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Things to do in Charleston Harbor

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
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
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
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
Park
“The historic Battery, at the tip of the peninsula. Its the location on the harbor you always see the weather channel broadcast from during big storms. Wonderful photo spot, large oaks and great spot for a picnic. Great place to see old architecture. Free parking along the battery also. There are no public restrooms in the park though (just keep in mind)”
  • 63 locals recommend
Seafood Restaurant
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“Sitting right on Shem Creek. This is a great place to grab a bite after a nice kayaking or paddle boarding venture. This place has great music a relaxing and inviting environment and a chill atmosphere. It has a dock bar, overlooking Shem Creek and outdoor dining on the deck. Its a great place to relax after a nice summer afternoon. ”
  • 66 locals recommend
Bar
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“Mt PLEASANT on Shem Creek: This restaurant is at the entrance to the neighborhood, 3 minute drive. Great views and spot to grab a drink and watch for dolphins and the sunset. Good food.”
  • 56 locals recommend
Diner
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“Everything tastes fresh, hot and homemade! I loved the country fried steak!”
  • 62 locals recommend
Entertainment
“I love seeing plays at this little local theater that is rich with history! ”
  • 24 locals recommend
Museum
“Very interesting and you can easily spend all day here. Admission also gets you in to Vietnam memorial and the USS Laffey DD-724. You can purchase combo tickets with Sumter tour and have up to 7 days to do both.”
  • 45 locals recommend
Seafood Restaurant
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“Wonderful casual fried seafood with a great patio overlooking Charleston harbor. Bonus they also have a small parking lot in front of the restaurant.”
  • 65 locals recommend
Park
“It is a beautiful park with two fountains; one, the well known Pineapple fountain. The park has a beautiful area by the water where there are many swings to swing on and seats to sit. (This is a great getaway spot for couples) This park is also the same area where the Carnival cruise line disembarks from. Its a beautiful sight to behold and I would highly recommend checking this place out if you have the time! ”
  • 57 locals recommend

Top restaurants

Seafood Restaurant
“Sitting right on Shem Creek. This is a great place to grab a bite after a nice kayaking or paddle boarding venture. This place has great music a relaxing and inviting environment and a chill atmosphere. It has a dock bar, overlooking Shem Creek and outdoor dining on the deck. Its a great place to relax after a nice summer afternoon. ”
  • 66 locals recommend
Bar
“Mt PLEASANT on Shem Creek: This restaurant is at the entrance to the neighborhood, 3 minute drive. Great views and spot to grab a drink and watch for dolphins and the sunset. Good food.”
  • 56 locals recommend
Diner
“Everything tastes fresh, hot and homemade! I loved the country fried steak!”
  • 62 locals recommend
Seafood Restaurant
“Wonderful casual fried seafood with a great patio overlooking Charleston harbor. Bonus they also have a small parking lot in front of the restaurant.”
  • 65 locals recommend
Night Club
“Grabbing a cocktail at this rooftop and watching city lights at night is quite memorable”
  • 41 locals recommend
Seafood Restaurant
“best seafood for lunch in Charleston. this place gets busy so line up before 11am if you don't want to wait long!”
  • 37 locals recommend
Restaurant
“Don't miss the "mix and match" fish option--choose your fish, your sauce, a side, and how you'd like it cooked. Customize to your own taste!”
  • 32 locals recommend
Southern / Soul Food Restaurant
“Casual fine dining, reservations recommended, but u do have the option of 3 walk-in tables in the front. Romantic setting, beef carpaccio is my favorite, and I've never had a bad meal from the place!”
  • 30 locals recommend

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