Attractions in the Charleston area range from carriage rides along the Battery to dinner cruises in Charleston Harbor. From the romantic to the exhilarating, you'll find history, elegance and superb food celebrated in year round festivals, centuries-old buildings and breathtaking water views all around.
Everyone has their favorites, but the most popular things to do in Charleston, SC include shopping in the Market, historic walking tours, coastal expeditions, Fort Sumter tours and visiting the HL Hunley submarine. But the fun doesn't stop there! Charleston, SC attractions also include…
Magnolia Plantation & Its Gardens
- Magnolia Plantation & Its Gardens is open 365 days a year from 8am-5:30pm, call for Nov-Feb hours. This 17th century estate, acquired in 1676 by the Drayton family, features America's oldest gardens, which bloom year-round. Pre-Revolutionary War plantation house, Biblical garden, antebellum cabin, nature train, nature boat, wildlife observation tower, gift shop, canoe rentals and more. Leashed pets welcome. Cost is $14 and guided tours are additional cost. 3550 Ashley River Rd., Charleston, SC 29414.Charleston Tea Plantation
- One of America's true treasures and its only commercial tea farm. Visitors enjoy long strolls beneath the Live Oaks, learn how tea is made during our unique and informative factory tour, visit the Tea Shoppe, sample American Classic Tea and walk the grounds. 6617 Maybank Hwy., Wadmalaw, SC 29487Boone Hall Plantation
- Boone Hall is open 9am-5pm Monday-Saturday and 1pm-4pm on Sunday. Boone Hall reflects Southern heritage spanning 300 years on one magnificent "still working" plantation. Gardens, slave cabins, dining, gift shop plus one of the world's longest oak-lined avenues. Adults pay $14.50, children $7 and seniors $13. 1235 Long Point Rd., Mt. Pleasant, SC 29464.Carolina Polo & Carriage Company
- Carolina Polo & Carriage Company is open daily from 9am-5pm. Locations: in the Doubletree Hotel concierge desk inside 181 Church Street at the corner of N. Market and Church Streets, 105 N. Market in front of the Noisy Oyster, and our stables, 16 Hayne Street. Owned and operated by native Charlestonians whose families arrived here in the 1600's. Costs are $20 for adults and $12 for ages 4-10.Philip Simmons Foundation, Inc.
- Established in 1991 by the Vestry of St. John's Reformed Episcopal Church to develop and maintain a commemorative garden and preserve the legacy of the master craftsman. The Bell Garden and the Heart Garden entrance from Menotti Street. P.O. Box 21585, Charleston, SC 29413-1585.Middleton Place
- Middleton Place is open daily 9am-5pm and is closed on Christmas Day. Carefully preserved 18th century plantation and National Historic Landmark. 65 acres of America's oldest landscaped gardens. House museum tours highlight family collections and the role of the Middleton's in American history. Craftspeople in the Stableyards recreate the activities of a self-sustaining Lowcountry plantation. The admissions for Gardens and Stableyards is $25 for adults and $5 for children ages 7-15. 4300 Ashley River Rd., Charleston, SC 29414.Hampton Plantation State Historic Site
- Hampton Plantation State Historic Site is open daily from 9am-6pm. Mansion tours are from 1pm-4pm Thursday-Monday during the school year and daily 11am-4pm during the summer. If you are driving Hwy 17 between Charleston and Myrtle Beach, stop and see a picturesque plantation. The grounds contain former rice fields, gardens, and a mansion. 1950 Rutledge Rd., McClellanville, SC 29458.Mepkin Abbey & Gardens
- Mepkin Abbey & Gardens has guided tours at 11:30am and 3pm Tuesday-Sunday. Since 1949 catholic Trappist monks hace lived and worked on this 3,000 acre 18th century Cooper River rice plantation. Visitors tour a working monastery and adjacent gardens and shop in Mepkin Abbey Store featuring monastic products and unique handcrafted items. Admission for adults is $5. 1098 Mepkin Abbey Rd., Moncks Corner, SC 29461.Old South Carriage Company
- Guides in Confederate uniform will inform and entertain you with historical facts and humor. Look for the Red Sash around the driver's waist, our symbol of quality and your assurance of a great tour- 100% guaranteed. Easy loading platform with steps and hand-rail. 14 Anson St., Charleston, SC 29401.Cypress Gardens
- Cypress Gardens is open from 9am-5pm and closed Thanksgiving Day, Christmas Eve and Day, and New Year's Day. 170-acre Berkeley County park with beautiful gardens, walking paths, and cypress swamp. Tour the swamp in flat-bottomed boats. Visit the aquarium, butterfly house and reptile house. Adults pay $10, children $5 and seniors $9. 3030 Cypress Gardens Rd., Moncks Corner, SC 29461.Carriage Tours at Middleton Place
- Carriage Tours at Middleton Place is open at 9am daily and is closed on Christmas Day. Experience this 18th century plantation from a plantation sociable carriage adn journey beyond America's oldest landscaped Gardens o explore the natural plantation environment. Travel a dramatic carriage path through a bamboo forest and woodlands to marshlands where "Carolina Gold" rice once grew. 4300 Ashley River Rd., Charleston, SC 29414.Palmetton Carriage Works
- The oldest carriage company in the city, our tour guides have been driving carriages longer than anyone else. We offer free parking at our front door, an easy loading platform and 100% satisfaction guarantee. 40 N. Market St., Charleston, SC 29401.Drayton Hall
- Drayton Hall is open daily except Christmas Eve and Day and New Year's Day. A National Trust historic site, Drayton Hall is the oldest preserved plantation house in America open to the public. After seven generations, two great wars, and numerous hurricanes and earthquakes, the main house of this National Historic Landmark remains nearly in original condition. 3380 Ashley River Rd., Charleston, SC 29414.