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Top recommendations from locals

From sightseeing to hidden gems, find out what makes the city unique with the help of the locals who know it best.
Aquarium
“One of the nicest aquarium anywhere. Located on the harbor. Worth visiting.”
  • 58 locals recommend
Historic Site
“Civil War era fort. Tours start with boat ride out to fort, so fun way to ride a boat thru harbor and also see the fort. Educational and neat history tour.”
  • 73 locals recommend
  • 1 Experience
Restaurant
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“You must try the gnocchi! They also have a cute gelato shop below - delish! ”
  • 64 locals recommend
Scenic Lookout
“Beautiful Park on the harbor. Cannons from the Civil War, protecting the Harbor. Surrounded by beautiful old southern historic homes. Locals & tourists walking & playing.”
  • 77 locals recommend
  • 1 Experience
Tree
“An incredible 400+ year old tree. Good for a quick sight or bring lunch for a picnic.”
  • 132 locals recommend
Plaza
“One of Charleston's most popular tours involving seeing the sights of Rainbow Row, an iconic row of pastel painted homes that line The Battery downtown. A pleasant insight into maintaining Charleston's historic homes and rustic architecture. ”
  • 40 locals recommend
Monument / Landmark
“just off the beach of Sullivan's Island, overlooking Cooper River & Fort Sumpter”
  • 8 locals recommend
History Museum
“Retired naval aircraft carrier turned into a museum. Really cool if you are into any kind of naval or military history. ”
  • 32 locals recommend
  • 1 Experience
History Museum
“An outstanding collection will guide you through the whole History of the Lowcountry. ”
  • 32 locals recommend
Park
“Beautiful & free park downtown. Bring a picnic lunch hour blanket and lay out with a book! Also has a farmers market on Saturdays with amazing local food trucks.”
  • 61 locals recommend
Shopping Mall
“Outdoor mall with lots of stores and restaurants, and a movie theater on site too.”
  • 26 locals recommend
Place to shop
“Local vendors and artisans. In the center of the historic district. The carriage tours take off from nearby. ”
  • 79 locals recommend
Park
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“Beautiful little walk with low country views, right by tons of bars and restaurants. A great way to get some nature without venturing too far from downtown!”
  • 37 locals recommend
Bar
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“Another legendary spot like the Music Farm where bands like Hootie and Edwin McCain started as bar bands on the Isle of Palms....Ocean front bar that is pet friendly. the burger is a solid bar food burger too ”
  • 43 locals recommend
Beach
“If you like birding, hiking, beach combing, unmatched naturalist-guided tours through the estuary, the chance to get away from the harried mainland, bald eagles, alligators, bobcats, dolphins and otters, all within the over 66,000 acres of Cape Romain National Wildlife Refuge....Well, then Bulls Island might just be for you. Take Coastal Expeditions' Bulls Island Ferry and explore some of the 16 miles of trails and roads, 7 miles of undeveloped shoreline to connect with nature and yourself. ”
  • 1 local recommends
Art Museum
“They always have really cool exhibits and if you're walking downtown and it's hot, the museum is a great place to step into and steal some air conditioning.”
  • 31 locals recommend

Top restaurants

Restaurant
“You must try the gnocchi! They also have a cute gelato shop below - delish! ”
  • 64 locals recommend
Bar
“Another legendary spot like the Music Farm where bands like Hootie and Edwin McCain started as bar bands on the Isle of Palms....Ocean front bar that is pet friendly. the burger is a solid bar food burger too ”
  • 43 locals recommend
Restaurant
“ SOL Southwest Kitchen is a family-friendly establishment featuring indoor & outdoor dining, food with bold Southwest flavors and “just juiced” cocktails.”
  • 10 locals recommend
Piano Bar
“THE BEST LIVE ENTERTAINMENT IN CHARLESTON! ... Fill Restaurant & Piano Bar offers an American eclectic, chef-driven menu for dinner and late-night.”
  • 2 locals recommend
Italian Restaurant
“It's a haul from the farm, but it's one of my favorite restaurants in Charleston. Seafood meets Italian fine dining. Pair it with a visit to the beach at Isle of Palms so you can feel like you got your gas money's worth.”
  • 17 locals recommend
Southern / Soul Food Restaurant
“People to rave about this spot for getting a southern kick. You'll find a long wait for a table here almost any day so plan accordingly! ”
  • 79 locals recommend
Resort
“Tennis is not just an option at Wild Dunes Resort; it's a passion. In fact, Tennis Magazine ranked us a U.S. Top 10 Tennis Resort - nine years in a row. We offer 17 Har-Tru courts - including a stadium court - and light five of them for night play. As a guest, you'll enjoy daily complimentary court time, as well as access to our full-service Pro Shop and top-ranked instruction with professional instructors. Our tennis activities range from programs for all levels of play to clinics and drills.”
  • 1 local recommends
Restaurant
“Located inside theLinks clubhouse, Huey’s offer a casual atmospherewhere southern staples and Lowcountry comfort farearealwaysfeatured. Overlooking the Links Course, a full bar serves cocktails, wine and beer. Save room for one of our crafted milkshakes made fresh for the kiddies, or specialty spiked flavors for mom or dad. Ask your server about the local legend of Huey - the infamous Isle of Palms resident goose. Open daily for breakfast, lunch and lounge. Walk-ins welcome, large parties reservations preferred”
  • 1 local recommends

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