As if the port city of Charleston with its cobblestone streets were not enough, Charleston offers amazing attractions for both tourists and residents. From tours and landmarks to museums and entertainment, you can enjoy every minute of living in Charleston.
If you are new to Charleston, consider taking a city tour to learn more about the area and its history. Take one of the Charleston Footprints Walking Tours and learn about the city’s history, view old and unique cemeteries and tombstones, parks, and breathtaking architecture. The tour covers the French Quarter, South of Broad, White Point Garden, and The Battery.
If you enjoy marine life, try Adventure Harbor Tours. You will want to bring a bag with you to collect seashells and take the Sunset cruise to learn about the historical sites, such as waterfront homes and forts, on the relaxing trip.
One of the most popular landmarks that attract tourists is the Fort Sumter National Monument. To reach the monument, you will take an informative and fun 15-minute boat ride to the place where the first shots were fired during the Civil War when the fort was taken by the Confederacy.
The Magnolia Plantation and Gardens is not only a historical landmark in the city, but a collection of beautiful gardens founded in 1676 that has lasted from the American Revolution through the Civil War to the present. The public gardens are considered the oldest in the country.
The Morris Island Lighthouse is home to Bottlenose Dolphins off the coast and is the sixth oldest lighthouse in the country. You can take a boat tour to the beach to take incredible pictures of the lighthouse.
One of the most beautiful historical landmarks in Charleston is the Cathedral of Saint John the Baptist. The cathedral is large and ornate with stained glass windows and statues. You can tour the church for a small suggested donation.
Southern cemeteries are hauntingly beautiful with their statues, monuments, and tombstones - and Magnolia Cemetery is no exception. The cemetery opened in 1850 with a rural and Victorian design that allowed visitors at one time to picnic and enjoy the ponds during their visit.
Charleston is home to over four dozen museums. The Charleston Museum was founded in 1773 and today houses exhibits such as historic homes, Native American relics, African American and European settlers’ agricultural tools and supplies, historic weaponry, American Revolution pieces, Civil War uniforms, and more.
History buffs may want to visit the Confederate Museum located Downtown. The museum was once a farmer’s market that sold fruits, vegetables, meat, and fish and hosted social functions before the Civil War. Now, it houses relics from the Confederacy and is managed by the Daughters of the Confederacy.
Fine art aficionados will like the gallery at Ella W. Richardson Fine Art. The gallery is located on Broad Street and features local artists that visit during the gallery’s Art Walk each month to answer questions about their work.
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