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Local Attractions

Experiences Locals Love

Charleston is a city with a lot of stories to tell. Discover sites central to America’s history, hang with a sea turtle, or go on a ghost walk to uncover the magic that makes Charleston so special. If it’s your first time here, you’ve got to check out iconic attractions and activities like a horse-drawn carriage ride around town, or a trip to the vibrant City Market.

Rainbow Row colorful and well-preserved historic Georgian row houses in Charleston, South Carolina, USA

Rainbow Row

Along the Battery on East Bay Street, these pastel-colored homes are incredibly Insta-worthy and have captivating stories. Some say they were painted to showcase what products the merchants that owned them sold, others say it was so tipsy sailors could find their way home.

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Horse-drawn carriage ride

Palmetto Carriage Works

Witty, fun, and full of cool history, 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.

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Charleston, South Carolina, USA at the Waterfront Park Pineapple Fountain.

Joe Riley Waterfront Park

Waterfront paths, benches, and tons of green space make this the perfect place to unwind after a day exploring downtown. Don’t miss it at night when the sparkling fountains are illuminated.

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Theater arts production

Charleston Gaillard Center for Performing Arts

Home to the Charleston Symphony, this stunning space plays host to all kinds of incredible plays, concerts, and performances throughout the year.

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South Carolina Aquarium

Explore a world beneath the waves with fun touch tanks full of creatures and learn how you can help preserve aquatic ecosystems, plus get up close to sea turtles that need a little TLC.

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