Charleston Attractions and Points of Interest

South Carolina Aquarium

The South Carolina Aquarium inspires conservation of the natural world by exhibiting and caring for animals, by excelling in education and research, and by providing an exceptional visitor experience.

Location: 100 Aquarium Wharf, Charleston

Phone: (843) 720-1990

 

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Patriots Point

The history of Patriots Point Naval & Maritime Museum began in the summer of 1975 when the legendary aircraft carrier USS Yorktown appeared on the horizon of Charleston Harbor. A few months later, the USS Yorktown was dedicated as the first ship of the Naval & Maritime Museum on the 200th birthday of the United States Navy. Patriots Point Naval & Maritime Museum was officially opened to the public on January 3, 1976.

Location: 40 Patriots Point Road, Charleston

Phone: (843) 844-2727

 

Charleston Tea Plantation

The Charleston Tea Plantation is the home of American Classic Tea, the ONLY tea grown in America. It is located on picturesque Wadmalaw Island in the heart of South Carolina's Lowcountry. Its grounds include 127 acres of Camellia Sinensis tea plants, a working Tea Factory and a charming Plantation Gift Shoppe. Also available to guests is an adventurous and educational Trolley Tour that explores the scenic grounds that produce American Classic Tea.

Location: 6617 Maybank Highway, Wadmalaw Island

Phone: (843) 559-0383

 

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Firefly Distillery

Created in a small still on Wadmalaw Island in 2008, Firefly became the world’s first hand-crafted sweet tea vodka. Keeping true to its southern roots, Firefly is distilled four times, infused with tea grown on a plantation five miles from the distillery and blended with real Louisiana sugar cane. Firefly has quickly become a consumer favorite and continues to “fly” off store shelves.

Location: 6775 Bears Bluff Road, Wadmalaw Island

Phone: (843) 559-6867

 

Fort Sumter National Monument

Decades of growing strife between North and South erupted in civil war on April 12, 1861, when Confederate artillery opened fire on this Federal fort in Charleston Harbor. Fort Sumter surrendered 34 hours later. Union forces would try for nearly four years to take it back.

Location: 1214 Middle Street, Sullivan's Island

Phone: (843) 883-3123

 

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Fort Moultrie

Fort Moultrie is a unit of Fort Sumter National Monument. The site is located on Sullivan's Island and is accessible by car. Learn about 171 years of American seacoast defenses.

Location: 1214 Middle Street, Sullivan's Island

Phone: (843) 883-3123

 

Charleston Stage Company

Charleston Stage, founded by Playwright Julian Wiles in 1978, is South Carolina’s largest professional theatre company. At the Historic Dock Street Theatre, which has just recently undergone a $19 million renovation, Charleston Stage has presented over 150 productions and played to a collective audience of over one million strong. Charleston Stage employs 13 full-time staff members, guest artists, and scores of actors, dancers, singers and musicians and TheatreWings High School Apprentices.

Location: 135 Church Street, Charleston

Phone: (843) 577-7183

 

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Boone Hall Plantation

In 1743, the son of Major John Boone planted live oak trees, arranging them in two evenly spaced rows. This spectacular approach to his home symbolizes southern heritage and will take root in your memory for many years to come. It would take two centuries for the massive, moss-draped branches to meet overhead, forming today's natural corridor and a scene that NBC Daytime television says is "a must see stop on any trip to Charleston, S.C."

Location: 1235 Long Point Road, Mt. Pleasant

Phone: (843) 884-4371

 

Drayton Hall

Drayton Hall is different. It’s the real thing, and we are bound by our mission to preserve the property—that is, to keep it in near-original condition just as the National Trust received it from the Drayton family in 1974.

Location: 3380 Ashley River Road, Charleston

Phone: (843) 769-2600

 

Magnolia Plantation & Gardens

Founded in 1676 by the Drayton family, Magnolia Plantation has survived the centuries and witnessed the history of our nation unfold before it from the American Revolution through the Civil War and beyond. It is the oldest public tourist site in the Lowcountry, and the oldest public gardens in America, opening its doors to visitors in 1870 to view the thousands of beautiful flowers and plants in its famous gardens. So join us here at Magnolia Plantation to experience the beauty of its gardens and its rich history today.

Location: 3550 Ashley River Road, Charleston

Phone: (843) 367-3517

 

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Caw Caw Interpretive Center

The Charleston County Park, Recreation and Tourist Commission was created in 1968 as a county special purpose district by an act of the South Carolina legislature. The original act was amended in 1972, authorizing the Commission to promote Charleston’s historical and tourist attractions, to create and operate countywide parks and recreation facilities, and to provide technical assistance to existing park and recreation agencies and community groups.

Location: Charleston

Phone: (843) 795-4386

 

 

Charleston River Dogs

The official site of the minor league baseball team the Charleston Riverdogs. The Riverdogs are a class A affiliate of the New York Yankees.

Location: 360 Fishburne Street, Charleston

Phone: (843) 577-3647

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