“Come quickly. have found heaven.”
— Charleston Renaissance artist Alfred Hutty in a wire to his wife after discovering the city in 1919
Everything that makes Charleston so beloved, awaits right outside our doors. Below are a few notable locales to visit while you explore the city.
The Battery & White Point Gardens
King Street Shopping
Dock Street Theatre
Charleston City Market
Gibbes Museum of Art
Patriots Point Naval and Maritime Museum
South Carolina Aquarium
Slightly North of Broad
College of Charleston
Charleston Waterfront Park
International African American Museum
Joseph Riley Stadium
The Citadel College
One of Charleston's main tourist destinations, Rainbow Row, is a row of bright pastel-colored homes located on East Bay Street that runs along the city's waterfront, right on The Battery. Take amazing photos next to the charming Georgian-style homes, or just walk along The Battery. Each home has its own unique story that bares proof to the history of Charleston.
The Battery & White Point Garden
Located in the heart of Charleston’s historic district, this prominent historic landmark provides a spectacular view of Fort Sumter and the Charleston Harbor. It was first used as a public garden in 1837, and soon became a fortification for the city during the Civil War. Visitors today can find an impressive display of historic mortars and cannons that were used to shell and defend the city during the Civil War.
Known as the second most historically important street in Charleston, this street represents the city's present and past. This lengthy street is split into three sections called districts: Upper, Middle, and Lower king street, where you can find fashion, antiques, art, and dining, and it connects Charleston Harbor to Uptown.
DOCK STREET THEATER
Dock Street Theatre is known as the oldest and still operational theater in America. In 1736, the first opera performance in America, Flora, took place on the stage. The building is now owned by the City of Charleston and the preservation and maintenance of this historical landmark is the top priority. Charleston Stage has been in residence performance group at the theater since 1978.
charleston city market
Open daily from 9:30 – 5:30 p.m. with night hours on Friday and Saturday, the Charleston City Market is one of the country's oldest markets and one of the most visited places by tourists in Charleston. Pick up a sweetgrass basket, meet locals, shop for certified authentic souvenirs, and enjoy local cuisine.
gibbes museum of art
The Gibbes Museum of Art is one of the oldest recognized arts organizations in the United States. It was established in 1858. It houses a permanent collection of American art that also speaks to Charleston’s history. In addition, it showcases numerous special exhibitions annually, so there is always something new to see and learn for visitors of all ages.
Patriots Point naval and Maritime Museum
The Patriots Point Naval and Maritime Museum is home to the USS Yorktown which was the 10th aircraft carrier to serve in the US Navy. The museum also features additional historic Navy vessels and aircraft, as well as the Medal of Honor Museum. Getting there is half the fun-- Hop on the water taxi for a quick ride across the harbor.
South Carolina Aquarium
The South Carolina Aquarium evolved from a desire to educate visitors on the importance of the Lowcountry coastal environment and conservation. The aquarium is home to over 5,000 animals found throughout the diverse ecosystems throughout the state. Exhibits include the Sea Turtle Care Center and an interactive touch tank.