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Old 02-26-2013, 09:12 AM   #1
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Must Do's in Charleston

My Dh and I are going to Charleston this weekend. We've never been before and want to make the most of our time there. We'll arrive around lunch Friday and leave mid afternoon Sunday. Give me your top few things we should be sure we see!

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Old 02-26-2013, 10:05 AM   #2
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I love Charleston, but I am no expert. I only spent a day there. However, one of my friends recommended having dessert here Kaminsky's and she was SO right. I had a red velvet cheesecake that was simply out of this world. If you can stop there for a treat, I highly recommend it.

I am planning an overnighter in Charleston in about 6 weeks (on the way back from HHI), so I am subbing to see what is suggested. On my last trip we basically parked in the visitor's center in the historic district and walked around. We toured a couple of the historic houses and just took in the beauty of the town.
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Old 02-26-2013, 12:10 PM   #3
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I was there last July and had an incredible time!

here were my favorite things that we did, in order, favorite first:

1. Isle of Palms beach (I seriously would have spent the entire day there if my friend wasn't more than ready to leave!!)

2. The market, then ate lunch at Toast down the street. The food was just average, but the $10 bottomless mimosa made for a very fun lunch!

3. From the visitors center, we did a combo bus tour/Fort Sumter boat tour. We used this company - Marvin was a lot of fun. http://www.dointhecharlestontours.co...tractions.html

4. From the visitors center we wandered the neighboring streets a lot. Found the touristy businesses on one side, and the historic neighborhoods on the other side. Spent a lot of time just doing that.

I'm sure there was a ton that we didn't get to see so I'm sure someone more familiar with the area could give you plenty more ideas than this, but we loved every minute of our time there!!
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Old 02-26-2013, 01:16 PM   #4
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we spent a day in charleston in september of 2010, while at HHI with my in-laws, and we toured magnolia plantation. i highly recommend it! we also took a carriage tour, which was great, and we looked around at the street market. it's a beautiful city!
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Old 02-26-2013, 01:19 PM   #5
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I love ghost tours, and the ones in Charleston are my favorite.

Also, take a carriage ride through the town and learn about its history.
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Old 02-26-2013, 01:31 PM   #6
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I've wanted to go ever since I read about this on the DIS:
http://www.charlestonfamilyfun.com/charlestonexplorers/

I read that the prize is an ipod touch! Makes me want to take a family vacation there!!!

Anyway... back to the topic... I've never been there but I've always wanted to go visit a plantation. I don't know why... I think that it'll be like Tara or something (Gone with the Wind).

I'm crazy, I know.
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2. The market, then ate lunch at Toast down the street. The food was just average, but the $10 bottomless mimosa made for a very fun lunch!
What? Really? I would probably need to be carried back to the car after a bottomless mimosa, but it does sounds fun!

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3. From the visitors center, we did a combo bus tour/Fort Sumter boat tour. We used this company - Marvin was a lot of fun. http://www.dointhecharlestontours.co...tractions.html
I think we are going to do Fort Sumter this time around. My DH is really into history. I'm going to look into this. Thanks.

And thanks to the OP for asking the question!
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I love ghost tours, and the ones in Charleston are my favorite.

Also, take a carriage ride through the town and learn about its history.
These 2 things get a big thumbs up from me.
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I enjoyed the carriage ride, the harbor tour (which went around Sumter) and the trip to Fort Sumter also. I enjoyed the Charleston City Museum to get a quick overview of the history and city. We also enjoyed just walking around and reading the history of buildings, etc.

We've also toured Magnolia, Middleton and Drayton Hall (on different trips). each one of those tours was good. DH enjoyed Patriots Point with the battleship, submarine, and other navy stuff.

I thought the aquarium was overpriced for what you see.

My next trip, I plan to tour the tea plantation, and maybe see Boone's Hall in Mount Pleasant.
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OP, are you going for the food and wine fest this weekend? http://charlestonwineandfood.com/

My impression is that it's a huge deal and will bring in lots of people + traffic + extra activities. I'd start on their website with planning your visit, even if you're not planning to attend. You may need to steer clear of some typical tourist areas.

We went to Charleston this past weekend for an overnight trip. We shopped, did a ghost tour, wandered the beach, visited the Angel Oak Tree, toured much of downtown, and ate good food (really liked Lowcountry Bistro for dinner). It was a whirlwind but really great weekend!
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Old 02-26-2013, 04:27 PM   #11
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I live here.

If I was going to do tourist for a day I'd-

Shop on King St

Do a ghost tour

Dinner at Poe's Tavern on Sullivans-

Listen to some music at Tommy Condon's.

I second Kaminsky's- I had my wedding cakes made there.
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