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Charleston, South Carolina is one of the oldest cities in the United States. There are many historical sites to see here as Charleston is where the Civil War began. The beautiful coastal city of Charleston also has great nightlife, dining, shopping, sports and much more.
You can tour genuine Southern antebellum plantations in Charleston. The Middleton Place Plantation on Ashley River Road is a National Historic Landmark. Although much of the home had to be rebuilt as General William Tecumseh Sherman's raid destroyed it in the Civil War, the 1755 guest residence is original. The property has a sugarcane mill, stables, restaurants and gift shop. The Middleton Place Plantation features the oldest landscaped gardens in the United States. Four generations of Middletons once lived here, including Arthur Middleton who was one of the signers of the Declaration of Independence.
Fort Sumter on Sullivan's Island is where the Civil War first began with gunfire started on 12 April 1861. The island can only be reached by boat and boat tours are available to see the Fort Sumter National Monument. Battery Park, or White Point Gardens as it is also known, is on the Charleston peninsula and has a view of Fort Sumter. The park features civil war statues and cannons and has a gazebo that is popular for weddings. Stately old Charleston antebellum mansions are right beside Battery Park.
Charleston is called "The Holy City" because it is home to hundreds of churches as well as the National Historic Landmark, Kahal Kadosh Beth Elohim Synagogue. This synagogue is the oldest American synagogue that is still used regularly. It was built in 1840 and now features a little museum and gift shop. The museum also features George Washington's letter to the congregation.
For avid golfers, Charleston offers some top-rated golf courses such as the Kiawah Island course where the Ryder Cup was held in 1991. Shoppers can find interesting goods such as Charleston sweet grass baskets made by local artists at the City Public Market held outdoors on Market Street. This area is also popular for its night clubs and restaurants.
Charleston is often called "Low Country" as most of the city is at or below sea level. The Charleston aquarium is a popular attraction and features a wide variety of sea creatures including sharks, snakes and alligators. Charleston's Arthur Ravenal Bridge is North America's longest cable stay bridge. It is also called the Cooper River Bridge and has eight lanes and spans 1,546 feet (471 m).
My uncle lives in Charleston and I always go to visit him in October or November because I love the Ghost Tours there. The Ghost Tour I like the most starts at Waterfront Park and takes you around the city telling you about the ghosts of Charleston's history.
The guides also talk about the haunted places and what happened there. It's kind of superstitious but it's a lot of fun to do for Halloween. It's also really affordable, so I go with a bunch of friends and we have an awesome time!
The Charleston Aquarium is nice but I have seen much bigger ones elsewhere, but little kids would like it.
Battery park is also nice. I like climbing the Oak trees there and collecting oyster shells because there are so many!
I'd say that the Arthur Ravenel Jr. Bridge and the Charleston Waterfront park would be on top of my list of Charleston attractions to see if you're planning on driving through. The Waterfront Park is probably a favorite place for many South Carolina residents. It has a really pretty view and nice athmosphere and a good place to take the whole family.
If you are going to stay for a few days and don't mind organizing some activities, the Adventure Harbor Tours would be a good one. This also makes for a fun day with the family. We have taken the excursion with my wife and kids at least three times, it's a favorite. It's a nice combination of island sight seeing, history and sighting a few dolphins.
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