Explore Charleston

Beginning in 2011, Charleston has been ranked #1 U.S. city by Condé Nast Traveler/Reader’s Choice Awards for eight consecutive years. In 2018, Charleston was voted #1 U.S. city for the sixth year in a row by Travel + Leisure magazine. Known for unique attractions and incredible food, Charleston has so much to offer! View the top things to do and places to eat here!

Adventure Harbor Tours
1094 Blue Marlin Dr.
Charleston, SC 29412
Phone: (843) 442-9455
Website: http://www.adventureharbortours.com
Let the adventure begin! Morris Island barrier island ecology expeditions while hunting shell and sharks teeth, daily Eco/Science trips, pirate and history tours and nightly BYOB sunset cruises too. Private charters and parties available for up to 80 people. Come see us!

Aiken-Rhett House
48 Elizabeth Street
Charleston, SC 29403
Phone: (843) 723-1159
Website: http://historiccharleston.org/aiken-rhett
The city’s most intact antebellum urban complex (c. 1820). Historic interiors, surviving virtually unaltered since 1858, have been conserved and stabilized. Many family objects are still found in the rooms for which they were purchased. $12. M-Sa 10am– 5pm, Su 2pm–5pm. Last tour beings at 4:15 p.m.

Boone Hall Plantation
1235 Long Point Rd
Mt. Pleasant, SC 29464
Phone: (843) 884-4371
Website: http://www.boonehallplantation.com
“A must see!” – NBC Daytime Television. Boone Hall reflects Southern heritage spanning 300 years on one magnificent “still working” plantation. House tours, gardens, slave cabins, plantation coach tours, live performances in season, cafe, plus one of the world’s longest oak-lined avenues.

Bulldog Tours
18 Anson St.
Charleston, SC 29401
Phone: 843722TOUR
Website: http://www.bulldogtours.com
As featured on The Travel Channel, Food Network, and in Southern Living, we offer the best history, culinary, and ghost tours in Charleston. Voted Charleston’s Best Tour Company the last five years. Exclusive access to Charleston’s Most Haunted Locations.

Center for Birds of Prey
4872 Seewee Road
Awendaw, SC 29429
Phone: (843) 971-7474
Website: http://www.thecenterforbirdsofprey.org
Discover the life of raptors through guided walking tours, educational conservation programs and captivating flight demonstrations. See first hand bald eagles, great horned owls, golden eagles, red-tailed hawks, peregrine falcons and more! Public programs: Thursday to Saturday, 10:30am and 2pm.

Charles Towne Landing State Historic Site
1500 Old Towne Rd. (Hwy. 171)
Charleston, SC 29407
Phone: (843) 852-4200
Website: http://www.charlestownelanding.travel
Begin your Charleston experience where English settlers established the first permanent European colony in Carolina. This 664-acre historic treasure boasts a replica 17th-century tall ship, functional cannons, a zoo, and an award-winning museum! An exceptional experience at an affordable price.

Charleston City Market
Market Street between Meeting and East Bay Sts.
Charleston, SC 29401
Open M-Su. Built in 1841 to sell produce and meats, it features small shops, restaurants and flea market with everything from produce to antiques. Watch the craftsmanship and artistry as the ladies weave and sell handmade sweetgrass baskets.

The Charleston Museum
360 Meeting Street
Charleston, SC 29403
Phone: (843) 722-2996
Website: http://www.charlestonmuseum.org
America’s First Museum showcases an outstanding collection that tells the story of Charleston and the Lowcountry. Whether you have an interest in early southern culture, decorative arts, historic weaponry or military history, The Charleston Museum has something for everyone in your family. See website or call for hours and pricing.

Drayton Hall
3380 Ashley River Rd.
Charleston, SC 29414
Phone: (843) 769-2600
Website: http://www.draytonhall.org
The oldest unrestored plantation house in America still open to the public. Admission includes guided House Tour, Connections Program: From Africa to America, interactive landscape tour, African-American cemetery, nature walks, Museum Shop. Please call ahead for hours and tour times.

Fort Moultrie
1214 Middle St.
Sullivan’s Island, SC 29482
Phone: (843) 883-3123
Website: http://www.nps.gov/fomo
The Visitor Center is open daily from 9:00am to 5:00pm, closed New Year’s Day, Thanksgiving Day and Christmas Day. The first decisive patriot victory over the British Navy on June 28, 1776 at a palmetto log fort on the shores of Charleston Harbor galvanized the patriot’s cause for independence. The National Park Service interprets 171 years of American seacoast defenses from 1776 to 1947. The Visitor Center houses exhibits on Fort Moultrie’s history and a 20-minute orientation film. Adults $3; Seniors (62+) $1; Children (15 and under) free; Families $5.

Fort Sumter National Monument
Charleston Harbor
Phone: (843) 883-3123
Website: http://www.nps.gov/fosu
Open daily except New Year’s Day, Thanksgiving Day and Christmas Day. Hours vary according to the season. Concessionaire ferries depart from Liberty Square in Charleston and from Patriots Point in Mt. Pleasant. America’s most tragic conflict ignited at Fort Sumter on April 12, 1861, when a chain reaction of social, economic and political events exploded into civil war. A powerful symbol to both the South and the North, Fort Sumter remains a memorial to all who fought to hold it. The fort may be visited by concession operated ferry boat or private boats. Correspondences should be sent to park headquarters at 1214 Middle St., Sullivan’s Island, SC 29482.

Friends of the Hunley
1250 Supply Street
Charleston, SC 29405
Phone: (843) 744-1488
Website: http://www.hunley.org
In 1864, the Hunley became the world’s first successful combat submarine and then mysteriously vanished. Lost at sea for over a century, the Hunley was recovered from the sea in 2000. See history unfolding during weekend tours of the Hunley. For tickets, call 1.877.4HUNLEY. For weekday large group tours, call 843.744.1488.

Gullah Tours
375 Meeting St.
Charleston, SC 29403
Phone: (843) 763-7551
Website: http://www.gullahtours.com
Explore the sites relevant to the culture, and traditions of the African-Americans history in Charleston. It is given by a native born, Gullah speaking Charlestonian who was raised by grandparents whose parents were slaves. The tours leave from the Visitor Center Mon-Sat at 11:00 & 1:00 PM.

Magnolia Plantation & Gardens
3550 Ashley River Rd.
Charleston, SC 29414
Phone: (843) 571-1266
Website: http://www.magnoliaplantation.com
Come and see why Magnolia is South Carolina’s “Most Visited Plantation” and why Magnolia is the only garden in South Carolina selected as one of “America’s Most Beautiful Gardens” by Travel & Leisure, 2014. “If you have one plantation to see, don’t miss Magnolia!” We Welcome you!

Middleton Place
4300 Ashley River Rd.
Charleston, SC 29414
Phone: (843) 556-6020
Website: http://middletonplace.org
Powerful imagery and storytelling on a backdrop of rice fields, the Plantation Chapel, Stableyards and Freedman’s cottage guide visitors through a deep exploration of domestic life, labor, and spirituality through the lens of the enslaved community at Middleton Place.

Nathaniel Russell House
51 Meeting St.
Charleston, SC 29401
Phone: (843) 724-8481
Website: http://historiccharleston.org/russell
Grand Federal townhouse completed in 1808. Restored interior w/ elaborate ornamentation and a magnificent free-flying staircase. Set amid spacious gardens and furnished with period antiques, the house evokes the gracious lifestyle of the city’s elite. $12. M-Sa 10am– 5pm, Su 2pm – 5pm. Last tour beings at 4:15 p.m.

Old Exchange and Provost Dungeon
122 East Bay St.
Charleston, SC 29401
Phone: (843) 727-2165
Website: http://www.oldexchange.org
Built by the British in 1771, American Patriots were held prisoner in the Provost during the War of Americas’ Independence. One of the three most historically significant buildings of colonial America. Educational tours/evening events. Adults $8; 7-12 $4; 6 and under free.

Palmetto Carriage Works
40 N. Market Street
Charleston, SC 29401
Phone: (843) 723-8145
Website: http://www.carriagetour.com
The oldest carriage company in the city, our tour guides have been driving carriages longer than anyone else. We offer free parking at our front door, an easy loading platform and 100% satisfaction guarantee. Experience value, and a guarantee! Come tour with us!

Patriots Point Naval & Maritime Museum
40 Patriots Point Rd.
Mt. Pleasant, SC 29464
Phone: (843) 884-2727
Website: http://www.patriotspoint.org
Discover history and adventure at Patriots Point Naval & Maritime Museum on Charleston Harbor. Explore three remarkable vessels; visit the Medal of Honor Museum; see 28 historic aircraft and walk the Vietnam-era Naval Support Base. You truly Walk in the Steps of Heroes.

South Carolina Aquarium
100 Aquarium Wharf
Charleston, SC 29401
Phone: (843) 577-3474
Website: http://www.scaquarium.org
As Charleston’s #1 family-friendly destination, the South Carolina Aquarium is home to playful river otters, North America’s tallest tank and the state’s only Sea Turtle Hospital. The Aquarium’s unique location on the Charleston harbor provides the perfect backdrop for corporate and private functions.

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39 Rue de Jean
39 John St.
Charleston, SC 29403
Phone: (843) 722-8881
Website: http://39ruedejean.com
French style cafe and bar offering the best in Brasserie cuisine. Enjoy indoor/outdoor patio seating, cocktails and a well-rounded wine list. Sunday Brunch from 10am, lunch daily from 11:30am, dinner service beginning at 5:30pm. Late night menu through 1am.

82 Queen
82 Queen St.
Charleston, SC 29401
Phone: (843) 723-7591
Website: http://www.82queen.com
Nestled in Charleston’s French Quarter for the past 32 years, 82 Queen is known for it’s gracious hospitality and Chef Steven Lusby’s seasonal menus which represent the best in fresh Southern cuisine. 11 quaint dining areas and a brick courtyard surrounding a mammoth magnolia tree.

Basic Kitchen
82 Wentworth Street
Charleston, SC 29401
Phone: (843) 789-4568
Website: basickitchen.com
Basic Kitchen uses seasonal, local produce and the best ingredients to create food that’s nourishing and delicious, giving you tons of energy to pursue the things you love.

Burwell’s Stone Fire Grill
14 N Market Street
Charleston, SC 29401
Phone: (843) 737-8700
Website: http://www.burwellscharleston.com
Burwell’s Stone Fire Grill’s stunning renovation represents classic Charleston dining, housing a premier culinary team passionate about prime steak, local seafood, and hospitality that guests crave. One of the newest hot spots downtown, and clearly the next generation of great steakhouses!

Carolina Ale House – Downtown Charleston
145 Calhoun Street
Charleston, SC 29401
Phone: (843) 805-7020
Website: http://www.carolinaalehouse.com
Carolina Ale House is a neighborhood gathering place. Best known for food, sports and fun. Our menu goes beyond the typical sports bar fare, with a wide selection of Ales.

Charleston Crab House – Rooftop Dining
41 S. Market St.
Charleston, SC 29401
Phone: (843) 853-2900
Website: http://www.charlestoncrabhouse.com
Serving Fresh Lowcountry seafood everyday! Indoor/patio seating and banquet rooms are available. Visit James Island for waterfront dining or Market Street for rooftop dining. Reservations recommended.

Coast Bar & Grill
39-D John St.
Charleston, SC 29403
Phone: (843) 722-8838
Website: http://coastbarandgrill.com
Charleston’s freshest seafood, with laidback Lowcountry style. Coast’s chefs meet daily with local farmers and fishermen to procure the freshest seafood and produce available. Featuring wood-grilled fish, a full raw bar, and a refreshing drink list. Open nightly from 5:30. Outdoor seating available.

The Darling Oyster Bar
513 King Street
Charleston, SC 29403
Phone: (843) 641-0821
Website: http://thedarling.com/
Housed in a restored 115-year-old storefront, you can grab a stool at the 14-seat raw bar and settle into a table full of deliciousness. Or, perch beside the full-service bar.

232 Meeting St.
Charleston, SC 29401
Phone: (843) 805-5900
Website: http://www.eatatfig.com
At this neighborhood bistro, James Beard winner Chef Mike Lata serves up seasonal cuisine, focusing on fresh, sustainable product from local farmers. FIG has been featured in Bon Appetit, Food & Wine, Food Network and The New York Times.

Fleet Landing Restaurant & Bar
186 Concord St.
Charleston, SC 29401
Phone: (843) 722-8100
Website: http://www.fleetlanding.net
Fleet Landing – Historic downtown’s Best Waterfront Dining on the Charleston Harbor features Chef Drew Hedlund’s classic and contemporary Southern fare. Enjoy sustainable seafood and waterfront views from the wrap-around deck and maritime chic dining room. Reservations recommended.

Halls Chophouse
434 King St.
Charleston, SC 29403
Phone: (843) 727-0090
Website: http://hallschophouse.com
Halls Chophouse is a family owned restaurant valuing hospitality and a dining experience that guests revere. Dinner is served seven nights a week and a fabulous Gospel Brunch is offered on Sundays, all with live music. Halls Chophouse…bringing Southern hospitality to the American Steakhouse.

Hank’s Seafood Restaurant
10 Hayne St.
Charleston, SC 29401
Phone: (843) 723-3474
Website: http://hanksseafoodrestaurant.com/
Voted Best Seafood Restaurant for 15 consecutive years by the Charleston City Paper Hank’s Seafood is housed in a beautifully restored 100-year-old warehouse located one block from the Charleston City Market. The lively community table is very popular with solo travelers.

High Cotton
199 East Bay St.
Charleston, SC 29401
Phone: (843) 724-3815
Website: http://www.highcottoncharleston.com
High Cotton Charleston is high steppin’ Lowcountry living. It’s a feeling of warmth and celebration that begins the moment you step inside. You’ll find it in our gracious, knowledgeable servers, expertly prepared dishes and a remarkable wine and cocktail program. Now offering Saturday and Sunday Brunch.

Hominy Grill
207 Rutledge Avenue
Charleston, SC 29403
Phone: (843) 937-0930
Website: http://www.hominygrill.com
Nationally acclaimed and locally beloved, Hominy Grill has become a Charleston institution. James Beard award-winning chef Robert Stehling has won accolades nationwide for his simple, pared-down approach to classic low country specialties served in a cozy and lively setting.

Husk Restaurant
76 Queen Street
Charleston, SC 29401
Phone: (843) 577-2500
Website: http://www.huskrestaurant.com
Husk is a celebration of the South, using only ingredients sourced from Southern farmers and purveyors. Adjacent to the restaurant space holds the bar at Husk, where a progressive wine list, Southern beers, and handcrafted cocktails are also available.

Hyman’s Seafood
215 Meeting St.
Charleston, SC 29401
Phone: (843) 723-6000
Website: http://www.hymanseafood.com
Open 7 days a week. Voted best seafood in Southeast by Southern Living Magazine reader’s poll survey out of 18 states and 8 years running. A fourth or fifth generation are in the building 7 days a week to insure 100% satisfaction. A Hyman establishment since 1890.

Lotus Vietnamese Cuisine
1070 A East Montague Avenue
North Charleston, SC 29405
Phone: (843) 225-9240
Website: http://www.lotusparkcircle.com/
Chic, contemporary spot for elevated versions of Vietnamese classics & some outdoor seating.

Michael’s on the Alley
39 E John St.
Charleston, SC 29403
Phone: (843) 203-3000
Website: http://michaelsonthealley.com
Offering steaks, fresh seafood, prime rib, tableside salad preparations, and enticing desserts. We specialize in serving the highest quality cuts from Meats by Linz, featuring USDA Prime, Angus and Choice steaks wet-aged or dry-aged to your specifications. Our flavor means business, whether from land or sea we provide an authentic, classic dining experience.

463 King Street
Charleston, SC 29403
Phone: (843) 737-0112
Website: http://www.o-kusushi.com
O-Ku celebrates authentic Asian cuisine with Southern style by featuring unique ingredients and sophisticated presentations. Chef Thad Stuckey’s menu showcases the freshest fish from the finest markets locally and worldwide, and offers high-end, traditional sushi in an approachable way.

Parcel 32
442 King Street
Charleston, SC 29403
Phone: (843) 772-3474
Website: www.parcel32.com
Opening Soon | Wood-fired cuisine inspired by the Lowcountry land and sea meets warm, welcoming service in a revitalized 1837 home.

Pawpaw Southern Plates
209 East Bay Street
Charleston, SC 29401
Phone: (843) 297-4443
Website: http://www.pawpawrestaurant.com
Pawpaw offers a modern, Southern-inspired menu of small plates, craft cocktails, and boutique wines. Chef Jared Rogers is an award-winning young chef who recently relocated from San Francisco after receiving accolades including the SF Chronicle’s Rising Star Chef and Zagat’s 30 Under 30.

Pearlz Oyster Bar
153 East Bay St.
Charleston, SC 29401
Phone: (843) 577-5755
Website: http://www.pearlzoysterbar.com
Fun, eclectic & serving the very best in fresh seafood, including an assorted mix of raw shellfish, local seafood, Lowcountry and regional favorites. A full-service bar providing cold beers and refreshing cocktails is the epicenter of the restaurant’s lively environment.

Peninsula Grill
112 N. Market St.
Charleston, SC 29401
Phone: (843) 723-0700
Website: http://www.peninsulagrill.com
This AAA Four-Diamond restaurant located in the very heart of historic Charleston has been recognized by Food & Wine, The New York Times, Southern Living, Travel + Leisure, Wine Spectator, and others for serving the finest and freshest ingredients sourced locally and globally.

Poogan’s Porch
72 Queen St.
Charleston, SC 29401
Phone: (843) 577-2337
Website: http://www.poogansporch.com
Tucked away on charming Queen Street, Poogan’s Porch is Charleston’s oldest independent culinary establishment, with a fresh approach to Lowcountry cuisine. This beautifully restored Victorian house is the perfect place for brunch, lunch, dinner and southern hospitality.

Poogan’s Smokehouse
188 East Bay Street
Charleston, SC 29401
Phone: (843) 577-5665
Website: http://pooganssmokehouse.com/
Charming without pretension, playful yet proven; a seat at Poogan’s Smokehouse is a bite into the American South. Casual Southern fare with a barbecue backbone.

Rodney Scott’s BBQ
1011 King Street
Charleston, SC 29403
Phone: (843) 990-9535
Website: http://www.rodneyscottsbbq.com/
Rodney Scott’s BBQ serves true South Carolina whole-hog barbecue alongside Southern favorites in a lively, upbeat atmosphere in the North Central neighborhood.

114 Saint Philip Street
Charleston, SC 29403
Phone: (843) 400-0026
Website: http://stellascharleston.com/
Honoring rustic & modern Greek cuisine and bringing the freshest ingredients & Mediterranean fare table side, Stella’s serves lunch, dinner and a Greek inspired Sunday brunch.

Taco Boy – Downtown
217 Huger Street
Charleston, SC 29403
Phone: (843) 789-3333
Website: http://www.tacoboy.net
Skip siesta. Let’s fiesta. Charleston’s ultimate taqueria and cantina style restaurant, Taco Boy serves casual Mexican food and drinks. Enjoy tasty tacos, nachos, fun margaritas, special tequila flights at our downtown and Folly Beach locations.

The Establishment
28 Broad Street
Charleston, SC 29401
Phone: (843) 789-4028
Website: https://establishmentchs.com
Everything at The Establishment begins with well-sourced ingredients from sea and field. Through developing relationships with local farmers and fishermen, our ingredients will be consistently seasonal, fresh, and pure. Our menu will always reflect our clean, non-complex, and balanced approach, delivering a selection of thoughtful and refined cuisine.

167 East Bay Street
Charleston, SC 29401
Phone: (843) 414-7661
Website: www.tradds.com
Tradd’s is a modern, American eatery in downtown Charleston. Join us for the comforting + familiar, the refined + unexpected. In addition to our dining room and Champagne Bar, “Upstairs at Tradd’s” is an open, fully customizable, private event space.

Uptown Social
587 King Street
Charleston, SC 29403
Phone: (843) 793-1837
Website: uptownsocialchs.com
With an iconic location on Upper King Street and 2725 square feet of event space that includes a rooftop bar, Uptown Social marries classic Charleston design with a festive atmosphere for meetings, corporate events, retreats, wedding receptions, luncheons and more.

Vincent Chicco’s
39-G John Street
Charleston, SC 29403
Phone: (843) 203-3002
Website: http://vincentchiccos.com
Good old-fashioned Italian American fare, celebrating domestic ingredients, handmade pastas, rich homemade sauces and a full-service bar. Vincent Chicco’s boasts sophisticated comfortable surroundings offering dinner nightly with a private banquet room to host up to 100 guests. Step back in time and enjoy classic flavors that were founded in our country.

1503 King Street
North Charleston, SC 29405
Website: http://workshopcharleston.com/
Workshop is a fancy food court featuring six concepts with varying tenancies and offerings curated by Butcher & Bee. Located on Charleston’s Upper Peninsula, Workshop is a fancy food court, elevating the idea of a shared kitchen and dining space with multiple chef-driven restaurant concepts. Workshop is the first of its kind in Charleston’s rich culinary community and offers a rotating roster of five food vendors with tenancies varying from 1 to 12 months. Butcher & Bee manages the space and vendors, giving out-of-town chefs a short-term home in Charleston, culinary up-and-comers a brick-and-mortar option, and veteran chefs a venue in which to experiment with new concepts.

North Charleston

Bonefish Grill
5041 International Blvd.
North Charleston, SC 29418
Phone: (843) 747-7735
Website: http://bonefishgrill.com/charleston
Founded in St. Petersburg, Florida, Bonefish Grill specializes in market-fresh fish and savory wood-grilled specialties. Guests receive “chef’s coat service” and are guided through an innovative, seasonal menu featuring the highest-quality, fresh ingredients. Hand-crafted cocktails and a distinct list of wines by the glass.

Community Pizza House
2400 Gap Road
North Charleston, SC 29418
Phone: (843) 566-7777
Website: http://www.communitypizzahouse.com/
North Charleston’s neighborhood pizza place that celebrates the craft of making pizza. Pasta, salads, seasonal brews, craft cocktails, and bottled sodas ‘round out the menu.

Jim ‘N Nick’s Bar-B-Q
4964 Centre Pointe Drive
North Charleston, SC 29418
Phone: (843) 747-3800
Website: https://www.jimnnicks.com/
Everything is scratch-made. From our BBQ that is slow-smoked for up to 14 hours to our flour-and-rolling Pin-Fresh pies you can taste tradition in every bite. Lunch & Dinner.

Manny’s Neighborhood Grill
1680 Old Towne Rd.
Charleston, SC 29407
Phone: (843) 763-3908
Website: http://www.mannysgrills.com
Convenient to historic plantations and sites, folks from all walks of life come in for the energy-charged atmosphere, warm welcome and superb food. Specializing in seafood, pasta, pizza and Mediterranean cuisine. Manny’s Neighborhood Grill, where the food is delicious and the fun never ends!

Rusty Bull Brewery
3005 W. Montague Ave.
North Charleston, SC 29405
Phone: (843) 225-8600
Website: http://www.rustybullbrewing.com/
Continually changing tap list of up-to 14 of our beers, indoor & outdoor seating, snacks, & beer that will cause immense happiness & laughter while you dance to great music.