Once-in-a-Lifetime Experiences in Charleston, SC
Located nearly halfway between Miami, Florida and Washington, DC, the city of Charleston, South Carolina is a perfect blend of tourist attractions and national history. Located along the Atlantic coast, South Carolina’s oldest and capital city has a beautiful subtropical climate and more than 80 miles of coastline. But there’s so much more to do and see. Here are 10 experiences you certainly don’t want to miss during your visit to Charleston.
Spend the night in a Haunted Mansion - Wentworth Mansion
Known for its splendor, Italian crystal chandeliers, hand carved marble fireplaces and luxurious amenities, staying at Wentworth Mansion is a must but be warned - legend has it the place is haunted. Though immaculate, ghosts are said to linger in room 13 of the restored gothic mansion. Do you dare?
If you don’t know, Charleston has some of the best cuisine around but Husk, known for it’s non-traditional cuisine, takes the city’s food reputation to the next level. With ingredients solely sourced from the South, Husk’s menu includes everything from southern fried chicken skins to sweet cornbread pudding to pig ear lettuce wraps and blueberry coriander ice cream. But if you’re looking for a bit more variety, the Charleston Food Tour is the way to go.
Charleston Food Tours
Created to help promote local artisan growers and producers, a Charleston food tour is one of the best ways to experience Low-country’s cuisine and down-to-earth hospitality. Whether you prefer a celebrity, low-country or dessert experience, there’s a tour for you.
The Gin Joint
Located in Charleston’s historic French quarter, the Gin Joint is Charleston’s number destination for cocktail lovers. Created with a 1920s theme, the owners are so serious about pre-phoibitions drinks and recipes that they make their own 300 pound flavored ice blocks and smoke their own maple syrup and cure their own beef jerky in house.
The French Quarter Inn
This award winning boutique hotel is an example of Charleston’s luxurious history. Though pricey, the hotel’s - which feels more like a good friend’s magnificent Southern home - includes a complimentary glass of champagne, an evening selection of fresh milk and cookies and an immersive and private cooking lesson with a top tier local chef. The inn even offers a sound sleep pillow menu that promises to provide you with some of the best and most relaxing sleep of your entire life.
Escape to Sullivan’s Island
A little more than 3 square miles, Sullivan’s Island is a lovely way to escape the city for water sports, beaches, local history, tasty restaurants and folklore. Whether you’re looking to kayak, sail, paddle board fish or learn more about the Revolutionary War, Sullivan’s Island is a nice quick getaway from the city center. Be sure to stop by Poe’s Tavern while you’re there. Named in honor of poet Edgar Allan Poe, the tavern, decorated with lines from some of Poe’s most famous poems, is said to have some of the best burgers, beer and fish tacos around. Even better, everything on the menu is named after one of Poe’s famous tales.
Walk along the Ravenel Bridge
After opening at the end of a week-long celebration in 2005, the Arthur Ravenel Bridge easily become one of Charleston’s most prominent architectural structures. The bridge, composed of eight lanes and two diamond-shaped towers, has a walking path. The six mile round trip trek is a relaxing way to see some of the best views the city has to offer.
Browse the Charleston City Market
One of the nation’s oldest public markets, the Charleston City Market houses the work of more than 300 craftspeople, entrepreneurs and artisans. Open every day of the year except December 25th, the market is always open for cultural events and souvenirs. Night Market, a festive evening that showcases the work of more than 100 artists, occurs every Friday underneath the stars.
Overcome Your Fears on a Ghost Walk
A tour of Charleston isn’t complete without a ghost walking tour. In fact, nearly every major building in the city is paired with a legendary ghost story. Whether you prefer walking through one of Charleston’s oldest graveyards, or in one of the city’s historic jails, these hour and a half tours are unforgettable. No matter if you end up laughing, crying or screaming out of fright, you are sure to remember the night for years to come.
Wind Down at Waterfront Park
As your trip nears its end, be sure to wind down and at Waterfront Park. Located in downtown Charleston, the eight acre park is a perfect place for adults and children to take in all of Charleston’s unique glory. The long covered pier has bench swings where both visitors and South Carolinians can sit back and enjoy fantastic views of the city and water. Reliable wifi even allows citizens to catch up on work outside. Oh and don’t forget take a selfie or two near the famous Pineapple Fountain. It’s a great place to make a wish as you wrap up one adventure and plan for the next.