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Things to do in Charleston County

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
Historic Site
“An important historical landmark from revolutionary and civil wars. You can do day tours or cruise tour with meal. Total tour takes about 2.5 hours.”
  • 75 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
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“Located off the beach on Sullivan’s Island. Awesome food and unique drinks. Take a beach day and be sure to stop in! ”
  • 65 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
Bar
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“Another legendary spot like the Music Farm where bands like Hootie and Edwin McCain started as bar bands on the Isle of Palms....Ocean front bar that is pet friendly. the burger is a solid bar food burger too ”
  • 42 locals recommend
Park
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“Beautiful little walk with low country views, right by tons of bars and restaurants. A great way to get some nature without venturing too far from downtown!”
  • 37 locals recommend
Shopping Centre
“Outdoor mall with lots of stores and restaurants, and a movie theater on site too.”
  • 26 locals recommend
Park
“This is where you can park to walk on The Ravenel Bridge!! This is my favorite place to walk if I want to see a really good sunset :)”
  • 28 locals recommend
Museum
“Fun place to take the kids. Educational exhibits will capture their attention. They won't want to leave. ”
  • 21 locals recommend
History Museum
“Tour the old fighter ship the USS Yorktown. Unique experience I've been touring since I was a child. It's over the Ravenel Bridge in My Pleasant. ”
  • 34 locals recommend
Park
“As a kide this is where id go fishing before I had a boat. :) Still good fishing. And the wife loves the whole long walk on the beach feel.”
  • 27 locals recommend
Tree
“This Ancient Oak tree is over 1500 years old and is breathtakingly beautiful! If only it could talk of all it’s seen!!”
  • 129 locals recommend

Top restaurants

Restaurant
“Located off the beach on Sullivan’s Island. Awesome food and unique drinks. Take a beach day and be sure to stop in! ”
  • 65 locals recommend
Bar
“Another legendary spot like the Music Farm where bands like Hootie and Edwin McCain started as bar bands on the Isle of Palms....Ocean front bar that is pet friendly. the burger is a solid bar food burger too ”
  • 42 locals recommend
Italian Restaurant
“It's a haul from the farm, but it's one of my favorite restaurants in Charleston. Seafood meets Italian fine dining. Pair it with a visit to the beach at Isle of Palms so you can feel like you got your gas money's worth.”
  • 17 locals recommend
Restaurant
“ SOL Southwest Kitchen is a family-friendly establishment featuring indoor & outdoor dining, food with bold Southwest flavors and “just juiced” cocktails.”
  • 10 locals recommend
Piano Bar
“THE BEST LIVE ENTERTAINMENT IN CHARLESTON! ... Fill Restaurant & Piano Bar offers an American eclectic, chef-driven menu for dinner and late-night.”
  • 2 locals recommend
Wine Bar
“If you are a Wine connoisseur or just want to enjoy some wine I highly recommend Ardoa! Clement is happy to explain the different types of wine and explain the taste you should notice. Make sure you tell them Ryan and Audrey sent you! ”
  • 3 locals recommend
Restaurant
“Located inside theLinks clubhouse, Huey’s offer a casual atmospherewhere southern staples and Lowcountry comfort farearealwaysfeatured. Overlooking the Links Course, a full bar serves cocktails, wine and beer. Save room for one of our crafted milkshakes made fresh for the kiddies, or specialty spiked flavors for mom or dad. Ask your server about the local legend of Huey - the infamous Isle of Palms resident goose. Open daily for breakfast, lunch and lounge. Walk-ins welcome, large parties reservations preferred”
  • 1 local recommends
Restaurant
“Located within the Boardwalk Inn is our upscale seafood and chophouserestaurant.Chef Read Wolfe and team lead the evolution of Southern Coastal Cuisine and accompaniments, which can be experienced in the dining room, lounge or delivered directly to your Boardwalk Inn guest room. Keenly curated cocktails, an extensive wine selection, and array of local craft beers await to compliment your meal. Open daily for breakfast, lunch and dinner. Reservations recommended. ”
  • 2 locals recommend

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