101 Things to Do in Charleston SC Bucket List

101 Things to Do in Charleston SC Bucket List

Charleston, South Carolina is just under four hours away from our home in Asheville and it’s become a place we love to visit. There’s so much to love about this city on the water. For starters, it’s often a little warmer in the winter months than it is in the mountains. It also has tons of outdoors activities for you to participate in such as kayaking, hiking, bird watching and horseback riding. In addition, Charleston is rich with history and unique architecture, incredible restaurants and of course, southern hospitality. There is no shortage of fun and interesting things to do in this city.

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Last Updated: July 15, 2018  //  Originally Published: April 3, 2017

101 THINGS TO DO IN CHARLESTON SC BUCKET LIST

CHARLESTON TOURIST ATTRACTIONS + LOCAL ATTRACTIONS

  1. South Carolina Aquarium 
  2. Blue Bicycle Books
  3. Boone Hall Plantation
  4. Bulls Island Ferry
  5. Calhoun Mansion
  6. Charleston Harbor Tours
  7. Pirate Tours
  8. Charleston Tea Plantation
  9. City Market
  10. College of Charleston Campus
  11. Cypress Gardens (currently closed to flooding)
  12. Deep Water Vineyard
  13. Ghost tours with Bulldog Tours
  14. Gullah Tours
  15. Horse-Drawn Carriage Ride
  16. Joseph Manigault House
  17. Joseph P. Riley Jr Park
  18. Magnolia Plantation
  19. Marion Square Farmer’s Market
  20. Massage at Amethyst Spa
  21. Middleton Place
  22. Old Exchange and Provost Dungeon 
  23. Pitt Street Bridge
  24. Rainbow Row
  25. See a Charleston Battery soccer game
  26. Walk the Cooper River Bridge / Ravenel Bridge at sunrise
  27. Shop on King Street
  28. Visit the ‘Charleston Light’ / Sullivan’s Island Lighthouse
  29. Charleston Visitor Center

NATIONAL PARK UNITS

  1. Fort Sumter National Monument 
  2. Charles Pinckney National Historic Site
  3. Francis Marion National Forest

More: Complete List of 400+ National Park Units in America

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MEMORIALS + MUSEUMS

  1. Aiken-Rhett House Museum
  2. Drayton Hall
  3. The Charleston Museum
  4. Gibbes Museum of Art
  5. Children’s Museum of the Lowcountry
  6. Halsey Institute of Contemporary Art
  7. Historic Charleston Foundation
  8. H.L. Hunley Submarine
  9. Old Slave Mart Museum
  10. Patriots Point Naval & Maritime Museum
  11. Postal Museum
  12. Nathaniel Russell House Museum
  13. North Charleston and American LaFrance Fire Museum
  14. Magnolia Cemetery
  15. Morris Island Lighthouse
  16. Old Jail
  17. St. Phillips Graveyard
  18. Visit the USS Yorktown at Patriots Point Naval and Maritime Museum

SHOWS / VENUES

  1. Barn jams at Awendaw Green
  2. Charleston Music Hall
  3. Dock Street Theatre
  4. See a flight demonstration at the Center for Birds of Prey
  5. The Music Farm – See a local band
  6. SouthEastern Wildlife Exposition (SEWE)
  7. Theatre 99 – Improv Comedy
  8. Watch a play at Black Fedora

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OUTDOORS / PARKS

  1. Adventure Harbor Tours
  2. Angel Oak
  3. Audubon Swamp Garden
  4. Battery Park / White Point Gardens
  5. Boneyard Beach
  6. Bulls Island
  7. Charles Towne Landing State Historic Site
  8. Colonial Lake
  9. Folly Beach and Pier
  10. Gateway Walk at St. John’s Lutheran Church
  11. Hang out at Isle of Palms Beach
  12. James Island Dog Park
  13. Kayak the Edisto River
  14. Beachwalker County Park
  15. Kiawah Island Golf Resort
  16. Mount Pleasant Palmetto Islands County Park
  17. Pickett Park
  18. Picnic at Riverfront Park
  19. Rent fishing gear Mount Pleasant Pier
  20. Seabrook Island Horseback rides on the Beach
  21. Old Santee Canal Park the first true canal
  22. See the sunset from the Schooner Pride
  23. Sk8 Charleston Skate Park
  24. Sullivan’s Island
  25. Take a paddleboard tour with Nature Adventure Outfitters
  26. Waterfront Park Pineapple Fountain
  27. Wild Blue Ropes Adventure Park

More: 49 Best Places to Eat in Charleston

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FOOD

  1. Charleston Food Tours
  2. The Darling (Downtown) – Oysters. Raw Bar!
  3. Pounce Cat Cafe
  4. Bowens Island Restaurant (James Island) – All-You-Can-Eat oysters served to you on a shovel in the basement
  5. Fig (Downtown, New American, $$$)
  6. High Wire Distilling
  7. Kudu Coffee & Craft Beer
  8. Little Jacks Tavern (Westside) – burgers
  9. Obstinate Daughter (Sullivan’s) – A short hop over the bridge for exceptional Italian style seafood
  10. Sunset drink at The Watch, on the rooftop of the Restoration
  11. The Ordinary (Downtown) – Smoked oysters and oyster sliders
  12. Edmund’s Oast – Great outdoor patio with killer fries and a beer
  13. Martha Lou’s Kitchen – Soul food for your southern soul
  14. Hominy Grill – Lowcountry grits for days
  15. Leon’s Fine Poultry & Oysters – Fried chicken sandwich
  16. Xiao Bao Biscuit (Downtown) – Okonomiyaki with pork candy

CHARLESTON MAP TO HELP YOU GET AROUND

CHARLESTON SC TIPS FOR FIRST TIME VISITORS

  1. Best time to visit Charleston: Personally we love the springtime because the weather is really pleasant. Daytime temperatures range from the mid-60’s to the high 70’s. You can expect hotel rates to increase along with the crowds in the springtime (especially around Easter) but if you don’t mind paying extra and dealing with more people, there’s a lot to love about traveling here in spring. Summer temps get up to the mid to high 80’s and August is the rainiest month. Be prepared for humidity! September to November is peak tourist season so competition for lodging and large crowds are something to consider. The winters are mild (temps rarely dip below 40 degrees) and since it’s the off-season, you can find hotel deals.
  2. Be sure to pack layers so that you can adapt to the change in temperatures which can sometimes dip 10-15 degrees when the sun dips below the horizon.
  3. Parking: There are 13 garages and two non-metered lots in Charleston and all of them accept cash and credit cards. The rates are $1 per half hour and $16 max per day. There are also 7 metered lots so bring lots of quarters. Time limits range from 30 minutes max to 10 hours max at $1 per hour.
  4. If you find a good parking spot and want to stay put for an extended period of time, consider getting around on foot, bike or free shuttle.
  5. If you have time to spend some time outside of the city, book a scenic-view or oceanfront vacation rental on Kiawah Island, a naturally preserved island that’s just 45 minutes from the city of Charleston. Greet the morning from a beachfront balcony or palmetto-shaded porch, and spend the day exploring a Lowcountry village, 11 miles of beach, and world-class golf courses.

PLACES TO STAY IN CHARLESTON & RENTAL CAR

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More: Best Deals on Nearby Hotels and Tripadvisor Reviews Charleston

OTHER CITY BUCKET LISTS

Are we missing anything on this list? What would be at the top of your Ultimate Charleston Bucket List?

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They are freelance web designers and photographers who love finding adventure, both big and small. The two make a daily practice of sharing vulnerabilities, truth telling, and side splitting laughter. They’ve honed the art of traveling fast and doing all of the things that an adventurer can do in a day or two. The couple lives in Asheville, North Carolina and spend as much time as possible in the mountains.

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