Things to Do in Charleston

Recognized as one of the friendliest cities in the United States, Charleston welcomes all who visit with open arms and a Southern smile. From melodious live music and inspirational arts to award-winning cuisine and Lowcountry landscapes, there are endless opportunities to immerse yourself in all that is entertaining and engaging.  Undeniably, there’s something for everyone to see and do in Charleston.

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Amidst the cobblestone streets and pastel-painted historic homes, there is an artistic and cultural side of Charleston that thrives. From open-air festivals and theatrical performances to outdoor concerts of all genres, the vibrant venues in downtown Charleston pulse with energy and live performances. For an unforgettable night on the town, head to the corner of Calhoun and King and enjoy an inviting blend of clubs, bars, music and late-night fare. Other must-see spots and events include the Spoleto Festival, the famed Dock Street Theatre, the Southeastern Wildlife Exposition (SEWE) and the Charleston Wine & Food Festival.
From ancient Live Oak trees to 18th-century architecture, Charleston is a vision of timeless beauty. Countless historical cathedrals and churches serve as majestic reminders of why many refer to Charleston as the “Holy City.” Museums and guided tours further highlight the city’s cultural significance and richness. Be enchanted by ghost and haunted graveyard tours, learn the origins of the unique Gullah language, cruise aboard the Spirit of Charleston with Fort Sumter Tours and see the very spot where the Civil War began.
No visit to Charleston is complete without exploring the open-air markets that feature local talents exhibiting works of art, jewelry, locally sourced foods and ceramics. Browse through antique galleries for distinctive pieces that have stood the test of time, or take home a sweetgrass basket, a beautiful handicraft of African origin known to the Charleston area. The Charleston City Market has more than 300 entrepreneurs showcasing their unique talents and wares. Explore historic King Street dotted with antique stores, art galleries, booksellers, clothiers and other unique boutiques for the quintessential Charleston shopping excursion.
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Historic downtown Charleston is home to award-winning dining options, from famous local seafood to internationally renowned five-star cuisine. The dynamic food scene is celebrated for its trendy eateries, famed coffee shops and classic Charleston staples. From James Beard-recognized restaurants to legendary BBQ spots appreciated by locals and travelers alike, you will surely find something to please the palate. While at the coast, be sure to experience the regional specialties that reign supreme; savor fresh oysters served in a variety of mouthwatering preparations or feast on a Lowcountry Boil with your entire group. The area is known for its cuisine, combining Creole and Gullah roots, including fried green tomatoes, she-crab soup, or shrimp and grits, guaranteed to satisfy your tastebuds.