Charleston, South Carolina
A Short History
Lady Baltimore Cake
Drinking in Charleston
The place to get the Knuckleball, a cocktail with boiled peanuts.
437 King St, Charleston, SC 29403
Upscale bar with nice cocktails.
511 King St, Charleston, SC 29403
Grill 225 Pavilion Bar
Get the smokey Nitrotini made with liquid nitrogen.
225 E Bay St, Charleston, SC 29401
Things to do in Charleston
High, high above the Cooper River stretches one of the iconic symbols of Charleston, the Ravenel Bridge. Technically, it’s the Arthur Ravenel Jr. Bridge, named after the politician who spearheaded the movement to build a new bridge connecting Charleston to Mount Pleasant.
Besides the sheer size of the bridge, it’s 2.5 miles long with the diamond-shaped support towers rising 575 feet above the water, the bridge has two design features that make it especially attractive. First, the cables feathering out from the towers give the bridge a distinctive look. But, most importantly in my mind, is the pedestrian and bike path on the east side of the bridge.
All day long, walkers, joggers, and bikers travel across the span and enjoy the spectacular views of the city, Cooper River, and out to the Atlantic Ocean. Access to the bridge is easy. Park at Patriot’s Point and follow the path to the bridge entrance.
My favorite attraction in Georgetown is the tiny Gullah Museum. The Gullah people were the slaves brought from Africa to work the rice plantations of South Carolina and Georgia.
Curator Andrew Rodriges is likely to be sitting out front smoking a cigar and keeping his dog Harper (named after Harper Lee) company. Inside the one room museum, Mr. Rodriges can tell a story about every item in the Gullah Museum. He’ll guide you through the quilt his wife made that details Michelle Obama’s heritage (her grandfather was from the area) and was used in the inauguration celebrations of 2009.
Boone Hall Plantation
Explore the history of slavery and the Gullah culture in Charleston.
1235 Long Point Rd, Mt Pleasant, SC 29464
History, ghost, and culinary tours.
Charleston Culinary Tours
Several foodie tours to choose from including the Farm to Table Experience and Mixology Tour.
Walks of Charleston
Walking tours of Chucktown.
Lowcountry Walking Tours
Several tours to choose from.
Offering multiple tours including a ghost tour.
Arthur Ravenel Jr. bridge (aka the Cooper River Bridge)
Walk or bike across for spectacular views. Parking at Patriot’s Point.
Arthur Ravenel Jr Bridge, Charleston, SC 29403
Fort Sumter Tour
Boat ride to the fort with a guided tour.
Walk along the seawall and gaze at the stately homes.
Charleston, SC 29401
Second Sunday on King Street
Live music, vendors, food.
H.L. Hunley Submarine
Confederate navy submarine museum.
1250 Supply St, Warren Lasch Conservation Center, North Charleston, SC 29405-2219
Classy, cool jazz and funk club.
504 Meeting Street, Charleston, SC
Great beach, go to station 12 at sunrise or sunset and you might see dolphins.
Station 12 St., Sullivan's Island, SC 29482
Nice beach south of the city.
Folly Beach, SC
Museum dedicated to the Gullah people with an emphasis on Michelle Obama’s Gullah heritage.
123 King Street, Unit 7, Georgetown, SC 29440
Food and Drink
James Beard award winner. The place to get red rice.
2332 Meeting Street Rd, Charleston, SC 29405-6114
Makes Lady Baltimore Cake and Lady Baltimore cupcakes to order
59 1/2 Cannon Street, Charleston, SC 29403
One of the only places where you can get a Huguenot Torte
4300 Ashley River Road Charleston, SC 29414
Carmella’s Cafe and Dessert Bar
The place to get Hummingbird Cake.
198 E Bay St, Suite 100, Charleston, SC 29401-2612
Callie’s Hot Little Biscuit
Biscuits served plain or with all kinds of fillings.
1895 Avenue F, North Charleston, SC
Martha Lou’s Kitchen
Famous Soul Food restaurant.
1068 Morrison Drive, Charleston, SC 29403
Famous for She-Crab soup.
82 Queen Street, Charleston, SC
Early Bird Diner
Shrimp and grits
1644 Savannah Hwy, Charleston, SC 29407-7869
The place to get Charleston’s take on a Po’ Boy.
289 East Bay Street, Charleston, SC
Billed as “soulful food,” Glass Onion uses lots of locally sourced ingredients.
1219 Savannah Highway, Charleston, SC 29407
Nana's Seafood and Soul
Inexpensive, well-prepared Low Country classics
176 Line St, Charleston, SC 29403
One of Charleston’s most famous eateries
232 Meeting St, Charleston, SC 29401
James Beard award winning chef prepares unique southern dishes.
207 Rutledge Ave., Charleston, SC 29403
One of Charleston’s finest, and most expensive restaurants. Check out their happy hour for inexpensive wine and cocktails.
149 Wentworth St., Charleston, SC 29401
Trailer serving boiled peanuts.
2484 Ashley River Rd, Charleston, SC 29414-4603
Jack’s Cosmic Dogs
Retro futuristic space themed hot dog joint.
2805 N Hwy 17, Mt Pleasant, SC 29466
Best Moscow Mule in town.
474 King St, Charleston, SC 29403
Grill 225 Pavilion Bar
The place to get a liquid nitrogen cooled Nitrotini.
Great bar for cocktails.
511 King St, Charleston, SC 29403
The place to get the Knuckleball cocktail (served with boiled peanuts).
437 King Street Charleston, SC 29403
Elliotborough Mini Bar
Great happy hour lasting until 10pm.
18 Percy St., Charleston, SC
The Gin Joint
“Cocktail Hour” has some good bargains.
2169, 182 E Bay St, Charleston, SC 29401
Historic bar dates to 1778
2 Unity Alley, Charleston, SC 29401
Moe’s Crosstown Tavern
Surprisingly good food and cheap beer.
714 Rutledge Ave., Charleston, SC 29403
Claims to be largest seller of PBR in the country. Craft beer, too.
685 King St., Charleston, SC 29403
AC’s Bar and Grill
True dive bar in every way.
467 King St, Charleston, SC 29403
The Royal American
Great dive bar.
970 Morrison Dr., Charleston, SC 29403
Huge selection of beers of tap.
817 Savannah Highway, Charleston SC 29407
Tavern dedicated to Edgar Allen with all kinds of Poe kitsch.
2210 Middle St, Sullivan's Island, SC 29482
Happy hour features $5 mules. Over the bridge in Mount Pleasant.
1055 SC Highway 41 #600, Mt. Pleasant, SC, 29466
Charleston Farmers Market
Award winning farmers market.
Marion Square, 329 Meeting Street, Charleston, SC
Johns Island Farmers Market
Saturday farmers market on the campus of Charleston Collegiate School.
2024 Academy Rd, Johns Island, SC 29455