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Things to do in Charleston

Top recommendations from locals

From sightseeing to hidden gems, find out what makes the city unique with the help of the locals who know it best.
American Restaurant
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“A 1930's vibe restaurant with a rooftop bar perfect for enjoying cocktails and views. ”
  • 73 locals recommend
Park
“Large park - walking/running trails, large dog park, multiple playgrounds, BBQ areas”
  • 89 locals recommend
Seafood Restaurant
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“Leon's is known the South over for its fried chicken sandwich, which has the power to send a vegetarian tumbling off the wagon. This restaurant is located inside an old gas station which makes the ambiance unlike any other. ”
  • 88 locals recommend
Museum
“Make sure you go down Slave Street for Black History info and Do Not Miss the Gullah presentation!”
  • 69 locals recommend
Burger Joint
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“Fan of Edgar Allen Poe? He was stationed at Fort Moultrie. Go have a burger with the name of one of his poems! ”
  • 99 locals recommend
Southern / Soul Food Restaurant
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“You will need a reservation to go to Husk, but my favorite personally is heading right next door and going to “the bar at husk”. Moody vibes, best darn burger in town, in a super cool old Charleston house, and fun drinks. ”
  • 79 locals recommend
Park
“When its hot and humid and everyone needs a good cool down, the kids can play in the fountain while the adults picnic in the grass. Right on the water, this is a great spot for a summer day!”
  • 42 locals recommend
Music Venue
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“This is THE go to watering hole and music venue. Go early and enjoy the outside bar and free music on the deck. Stay later for a killer show! ”
  • 79 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
American Restaurant
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“Neighborhood fav. Very good food with casual vibe and reasonable prices. Worth a visit in your not in the mood for fancy. ”
  • 51 locals recommend
Park
“The historic Battery, at the tip of the peninsula. Its the location on the harbor you always see the weather channel broadcast from during big storms. Wonderful photo spot, large oaks and great spot for a picnic. Great place to see old architecture. Free parking along the battery also. There are no public restrooms in the park though (just keep in mind)”
  • 63 locals recommend
New American Restaurant
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“One of the standards of Charleston fine dining, make sure to get a reservation in advance.”
  • 75 locals recommend
Seafood Restaurant
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“Great View while sipping your favorite beverage. Casual dining and atmosphere and live music”
  • 67 locals recommend
Seafood Restaurant
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“This is a special night out kind of place. Expensive but worth it! Pro-tip: between 5pm-6:30pm Mon-Fri, the seafood tower is 1/2 price! We like to sit at the bar, order a glass of champagne and enjoy the seafood tower. Roll like a baller but save your dough! ”
  • 55 locals recommend
Shopping Mall
“Great place in North Charleston also near the North Charleston Coliseum to shop with several restaurants.”
  • 32 locals recommend
Park
“A beautiful park in the heart of one of Charleston's oldest neighborhoods. ”
  • 60 locals recommend