Charleston, South Carolina has great things to do and see both in the day and the night. Visitors to the city will be surprised by everything on offer in the city. Whether it is live entertainment, bars, dining, local culture and the fantastic walks, there is definitely something for every one to do.
The city has beautiful antebellum houses, a great port city and miles of cobblestone streets. Since being founded in 1670, the city, which has a rich history, is known around the US as a great destination. The first shots of the Civil War were made here.
Destination Mundo have put together a list of the best things to do and enjoy in Charleston.
Attend the performing arts festival
Whilst this year might be cancelled, each spring Charleston plays host to one of America’s biggest and best performing arts festivals, Spoleto Festival USA. The duration of the festival is 17 days and it see the full downtown area including the churches, outdoor spaces and theaters transformed. The entertainment is second to none and highly recommended. The genres for the festival includ opera, theatre, dance, chamber, symphonic, and jazz.
LOCATION Venues across Charleston DATES 24 May-9 June
Take a chilling Charleston tour
The night time tours of Charleston are some of the of the spookiest in the US. They are so popular the tours run 7 days a week walking around the city streets in which the guide will give a fantastic guide on everything that is happening or happened in the area. The tours are designed to follow the footsteps of Lords and General, murders and thieves,the slaves and their owners, and the guide will tell the true stories of the dark past. The tours last around 90 minutes and involve half-a-mile of walking.
Get Food and Drink at Edmund’s Oast.
Located in a former hardware store, Edmund’s Oast is a city gem and popular among locals and visitors to the city. There are several standout places in Charlseton for food and this place is right up there with the best. Highly recommended on the menu is southern dishes with include salt chicken, hanger steaks and bbq shrimp. Edmund’s Oast is also known for the high quality beer that is brewed on site.
Enjoy an evening carriage tour
If you are looking for a great way to explore the city, then we recommend doing so aboard an authentic horse-drawn carriage. There are several tour agencies that offer such an experience with the biggest and best being Palmetto Carriage Works. The tours pass through all the major areas of the city with the very knowledgeable tour guides giving information about the deep history and rich architecture of Charleston. The Evening Carriage Tour is highly recommended for visitors to the city especially during the summer months.
Location: 8 Guignard St, Charleston, SC 29401
Soak up the city views from a pubic park
The Battery and White Point Gardens offer some amazing views of Charleston and even more so during the evening. The park is over 5 acres and is a great place to visit. For the best vantage point, head to where the Ashley and Cooper Rivers see the area lit up along the Battery and Murray Boulevard. Just before Dusk is a great time to head to the park and enjoy the views.
LOCATION 2 Murray Boulevard
Visit the French Quarter
On the first Friday of March, May, October, and December each year, Charleston’s vibrant arts scene is celebrated with a dedicated Art Walk, which sees over 40 of the city’s galleries take part, most concentrated in the downtown district’s French Quarter well into the evening. The event is not just a great way for tourists to see the city and all the art it has to offer, but it’s also a chance for local art lovers and collectors to congregate, socialise, and cast their discerning eyes over each other’s seasonal collections. Many galleries stay open until late for the occasion.
SC Reggae Jerk Wine Festival (The Best Jerk-Style Food)
Held in August ever year, South Carolina comes together to celebrate the heritage of Jamaican Reggae music and jerk foods paired with wine (and traditional Jamaican drinks). The SC Reggae Jerk Wine Festival is attended by both young and old people in this great day. The festival is full of great activities including jerk making workshops, a pepper eating content and a domino tournament. Add this with the flavor of Jamaica and Reggae Music means that this is a must do if you are in the city. This events starts at noon and goes all the way through to 7pm.
Location: Magnolia Gardens