11 Amazing Things to do in Charleston, SC - Our favorite and top places to see and eat in Charleston!
Friends, there's a little secret I have to let out of the bag. Charleston, S.C. told my heart a few weeks ago. It's all I can think about, and I may have already started to plan our next trip down there.
The first weekend of April the hubs and I took a mini vacation, just a long weekend, down to Charleston, S.C. It was a little over 7 hours of driving and completely worth it. It wouldn't make sense to fly for an hour flight, seems a little silly to me!
When we were planning our trip to Charleston, we weren't aware of a huge 10k run on the same weekend we are staying there. It was great because my husband's Aunt was down there for the race, was fun to meet up for a beer! However, a few of the restaurants I wanted to try have been fully booked up - Fig and Husk. Those will be two mandatory places to see and eat at next year!
With only being there for only four days our days were jammed packed with so many things to do in Charleston! Here are a few of our favorites.
1.) Rainbow Row - Rainbow Row is located downtown, near the waterfront, and is a series of thirteen or fourteen colorful historic houses. And they are gorgeous! Still to this day, some people cannot come to an agreement as to why all of the homes are painted a different color. Rainbow Row is located on 83 E Bay Street.
2.) Pineapple Fountain located in Waterfront Park - The pineapple fountain is a focal point of the Waterfront Park located downtown. The park also features a larger splash fountain, where children of all ages can play during the warm summers. It was a little chilly and drizzling when we arrived, and we quickly headed downtown.
3.) Battery Park - One of the prettiest park's I have ever seen. Even though the weather wasn't that great, there were a lot of weddings in Charleston. We love watching wedding parties take photos in Battery Park. It's perfect to take a little breather because Charleston can be exhausting with the number of sights to see and historic places.
4.) Persimmon Cafe - Before we headed down to Charleston, I wanted to find a few hole-in-the-wall spots. Those are always the best places to see and try and boy were we shocked when we walked in. Persimmon Cafe is located in a college laundry mat in North Charleston. It was different and one of the best custards we have had. There were so many options to try and the hubby settled on white chocolate cookies and cream, and I tried the Nutella toasted marshmallow custard. Be warned, they are huge, and I highly recommend sharing one. We were stuffed!
5.) Downtown - Most of the historical places in Charleston is located downtown. I recommend spending many days there because there's so much to do. Almost all of the tours are located downtown. This trip we didn't have enough time for a walking tour, but all of the locals highly recommend it. If you are into shopping, take a walk on King Street, and you can get lost for many hours. So many great shops and restaurants! Don't forget to stop my the market!
6.) The Taco Spot - The taco spot is another little hole-in-the-wall spot I found before heading down. It's a little unusual because you order at a window, and they bring the food out to you. We didn't snap any photos because we were starving when we stopped. I highly recommend the blackened fish or chicken tacos...to die for!
7.) Edmund's Cast Brewpub - When we first arrived in Charleston we wanted to stop at this place first, but I forgot to look at their hours and they open at 4:00 P.M. Instead of lunch we tried Home Talk BBQ located right above Edmund's Cast. Great BBQ for a great price! The flavors of the beers are so unique at Edmund's Cast Brewpub, and it's a must-see if you are into craft beer. I tried a little blue and was pretty good! We didn't stop by for dinner because March Madness was still going on, so we headed to a sports bar on King Street to see the game!
8.) Orange Spot Coffeehouse -If you are into coffee and need a quick pick-me-up stop by! So many different items were available including a delicious Thai iced tea! So refreshing and delicious.
9.) Beardcat's Sweet Shop - This was one of our last stops before heading home. It was the warmest day, 75 degrees, and we stopped by. I settled on carrot cake and caramel gelato and then I somehow forgot what the hubs tried. It was great with chunks of carrot cake throughout the custard. I recommend trying their waffle cones as they make them in house. Don't forget the napkins because you will need them.
10.) Sullivan's Island - Sullivan's Island is a town and an island located in Charleston County and not a far drive from downtown. The beaches were gorgeous and not crowded at all which would be wonderful in the summer!
11.) Folly Beach - If you are looking for a beach with a lot of things to do, I highly recommend stopping by. I can see how it would get very crowded in the summer because everyone goes there. I recommend stopping by Rita's Seaside Grill for or their warm blue crab dip and enjoying a blueberry margarita. The blueberry margarita isn't on their menu but was a special for the day. I am not sure if they have them all of the time.
If you have time, I recommend taking a day to go to Patriots Point Naval & Maritime Museum. A general admission ticket includes:
- USS Yorktown
- USS Laffey
- The Vietnam Experience Exhibit
- USS Clamagore
- Cold War Memorial
- Medal of Honor Museum
It was a very neat experience and the hubs loved it!
Wow! My wife and I will definitely plan a trip here soon. Thanks for the great info!
Charleston is a beautiful city, Greg! I hope you and your wife enjoy Charleston as much as I did. Can't wait to plan a trip there again next year.
You should also try Bessinger's BBQ - they're amazing!
I went about 10 years ago. Besides the places you mentioned, I loved the open farmers market and the carriage tour. Your hubs was right, the ships were amazing to tour. I would love to go back