A timeless city made for the modern explorer. The Ryder Hotel puts you at the heart of the best things to do in Charleston. Located downtown, you can roam to your heart’s content and never feel too far from home. We believe it’s best to wander on your own terms, but if you need a little inspiration, we’ve got you covered. See below for ways to explore The Ryder Hotel.
As one of the most historic and culturally diverse cities in America, there’s so much to discover in Charleston. Check out the iconic City Market, take a scenic carriage ride through the Historic District, explore the legendary Fort Sumter and more.
First time visiting? Coming back to your fave city? Planning a getaway with your crew? Our itineraries have the perfect blend of trip inspo and time to explore on your own time.
Southern cuisine is celebrated here. Pack your appetite when you visit us and dig into everything from elevated fine dining to home-style comfort food that brings the bounty of the Lowcountry to your plate.
Rooftop drinks or honkytonk hangout? A few flights at a brewery or dancing until the sun comes up? Whatever you’re up for, Charleston delivers on everything from low-key to epic nights out.
From boutiques to brands you love, downtown Charleston is South Carolina’s top shopping destination. You might think we’re bragging when we say King Street is the best shopping experience in the country, but when you visit, you’ll think so too.
At The Ryder, you’re less than 30 minutes from South Carolina’s beautiful coastal beaches—each with their own unique personality. Folly Beach has the best waves in the state, Isle of Palms is full of adventure, and Sullivan’s Island is home to some of the best seafood around.
Fitness on the go made easy. All guestrooms at The Ryder are equipped with complimentary yoga mats for guests to use during their stay. Practice on your own time, when it’s convenient for you.
The Ryder gives you access to a virtual collection of curated yoga practices so you can pick and choose based on your mood and your schedule. Two 50 minute yoga classes are available for guests on demand through their in-room tv, courtesy of Charleston Community Yoga.
Bar Mash5 minute drive
A cozy American whiskey and beer bar offering an extensive American-driven spirits collection, plus a bocce court, shuffleboard, 80’s arcade games, and more.
Blue Bicycle Books15 minute walk
Lose yourself among the shelves of this charming used book store. It houses a collection of military history books, and perhaps the world’s best collection of books written in or about Charleston.
Charleston Gaillard Center for Performing Arts10 minute walk
Home to the Charleston Symphony.
Dock Street Theater10 minute walk
Ornate playhouse with elegant woodwork & cobblestone courtyard presents dramas, comedies, & musicals.
Folly Beach25 minute drive
An exciting beach in the midst of the beautiful Charleston area, with unique places to eat, play and stay.
Forte Jazz Lounge15 minute walk
Big city sound meets Southern hospitality at the city’s best jazz lounge. Groove to the sounds of local legends, recording artists, notable touring acts, and Grammy winners.
Ghostwalk5 minute walk
Charleston's 1st Ghost Walk Tour.
Gibbes Museum of Art10 minute walk
Portraits & landscapes dating back to the 1700s, housed in a century-old beaux arts-style building.
Halsey Institute of Contemporary Art10 minute walk
University arts center showcasing emerging & established modern artists, films, lectures & more.
Hampden Clothing5 minute walk
A chic space selling top brands like Alexander Wang, Rag & Bone, Stella McCartney, Masscob, Carven, and Lacy Preen.
Historic Charleston City Market5 minute walk
Over 300 artisans and merchants make the City Market a must-see. Food, art, jewelry, and so much more from local Lowcountry makers.
Indaco15 minute walk
An easy choice for authentic Italian that features local ingredients.
Isle of Palms25 minute drive
Across the inlet from Sullivan’s Island, “IOP” is full of adventure. Grab tacos from Papi’s Taqueria and ramble along the oceanfront, then pop in to the Windjammer for outdoor tunes at the Sunset Stage.
Joe Riley Waterfront Park15 minute walk
Well-known park with water views plus a large lawn, walkways & 2 fountains.
Kiawah Beachwalker Park45 minute drive
A bit further outside of town, this peaceful beach park is actually on a river. Spend a bit of time here and you might just see bottlenose dolphins fishing along the water’s edge.
M. Dumas & Sons5 minute walk
Founded in 1917 by Mendel Dumas, M. Dumas & Sons has evolved into an iconic men’s specialty retailer in historic downtown Charleston, S.C..
Mercantile and Mash25 minute walk
Mercantile and Mash is perfect for elevated bites for when you’re on the go, and for incredible drinks and cocktails to imbibe in the evening.
O-Ku Sushi15 minute walk
Authentic Asian cuisine with a southern approach with a menu that focuses on unique ingredients and sophisticated presentations.
Oak Steakhouse15 minute walk
Impeccable steak cuts sourced from the Lowcountry and an extensive wine list make Oak Steakhouse the place to go for a really special night out.
Palmetto Carriage Works5 minute walk
A tour with Palmetto Carriage Works takes you through the heart of the city’s historic district to uncover over 300 years of amazing architecture and interesting lore.
Rainbow Row15 minute walk
The iconic pastel-colored homes which are incredibly Insta-worthy and have captivating stories.
Shops at Belmond Charleston Place5 minute walk
Shop high-end names like Gucci, Louis Vuitton, Kate Spade, and much more.
South Carolina Aquarium15 minute walk
Massive aquarium with interactive exhibits & hundreds of creatures, including many native species.
Sullivan's Island20 minute drive
Tranquil tidepools and sandbars to spend some sunny downtime.
The Charleston Museum10 minute walk
America's first museum, founded in 1773, exhibits relics from South Carolina & Confederate history.
The Cigar Factory5 minute drive
This former cigar factory is now home to all kinds of high-end shops, unique restaurants, and event spaces.
The Cocktail Club15 minute walk
The Cocktail Club is dedicated to the art of the craft cocktail with an extensive selection of house-made infusions, rare liquors, and farm-to-shaker beverages.
The Rooftop Bar15 minute walk
With sweeping scenes of the Charleston waterfront, this is the city’s original rooftop bar. Locals love it here, and we’re sure you will too.
White Point Garden15 minute walk
This public garden beside the water offers paved paths, military statues, canons & picnic areas.