1.Citadel Dress Parades
The Military College of South Carolina, located at 171 Moultrie Street, features dress parades on Fridays during the school year. This 200-year-old tradition features the band, pipe band, and the entire corp of cadets, as well as the cannons that are fired during the parade. Arrive to the parade early to check out the Citadel Museum, which features Citadel memorabilia like Citadel rings, photographs, letters, diaries, uniforms, and other artifacts. The museum is open Sunday through Friday from 2 p.m. to 5 p.m. and Saturday from 12 p.m. to 5 p.m. The museum is closed on college, religious, and national holidays. Be sure to check the parade times on their website.
2. Waterfront Park
This gorgeous 12-acre park located on the Charleston peninsula is the perfect place to relax and enjoy the beautiful scenery Charleston has to offer. You’re sure to see a few sailboats, the Arthur Ravenel Jr. Bridge, and maybe even some dolphins on the waterfront’s pier, which boasts park benches and swings. The park also includes two fountains, including the well-known Pineapple Fountain, that are perfect to wade in on a hot summer’s day.From here, you are also just a short walk away from Rainbow Row and the Battery Park.
3. Angel Oak Tree
The Angel Oak Tree, believed to be between 400 and 1,500 years old is a large and beautiful Live Oak covering 17,200 square feet. Angel Oak Park includes a picnic area and a small gift shop. A short drive from Charleston on John’s Island, the Angel Oak restaurant is always a good idea, too.
4. Old City Market
In operation since the 1800s, the four-block-long market is the perfect place for a casual stroll while visiting Charleston. Sweetgrass baskets are woven here, keeping Gullah tradition alive on the peninsula. You can also find everything from Charleston t-shirts to locally made jewelry and home decor.
5. Charleston Farmers Market
Located at Marion Square in the heart of Charleston, the Farmers Market brings the Lowcountry together every Saturday to promote local farmers, and growers. Live entertainment and crafts from local artisans are a great way to start your Saturday morning on the peninsula, plus food vendors like the Crepe Stand make it a regular tradition for locals. The market is open from 8 a.m.-2 p.m., rain or shine.
6. Arthur Ravenel Jr. Bridge
The longest cable bridge east of the Mississippi River, the Arthur Ravenel Jr. Bridge provides a spectacular view of the Charleston Harbor. With a pedestrian lane provided, the bridge makes for a great run, walk, or bike ride over the Cooper River.
7. Magnolia Cemetery
Founded on a rice plantation in 1849 just off the banks of the Cooper River is the stunning Magnolia Cemetery. This 92-acre cemetery is the final resting place of many Confederate soldiers and southern leaders. The cemetery is located on the upper part of Charleston but is more than worth the visit!
8. Charleston Beaches
The Charleston area is home to many must-see beaches, including Kiawah Island, Isle of Palms, Folly Beach, Seabrook Island, and Sullivan’s Island. The beaches are the perfect place to relax, unwind, slow down, and soak in the southern sun.
9. Charles Pinckney National Historic Site
The Charles Pinckney National Historic Site, situated just across the Cooper River in Mt. Pleasant, is part of the estate of Charles Pinckney. There, you can see the house and grounds and learn about plantation life of that period.
10. Irvin House Vineyard
Located on nearby Wadmalaw Island, Irvin House is the only domestic winery in Charleston. The vineyard has many attractions, including a large stocked fish pond, walking trails, and wildlife. Free tours (and samples!) of the winery are offered on Saturdays at 2 p.m. This is also the home of Firefly vodka, which you should definitely try if you’re game. The sweet tea variety is a local fave!