“Slow down and enjoy the simple pleasures in life.”
– Author Unknown
The port city of Charleston is one of the nation’s most charming cities. The popular city is famous for its cobblestone streets, plantations and gardens, historic homes and fabulous museums. It’s also home to beautiful beach resorts, fun restaurants, antique shops, and warm Southern hospitality.
Fun Charleston Attractions
Visit Charleston’s historic houses, museums, plantations and gardens. Here are some of the city’s most popular attractions:
- Aiken-Rhett House
- Boone Hall Plantation
- The Charleston Museum
- Drayton Hall Plantation
- Edmondston-Alston House
- The Fire Museum
- Fort Sumter National Monument
- Gibbes Museum of Art
- Hayward-Washington House
- Joseph Manigault House
- Magnolia Plantation & Gardens
- Middleton Place House Museum, Plantation & Gardens
- Nathaniel Russell House
- Old Slave Mart Museum
- Patriots Point Naval & Maritime Museum
- South Carolina Aquarium
- Waterfront Park
- White Point Gardens (Battery Park)
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Take a tour of Charleston’s Old South on a romantic Horse-Drawn Carriage Ride. Day or night, it’s a fun way to see the sights. Enjoy the day at Folly Beach (some say this is the best beach in South Carolina). See Charleston Harbor by Boat on a leisurely sightseeing trip. Enjoy an Historic Charleston Sightseeing Walking Tour. Visit Middleton Place House Museum and tour its beautiful Plantation and Gardens. The National Historic Landmark is home to America’s oldest landscaped gardens.
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Hilton Head Island
Hilton Head Island is about a 2-hour drive from Charleston. It is world-renowned for it’s beautiful white sandy beaches – spread out over 12 miles! Rich in arts and culture, the island is also home to gourmet restaurants, trendy shops, world-class golf courses, fun water sports and popular outdoor recreational activities. It’s no surprise that this eco-friendly family destination consistently ranks among the nation’s top islands, drawing visitors from around the globe.
Myrtle Beach is located about 90 miles from Charleston. This popular beach destination is also known for its golfing, shopping, dining and fun nightlife.
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The Best Time To Visit Charleston, Hilton Head Island and Myrtle Beach
The best time to visit Charleston is Spring (March-May) when temperatures are mild. This is also the peak season, so expect crowds. Alternatively, Fall-early Winter (September-November) is a good time weather-wise. It has lower humidity and it’s less crowded.
Hilton Head Island is a year-round destination. During Spring (April-May) and Fall (September-October) temperatures are mild and it’s a little less crowded. Summer is peak season and beaches are packed. Hurricane season runs June-November.
The best time to visit Myrtle Beach is during Summer months (June-August). It’s also peak season. Off-season runs from late Fall to early Spring.