Charleston Visitor Information

Sword Gate in Charleston

 Charleston offers all kinds of activities for visitors.  From the beaches and golf courses to plantations and historic homes, you'll find fun for the whole family.  On this page, you'll find some of our favorite things to do in Charleston.

The Charleston Area Convention and Visitors Bureau offers information on area attractions, tours, accommodations, events, coupons, maps, and more.  It's a great place to start, when you're planning a trip to Charleston.

You can also visit Explore Charleston , Go South Carolina, and  Charleston, SC Events.

The book, Very Charleston

 For a lovely book about Charleston that's filled with original artwork, check out Diana Hollingsworth Gessler's Very Charleston.


There are several beaches surrounding Charleston.  The closest are Isle of Palms, Folly Beach, and Sullivan's Island, where you will find Fort Moultrie, a National Park.  From Fort Moultrie, you can see Fort Sumter, where the first shots of the Civil War were fired.  

Still from documentary about Charleston

 Here's a short 1934 documentary about Charleston.  A City of Proud Memories is full of politically incorrect  cliches, but fascinating, nonetheless. 


 Charleston is almost as famous for its food as its history.  Some of our favorite restaurants are Long Island Cafe in the Isle of Palm and downtown, there's  Magnolia's, Revival, and Charleston Grill.

Painting and sketch of Charleston PIrate Tours' Eric Lavender by Alice Grimsley

 Charleston also has numerous galleries and professional visual artists.  Two local artists have made Eric and Capt. Bob subjects!  A huge thank you to Alice Stewart Grimsley, for this wonderful sketch of Eric & Capt. Bob and the painting of Eric.   

Painting of eric and Captain Bob at the Pink HOuse by Detta Cutting Zimmerman

 We are also very grateful to the late Detta Cutting Zimmerman for giving us a print of her painting of Eric and Bob. 


 Charleston Harbor Tours also offers a number of different excursions including sails on the beautiful Schooner Pride.  We had a blast on the Pride during a tv shoot. 



The Charleston area is home to several plantations, each with something to offer.  Pictured Magnolia Plantation.  In the same area as Magnolia, you'll also find Middleton Place and Drayton Hall.  East of the Cooper, in Mt. Pleasant, is Boone Hall.

Charleston Arts

Dock Street Theatre  (c. 1936-37)

Of course, Charleston is - and always has been  - a major cultural center.  The Dock Street Theatre was the first building  designed for theatrical use in the United States.  It burned, was rebuilt, destroyed again, and in 1809, the current building went up as the Planters Hotel.  It became a theatre again in the 1930's. 

And, yep, you guessed it, the theatre is haunted!.

In addition to several, strong local arts organization Charleston also hosts the Spoleto Festival, which brings world class musicians, dancers, actors, and visual artists from around the globe to the city.  


Eric and Ariel of Charleston Pirate Tours on Capers Island

So many tours!  Walking, driving, carriage, water!  One our favorites is a trip to undeveloped Capers Island with Barrier Island EcoTours.  Pictured are Eric and Ariel on one of our annual, end-of-the-summer tours with Barrier Island.