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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.
Aquarium
“One of the nicest aquarium anywhere. Located on the harbor. Worth visiting.”
  • 58 locals recommend
Historic Site
“Fort Sumter is a sea fort in Charleston, South Carolina, notable for two battles of the American Civil War. It was one of a number of special forts planned after the War of 1812, combining high walls and heavy masonry, and classified as Third System, as a grade of structural integrity.”
  • 72 locals recommend
Restaurant
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“My personal favorite restaurant in Charleston, located on Sullivan’s Island. Great seafood, pasta, and pizza. Excellent gelato in first floor of building. Close walk to beach. Reservations often needed or can sit at bar”
  • 63 locals recommend
Scenic Lookout
“Historic downtown. Stroll through the battery to see the history of the town and the beautiful historic home on the water. Parking available.”
  • 76 locals recommend
Tree
“An incredible 400+ year old tree. Good for a quick sight or bring lunch for a picnic.”
  • 132 locals recommend
Plaza
“One of Charleston's most popular tours involving seeing the sights of Rainbow Row, an iconic row of pastel painted homes that line The Battery downtown. A pleasant insight into maintaining Charleston's historic homes and rustic architecture. ”
  • 40 locals recommend
Monument / Landmark
“just off the beach of Sullivan's Island, overlooking Cooper River & Fort Sumpter”
  • 8 locals recommend
History Museum
“Best for history buffs and families with older kids. How often do you get to explore an old naval ship?”
  • 31 locals recommend
History Museum
“An outstanding collection will guide you through the whole History of the Lowcountry. ”
  • 32 locals recommend
Park
“A center hub for downtown Charleston where King St and Calhoun St meet. They have a farmers market here.”
  • 59 locals recommend
Shopping Mall
“Outdoor mall with lots of stores and restaurants, and a movie theater on site too.”
  • 25 locals recommend
Place to shop
“An open air but covered market with great local products and wonderful restaurants surrounding the area.”
  • 78 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!”
  • 37 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.”
  • 31 locals recommend
Restaurant
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“ SOL Southwest Kitchen is a family-friendly establishment featuring indoor & outdoor dining, food with bold Southwest flavors and “just juiced” cocktails.”
  • 10 locals recommend
Historic Site
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“Charleston's oldest Gardens--and packed full of History. Founded in 1676, it is not to be missed.”
  • 118 locals recommend

Top restaurants

Restaurant
“My personal favorite restaurant in Charleston, located on Sullivan’s Island. Great seafood, pasta, and pizza. Excellent gelato in first floor of building. Close walk to beach. Reservations often needed or can sit at bar”
  • 63 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
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! ”
  • 79 locals recommend
Steakhouse
“The BEST steak ever and the best dining experience in the city. You won't be disappointed. Be sure to make reservations!”
  • 114 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
Burger Joint
“Great place for a burger or chicken sandwich with creative fixings (my favorite is the crab topper) and onion strings (yum)! TVs with football and other sports with indoor/outdoor tables and bars. 2 blocks from beach.”
  • 98 locals recommend
American Restaurant
“A 1930's vibe restaurant with a rooftop bar perfect for enjoying cocktails and views. ”
  • 74 locals recommend

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