Charleston: What to do

I’ve spent a lot of time in Charleston. It’s one of my favorite cities. Here are a few of my top things to do, along with a few other tips.

1. Nathaniel Russell House

An ongoing restoration project of the Charleston Historical Foundation, the House is a work in progress to restore it to its original 1808 features. It is surrounded by beautiful gardens and sits on the Battery. It is also known for its flying staircase.

Nathaniel Russell House

2. Barrier Islands

Get away from the city to the barrier islands. Folly Beach, Kiawah Island, and Edisto Island are a short trip away but feel like they’re another world.

3. Fort Sumter

Boats to Fort Sumter leave from the dock right next to the aquarium. A three-hour tour there and back – enjoy the breeze on the boat or the A/C inside. The tour includes guided and self-guided tours.

Fort Sumter

Spirit of Charleston - Fort Sumter

Liberty Square Charleston, SC

4. A Swamp Tour

There are a couple swap tours adjacent to plantations. Or go out on your own, to Santee State Park. Get a glimpse of local wildlife, and the different plants living in the swampland of the low country.

Magnolia Swamp Tour Turtle Magnolia Swamp Tour

5. Gardens and Graveyards

The South does love their gardens. Most historical homes have the bonus of incredible gardens. The church graveyards are just as beautiful. Go for a wander. 



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