Charleston SC Attractions

Charleston SC Attractions

A guide to the best Charleston SC Attractions. Visit the site where the Civil War began, stroll through the historic City Market, or bike across the third longest cable-stayed bridge in the Western Hemisphere. 

When you visit Charleston, the list of things to do is almost endless. Visitors can view over 5,000 aquatic animals at the Charleston Aquarium, take a boat ride to Fort Sumter, or shop for souvenirs at the historic City Market. 

The South Carolina Aquarium
100 Aquarium Wharf
Charleston SC 29401

The South Carolina aquarium in Charleston is the place to explore and learn about aquatic animals from across the state. Marvel at over 10,000 animals including the great white shark and a rare albino American alligator.

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Fort Sumter
National Park Service
Charleston SC 29412

Located at the entrance to Charleston Harbor, a crumbling pentagon-shaped structure still stands as a reminder of the barbaric war that began in South Carolina. It was here, on the night of April 12, 1861 that the first shots of the Civil War were fired. 

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Fort Moultrie
1214 Middle St
Sullivan's Island SC 29482

Fort Moultrie is a series of fortifications on Sullivan's Island, South Carolina, built to protect the city of Charleston. Fort Moultrie is the only area of the National Park System where the entire 171-year history of American seacoast defense (1776–1947) can be traced.

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Historic Charleston City Market
188 Meeting St
Charleston SC 29401

One of the nation's oldest markets, The Charleston City Market, is over 200 years old. The market consists of the enclosed Great Hall and three open air sheds. Dozens of vendors showcase goods including crafts, artwork, jewelry, local foods, and sweetgrass baskets. 

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The Battery 
Charleston SC 29401

The Battery is considered to be one of Charleston’s most iconic historic sites. The Battery was once a defensive seawall, but is now a paved public walk along the waterfront. The area is surrounded by antebellum mansions and beautiful live oaks with views of Fort Sumter in the distance.

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Arthur Ravenel Bridge
Connecting Charleston and Mount Pleasant

Take a walk or bike ride across one of the world’s largest cable-stayed bridges. Stop at the top and watch the sunset over the water or check out the gorgeous views of the scenic Charleston Harbor.

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Rainbow Row
83 E Bay St
Sullivan's Island SC 29401

The 13 brightly colored buildings that make up Rainbow Row are some of the most recognizable structures in Charleston. Located on East Bay St., these homes date back to the 1700’s. The once bustling stores fell into disrepair after the Civil War and then were restored in the 1920’s.

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The Center for Birds of Prey
4719 N Hwy 17
Awendaw SC 29429

The Center for Birds of Prey offers visitors a unique insight into the lives of nearly 50 species of birds including eagles, hawks, owls, falcons, kites and vultures. The center, situated on a 152-acre wooded campus, provides medical care, scientific research and environmental education.

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Caw Caw Interpretive Center
5200 Savannah Hwy
Ravenel SC 29470

Caw Caw was once part of several rice plantations and home to enslaved Africans who applied their skills to carve the series of rice fields out of cypress swamps. The park features nearly seven miles of interpretive trails, boardwalks and bridges that wind through nine distinct coastal plain habitats.

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