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  • Boone Hall Plantation and Gardens

    1. Boone Hall Plantation and Gardens

    Garden/Arboretum

    A drive through a ½-mile-long live-oak alley draped in Spanish moss introduces you to this still-functioning plantation, the oldest of its kind...Read More

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  • 2. Charles Towne Landing

    Park (National/State/Provincial)

    There's plenty to see and do in this park marking the original 1670 settlement of Charles Towne, the first permanent European settlement in...Read More

  • 3. Edisto Beach State Park

    Beach–Sight

    This 1,255-acre park includes a 1½-mile-long beachfront with some of the area's best shelling, marshland, and tidal rivers, and a lush maritime...Read More

  • 4. Folly Beach

    Folly Beach | Beach–Sight

    Anchored by the Folly Beach Pier, this is the Lowcountry's most iconic summer playground. Head out early to avoid traffic if you're visiting...Read More

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  • 5. Fort Sumter National Monument

    Archaeological Site/Ruins

    Set on a man-made island in Charleston's harbor, this is the hallowed spot where the Civil War began. On April 12, 1861, the first shot of the...Read More

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  • 6. Great Swamp Sanctuary

    Park/Playground

    Boardwalks and hiking, biking, and canoe trails weave through this lovely 600-acre park, sometimes referred to as Walterboro Wildlife Sanctuary...Read More

  • 7. Kiawah Beachwalker Park

    Beach–Sight

    This county park about 28 miles southwest of Charleston has a wide beach at low tide, often ranked among the country's best. Stunningly beautiful...Read More

  • 8. Magnolia Plantation and Gardens

    West Ashley | Garden/Arboretum

    Sprawling, beautiful Magnolia Plantation was established in the 1670s by Thomas Drayton after he moved from Barbados. The extensive garden—the...Read More

  • 9. Middleton Place

    West Ashley | Garden/Arboretum

    Established in the 1730s, Middleton Place was at the center of the Middleton family’s empire of rice plantations, which consisted of 63,000...Read More

  • 10. Mount Pleasant Memorial Waterfront Park

    Park/Playground

    Sprawling beneath the Ravenel Bridge, this beautifully landscaped green space invites lounging on the grass with views of Charleston Harbor...Read More

  • 11. Patriots Point Naval and Maritime Museum

    Museum/Gallery

    Climb aboard the USS Yorktown aircraft carrier—which contains the Congressional Medal of Honor Museum—as well as the destroyer USS Laffey...Read More

  • 12. South Carolina Aquarium

    Ansonborough | Zoo/Aquarium

    Get up close and personal with more than 5,000 creatures at this waterfront attraction, where exhibits invite you to journey through distinctive...Read More

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  • 13. Sullivan's Island Beach

    Beach–Sight

    This is one of the most pristine beaches in the Charleston area. The beachfront is owned by the town, including 200 acres of walkable maritime...Read More

  • 14. The Battery

    South of Broad | Park/Playground

    During the Civil War, the Confederate army mounted cannons in the Battery, at the southernmost point of Charleston's peninsula, to fortify the...Read More

  • 15. Cape Romain National Wildlife Refuge

    Nature Preserve/Wildlife Refuge

    Maritime forests, barrier islands, salt marshes, beaches, and coastal waterways make up this 66,287-acre refuge established in 1932 as a migratory...Read More

  • 16. Charleston Museum

    Upper King | Museum/Gallery

    Although housed in a modern-day brick complex, this institution was founded in 1773 and is the country's oldest museum. The collection is especially...Read More

  • 17. Children's Museum of the Lowcountry

    Upper King | Museum/Gallery

    Hands-on interactive exhibits at this top-notch museum will keep kids—from infants to 10-year-old children—occupied for hours. They can climb...Read More

  • 18. City Market

    Market | Market/Bazaar

    Most of the buildings that make up this popular attraction were constructed between 1804 and the 1830s to serve as the city's meat, fish, and...Read More

  • 19. Colleton Museum & Farmers Market

    Museum/Gallery

    This museum chronicles the history of this small Southern town, displaying everything from butter churns to the country's first anesthesia machine...Read More

  • 20. Edisto Beach

    Beach–Sight

    Edisto's south edge has 4 miles of public beach. At its western end, the beach faces St. Helena Sound and has smaller waves. There is beach...Read More

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