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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