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Things to do in Charleston

Top recommendations from locals

From sightseeing to hidden gems, find out what makes the city unique with the help of the locals who know it best.
Scenic Viewpoint
“The Battery is a famous Charleston landmark, overlooking the Charleston Harbor. See the famous Charleston historic homes and White Point Garden. The first shots of the civil war were fired from this location. ”
  • 81 locals recommend
Aquarium
“Walk through a sea turtle hospital! This is the deepest aquarium in the country.”
  • 60 locals recommend
Plaza
“One of Charleston's most popular tours involving seeing the sights of Rainbow Row, an iconic row of pastel painted homes that line The Battery downtown. A pleasant insight into maintaining Charleston's historic homes and rustic architecture. ”
  • 41 locals recommend
Art Museum
“They always have really cool exhibits and if you're walking downtown and it's hot, the museum is a great place to step into and steal some air conditioning.”
  • 31 locals recommend
History Museum
“An outstanding collection will guide you through the whole History of the Lowcountry. ”
  • 34 locals recommend
Park
“On Saturdays between April and December, theres a great farmers market here! Either way, its a fun park to walk through!”
  • 62 locals recommend
Museum
“Fun place to take the kids. Educational exhibits will capture their attention. They won't want to leave. ”
  • 21 locals recommend
Place to shop
“Must do shopping in the historic district. This should be on the top of your list!”
  • 82 locals recommend
Southern / Soul Food Restaurant
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“People to rave about this spot for getting a southern kick. You'll find a long wait for a table here almost any day so plan accordingly! ”
  • 77 locals recommend
Steakhouse
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“Great steaks and 2 locations now Downtown on King St and in Summerville at Nexton.”
  • 115 locals recommend
Cocktail Bar
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“My Charleston home bar! Live music by some of my close friends almost every night here, punch bowls if you're partying with several people, plus a patio rooftop! Definitely try the “Double Standard” if you like something a little spicy.”
  • 63 locals recommend
Storage Facility
“Iconic Street for Shopping in town with everything from local finds to antiques to chains and dining ”
  • 116 locals recommend
Vietnamese Restaurant
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“Xiao Bao Biscuit is two blocks down the street on Rutledge. Not only is it close, it is delicious, and you can walk. Their cocktails are fabulous, and the food is a Southern/Asian fusion of perfection. Don't be put off by the exterior appearance, this location used to be a service station,”
  • 100 locals recommend
American Restaurant
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“A 1930's vibe restaurant with a rooftop bar perfect for enjoying cocktails and views. ”
  • 74 locals recommend
Southern / Soul Food Restaurant
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“You will need a reservation to go to Husk, but my favorite personally is heading right next door and going to “the bar at husk”. Moody vibes, best darn burger in town, in a super cool old Charleston house, and fun drinks. ”
  • 79 locals recommend
Park
“When its hot and humid and everyone needs a good cool down, the kids can play in the fountain while the adults picnic in the grass. Right on the water, this is a great spot for a summer day!”
  • 43 locals recommend

Top restaurants

Southern / Soul Food Restaurant
“People to rave about this spot for getting a southern kick. You'll find a long wait for a table here almost any day so plan accordingly! ”
  • 77 locals recommend
Steakhouse
“Great steaks and 2 locations now Downtown on King St and in Summerville at Nexton.”
  • 115 locals recommend
Vietnamese Restaurant
“Xiao Bao Biscuit is two blocks down the street on Rutledge. Not only is it close, it is delicious, and you can walk. Their cocktails are fabulous, and the food is a Southern/Asian fusion of perfection. Don't be put off by the exterior appearance, this location used to be a service station,”
  • 100 locals recommend
American Restaurant
“A 1930's vibe restaurant with a rooftop bar perfect for enjoying cocktails and views. ”
  • 74 locals recommend
Southern / Soul Food Restaurant
“You will need a reservation to go to Husk, but my favorite personally is heading right next door and going to “the bar at husk”. Moody vibes, best darn burger in town, in a super cool old Charleston house, and fun drinks. ”
  • 79 locals recommend
American Restaurant
“Neighborhood fav. Very good food with casual vibe and reasonable prices. Worth a visit in your not in the mood for fancy. ”
  • 50 locals recommend
New American Restaurant
“One of the standards of Charleston fine dining, make sure to get a reservation in advance.”
  • 75 locals recommend
Seafood Restaurant
“This is a special night out kind of place. Expensive but worth it! Pro-tip: between 5pm-6:30pm Mon-Fri, the seafood tower is 1/2 price! We like to sit at the bar, order a glass of champagne and enjoy the seafood tower. Roll like a baller but save your dough! ”
  • 55 locals recommend

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