Do you have a trip planned soon to Charleston, SC? If you do, I have 3 things that you need to add to your list! One of the things took me a few years to finally give in because I honestly thought I would hate it, but I ended up loving it! Let me know if you can guess which one of the 3 you think it might be! So, what are the 3 must-dos for your next Charleston trip?! Let’s go!
A vacation to me typically involves rest and relaxation! I am not usually the first one to raise my hand to say let’s go sightseeing or have my days planned out. But I will say if you are planning on coming to visit Charleston, I would add these 3 places to your list of things to do! They are fun and you still get to relax for the most part!
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Horse Drawn Carriage Ride
This is one thing that I wish I had not waited so long to do! On one of my sister Holly’s visits, we finally took a carriage tour. I highly recommend them. There are several different companies in Charleston to choose from, we went with Old South Carriage Co. You can click here to check them out. I highly recommend them.
On most tours, they will take you through the historical district where you will learn about architecture, churches, historical homes, and gardens. It may sound boring but trust me when I say it is not!
A few fun facts for you:
- Charleston is one of South Carolina’s oldest cities.
- It is referred to as a “Holy City” because it has over 400 church steeples and the city is known for its many different church denominations.
- What is the difference between a graveyard and a cemetery? A graveyard is a burial ground connected to a church. A cemetery is a stand-alone place where people can be buried that do not have to be associated with a church.
Historic City Market
Even if you don’t like to shop you will want to go and check out the city market! The City Market goes all the way back to the days when the plantations were active. This is where they would bring their meat, vegetables, and seafood to be bought and sold.
Something that makes the city market even more special is that all the vendors are 100% local and 100% of the items for sale are locally made. You can find an amazing range of items here, anything from artwork, cookbooks, baskets, handmade crafts, to jewelry. If you are looking for a unique souvenir this is the place to go!
If you know anything about me, you know I love pineapples! If you missed that memo, you can read more about that in a blog post that I did a while back, Pineapples| The Symbolism and Why They are Special to Me!
We have a fountain here in Charleston that is located at the Waterfront Park along the Cooper River. It is basically at the tip of downtown Charleston. It is one of my favorite places to take friends and family members visiting for the first time. The fountain is gorgeous and a great photo opportunity! But it is not just a fountain, they also have a pier that you can take a walk along. The pier has some super cute swings on it where you can sit and relax and just look out at the water. The park is within walking distance of a lot of shops and restaurants.
If you would like to check out more information about Waterfront Park you can click here!
So, have you been lucky enough to do any of these 3 adventures in Charleston? I wish I had not waited so long to go on a carriage ride tour. We learned so much about the history of Charleston. Please feel free to share any ideas that you have below in the comments!