best sunsets in the city along the Ashley River facing Charlestown Landing where the first settlers arrived. ”
  • 3 locals recommend

Historic sites

Scenic Lookout
“Historic and beautiful on the Charleston Harbor, surrounded by lovely historic homes, built before the civil war. A must see while downtown Charleston .”
  • 83 locals recommend
Historic Site
“So much history! Fort Sumter is where the Civil War started. The historic site is now a national monument. The ferry ride to/fro is a great way to get out on the water and enjoy some fresh air and views of Charleston and Mount Pleasant. Make sure to tour the museum.”
  • 76 locals recommend
Plaza
“Charleston is a great city to walk. Park at battery park and start off with beautiful rainbow row”
  • 42 locals recommend
Tree
“Live Oak tree the oldest oak tree in Charleston, very cool to see, if you can fit it in your visit.!”
  • 133 locals recommend
Monument / Landmark
“just off the beach of Sullivan's Island, overlooking Cooper River & Fort Sumpter”
  • 8 locals recommend
Historic Site
“Beautiful flowers and garden.. was an old planation back in the day- very historic ”
  • 124 locals recommend
Historic Site
“Some of the most spectacular views are from this old plantation. There is a restaurant on the premises but you can as easily pack a picnic and enjoy the majesty of the views along the Ashley River.”
  • 62 locals recommend
Historic Site
“Up the Ashley River are three major plantations that have survived the centuries and are open to visitors: Middleton Place Plantation was granted to Jacob Waight in 1675. The land passed through daughters until Mary Williams married Henry Middleton and began laying out the garden in 1741. Burned during the Civil War, the home also suffered significant damage during the 1886 earthquake and wasn’t fully restored for visitors until the mid-20th century. ”
  • 8 locals recommend

Libraries

Library
“Lots of free programs for adults and children from entertainment to educational. Free movies. A great resource for anyone guest or resident. Plus they have public bathrooms and air conditioning. ”
  • 2 locals recommend
Library
“One of the nations oldest still-in-use libraries. Events and Lectures are held for the public and members of the CLS.”
  • 1 local recommends
Library
“Poe was a young soldier when he was stationed here on the island. His first published story, "The Gold Bug," was set here on Sullivan's.”
  • 1 local recommends
Museum
“Unique historic perspective - located very close by. Free entry. We recommend checking it out.”
  • 1 local recommends
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