Being a major seaport in South Carolina is enough to make Charleston a tourist destination. With endless attractions catering tourists with varied interests, Charleston assures its visitors of an experience like no other. From natural scenery, vast plantations and gardens, city markets, historic towns, fine restaurants, and world-class accommodations, there is so much to unveil and discover in this unique city.
Charleston is blessed with spectacular beaches, making them one of the captivating features of the city. No water-lover can resist the beauty of Charleston beaches, most especially that most of them are equipped with picnic, lounge, and play areas. Folly Beach is famous to tourists and this hot spot welcomes about 100,000 visitors per year. Also popular is the award-winning Isle of Palms, recognized by The Clean Beaches Council for its outstanding environment management. Kiawah Island Beaches and Sullivan Island Beaches are in-demand to visitors as well.
Including in Charleston’s primary attractions are its historic districts and iconic landmarks. To not miss out on the city’s relevant structures, it is wise to participate in Charleston History Tours, where a guide with a full knowledge of Charleston’s heritage, culture, and architecture makes the tour to the city’s magnificent gardens, mysterious mansions, eerie graveyards, secret passageways, and cobblestone pathways interesting. Sites such as Magnolia Plantation and Gardens, The Battery and White Point Gardens, French Quarter, American Theater, Charles Towne Landing State Historic Site, and The Citadel are only some of what is included in the historic tour.
Charleston has something to offer to the little travelers, so kids can also have a memorable visit. For the young and young-at-heart, there is the Splash Island Waterpark famous for its pool, thrilling slides with a height of almost 200 feet, and The Cyclone, a water ride that spins around and spits out its riders. Meanwhile, Frankie’s Fun Park, another popular spot, never fails to set the adrenaline to a high level. This family-oriented attraction permits adventure-lovers to do some wall climbing and kart racing; while for some passive fun, there are miniature golf course and arcade. Whirlin’ Waters Adventure Park, Splash Zone, and Blackbeard’s Cove Family Fun Park are also in Charleston, ready to grant the family the kind of fun and entertainment they deserve.
No getaway is complete without stepping—and splurging—in the city’s shopping districts. In Charleston, there are different spots for shopping, all promising a different kind of retail therapy. The King Street is not to be missed, and tagged by U.S. News Travel as one of the country’s top 10 Best Shopping Streets, this stretch boasts of boutiques, shops and stores that cater to fashion, antique and art enthusiasts. King Street is not only popular for shopping, but it is also known for its excellent line-up of restaurants, cafes, and bars. Shopping aficionados also take time to visit Mount Pleasant Town Center, Northwoods Mall, Tanger Outlets, The Citadel Mall, and of course, the ever-famous Old City Market.