This southern city that's retained the charms of the past while reinventing itself for modern times, offers a wealth of things to do. Look forward to everything from sampling the dynamic foodie scene and indulging your urge to splurge to strolling historic cobbled streets lined with grand mansions that evoke thoughts of days gone by. Charleston also offers up the chance to explore nature with kayaking, paddle boards and fishing boat rentals. Whether you’re looking for a destination perfect for shopping or are hoping to take in the outdoors, Charleston, South Carolina is the perfect destination for you. Let TurnKey Vacation Rentals help find the home that’s perfect for you.
1. Get a taste of southern plantation life at Magnolia Plantation and Gardens, ranked among “America’s Most Beautiful Gardens” by Travel + Leisure Magazine. The oldest public tourist attraction in the Lowcountry, it opened in 1870 and boasts a wide array of gorgeous flowers and plants.
2. Step back in time by embarking on a horse-drawn carriage ride along the cobbled streets, marveling at the stately antebellum mansions.
3. Sample mouth-watering Low Country fare, with influences that range from English and French to African cuisine, introduced by the slaves centuries ago.
4. Spark romance by re-creating “The Notebook” with a stroll through Cypress Gardens, one of the movie’s filming locations.
5. For a quintessential example of antebellum life, explore the Aiken-Rhett House Museum, one of Charleston's most well-preserved mansions. Built in 1820, much of the interior has been well-preserved and includes impressive antique furnishings, vintage wallpaper and bronze chandeliers. Visitors can also wander the historical grounds and take a self-guided audio tour of the property's former slave quarters, stables, and original kitchens.
6. Tour the Calhoun Mansion and the Nathaniel Russell House for a glimpse of high society in the 19th-century.
7. Take a kayak tour down Shem Creek watching for manatees, dolphins, and a wide array of birds, including pelican, egret, heron and osprey that are frequently spotted while paddling.
8. Head to the South Carolina Aquarium to soak up panoramic views of the Cooper River and Charleston Harbor, and take a journey through the sea, experiencing a variety of aquatic ecosystems. Visitors can feed stingrays in the Saltmarsh Aviary and get up close and personal with sharks and loggerhead turtles in the Great Ocean Tank.
9. Indulge your history fascination by visiting Fort Sumter National Monument, best known for being the site of the Civil War's very first shots in 1861.
10. Shop the Charleston City Market while sampling tasty local foods, stopping to marvel at the famous basket weaving ladies that have been perfecting their craft for over three centuries, using sweetgrass and palmetto leaves.