Charleston, South Carolina, USA – Travel Guide

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Location:

Charleston, South Carolina, USA

Date:

Middle of October

Weather:

The weather was perfect! Temperatures were warm but with less humidity than the summer months.

Traveled With/Met Traveling:

Myself and my husband

Accommodations:

We stayed in a hotel in North Charleston that I would not recommend. But if you do like 2 am dance parties and dirty rooms feel free to send me an email and I can give you all the details. :)

Interesting Information: 

You will notice that stone carved pineapples are scattered throughout the city. Pineapples are a symbol of hospitality in Charleston. This tradition goes back to when sea captains would return home safely and spear a pineapple outside their home. This was to let their friends know they had returned safely. They would then have a celebration the next day sharing dinner, drinks and stories. The sailors’ hospitality is why the pineapple became a symbol of welcome.

Favorite Food/Drinks: 

  • Crab Shack - You can hit this on our way home from Drayton Hall
  • Pecan Pralines – The most amazing desert; definitely get some! You can get these at tons of candy places everywhere.
  • Park Pizza Co – this is in North Charleston, but it is delicious!

Highlights/Memories:

  • Waterfront Park – it is so beautiful and right on the water. There are cool fountains and it’s also close to the market
  • Shopping along Kings Street and downtown
  • The Battery/White Garden Park
  • Explore the different neighborhoods – walk/drive around the cool and historic neighborhoods. They are so cool and I loved seeing the old homes.
    • A cool street if you are in the area is church street, this is where Frank Agingal lives (The catch me if you can guy)
  • Rainbow Row – A row of cute homes next to each other that are all different colors
  • Fort Sumter – Ride the ferry to Fort Sumter and take a tour, it is very interesting. We saw 8 dolphins on the ferry, so make sure you keep an eye out. The captain will usually point them out.
  • Historic Charleston City Market
  • Charleston Farmers Market - Every Saturday from April to November the market is held downtown at Marion Square from 8:00am to 2:00pm.
  • Cypress Gardens – This was one of my favorite places. It is amazing; you can canoe around the blackwater swamp through the trees, lily pads and other plants. Keep an eye out and you will spot tons of turtles and alligators. You can also walk around and explore the swamp. We went in the fall and it was beautiful but if you go in the spring all of the flowers will be in bloom.
  • Drive to Johns Island and see the Angel Oak. This is a huge tree which some people think is over 1,400 years old and other people think it may be between 400-500 years old. It is really amazing, but it closes at 5 p.m. so make sure you get there with enough time.
  • Drayton Hall – Oldest plantation. It is about 25 – 30 min away but the grounds are beautiful!

Recommendations For Next Time:

I would definitely stay somewhere different then we did last time. We tried to save on the cost of the hotel but it wasn't worth it. I think staying in Charleston, instead of North Charleston, would have been better. So I recommend doing some research because there are so many great, historic, and charming places to stay.

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