Explore Charleston

Creativity. Curiosity. Imagination— The Changing Tides of Education March 18-20, 2019
Creativity. Curiosity. Imagination— The Changing Tides of Education
Francis Marion Hotel
Charleston, SC

There are endless ways to explore Charleston. With so many sights to see, so much rich history to uncover and an endless supply of local haunts to discover, it can be hard to choose where to start. We have listed just a few things to see and do, please click here for a full guide.

Plantations & Gardens

Drayton Hall

There are many preserved plantations and gardens just minutes from downtown Charleston.
  • Drayton Hall – Drayton Hall is the oldest unrestored plantation house in America and the nation’s earliest example of fully executed Palladian architecture.
  • Middleton Place is an 18th century rice plantation.
  • Boone Hall Plantation – The Avenue Of Oaks is one of the most spectacular entrances anywhere in the world. See why Boone Hall is "America's Most Photographed Plantation."
  • Experience the history, beauty, enchantment and alluring fragrance of America’s last large-scale romantic-style garden at Magnolia Plantation & Gardens.

Historic Buildings

Old Slave Mart Museum

  • Old Slave Mart Museum – constructed in 1859, the building is believed to be the last extant slave auction facility in the state.
  • The Dock Street Theatre was the first building in America built exclusively to be used for theatrical performances.
  • Built in 1803, the Joseph Manigault House is an exceptional example of Federal period architecture with a remarkable collection of early 19th century furnishings.

Fort Sumter

Fort Sumter

Fort Sumter is an island fortification located in Charleston Harbor. Originally constructed in 1829 as a coastal garrison, Fort Sumter is most famous for being the site of the first shots of the Civil War (1861-65).

Dining & Nightlife

Charleston Crab House

Many come to Charleston with one thing on their mind: food. The best grits you'll ever have, prepared in ways you never imagined. Festive dockside oyster roasts. High-end Charleston restaurants. Outdoor cafés. Fresh from the dock seafood. Every meal is an event in itself. Prepared with perfection. Served with a warm smile.


Sweetgrass Baskets

Charleston is a shopper's heaven!

  • The City Market is the very epicenter of sweetgrass basketry, one of the nation's oldest and most beautiful handicrafts of African origin.
  • Nothing defines Southern charm quite like King Street. At more than 300 years old, it is a bustling thoroughfare where Charleston's past and present meet.
  • Rainbow Row is named for 14 private homes which mirror the colors of the rainbow. This area dates from 1740 and was Charleston's waterfront district during the 18th century.
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