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Sightseeing and landmarks in Charleston

Art museums

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

History museums

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
History Museum
“An outstanding collection will guide you through the whole History of the Lowcountry. ”
  • 32 locals recommend
Historic Site
“See where the first shots of the Civil war were fired.....and get a harbor tour as a bonus!”
  • 26 locals recommend
History Museum
“This is an important part of Charleston's history that we should never sweep under the rug. ”
  • 7 locals recommend
Historic Site
  • 1 local recommends

Scenic lookouts

Scenic Viewpoint
“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
Park
“This is where you can park to walk on The Ravenel Bridge!! This is my favorite place to walk if I want to see a really good sunset :)”
  • 28 locals recommend
Park
“As a kide this is where id go fishing before I had a boat. :) Still good fishing. And the wife loves the whole long walk on the beach feel.”
  • 27 locals recommend
Seafood Restaurant
“Unique experience. Great views. Great place to experience local oysters (during season) and fried shrimp in a relaxing atmosphere.”
  • 71 locals recommend
Scenic Viewpoint
“Best sunsets in the city along the Ashley River facing Charlestown Landing where the first settlers arrived. ”
  • 3 locals recommend

Historic sites

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
Scenic Viewpoint
“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
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
Historic Site
“Plantations are deeply woven into American history and tell stories that connect our past and present. From the peninsula, ramble down Ashley River Road to experience a glimpse back in time at neighboring properties. Blends beauty, botanics, architecture, and history.”
  • 120 locals recommend
Historic Site
“Beautiful historic plantation. Request a window seat with reservations at the on site restaurant ”
  • 63 locals recommend
Historic Site
“Up the Ashley River are three major plantations that have survived the centuries and are open to visitors: Middleton Place Plantation was granted to Jacob Waight in 1675. The land passed through daughters until Mary Williams married Henry Middleton and began laying out the garden in 1741. Burned during the Civil War, the home also suffered significant damage during the 1886 earthquake and wasn’t fully restored for visitors until the mid-20th century. ”
  • 8 locals recommend

Libraries

Library
“Lots of free programs for adults and children from entertainment to educational. Free movies. A great resource for anyone guest or resident. Plus they have public bathrooms and air conditioning. ”
  • 2 locals recommend
Museum
“Unique historic perspective - located very close by. Free entry. We recommend checking it out.”
  • 1 local recommends
Library
“One of the nations oldest still-in-use libraries. Events and Lectures are held for the public and members of the CLS.”
  • 1 local recommends
Library
“Poe was a young soldier when he was stationed here on the island. His first published story, "The Gold Bug," was set here on Sullivan's.”
  • 1 local recommends