What do you think of when you hear Charleston, South Carolina? Historical charm, lowcountry, southern hospitality, cobblestone streets, plantations and shrimp & grits are all words that come to my mind. A month ago, I was in Charleston for a good friend's wedding and stayed a few days to explore this charming southern city. Here are my 6 top things to do when exploring Charleston.
Visit Magnolia Plantation
Magnolia Plantation is located outside of the historical downtown area, about a 1/2 hour drive. The plantation can be explored by foot, by boat or by train. The basic admission is $15, with add on guided tours that are $8/per tour. I really enjoyed walking around the gardens, especially the area around the bamboo garden. Allow yourself at least a few hours to see all of the sights and to walk around the gardens.
Tour Historical Downtown Charleston
Historical downtown Charleston has so much to offer every traveler-from shopping, magnificent historical houses, great restaurants, and a beautiful waterfront area. Definitely check out the harbor area, King street for some wonderful shops, and the United States Custom House for great picture opportunities.
Shop at the Charleston City Market
Located on Meeting Street, the Charleston City Market is a great place to buy local souvenirs, food items and sweetgrass baskets.
Eat at a Restaurant on Queen Street
Nestled in Charleston's French Quarter, Queen Street is home to many of Charleston's great restaurants including Husk, Poogan's Porch and 82 Queen. I ate at 82 Queen outside in the garden (picture below) and had a wonderful experience. I recommend the crab cake, which is the best I've ever had!
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