Charleston is a place where history, culture, and natural beauty merge to make a wonderful place to visit. The city has many historical museums throughout its streets along with longstanding churches and graveyards that are the final resting place to well-known people who shaped the United States of America in its early years. There are also outstanding eateries, unique shops, and cultural events in downtown Charleston that make this a travel spot where most anyone can find something fun to do.
On our family’s most recent trip to Charleston, we wanted to visit some new places. Through a Groupon offer, we were able to find a hotel on the Isle of Palms and enjoy the beach during our weekend getaway.
Staying on the Isle of Palms also allowed us close access to Fort Moultrie, while still being close to downtown Charleston. Fort Moultrie was built during the Revolutionary War in 1776 and was used throughout many historical battles. The fort is set up to allow visitors a chance to walk through and see how the fort appeared and functioned during different battles from the Revolution to WWII.
In addition to strolling through the streets of downtown Charleston reading the plaques on historic homes and churches, visiting the Charleston City Market and The Battery (I think these are a must-see for any trip to Charleston), we visited the South Carolina Aquarium.
The South Carolina Aquarium is home to more than 5,000 animals spread throughout exhibits such as the coast, ocean, piedmont, mountain forest, and animal care. There is a touch tank where guests can feel invertebrates like sea urchins and horseshoe crabs. Guests can also step into the saltmarsh aviary to feed stingrays. For a little extra, the aquarium offers a 3-D movie in a 4-D Theater and tours of the Sea Turtle Hospital. If your going to visit the aquarium with young children, here are some tips to make your visit more enjoyable.
While I searched for a store we had found on a previous trip to Charleston, my family ended up walking up and down King Street. This one (long) street features a Design and Dining District, a Fashion District, and Antiques District. These stores allow shoppers to find distinctive merchandise. The store I searched for was Savannah Bee Company, because I wanted to purchase honey as a gift for my parents. Savannah Bee Company sells honey, heath, and beauty products. Inside the store, they offer samples of their various honey products, which are delicious!
Hyman’s Seafood and Poogans Porch are two very popular restaurants in downtown Charleston, and come highly recommended by travelers. We intended to eat at one of these restaurants, but we had a tired toddler who was ready to do something other than sit in a stroller. While heading back to our hotel for some play and naptime, we stumbled upon Tavern & Table in Mt. Pleasant. Tavern & Table had a classy, southern ambiance and the food was delicious. It was a great find during our trip.
There are many fun ways to see downtown Charleston from carriage rides to walking tours (including nighttime ghost tours). Just taking time to wander through the streets at your own pace can be a fun adventure.
For help planning a Charleston getaway, we used www.charlestoncvb.com to find new places to explore. Click here to request a free Charleston Visitors Guide.