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Best things to do in Charleston

Discover the city according to locals. Find the best things to do, places to eat, and get priceless advice from the people who live here.

Tree
“Free and beautiful - the Angel Oak Tree is the oldest tree this side of the Mississippi. It's a beautiful (and quick) sight to see any time of year. ”
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Historic Site
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“Founded in 1676 by the Drayton family, Magnolia Plantation has survived the centuries and witnessed the history of our nation unfold before it from the American Revolution through the Civil War and beyond. It is the oldest public tourist site in the Low Country, and the oldest public gardens in America, opening its doors to visitors in 1870 to view the thousands of beautiful flowers and plants in its famous gardens. So join us here at Magnolia Plantation to experience the beauty of its gardens and its rich history today. ”
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Steakhouse
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“$$$$ Steak House RESERVE A TABLE Sizable cuts of beef & seafood served in elegant surrounds, also known for its Sunday gospel brunch. Address: 434 King St, Charleston, SC 29403 Hours: Opens 4PM Menu: places.singleplatform.com Reservations: hallschophouse.com Phone: (843) 727-0090”
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Storage Facility
“Iconic Street for Shopping in town with everything from local finds to antiques to chains and dining ”
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Point of Interest
“A large, mostly open-air market, full of local and non-local crafts, clothing, souvenirs.”
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Southern / Soul Food Restaurant
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“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! ”
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Park
“James Island County Park offers a variety of activities, including: climbing wall, lots of smooth paths, disc golf course, fishing piers, waterpark, playgrounds, dog park, and more. They also host several festivals, concerts and events throughout the year.”
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Museum
“Step back in time when you tour the grounds and home of this antebellum era plantation. Stroll the avenue of oaks and step inside the colonial revival home and slave cabins. It is one of America’s oldest working plantations, still producing crops. Their fresh fruits and vegetables, along with other locally produced items, can be purchased across Hwy 17 at Boone Hall Farms Market.”
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Historic Site
“The start of the Civil War. A cool ferry ride to an hour self guided state park, PArk Rangers are very knowledgeable, the fort itself, has not be restored, so expect to see the "ruins" of the fort. Great tip ---- Take the 1st boat of the day out and Help raise the 10x20Ft American Flag on the Fort. Boats leave from Downtown Charleston and Mt Pleasant by The USS Yorktown complex .”
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Vietnamese Restaurant
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“Creative, multicultural Asian cooking & specialty cocktails in a trendy converted gas station.”
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Burger Joint
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“My all time favorite Sullivan's Island restaurant. 'The Sleeper' burger is my go to item to order on the menu. ”
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Music Venue
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“Many live band perform here. There's a fabulously talented band that performs live Motown outdoors for FREE on Sundays from 1-4pm, with the James Island Farmer's Market (produce, crafts, food trucks) out back.”
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Seafood Restaurant
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“Relaxed joint serving oysters, Southern-style seafood & fried chicken in a rustic, trendy setting.”
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Aquarium
“Located on the beautiful Charleston harbor you'll find touch tanks, fun exhibits, and lots of educational opportunities too!”
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American Restaurant
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“A 1930's vibe restaurant with a rooftop bar perfect for enjoying cocktails and views. ”
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Southern / Soul Food Restaurant
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“An ever-changing menu of locally sourced Southern dishes served in a restored Victorian-era home.”
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