6 Things To Do While Exploring Charleston, South Carolina

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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. 

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Drive to Magnolia Plantation

Drive to Magnolia Plantation

There are so many beautiful bridges at Magnolia Plantation

There are so many beautiful bridges at Magnolia Plantation

This image reminds me of a Monet painting

This image reminds me of a Monet painting

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. 

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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.  

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Sweetgrass baskets

Sweetgrass baskets

Explore historical downtown in a horse and buggy!

Explore historical downtown in a horse and buggy!

Waterfront area

Waterfront area

Fort Sumter National Monument

Fort Sumter is where the civil war began in 1861.  The monument is a short boat ride  away departing from the Charleston Aquarium or Mt. Pleasant.  This is a must see for any history buff.

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Explore the Art Galleries on Broad Street

Did you know that Charleston is an art destination? Check out historic Broad Street (AKA Gallery Row) for some terrific art! My favorites were the Mary Martin Gallery and The Spencer Art Gallery.

Charleston City Market

Charleston City Market

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. 

Husk Restaurant

Husk Restaurant

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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