Places to Visit/Things to Do
Middleton Place, built in 1755, was the home of Arthur Middleton, one of the people who signed the Declaration of Independence. Today, you can find historic items like furniture and portraits inside. On the property, there is also a stable that houses heritage bred animals. You can also watch re-enactors show how life in the 18th century used to be. The real attention-grabber are the gardens. The gardens are modeled after traditional French garden. You can find the 65-acre grounds filled with beautiful flowers and plants. After you’re done exploring the estate, you should grab a bite to eat at the Middleton Place Restaurant, a local restaurant on site. Admission to the Middleton Place is a bit steep, costing $28 for adults $10 for kids aged 6 to 13. This price includes a guided walking tour and a chance to explore the large gardens. If you want to tour the house, you might have to pay extra. Middleton Place is open daily, from 9 am to 5 pm.
You remember sitting in history class while the teacher taught about the Civil War? If you remember, the first shot was fired here, at Fort Sumter back in 1861. You can see where history happened by taking a ferry to the fort. At the fort, you can find stone caverns, cannons from the Civil War-era, and even a museum that talks about the role of the fort during the war. All this does came at a price. Exploring Fort Sumter itself is free, but the ferry ride costs $21 for adults and $13 for the young ones aged 4 to 11. We recommend purchasing your ferry tickets ahead of time, as they might get sold out depending on the season.
If you prefer more nature than trimmed gardens, head over to Magnolia Plantation & Gardens. This place is perfect for those who love avid nature. The house is worth the visit, with a gorgeous interior. There is also an Audubon Swamp Garden, where you see gators, turtles, and otters. There is also several trails where you can go jogging or ride your bike. For the kids, there is also a petting zoo. The house and gardens are open every day from 9 in the morning to 4:30 in the afternoon. November through February. From March to October, they are open from 8 in the morning to 5:30 in the evening. General admission costs $20 for adults and $10 for kids aged 6 to 12. General admission gives you access to the gardens, the conservatory, the orientation theater, the peacock café, the petting zoo, and more.
The Nathaniel Russel House was built by Nathaniel Russel in the early 1800’s. Russel was a rich Southern businessman. The historic house is mostly known for its famous spiraling staircase. Other popular features of the estate is the furniture and gardens. You can join a tour of the property, which are held every 30 minutes. The tour teaches you about the Russel family and slaves of the household. The property is open from 10 in the morning to 5 in the evening from Monday through Saturday, and from 2 to 5 pm on Sundays. The last tour for each timings is held at 4:30 pm. Entrance for adults costs $12 and $5 for the kids.
Although it is only 3.3 square miles, Sullivan’s Island is one of the most popular attractions in Charleston. Located at mouth of the Charleston harbor, Sullivan’s Island is home to beaches, great restaurants, interesting stores, and more. If you don’t enjoy beaches and the other activities, you can spend your time learning about the history of the area. You can learn about Fort Moultrie, Sullivan’s Island’s first fort. It withstood a 9-hour battle in 1776 due to its soft exterior causing cannonballs to bounce off. Edgar Allen Poe was also stationed at this fort from 1827 to 1828. Some of his short stories were based from Sullivan’s Island. If you’re interested in visiting Sullivan’s website, you should stay updated with the things you want to do, as some activities are not available every day.
Best Way to Tour Charleston, SC
- The best way to tour the city of Charleston (as well as many other cities) is by chartered buses and vans. Explore at your own pace within the safety of your private vehicle. Don’t worry about ordering an Uber or Lyft when you have your own exploration vehicle. Through Prompt Charters, you can order the buses you need. Prompt Charters is an amazing, affordable chartered vehicle company that caters to your every needs. Whether you need a bus for school trips, marriages, parties, campaigns, or whatever else, Prompt Charters can help you. Prompt Charters offers buses, mini buses, school buses, party buses, and more. Most activities and destinations listed above and below are accessible by chartered buses. Visit www.promptcharters.com to book your rental bus today!
Best Places to Eat/Shop
- Charleston City Market – The Charleston City Market, although a bit of a tourist trap, is an interesting place to shop. Here, you can find vendors selling toys, clothes, special goods, and more.
- The Shops at Belmond Charleston Place –If you’re looking for an upscale shopping center, The Shops at Belmond Charleston Place is the place to go. It features luxury brands like Gucci, Louis Vuitton, and more.
- Charleston Farmers Market –The Charleston Famers Market is the perfect place to shop if you’re looking for fresh produce, meat, and goods. Choosing a good place to eat here might be tough, as so many of them smell and taste so good!
- Halls Chophouse – There might not be a better sit-down restaurant in Charleston than Halls Chophouse. The American steakhouse is rated the # fine-dining restaurant in Charleston by tripadvisor (in 2018).
- Swig & Swine – Swig & Swine is an American bar and barbecue restaurant. It is a favorite among both locals and tourists for its tasty, local-based food. It is rated the #1 local cuisine restaurant in Charleston by tripadvisor (in 2018).
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