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Old 06-19-2013, 03:01 PM   #1
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For those of you from around the area or have visited what are your top 3 Must-dos in Charleston? We will be there in August with two teens. Thanks!
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Old 06-19-2013, 03:14 PM   #2
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I live in Charleston! I moved here from NY and love it!! This city is so beautiful! The number one thing I would say is to come hungry! The food here is unreal! When my family comes to visit, I usually take them to a plantation, maybe a horse carriage tour, and of course the beach! Folly beach is only 15-20 minutes away. You always see dolphins, and they have some really cool stand-up paddle board tours. Also, you have to walk around "South of broad" in Charleston. The old mansions, gardens, and water front park is so beautiful! If you need any restaurant recommendations feel free to ask!
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The Lost Dog Café in Folly Beach! Yum!!!

A carriage ride around the city and a boat ride in the harbor.

Word of warning, we went in July a couple years ago. It was HOT!!!
We spent part of trip in Charleston and part on Folly Beach.
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Old 06-19-2013, 07:16 PM   #4
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Just visited for the first time a few months ago. Loved it!

Definitely take a carriage ride and walk around the historic district.

Also enjoyed touring Boone Hall Plantation

Are your kids boys? Or into history? The USS Yorktown at Patriot's Point was pretty interesting to see.

In August, I would also plan for a beach day or look for activities that are indoors. It will be hot and humid.
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Old 06-19-2013, 08:17 PM   #5
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We are going in July so this is a great thread!! (actually staying in Kiawah Island)
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Old 06-19-2013, 08:56 PM   #6
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Hard to pick a top three because every family has different interests. But a few highlights to consider:

Beach - try Isle of Palms or Sullivans. On Sullivans go to Station 22 or 23 and walk to Poe's for lunch. If you are staying downtown or in Mount Pleasant these are easy to get to. I am not as big on Folly as some on this thread. No decent restaurants and parking is a mess. Folly has some serious erosion issues as well.

Where to stay - Much depends on budget but try to stay downtown. Patriots Point in Mount Pleasant is nice as well. Avoid North Charleston. Not very pretty and the drive downtown can be brutal.

Tours - carriage tour is a must. There are also some excellent walking tours. I love the Fort Sumter tour and the plantations out Highway 61 are nice.

Restaurants - too many good ones to consider. If you have decent standards avoid the tourist traps: Gilligans, AW Shucks, Bubba Gump, Crab Shack etc. It breaks my heart when visitors go to Hyman's Seafood. They have had some serious health issues but people love it. Dirty, greasy and low quality - the Golden Corral of seafood.

Great free things - walk the battery downtown. Walk the Cooper River Bridge. Visit The Citadel - your boys should love this. If you go later in August the Corps will be back.

I say avoid the aquarium. Expensive and dull.
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