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101 Things to Do in Charleston, South Carolina


101 Things to Do in Charleston, South Carolina | CosmosMariners.com

I'm a born and raised Charlestonian. Over the last three decades, I've seen the best and worst that this city can offer. I've explored its tiny alleyways and watched national brands make their home here.


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Because of my deep love of Charleston, South Carolina, I often get emails from readers about what they should see and do while visiting here. That's one of the hardest questions I get because there's just so much to do in this crazy, wonderful, historical town. Whether this is your first time to Charleston or you make a regular pilgrimage to the Holy City, hopefully, you'll be able to find some new adventures on this list of what to do in Charleston!

101 Things to Do in Charleston, South Carolina | CosmosMariners.com
St. Philips Church, downtown Charleston
    Isle of Palms

  1. Watch the sunset on the Isle of Palms pier. 
  2. Have a cookout at the Isle of Palms County Park
  3. Enjoy brunch at Acme Cantina
  4. Catch the ferry to Dewees Island from the Marina.
  5. Enjoy cocktails with a view of Breach Inlet at the Boathouse.
  6. Go car-free for the day and explore Goat Island. 
  7. Have dinner by the waterway at Morgan Creek Grill
  8. Reset your inner clock to island time with a round of golf at Wild Dunes


  9. Sullivans Island

  10. Eat at Dunleavy's Pub on Sullivans Island. 
  11. People watch from the porch while you dig into a burger and blue cheese cole slaw at Poe's.
  12. Get your friends together for happy hour at The Obstinate Daughter. 
  13. Try every gelato flavor at Beardcat's Sweet Shop. 
  14. Explore the island's military history at Fort Moultrie.
  15. See the container ships come in at Station 12. 


  16. Mount Pleasant

  17. Walk along the pier at Shem Creek Park. 
  18. See where one of the signers of Declaration of Independence lived at the Charles Pinckney House. 
  19. Kayak or paddleboard down Shem Creek into the Charleston harbor.
  20. Bounce around at Sky Zone.
  21. Eat some chicken and waffles at Page's Okra Grill
  22. Go shopping at Towne Center.
  23. Do a tasting of local beer at Westbrook Brewery.
  24. Discover antebellum history at Boone Hall Plantation. 
  25. Take a stroll down the Pier Street Bridge

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    The Charleston harbor from Pitt Street Bridge

  27. Share a milkshake with your favorite someone at the Pitt Street Pharmacy. 
  28. Make reservations at the Post House. 
  29. Climb aboard the USS Yorktown and other historic vessels at Patriots Point. 
  30. Challenge your family to some putt-putt at Blackbeard's Cove. 
  31. Let your kids play at the playground, have a milkshake, and see the harbor at the Mount Pleasant Pier. 
  32. Stroll through the 943 acres of Palmetto Islands County Park. 
  33. See the Charleston harbor from a new perspective by walking or biking the Ravenel Bridge.

  34. Folly Beach

  35. Go surfing at the Washout.
  36. Bring your favorite furry friend along with you to Lost Dog Cafe. 
  37. Take a picture of the Morris Island Lighthouse.
  38. Grab a pizza or sandwich to go at the 'Wich Doctor.
  39. Eat oysters at Bowens Island Restaurant. 
  40. Enjoy the ocean breeze while you dine at Rita's Seaside Grille. 
  41. Practice your casting skills on the Folly Beach Pier. 
  42. Watch the tide roll in while you eat at BLU.
  43. Take a fishing charter for a fun day out on the water. 

  44. Downtown

  45. Indulge in some retail therapy on King Street. 
  46. Sample some local seafood at The Ordinary. 
  47. Tour the Edmonston-Alston House
  48. Let your kids learn through play at the Children's Museum of the Lowcountry.
  49. Try a slice of the coconut cake at the Peninsula Grill. 
  50. Spend Saturday morning at the farmer's market on Marion Square.
  51. See Rainbow Row. 
  52. Take a picture of the iconic pineapple fountain at Waterfront Park. 
  53. Walk through the Nathaniel Russell House. 
  54. Cheer for the Charleston Riverdogs at Joe Riley Stadium. 
  55. Get inspired at the Gibbes Museum of Art. 
  56. Go shopping for local crafts, sweetgrass baskets, and clothing at the City Market. 
  57. Walk along the Battery. 
  58. See Charleston from a new perspective with a boat cruise. 
  59. Read a book in White Point Gardens. 
  60. Take a tour of the Old City Jail. 
  61. Give into your sweet tooth with the creative flavors at Glazed Doughnuts.
  62. Enjoy some locally sourced food at Husk. 
  63. Learn about antebellum Charleston and the slaves who built the city at the Old Slave Mart Museum

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    Old Slave Mart Museum
  65. Walk through the Unitarian Church's graveyard, which is purposefully allowed to be overgrown.
  66. See where one of the signers of the Declaration of Independence lived at the Heyward-Washington House.
  67. Take a peek into the Aiken-Rhett House, which has been unchanged since the 1850s. 
  68. Take a boat tour out to Fort Sumter. 
  69. Learn about the scary side of Charleston with a nighttime ghost tour. 
  70. Indulge your sweet tooth at Saffron Bakery's extensive dessert case. 
  71. Visit Charleston's largest home, the Calhoun Mansion. 
  72. See some incredible 19th century antiques at the Joseph Manigault House. 
  73. Get up close and personal with some sharks at the South Carolina Aquarium. 
  74. Experience theatre in a historic setting at the Dock Street Theatre
  75. Take a horse and buggy tour of the historic peninsula.
  76. Explore the collection at the Charleston Museum.
  77. Take a culinary tour of downtown's restaurants.
  78. Peek into the Circular Church, and then walk through the graveyard.
  79. Dig into some fried pecan chicken and homestyle meals at Jestine's Kitchen.


  80. James Island and John's Island


  81. Visit McLeod Plantation. 
  82. Cool off during the summer at James Island County Park's Splash Zone. 
  83. Hit the greens at the Municipal Golf Course. 
  84. Catch the latest indie film at the Terrace Theatre
  85. Learn how tea is grown, harvested, and processed at America's only tea plantation. 
  86. Get close to wildlife at the Caw Caw Interpretive Center.
  87. Marvel at the massive 2,000-year-old Angel Oak. 
  88. Discover a new favorite wine at Irving House Vineyards. 
  89. Sample locally made Sweet Tea Vodka at Firefly Distillery. 


  90. West Ashley


  91. Spend the day at Magnolia Plantation: go to the petting zoo, tour the historic home, and walk through the beautiful gardens. 
  92. Go for a walk along the West Ashley Greenway. 
  93. Take a tour of Drayton Plantation. 
  94. Stroll the grounds of Middleton Plantation before eating at the onsite restaurant. 
  95. Learn about Charleston's early history at Charles Towne Landing. 


  96. Awendaw/ McClellanville


  97. Visit owls, osprey and more at the Birds of Prey Center. 
  98. Take a boat out to Bulls Island, an uninhabited barrier island. 


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    Bulls Island


  100. Challenge your travel mates to a round of disc golf at the Sewee Outpost.
  101. Explore the adorable fishing village of McClellanville.
  102. Go hiking in the Francis Marion Forest. 
  103. Catch some live music and great food each Wednesday night at the Awendaw Green.
  104. Visit the home of South Carolina's first poet laureate: Hampton Plantation
  105. Admire St. James Wambaw Church, an 18th century brick structure.

  106. North Charleston


  107. Go shopping at Tanger Outlets.
  108. Get up close and personal with the Hunley submarine
  109. Catch a show at the North Charleston Coliseum.
  110. Find your new favorite brew at Coast Brewery. 
  111. Wander through the LaFrance Fire Museum and Educational Center. 
  112. Take a dip at Whirlin' Waters Adventure Park.  

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