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Best things to do in Charleston

Discover the city according to locals. Find the best things to do, places to eat, and get priceless advice from the people who live here.

Historic Site
“The start of the Civil War. A cool ferry ride to an hour self guided state park, PArk Rangers are very knowledgeable, the fort itself, has not be restored, so expect to see the "ruins" of the fort. Great tip ---- Take the 1st boat of the day out and Help raise the 10x20Ft American Flag on the Fort. Boats leave from Downtown Charleston and Mt Pleasant by The USS Yorktown complex .”
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Tree
“Angel Oak is a Southern live oak located in Angel Oak Park on Johns Island near Charleston The tree is estimated to be 400-500 years old. It stands 66.5 ft tall, measures 28 ft in circumference, and produces shade that covers 17,200 square feet. Its longest branch distance is 187 ft in length. It is amazing to see.”
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Aquarium
“I love visiting the aquarium, we’ve been there a handful of times. They have a fun atmosphere, tons of animals to see, they have a sea turtle hospital, you can see the sea turtles and learn about them. They have a spot where you can touch the stingrays and other creatures. Definitely worth it!”
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Scenic Lookout
“The Battery is a landmark defensive seawall and promenade in Charleston, South Carolina. Named for a civil-war coastal defense artillery battery at the site, it stretches along the lower shores of the Charleston peninsula, bordered by the Ashley and Cooper Rivers, which meet here to form Charleston harbor.”
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History Museum
“See the U.S.S Yorktown, a decommissioned aircraft carrier. Great for families and children. Lots to do including touring a submarine and battleship.”
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Restaurant
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“A little more upscale, this place is a must! Eclectic American fare served in a rustic, nautical-themed dining area. Indoor and outdoor seating. ”
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Park
“As a kide this is where id go fishing before I had a boat. :) Still good fishing. And the wife loves the whole long walk on the beach feel.”
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Monument / Landmark
“just off the beach of Sullivan's Island, overlooking Cooper River & Fort Sumpter”
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Wine Bar
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“If you are a Wine connoisseur or just want to enjoy some wine I highly recommend Ardoa! Clement is happy to explain the different types of wine and explain the taste you should notice. Make sure you tell them Ryan and Audrey sent you! ”
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Shopping Mall
“Outdoor mall with lots of stores and restaurants, and a movie theater on site too.”
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Plaza
“The iconic multi-colored houses of Charleston right on the water! Walk down the sidewalk for more harbor views!”
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Point of Interest
“A large, mostly open-air market, full of local and non-local crafts, clothing, souvenirs.”
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Route
“Park either side of the bridge and trek the pedestrian walkway to the top for stunning views of the city”
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Brewery
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Park
“Downtown Farmers Market is on Saturday's from 9-2. Parking can either be found in a garage or look for signs that indicate whether a spot has a 1 or 2 hour limit. Meter parking also available.”
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