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Jan 07, 2018

Parks in Charleston SC

A guide to the best parks in Charleston SC. A visit to this historic southern city is not complete if you don't take time to discover the city's most beautiful outdoor spaces.

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Jan 07, 2018


Charleston SC Beaches including Folly Beach, Sullivan’s Island, Isle of Palms, Kiawah Island, and Seabrook Island .Information including rules, where to park and which beach is the least crowded.

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Nov 13, 2017


A guide to the BEST Charleston SC Museums. Patriots Point Naval Museum, Gibbes Museum of Art, The Charleston Museum, Old Slave Mart Museum and the Powder Magazine.

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Nov 06, 2017

Charleston Plantations - A GUIDE TO THE BEST

A guide to the best Charleston Plantations. Our guide will help you choose which plantation to visit.

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Sep 27, 2017

Best Restaurants in Charleston SC

The Charleston dining guide is a list of the best restaurants in Charleston SC. Find the tenderest steaks, freshest seafood and the most mouthwatering Lowcountry cuisine.

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Sep 27, 2017

Boone Hall Fright Nights

What: Boone Hall Fright Nights
When: Sept. 29, through October 31
Where: Boone Hall Plantation, 1235 Long Point Rd, Mt Pleasant
How much: A Scream Pass can be purchased for $33 or A VIP Faster to the Fear Pass can be purchased for $45. THe VIP Pass utilizes special expedited access lines that reduce the wait time to enter each attraction. Tickets for individual attractions can also be purchased.

This year a local favorite, Boone Hall Fright Nights, returns after taking a year off. This year there will be four scary attractions including Cemetery of Lost Souls, The Crypt, Wicked Woods Haunted Hayride, and The Gateway. The events are open 7:15 pm until midnight on Fridays and Saturdays and 7:15 pm until 10 pm on Sundays and weekdays. Visit Boone Hall Fright Nights for further information and to purchase tickets.

Sep 27, 2017

MOJA Arts Festival

What: MOJA Arts Festival
When: Thursday, Sept. 28, through Sunday, October 8
Where: Charleston, SC
How much: Some events are free and some require tickets. Ticket prices vary by event

This year will mark the 34th year of the MOJA Arts Festival. The festival, a celebration of African-American and Caribbean Arts, is one of the top events in the Southeast. Visitors can experience dance, music, literary and theatre performances along with visual arts and recreation. This year the festival is scheduled to run from Thursday, September 28 until Sunday, October 8. Many of the of the events are free and the rest are offered for a modest fee. Visit the MOJA Arts Festival for a calendar of events and to purchase tickets.

Sep 21, 2017

Saturday Red Wolf Feeding and Discussion at Sewee Visitor Center

What: Saturday Red Wolf Feeding and Discussion at Sewee Visitor Center
When: Saturday, Sept. 23, 11 am
Where: Sewee Visitor Center, Awendaw, SC
How much: Free

The Sewee Center is a U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service Environmental Education Center located 20 miles north of Charleston on U.S. Highway 17 North. The Sewee Center offers abundant wildlife viewing opportunities that include the butterfly garden, red wolf enclosure, Sewee pond, Nebo Trail, bee apiary and bluebird trail.

Many reptiles and birds inhabit the forest and ponds surrounding the center, including anoles, alligators, and several species of migratory songbirds.

The Center houses four wolves, two young males, and adult male and female. Wolfman Rob conducts endangered Red wolf discussions and feedings each Saturday at 11:30 am. Join Rob as he shares the fascinating story of the Red wolf and the challenges these beautiful animals face today.

Sep 21, 2017

Unveiling McLeod Plantation Historic Site

What: Unveiling McLeod Plantation Historic Site
When: Saturday, Sept. 23, 10:30 am - Noon
Where: McLeod Plantation Historic Site, 325 Country Club Dr, Charleston
How much: $15

McLeod Plantation, established in 1851, is a living tribute to the men and women and their descendants that persevered in their efforts to achieve freedom, equality, and justice. The grounds of the historic site include a riverside outdoor pavilion, a sweeping oak allée, and the McLeod Oak, which is thought to be more than 600 years old.

Visit the McLeod Plantation this Saturday for an unveiling tour that examines the history of the site and shares the most recent research. You will go away with a new understanding of the people who lived and worked on the plantation. The tours are $15, and participants are allowed access to places not typically available to the public. Pre-registration is required. Visit the Charleston County Parks website to pre-register.

Sep 20, 2017

Fort Sumter National Monument still closed due to Hurricane Irma

Fort Sumter National Monument experienced some flood damage during hurricane Irma and is not currently accessible. The National Park Service is sending an assessment team to investigate and based on their findings they will open the Fort as soon as possible.For this reason, they will be running a non-stop 90 minute Fort Sumter Harbor Tour at the same price. Tours will ONLY depart from Liberty Square downtown at 9:30am, 12:00pm & 2:30pm. These special harbor tours will be offered from September 16 – September 23 and will have a National Park Service Ranger on board. The Park Ranger will be providing detailed information on Fort Sumter, and they will be available to interact with the guests to answer any questions. Please call 843-722-2628 for additional questions you may have. To book simply book online below or come to the Fort Sumter Tours ticket window at Liberty Square. Please note: Dates are subject to change once the Fort reopens and we are able to resume normal Fort Sumter Tours. There will be no departures from Patriots Point.

Sep 20, 2017

South Carolina Aquarium Turtle Trek 5K

What: Turtle Trek 5K
When: Saturday, Sept. 23
Where: Isle of Palms County Park, 1 14the Ave, Isle of Palms
How much: $45

Come out on Saturday and run for the turtles. The 5K sunset run/walk will raise money to support the Sea Turtle Care Center at the South Carolina Aquarium. Worldwide, all seven species of sea turtles are listed as threatened or endangered, four of which are found locally: the loggerhead, the Kemp’s ridley, the green and the leatherback. To help ensure these sea turtles have a future in our oceans, the South Carolina Aquarium Sea Turtle Care Center aids sick and injured sea turtles. They have rehabilitated and released over 200 sea turtles back into their natural habitat. Come out and support the Sea Turtle Care Center so they can continue to help these endangered creatures. Visit the S.C. Aquarium 5K sign up page for further details.

Sep 20, 2017

Charleston Museum to reopen Natural History Exhibit

Charleston Museum Natural History

What: Charleston Museum to reopen Natural History Exhibit
When: Saturday, Sept. 23
Where: Charleston Museum, 360 Meeting St, Charleston
How much: $12

The Charleston Museum will reopen its Natural History Gallery this Saturday, September 23. The renovated gallery is the largest in the museum and will feature never seen before exhibits and artifacts including complete casts of the worlds largest flying bird, an extinct 18ft Lowcountry crocodile, and pieces of meteorite. Visitors will get an overview of Lowcountry natural history presented in chronological order. The grand opening event will be from 10 am - 2 pm on Saturday. For more on the Charleston Museum and other fun things to do, visit our Charleston SC Attractions page.

Sep 19, 2017

Citadel Retreat Parade

Citadel Parade

What: Citadel Retreat Parade
When: Most Fridays (See below for list)
Where: The Citadel, 171 Moultrie St, Charleston
How much: Free

The Citadel, founded in 1842, is a Charleston landmark located on the banks of the Ashley River. The campus is home to 24 buildings, and open to the public year-round. The Citadel hosts Friday parades featuring drill procedures and movements, a marching band and bagpipes. The parades are free to attend and open to the public. Parking on the campus can be hard to find, so you should plan to arrive 15 to 30 minutes before the start of the parade. Cadets will welcome you to the campus and direct you to visitor parking. The parades are held on the following Fridays in 2016: 9/22, 9/29, 10/13, 10/20, 10/27, 11/3 and 11/10.

Sep 17, 2017

Large Scale Swiss Light Art Performance at Patriots Point

Swiss Light Art Performance at Patriots Point

What: Large Scale Swiss Light Art Performance at Patriots Point
When: September 21 & September 28
Where: Patriots Point, 40 Patriots Point Rd, Mt Pleasant
How much: Free.

On Thursday, September 21st, the side of the U.S.S. Yorktown facing the pier will be illuminated with images arranged by Swiss light artist Gerry Hofstetter. Four large projectors will project the light art onto the Yorktown from 8 pm until 10 pm. Visitors can view the display for free at the Patriots Point Naval & Maritime Museum. Normal parking fees will be waived for the event. The light art performance will take place again on September 28th. Currently the weather forecast for Thursday is mostly sunny with only a 20% chance of rain, so it looks like it will be a great night to come out and watch the Light Art Performance.

Sep 14, 2017

Irma Storm Damage

Weather in Charleston SC

Nearly five days after Irma made landfall in Florida and caused widespread flooding in the Low Country of South Carolina, the Charleston area is open and ready for business. Power has been restored to the downtown Charleston area but is still out on some of the nearby islands. Shops, restaurants, and nearby attractions are all starting to re-open, and the College of Charleston resumed classes today. One of the few attractions that will remain closed until further notice is Fort Sumter. The fort remains filled with 3 feet of water and repair work needs to be performed on the docks. It may be several weeks before Fort Sumter re-opens. Nearby Folly Beach also took a pounding and has extensive damage. Homes, businesses, and streets in low-lying areas were flooded, and several public access points are no longer accessible due to damage. The island still has quite a bit of debris to clean up, and the beach experienced severe erosion. This city has experienced natural disasters in the past but always comes back stronger than before.

Nov 16, 2016

Charleston Restaurants

167 Raw is part seafood market and part restaurant. They have an assortment of fresh oysters, clams, fish and shrimp for purchase to go or you can stick around and try the legendary lobster roll or scallop po boy. The restaurant's chalkboard menu, which changes daily, lists the seafood specials and the daily selection of oysters and where they are from. The restaurant opens for lunch at 11 am, and seating is limited, so you need to arrive early or plan on waiting at least an hour for a table. The restaurant is located at 289 East Bay St and open for business Monday - Thursday 11 am - 9 pm and Friday and Saturday 11 am - 10 pm.

Nov 15, 2016

Where to Stay in Charleston SC

Where to Stay in Charleston SC

This small boutique hotel has 16 rooms spread out through five restored historic residential buildings. The hotel is located in a quiet area of the French Quarter and is just a short walk to nearby restaurants and attractions. Guests receive a daily continental breakfast, with delicious fresh pastries, fruit, yogurt, juices and meat and cheeses. The rooms are elegant and cozy, and the staff is extremely friendly and professional. After a day of sightseeing and shopping, you can relax on your furnished outdoor piazza or in the tranquil courtyard. The hotel also has a bar and a restaurant the serves up local and seasonal dishes. Visit our booking partner TripAdvisor to compare the best deals, and get information, photos and trusted reviews.

Nov 14, 2016

Things to Do in Charleston SC

Things to do in Charleston SC

There are numerous walking tour guides and companies in Charleston, but one guide stands out among all the others - Michael Trouche. His family has lived in Charleston for more than 200 years, and he has written two books about this enchanting historic city. Michael also won numerous rewards as host of the "Carolina Camera" television program on the local CBS affiliate. He has been entertaining tour guests for the past ten years with his vast knowledge of Charleston's history and culture. You will discover stunning architecture, glorious gardens, Civil and Revolutionary War sites, cobblestone streets, wrought iron gates, and legendary graveyards. The tours are two hours long will cover about 16 - 18 blocks through the French Quarter, South of Broad, White Point Garden and The Battery. The tours are twenty dollars per person and reservations are required.

Nov 13, 2016

Things to Do in Charleston SC

Things to do in Charleston SC

What: Holiday Festival of Lights
When: November 11 - January 1, Sun - Thurs 5:30pm - 10pm & Fri - Sat 5:30pm - 11pm.
Where: James Island County Park, 871 Riverland Dr, Charleston, SC
How much: $20 per vehicle (up to 15 guests). If you visit Mon - Thurs and make a donation of a canned food item or dog/cat food to benefit the Lowcountry Food Bank, you can get in for only $15 a vehicle.

Come out and journey through three miles of over 700 magical light displays of all shapes and sizes or park your car and enjoy shopping, food, and entertainment. Come see why USA Today named it one of the 10 Best Light Shows in America.

Nov 11, 2016

Weather in Charleston SC

Weather in Charleston SC

It is going to be sunny and milder by Friday afternoon, highs headed up into the middle and perhaps even upper 70s. A cold front will sweep through late and bring chillier temperatures for the weekend. Plenty of sun Saturday, a few more clouds on Sunday, highs in the lower to mid 60s.

The weather forecast come courtesy of our friends at ABC 4 in Mount Pleasant.

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