What to see in Charleston

Charleston Attractions

To holiday in Charleston is to travel back in time to the Old South. This lovely city has preserved the ambience and distinctive architecture of its colonial past and boasts many fascinating historic sites and buildings, including forts, museums and old plantations with picturesque mansions and sprawling gardens. Those who travel to Charleston will leave with a better understanding of the historic slave trade and the Civil War, the first shots of which were fired in Charleston at Fort Sumter. Visitors will most likely also leave with plenty of unique souvenirs picked up at the popular riverside market.

The best time to travel to Charleston is during spring (April and May), when the city is in bloom and the weather is dry, warm and sunny. Most rain falls during the summer months (June to August), when thunderstorms are common; during autumn there is the threat of hurricanes; while winter is short, but chilly.

A holiday in Charleston is best suited for those who enjoy sightseeing and soaking up history in a laid-back manner, whether in a horse-drawn carriage or on a walking tour. A Charleston holiday is educational and fun for children, with the South Carolina Aquarium a particular draw card for kids. The city is compact and much of it can be comfortably explored on foot or by hired bicycle, which adds another element of fun and freedom for the whole family.

Charleston Museum

America's first museum, the Charleston Museum, was founded in 1773 while the United States was still a British colony,…

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Fort Sumter

Situated on a small man-made island in the bay, guarding the entrance to Charleston Harbour, Fort Sumter National Monument…

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Provost Dungeon and Old Exchange Building

The British used Provost Dungeon to hold prisoners during the American Revolution, and in 1774 the Old Exchange Building…

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South Carolina Aquarium

The South Carolina Aquarium, Charleston's most visited attraction, features thousands of amazing aquatic animals from…

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The Hunley

The Hunley was the world's first successful submarine, built on President Abraham Lincoln's orders during the Civil War.…

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