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Things to do in Charleston

 South Carolina’s favorite city seduces travelers with its southern charms. With its historic sites, gracious architecture, and Lowcountry attractions, Charleston offers countless things to do. Whether a family-run shop selling baskets made from sweetgrass or an inviting waterfront park, there’s something to match the interest of all types of travelers from King Street to Old City Market and the Battery, and beyond.

Browse Travel + Leisure’s guide for smart ideas on great things to do in Charleston. History buffs, especially, will not be disappointed. Take a ride in an iconic horse-drawn carriage, tour grand private homes, or visit the fascinating Old Slave Mart Museum. Plantations, like Drayton Hall and Middleton Place, are within easy striking distance of the city. And shoppers will love Grady Ervin & Co.’s classic seersucker suits, the couture creations of Magar Hatworks, and the Historic Charleston Reproductions Shop, selling items inspired by the houses of Rainbow Row. Let T+L show you what to do in Charleston and be your guide to the very best spots to soak up history, relax, and celebrate southern living in style.

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  • Billy Reid

    The designs of Billy Reid—whose boutique empire stretches from Charleston to Dallas—would have looked just as dashing on your great-grandfather. More
  • B'zar

    Edgy King Street outpost for trendy clothes and gear. More
  • Drayton Hall

    A 1742 plantation on the Ashley River run by the National Trust for Historic Preservation. More
  • Dulles Designs

    Founded by Emilie Dulles, who was inspired by her mother’s appreciation of fine stationery, Dulles Designs sells high quality stationery and paper ... More
  • Edmondston-Alston House

    The Greek Revival Edmondston-Alston House, which is open for public tours throughout the year. More
  • Elizabeth Stuart Design

    For furniture, handmade jewelry, vintage lighting fixtures, and regional cookbooks. More
  • Grady Ervin & Co.

    A classic men's store with its own line of seersucker suits. More
  • Historic Charleston Foundation

    Operates the Nathaniel Russell and Aiken-Rhett houses and sponsors the Festival of Houses & Gardens every spring. Advance tickets available. More
  • Historic Charleston Reproductions Shop

    Shop for distinctive local items such as linens inspired by the houses of Rainbow Row. More
  • Magar Hatworks

    The fantastic creations of couture milliner Leigh Magar have inspired a devoted cult following. More
  • Magnolia Plantation & Gardens

    This 1676 spread has welcomed visitors since shortly after the end of the Civil War. More
  • Middleton Place

    This 1741 historic plantation has an exquisite formal garden. More
  • Moo Roo

    Local designer Mary Norton's scarves, brooches, and handbags have attracted the likes of Sharon Stone and Oprah Winfrey. More
  • Old Slave Mart Museum

    An intelligent museum in a former slave-trade sales room. More

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