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Cruise to Charleston, South Carolina

Charleston is a timeless treasure of America’s Old South— and every aspect of life in the Lowcountry is captivating. Whether you’re a history buff, beach bum or foodie, there’s plenty of adventure and southern hospitality to go round. Hop in a horse-drawn carriage for a sightseeing ride past pastel-hued mansions on Rainbow Row. Roam Fort Sumter, where the first shots of the American Civil War rang out. Cruise to Charleston and stand under the 1,500-year-old Angel Oak. Or sink your toes into soft sands along the Carolina coast. Aptly nicknamed “The Holy City” for its abundance of churches, Charleston evokes a genuine American spirit through its colonial relics, laid-back coastal culture and deep-rooted traditions.
National Language English
Currency Accepted U.S. Dollar (USD)

Things To Do in Charleston

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charleston south carolina fountain pineapple

FOOTSTEPS OF TIME

FOOTSTEPS OF TIME

Head out on foot from the Battery’s seawall to Waterfront Park, then through the French Quarter and down buzzing King Street. Along the way you’ll stroll past centuries-old mansions, Dock Street Theatre, Gothic Revival churches, war relics, retail hubs and other southern treasures.

charleston south carolina antebellum memories

charleston south carolina antebellum memories

ANTEBELLUM MEMORIES

ANTEBELLUM MEMORIES

Trace centuries of American history among Charleston’s old rice plantations. Boone Hall Plantation is one of America’s oldest working farms, while Middleton Place is home to the country’s oldest landscaped gardens. Drayton Hall and Magnolia Plantation both offer Southern heritage and Lowcountry scenery along the Ashley River.

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charleston south carolina palmetto paradise beach

PALMETTO PARADISE

Get your feet— or your paddle— wet with plenty of outdoor adventures. Sullivan’s Island and Folly Beach are both popular with beachgoers, and nearby Kiawah is renowned for its PGA-caliber golf courses. Kayak around Shem Creek’s estuaries beside dolphins and waterfowl, or enjoy a walk across the Arthur Ravenel Jr. Bridge before your Charleston cruise.

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charleston south carolina local cuisine shrimp grits

LOCAL CUISINE

Charleston is one of America’s top food cities, where Lowcountry comfort food meets award-winning, chef-inspired cuisine. Southern staples like creamy she-crab soup, fried chicken and collard greens reign supreme— and everyone has their own twist on the quintessential shrimp and grits. Try frogmore stew for authentic Gullah flavors, or head to Bowens Island for fresh-off-the-boat oysters shucked by the creek.

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charleston south carolina shopping baskets

SHOPPING

King Street’s retail mecca is filled to the brim with unique boutiques, antique shops and book stores. Broad Street’s Gallery Row is an art collector’s dream, while the four-block City Market is where you’ll find Gullah artisans selling their famous sweetgrass baskets handwoven from locally grown bulrush grass.

Insider's Tips
Insider's Tips
1 The Downtown Area Shuttle (DASH) trolley offers a quick and free means of traveling around downtown Charleston.
2 Pack insect repellent to avoid mosquitos if exploring the marshes, beaches and rural plantations outside the city.

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