10 Best Things To Do in Charleston, SC

September 16, 2016

Charleston, a city of cobblestone streets, southern hospitality and seriously good eats. It’s no surprise that people are quick to fall in love with this city. It’s easy to wander from street to street oohing and awwing at the historic store fronts and beautiful homes. Eating your fill of pimento cheese, grits and fried green tomatoes is pretty easy to do as well, take it from me. With plenty to do during the day and into the night, what’s not to love about this South Carolina gem? If you find yourself in this beautiful city, below are the 10 things that you should be sure not to miss out on.


There are so many great tours to choose from in Charleston so you really can’t go wrong here. There are a number of walking tours, carriage tours and ghost tours to choose from. Decide what best fits what you’re looking for and go with that. OR if none of those sound fun, you could totally opt for the pub tour. How can you turn that down?

Rainbow Row

We’ve all heard of Rainbow Row or have at least seen photos, it’s on East Bay Street and it consists of pastel colored row houses. The houses really are beautiful and worth the visit. Rainbow Row is just a short walk from the Waterfront Park and The Battery. Most all of the carriage tours take you down past the homes so that’s also a great way to get to see Rainbow Row.



Don’t skip any meals, even eat EXTRA meals just to try everything Charleston has to offer. The food scene in this city is one of the best. I would definitely make reservations at the spots that you can because these places book up fast, especially the more popular restaurants. There are so many incredible places to eat you really can’t go wrong dining at any of them. Some of our favorites are Husk, Toast, 167 Raw, Hominy Grill, Poogan’s Porch and Hall’s Chophouse. You can read more about them here.

Charleston City Market

Located in the heart of historic downtown Charleston, the market is a great spot to explore. From food, to home goods, to books, to paintings, there are countless vendors to visit while you’re there. The market has been open since the 1800s and is still one of the most popular attractions in Charleston.

Sullivan’s Island or Folly Beach

Both beaches are just a short drive from downtown Charleston and are well worth the visit. I would even recommend staying at one of the beaches and just driving into Charleston for a day if you’re looking for more of a relaxing vacation. Be sure to stop by Poe’s Tavern on Sullivan’s Island and if you’re over on Folly Beach, be sure to stop in at Lost Dog Cafe. Both spots are great and worth the visit.

Waterfront Park

I know it probably goes without saying, but the park is right on the water (hence the name). It’s a beautiful area to walk along the water, especially in the evenings. Afterwards you can snap a photo at the parks pineapple fountain. You can also spot the Ravenel Bridge if you head to the end of the pier.


Ravenel Bridge

So if you’re going to go see the Ravenel Bridge, you should definitely rent a bike and take it across. We saw the bridge from afar but didn’t have time to do the bikes, which is already on my list for our next visit. You can ride over the bridge and into Mt. Pleasant for the afternoon. The bridge is a little over 2.5 miles so a bike ride is definitely the easiest for going there and back!


Put down your phone and just wander. You’ll stumble upon parks and historic houses you wouldn’t have seen staying on the main streets. There are so many beautiful homes throughout the historic district in Charleston and the best way to find them is to pick a street and just start walking. We found some of the prettiest parks and even stumbled across a historic home tour by simply wandering our way around.

Rent Bikes

This was one of my favorite things we did. You can rent bikes from a number of different places, we went with Affordabike and they were great. At $25 a day we were able to pick it up in the morning and then drop it off whenever we were finished. You can even keep them overnight and return them the next morning. Word of advice: stay off the cobblestone roads.

The Battery

Once you’ve wandered down Rainbow Row, make your way over to East Battery. Some of the most beautiful homes in Charleston are situated along this street right on the water. Down in the East Battery area they also have some of the cutest inns and B&B’s along with another park to explore. You’ll want to take photos of all the houses so have your camera ready!


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  • Reply Dawn P Darnell March 27, 2017 at 5:28 pm

    Great tips! Charleston is on my bucket list to visit! I can’t wait to go someday!

    • Reply annie March 28, 2017 at 9:13 pm

      I love Charleston SO much. You’ve got to go soon, I promise you’ll love it!

  • Reply Kathleen March 27, 2017 at 8:26 pm

    Charleston has bene on my travel list for a while now. Especially after I started watching Southern Charmed on Bravo! This is a great list, I especially like the Rent Bikes tip!

    • Reply annie March 28, 2017 at 9:18 pm

      The bikes were one of our favorite things we did! So fun and easy to get around on them.

  • Reply Anna March 28, 2017 at 10:32 am

    I LOVE Charleston! My friend and I used to travel there during the summer. One of my favorite restaurants is Hominy Grill! Sooooo good!

    • Reply annie March 28, 2017 at 9:19 pm

      Ah yes Hominy Grill is so freaking good! I swear Charleston has some of the best food no matter where you go.

  • Reply Justine Y @ Little Dove March 29, 2017 at 2:11 am

    I have never been to Charleston but I’ve heard it’s wonderful and I’d love to go someday! Thanks for all the great recommendations!

    • Reply annie April 3, 2017 at 8:06 pm

      It really is such an amazing little city, I hope you get to visit soon!

  • Reply Silvia March 30, 2017 at 2:12 am

    Thanks for sharing your guide! This looks like so much! I’m hoping to visit Charleston sometime this year!

    • Reply annie April 3, 2017 at 8:19 pm

      So fun, you’re going to have such a great time!

  • Reply entirely erika June 3, 2017 at 8:40 pm

    Great post! I will be visiting Charleston on Tuesday, thank you for all the great advice!

    – erika

    • Reply annie June 5, 2017 at 12:55 pm

      Oh yay! You’re going to have so much fun!

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