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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.
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
Aquarium
“Walk through a sea turtle hospital! This is the deepest aquarium in the country.”
  • 60 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
Restaurant
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“Located off the beach on Sullivan’s Island. Awesome food and unique drinks. Take a beach day and be sure to stop in! ”
  • 66 locals recommend
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 Museum
“An outstanding collection will guide you through the whole History of the Lowcountry. ”
  • 34 locals recommend
Park
“On Saturdays between April and December, theres a great farmers market here! Either way, its a fun park to walk through!”
  • 63 locals recommend
Park
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“Beautiful little walk with low country views, right by tons of bars and restaurants. A great way to get some nature without venturing too far from downtown!”
  • 38 locals recommend
Shopping Mall
“Outdoor mall with lots of stores and restaurants, and a movie theater on site too.”
  • 26 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
Museum
“Fun place to take the kids. Educational exhibits will capture their attention. They won't want to leave. ”
  • 21 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
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
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
Brewery
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“One of my favorite breweries! They have really cool sour beers and aged barrel beers as well! They have food trucks sometimes on the weekend, but if you’re hungry I suggest going to. Restaurant around the area before venturing to this brewery. ”
  • 11 locals recommend

Top restaurants

Restaurant
“Located off the beach on Sullivan’s Island. Awesome food and unique drinks. Take a beach day and be sure to stop in! ”
  • 66 locals recommend
Restaurant
“ SOL Southwest Kitchen is a family-friendly establishment featuring indoor & outdoor dining, food with bold Southwest flavors and “just juiced” cocktails.”
  • 10 locals recommend
Piano Bar
“THE BEST LIVE ENTERTAINMENT IN CHARLESTON! ... Fill Restaurant & Piano Bar offers an American eclectic, chef-driven menu for dinner and late-night.”
  • 2 locals recommend
Wine Bar
“If you are a Wine connoisseur or just want to enjoy some wine I highly recommend Ardoa! Clement is happy to explain the different types of wine and explain the taste you should notice. Make sure you tell them Ryan and Audrey sent you! ”
  • 3 locals recommend
Southern / Soul Food Restaurant
“People to rave about this spot for getting a southern kick. You'll find a long wait for a table here almost any day so plan accordingly! ”
  • 77 locals recommend
Steakhouse
“This restaurant is in downtown Charleston, but it's an amazing experience. It's pricey but worth it.”
  • 115 locals recommend
Vietnamese Restaurant
“Xiao Bao Biscuit is two blocks down the street on Rutledge. Not only is it close, it is delicious, and you can walk. Their cocktails are fabulous, and the food is a Southern/Asian fusion of perfection. Don't be put off by the exterior appearance, this location used to be a service station,”
  • 100 locals recommend
American Restaurant
“A 1930's vibe restaurant with a rooftop bar perfect for enjoying cocktails and views. ”
  • 73 locals recommend

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