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Charleston, South Carolina, USA

Attractions in Charleston, South Carolina

Amusements

  • Alley, The
    131 Columbus Street, Charleston, SC 29403
    843-818-4080, Located in the popular Upper King St. corridor of Charleston, SC, The Alley Charleston offers an entertainment experience unlike anything in the southeast. In addition... more info  map

  • Chuck E. Cheese's
    7258 Rivers Avenue, North Charleston, SC 29406
    843-824-9761, Visit Chuck E. Cheese's for an assortment of games, rides, prizes and entertainment and freshly baked pizzas. more info  map

  • Frankie's Fun Park of Charleston
    5000 Ashley Phosphate Road, North Charleston, SC 29420
    843-767-1376, Attractions include an arcade, bumper boats, go-kart tracks, a rock wall, batting cage, mini golf, and a golf range. more info

  • South Carolina Aquarium
    100 Aquarium Wharf, Charleston, SC 29401
    Located on the Historic Charleston Harbor
    843-720-1990, Recognized as a world-class environmental institution, this aquarium showcases over 60 exhibits on the numerous animals, plants, and habitats of the five regions of the... more info  map

Historic Homes & Buildings

  • Aiken-Rhett House
    48 Elizabeth Street, Charleston, SC 29403
    On the Corner of Judith and Elizabeth Streets
    843-723-1159, Listed on the National Register of Historic Places, this magnificent historic house contains numerous decorative items and furnishings from Europe dating back to the... more info  map

  • Calhoun Mansion
    16 Meeting Street, Charleston, SC 29401
    843-722-8205, Featured in the movies "Scarlett" and "North and South", this 24,000 square foot Victorian Baronial Manor mansion has features including elaborate chandeliers, 14-foot... more info  map

  • Dock Street Theatre
    135 Church Street, Charleston, SC 29401
    Located in Downtown Charleston
    843-720-3968, The first building in America designed for theatrical performances, Dock Street Theatre is a combination of an early Georgian playhouse and the preservation of a circa... more info  map

  • Drayton Hall
    3380 Ashley River Road, Charleston, SC 29414
    843-769-2600, A National Trust Historic Site, this mansion is the oldest preserved plantation house in the United States and is an outstanding example of Palladian architecture. The... more info  map

  • Edmondston-Alston House
    21 East Battery, Charleston, SC 29401
    843-722-7171, Of Charleston's many fine house museums, only the Edmondston-Alston House commands a magnificent view of Charleston Harbor. 30-minute guided tours of the home's public... more info  map

  • Heyward-Washington House
    87 Church Street, Charleston, SC 29403
    843-722-2996, This Georgian-style double house was the town home of Thomas Heyward, Jr., one of four South Carolina signers of the Declaration of Independence. Property highlights... more info  map

  • Huguenot Church
    136 Church Street, Charleston, SC 29401
    Corner of Queen and Church Streets
    843-722-4385, One of the last remaining Huguenot churches in the nation, this historic church is also the oldest continuously active Huguenot congregation in the United States. A... more info  map

  • Joseph Manigault House
    350 Meeting Street, Charleston, SC 29403
    843-722-2996, One of Charleston's most exquisite antebellum structures "reflects the urban lifestyle of a wealthy, rice-planting family and the enslaved African Americans who lived... more info  map

  • Kahal Kadosh Beth Elohim
    90 Hassel Street, Charleston, SC 29401
    Historic Downtown Charleston
    843-723-1090, A National Historic Landmark, this synagogue was the first Reform Jewish congregation in the nation and is the oldest surviving Reform synagogue in continuous use in the... more info  map

  • Magnolia Plantation & Gardens
    3550 Ashley River Road, Charleston, SC 29414
    843-571-1266, Open to the public since 1870, Magnolia Plantation & Gardens is the oldest public tourist site in the Lowcountry and the oldest public garden in the United States. ... more info  map

  • Middleton Place
    4300 Ashley River Road, Charleston, SC 29414
    843-556-6020, A National Historic Landmark, Middleton Place is a carefully preserved 18th century plantation that encompasses 65 acres of America's oldest landscaped gardens that... more info  map

  • Nathaniel Russell House Museum
    51 Meeting Street, Charleston, SC 29401
    Located in Downtown Charleston
    843-723-1623, One of America's most important Neoclassical-style dwellings, this restored National Historic Landmark is open Monday through Saturday from 10:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. and... more info  map

  • Old Exchange and Provost Dungeon
    122 East Bay Street, Charleston, SC 29401
    843-727-2165, "Considered to be one of the three most historically significant Colonial buildings in the United States", this historic building was built by the British as the... more info  map

  • St. John's Lutheran Church
    5 Clifford Street, Charleston, SC 29401
    843-723-2426, Noted for its majestic temple and known as the "Mother Church of Lutherans", this historic church was built by German immigrants and has a long and interesting history. more info  map

  • St. Mary's Roman Catholic Church
    89 Hassel Street, Charleston, SC 29401
    843-722-7696, Known as "the Mother Church of the Catholic Diocese of the Carolinas and Georgia", this historic church is the oldest Roman Catholic church in South Carolina and... more info  map

Historic Sites & Monuments

  • Charles Towne Landing State Historic Site
    1500 Old Town Road, Charleston, SC 29407
    843-852-4200, The first permanent English settlement was established at this historic site over 300 years ago. Highlights of this site include an original fortified town that... more info  map

Libraries & Research Centers

  • Avery Research Center for African-American History
    125 Bull Street, Charleston, SC 29424
    843-953-7609, Located on the site of the former Avery Normal Institute that was founded in 1865, this research center collects manuscripts, documents, and other materials relating to... more info  map

  • Charleston County Public Library
    6325 Dorchester Road, North Charleston, SC 29418
    843-552-6466, One of 16 branch locations throughout Charleston County, Charleston County Public Library - Dorchester Road Regional is normally open Monday through Thursday from 10:00... more info

  • Karpeles Manuscript Library Museum
    68 Spring Street, Charleston, SC 29403
    Historic St. James Methodist Church
    843-853-4651, The largest private collection of historically significant manuscripts in the world is housed at this museum with over one million manuscripts available in an array of... more info  map

Museums & Galleries

  • American Military Museum
    360 Concord Street, Suite 9, Charleston, SC 29401
    843-577-7000, Dedicated to the men and women who have served or are serving in the armed forces, this unique military museum contains hundreds of artifacts and uniforms from all... more info  map

  • Best Friend of Charleston
    31 Ann Street, Charleston, SC 29403
    843-973-7369, A full size antique replica of the first steam engine used on the first steam locomotive in the United States to provide regularly scheduled passenger service is on site... more info  map

  • Charleston Museum, The
    360 Meeting Street, Charleston, SC 29403
    Across from the Visitor's Center
    843-722-2996, The first museum in America that was founded in 1773, this museum contains exhibits that depict the cultural and natural history of Charleston and the South Carolina... more info  map

  • Citadel Museum, The
    Citadel Campus, Charleston, SC 29409
    Third Floor of the Daniel Library
    843-953-6846, Depicting the history of this military school from its founding in 1842 to the present, this museum displays handsome exhibits on the military, academic, social, and... more info

  • E. S. Lawrence Gallery
    229 Meeting Street, Charleston, SC 29401
    A dealer of both national and international artwork, this premier art gallery showcases the works of over 20 talented artists and features an eclectic array of... more info  map

  • Gibbes Museum of Art
    135 Meeting Street, Charleston, SC 29401
    Located in Charleston's Historic District
    843-722-2706, Opened in 1905, Charleston's premier art museum offers a permanent collection of 18th and 19th century American paintings and sculpture, 20th century American... more info  map

  • Halsey Institute of Contemporary Art
    161 Calhoun Street, Charleston, SC 29424
    The College of Charleston School of the Arts
    843-953-4422, The Halsey Institute of Contemporary Art at the College of Charleston School of the Arts includes 3,200 square feet of quality exhibition space, a dedicated media room,... more info

  • North Charleston & American LaFrance Fire Museum
    4975 Centre Pointe Drive, North Charleston, SC 29418
    843-740-5550, The 26,000 square foot North Charleston and American LaFrance Fire Museum & Educational Center houses the largest collection of professionally restored American LaFrance... more info

  • Old Slave Mart Museum
    6 Chalmers Street, Charleston, SC 29401
    843-958-6467, The Old Slave Mart Museum "recounts the story of Charleston's role in this inter-state slave trade by focusing on the history of this particular building and site and... more info

  • Patriots Point Naval & Maritime Museum
    40 Patriots Point Road, Mt. Pleasant, SC 29464
    Located on Charleston Harbor
    866-831-1720, Home to the world famous aircraft carrier, USS Yorktown, Patriots Point Naval & Maritime Museum shows visitors what it took to operate such carrier machines as the... more info  map

  • Ship Shapes Maritime Gallery
    360 Concord Street, Suite 103, Charleston, SC 29401
    843-324-8792, Ship Shapes Maritime Gallery, founded in 2004, is a unique, charming and historic "little museum" filled with nautical treasures for all ages. It is decorated with... more info  map

  • Slave Mart Museum
    6 Chalmers Street, Charleston, SC 29401
    843-724-7395, One of several locations in Charleston where slaves were sold, the last auctions at this market were held in 1863. Displays and exhibits in the museum narrate the... more info  map

National Parks & Natural Wonders

  • South Carolina Center for Birds of Prey
    7130 North Highway 17, Charleston, SC 29429
    Located Just North of Historic Charleston
    843-971-7474, Situated on a 152-acre campus adjacent to the Cape Romain Wildlife Refuge and Francis Marion National Forest, the Avian Conservation Center and the Center for Birds of... more info  map

Parks, Gardens & Zoos

  • Caw Caw Interpretive Center
    5200 Savannah Highway, Charleston, SC 29470
    Located 25 Miles West in Ravenel
    843-889-8898, Filled with exhibits that showcase the natural, historical and cultural history of the site and the region, this breathtaking 654-acre park also features eight miles of... more info  map

  • Folly Beach County Park
    1010 West Ashley, Charleston, SC 29439
    Folly Beach
    843-588-2426, This beach access park features over 2,500 feet of ocean frontage, as well as 200 feet along the river and a 600 foot beach front swimming area. Other features of the... more info  map

  • International Center for Birds of Prey
    4872 Seewee Road, Charleston, SC 29402
    Located in Awendaw
    843-928-3494, Part of the Avian Conservation Center, the International Center for Birds of Prey is "dedicated to the study and welfare of birds and their habitats." The Center’s... more info  map

  • Isle of Palms County Park
    1 Fourteenth Avenue, Charleston, SC 29451
    Isle of Palms
    843-762-2172, Conveniently located at the foot of the Isle of Palms Connector, this lovely park offers 600 feet of ocean frontage, as well as a dune boardwalk, showers, vending... more info

  • James Island County Park
    871 Riverland Drive, Charleston, SC 29412
    843-795-4386, Beautiful and scenic 643 acre park that features miles of paved trails for skating, biking, and walking, a children's playground, 16 acres of freshwater lakes,... more info  map

  • North Charleston Wannamaker County Park
    8888 University Boulevard, North Charleston, SC 29406
    843-572-7275 or 843-795-4386, An over 1,015-acre nature-oriented park, North Charleston Wannamaker County Park features two playgrounds, an off-leash dog park, two miles of paved trails for walking,... more info  map

  • White Point Garden
    2 Murray Drive, Charleston, SC 29401
    Located in Charleston's Historic District
    6.54-acre waterfront park. more info  map

Tours & Cruises

  • "Original" Pub & Brewery Tours of Charleston, The
    40 North Market Street, Charleston, SC 29401
    Located in the Rainbow Market
    843-577-5535, The Pub Tour normally begins daily, weather permitting, at 4:00 p.m. and 7:00 p.m. more info

  • Adventure Sightseeing Tours
    1090 Fort Sumter Drive, Charleston, SC 29412
    843-762-0088, One of the most comprehensive tours of historic Charleston is provided by this company that offers live narration by licensed guides and chances to see all of the major... more info  map

  • Barrier Island Eco-Tours
    50 41st Avenue, Charleston, SC 29451
    Isle of Palms
    843-886-5000, Discover the unique beauty of South Carolina's barrier islands, back waters, and salt marshes with naturalist guided and narrated eco-tours of this rare and fragile... more info  map

  • Bohicket Boat: Adventure & Tour Company
    1880 Andell Boulevard, Charleston, SC 29455
    John's Island, Bohicket Marina
    843-768-7294, A wide variety of adventures and tours are available by this company that offers dolphin watching tours, river tours, sunset cruises, ACE Basin adventures, shelling... more info

  • Chai Y'all Tours
    316 Confederate Circle, Charleston, SC 29407
    843-556-0664, This tour company features knowledgeable guides sharing stories, facts, and sites relating to the Jewish heritage of Charleston from 1695 to the present during this... more info  map

  • Charleston Harbor Tours
    10 Wharfside Street, Charleston, SC 29401
    843-722-1112, Considered to be one the most enjoyable attraction in Charleston, this fascinating, 90-minite, non-stop cruise aboard the Carolina Belle covers 20 miles and 300 years... more info  map

  • Charleston Journeys
    1589 Bryden Lane, Mt. Pleasant, SC 29466
    843-814-6124, Discover the greatest tours in Charleston including: The Classic Charleston Tour, The Civil War Tour, The Pirate Tour, and the Ghost Tour.  more info  map

  • Charleston Pirate Tours
    79 Cumberland Street, Charleston, SC 29401
    Tours Meet at the Powder Magazine
    843-442-7299, In authentic costume and accompanied by "Captain Bob," the blue and gold macaw, professional storyteller and licensed Charleston tour guide, Eric Lavender, brings to... more info

  • Charleston Strolls Walk With History
    115 Meeting Street, Charleston, SC 29402
    843-766-2080, "Charleston's First Walking Tour", this guided walking tour was featured in Southern Living and recommended by The New York Times. Stately mansions, hidden gardens,... more info  map

  • Charleston Tea Plantation
    6617 Maybank Highway, Charleston, SC 29487
    Located on Historic Wadmalaw Island
    843-559-0383 x 4206, The 127-acre Charleston Tea Plantation is "the only tea plantation in North America where you can see hundreds of thousands of tea bushes stretching out acre after acre... more info

  • Charleston Tours
    545 Savannah Highway, Charleston, SC 29407
    843-571-0049, The only tour company in Charleston offering "Old South" Plantation Tours every day, this professional tour company features licensed tour guides and a wide array of... more info  map

  • Charlestonian Yacht
    40 Calhoun Street, Charleston, SC 29401
    843-579-2101, A luxuriously appointed 93-foot coastal touring yacht that specializes in custom cruises in the sheltered bays, basins, and waterways of the South Carolina Lowcountry. more info  map

  • Culinary Tours of Charleston
    18 Anson Street, Charleston, SC 29401
    843-722-8687, "Culinary Tours of Charleston‘s mission is to promote South Carolina local artisan growers and producers, and to help preserve South Carolina’s rich... more info

  • Doin' the Charleston Tours
    382 Meeting Street, Charleston, SC 29417
    Between Ann & John Streets
    843-763-1233, Enjoy humor, charm, drama, and history during this 90 minute, narrated minibus tour of historic Charleston. All of the major points in Charleston are covered, with a... more info  map

  • Fort Sumter Tours
    360 Concord Street, Suite 201, Charleston, SC 29401
    843-722-1691, The only tour that stops at Fort Sumter National Monument, where the Civil War began, this tour company provides narrated two hour tours of this breathtaking island fort... more info  map

  • Ghosts of Carolina Walking Tours
    803-720-TOUR, Featured on CNN Travel Guide, The Learning Channel, and Home & Garden Television, one of their world famous walking tours will give you a chance to come and experience... more info  map

  • Gray Line Tours
    219 Meeting Street, Charleston, SC 29402
    843-722-4444, Ride through the complete history of Charleston with this tour company that provides charter buses, shuttle buses, and guides for your bus or automobile. Numerous tour... more info  map

  • Gullah Tours
    43 John Street, Charleston, SC 29401
    843-763-7551, Explore the places, history, and stories related to the varied contributions made by Black Charlestonians during this unique tour that also emphasizes the Gullah... more info  map

  • Island Hopper Charters
    1555 Terns Nest Road, Charleston, SC 29412
    843-906-4656, Family owned and operated charter company that provides customized boat charters to suit anyone's needs. Excursions available include inshore fishing, dolphin watching,... more info  map

  • Janice Kahn Tours
    316 Confederate Circle, Charleston, SC 29407
    843-556-0664, Here is a tour guide company who will accompany you by bus, by car, or even on foot, to provide you with a private, personalized, old-fashioned tour of Charleston by... more info  map

  • Middleton Outdoor Center
    4290 Ashley River Road, Charleston, SC 29401
    843-556-0500 Ext. 100, Soak up a breathtaking view of the famous grassy terrace of Middleton Place while paddling a kayak. Guided kayak tours explore the Ashley River and into winding tidal... more info  map

  • Old South Carriage Company
    14 Anson Street, Charleston, SC 29401
    843-723-9712, Costumed guides in Confederate uniforms take visitors on a fully narrated horse-drawn carriage tour of the Historic District during this premier carriage tour that... more info  map

  • Original Charleston Walks
    45 Broad Street, Charleston, SC 29401
    843-577-3800, Various comprehensive and entertaining guided walking tours of the city are provided by this premier walking tour company. Highlights of the tour include Charleston's... more info  map

  • Original Pub Tour of Charleston
    40 North Market Street, Charleston, SC 29401
    Located in the Historic District
    843-345-7827 , "Eat, drink and be merry" on this European style pub crawl and truly a one-of-a-kind tour, The Original Pub Tour of Charleston. Based upon similar pub tours in Europe,... more info

  • Palmetto Carriage Tours
    40 North Market Street, Charleston, SC 29401
    843-723-8154, The oldest continually operating carriage company in Charleston, this company features experienced guides and one hour, fully narrated mule-drawn carriage tours through... more info  map

  • Sandlapper Water Tours
    10 Wharfside Street, Charleston, SC 29413
    843-849-8687 (Charters), Guided narrated water tours. more info

  • Schooner Pride, The
    Departs from the Aquarium Wharf, Charleston, SC 29455
    360 Concord Street
    843-559-9686, Reminiscent of the romantic days of coastal sailing, you'll experience two hours of beauty around the historic Charleston Harbor aboard this tall, 84-foot, three masted... more info  map

  • Spiritline Harbor Tour
    360 Concord Street, Suite 201, Charleston, SC 29401
    843-722-BOAT, Explore the Charleston Harbor aboard the finest passenger yacht with this tour company that offers one and a half hour, fully narrated cruises around the harbor, the... more info  map

  • Sweet Grass Tours
    316 Confederate Circle, Charleston, SC 29407
    843-556-0664, This tour showcases the influence of African-Americans and their culture on Charleston's culture, architecture, churches, cuisine, music and history.  more info  map

  • Talk of the Towne
    2166 St. James Drive, Charleston, SC 29412
    843-795-8199, Providing fully narrated, motorized tours aboard a 21-passenger minibus, this tour company offers your choice of a seventy-five minute or two hour tour of Historic... more info  map

  • Taylored Tours of Charleston
    1300 Lenevar Drive, Charleston, SC 29407
    843-763-5747, A wide variety of tours are available by this knowledgeable tour company with tours available including general history, plantation tours, special interest tours, and... more info  map

  • Tour Charleston LLC
    184 East Bay Street, Suite 302, Charleston, SC 29401
    843-723-1670, This company offers several tours that highlight Charleston's ghosts, pirates, and history including "The Story of Charleston" tour that profiles Charleston's legendary... more info  map

  • Tourrific Tours
    25 Eighth Avenue, Charleston, SC 29403
    843-853-2500, Enjoy a personalized guided tour of Charleston with this tour company and learn the untold history of Charleston, as well as the early contributions of African-Americans... more info  map

Vineyards, Wineries & Breweries

  • High Wire Distilling Co.
    652 King Street, Charleston, SC 29403
    843-755-4664, Located in the heart of historic downtown Charleston, High Wire Distilling Company is dedicated to making premium, handcrafted, small batch spirits including gins, rums,... more info  map

  

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