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Top 36 attractions to explore in Charleston County

Charleston County is located in the U.S. state of South Carolina along the Atlantic coast. It was the third-most populous county in South Carolina.

Attractions in Charleston County

Aiken-Rhett House Museum48 Elizabeth St, Charleston, SC 29403, USA

The Gov. William Aiken House was built in 1820 at 48 Elizabeth Street, in the Wraggborough neighborhood of Charleston. The house is considered to be the best-preserved complex of antebellum domestic structures in Charleston.

Arthur Ravenel Jr. BridgeArthur Ravenel Jr Bridge, Charleston, SC 29403, USA

Also known as the Ravenel Bridge which is a cable-stayed bridge over the Cooper River in South Carolina, USA, connecting downtown Charleston to Mount Pleasant. It was the third longest cable-stayed bridges in the Western Hemisphere.

Boone Hall Plantation & Gardens1235 Long Point Rd, Mt Pleasant, SC 29464, USA

This is one of America's oldest working plantations, continually growing crops for over 320 years. The plantation includes a large Colonial Revival plantation house, a number of slave cabins or cottages, several flower gardens and more.

Cathedral of Saint John the Baptist120 Broad St, Charleston, SC 29401, USA

The Cathedral of St. John the Baptist is the mother church of the Roman Catholic Diocese of Charleston, located in Charleston, South Carolina. Designed by Brooklyn architect Patrick Keely in the Gothic Revival style, it opened in 1907.

Charles Pinckney National Historic Site1254 Long Point Rd, Mt Pleasant, SC 29464, USA

The Charles Pinckney National Historic Site is a unit of the United States National Park Service, preserving a portion of Charles Pinckney's Snee Farm plantation and country retreat. It is a place that was blessed with natural beauty and is one of the main attractions in Charleston county.

Charleston HarborCharleston Harbor, South Carolina, USA

One of the famous harbors in the United States which was located in Charleston county. Named in honor of the King of England, Charles II. This harbor is one of the tourist places which was important both historically and economically.

Charleston Tea Plantation6617 Maybank Hwy, Wadmalaw Island, SC 29487, USA

One of the beautiful and cool areas in Charleston county.  It grows the tea sold under the brand name American Classic Tea and Charleston Tea Plantation from the Camellia sinensis plant. Every year they used to host the First Flush Festival celebrating the beginning of the harvest season.

Circular Congregational Church150 Meeting St, Charleston, SC 29401, USA

The Circular Congregational Church is a historic church at 150 Meeting Street in Charleston, South Carolina, United States, used by a congregation established in 1681. Its parish house, the Parish House of the Circular Congregational Church, is a highly significant Greek Revival architectural work by Robert Mills, and is recognized as a U.S. National Historic Landmark.

Folly BeachFolly Beach, SC, USA

Fishing, walking, birding, and breathtaking views of the "Edge of America" are just some of the possibilities at the Edwin S. Taylor Folly Beach Fishing Pier, where you can find some of the best saltwater fishing in the area.

Fort Moultrie1214 Middle St, Sullivan's Island, SC 29482, USA

Fort Moultrie is a series of fortifications on Sullivan's Island, South Carolina, built to protect the city of Charleston. It is the only area of the National Park System where the entire 171-year history of American seacoast defense can be traced.

Fort Sumter National MonumentSouth Carolina 29412, USA

Fort Sumter is a sea fort in Charleston, South Carolina, notable for two battles, the first of which signified the start of the American Civil War. It was one of a number of special forts planned after the War of 1812, combining high walls and heavy masonry, and classified as Third System.

Gibbes Museum of Art135 Meeting St, Charleston, SC 29401, USA

Formerly known as the Gibbes Art Gallery, is an art museum in Charleston which houses a premier collection of over 10,000 works of fine art, principally American works, many with a connection to Charleston or the South.

Hampton ParkHampton Park, Charleston, SC 29403, USA

Hampton Park is one of the City of Charleston's largest parks. It boasts the most extensive floral displays of any park in the city. An old rose collection and seasonal displays are planted by the staff and volunteers caring for the park. This neighborhood park has a rich history recently documented through a project of the Charleston Horticultural Society, an audio walking tour called Layers of the Landscape.

Heyward-Washington House87 Church St, Charleston, SC 29403, USA

A historic house museum at 87 Church Street in Charleston. Built-in 1772, it was home to Thomas Heyward, Jr., a signer of the United States Declaration of Independence, and was where George Washington stayed during his 1791 visit to the city. It is now owned and operated by the Charleston Museum.

Isle of PalmsIsle of Palms, SC, USA

Isle of Palms is a barrier island on the South Carolina coast. The city is included within the Charleston-North Charleston-Summerville metropolitan area and the Charleston-North Charleston Urbanized Area.  It is an affluent community of both vacation homeowners and year-round residents, with large beachfront homes, resorts, and local restaurants. Beach volleyball is popular in the summer, and the "Windjammer" club hosts several tournaments throughout the year.

Joseph Manigault House350 Meeting St, Charleston, SC 29403, USA

This is a historic house museum at 350 Meeting Street in Charleston built in 1803. It was nationally significant as a well-executed and preserved example of Adam style architecture. It was declared a National Historic Landmark in 1973.

Kiawah IslandKiawah Island, SC, USA

Kiawah is a sea island, or barrier island, on the Atlantic coast of the United States. it is primarily a private beach and golf resort. It is home to the Kiawah Island Golf Resort, with spacious villas, beaches, large and acclaimed golf courses, and other attractions.

KKBE- Kahal Kadosh Beth Elohim90 Hasell St, Charleston, SC 29401, USA

one of the oldest Jewish congregations in the United States founded in 1749. The congregation is nationally significant as the place where ideas resembling Reform Judaism were first evinced. It meets in an architecturally significant 1840 Greek Revival synagogue located at 90 Hasell

Magnolia CemeteryCharleston, SC 29405, USA

A historic rural cemetery in Charleston which was constructed during 1850, It was listed on the National Register of Historic Places as a Historic District in 1978.

Magnolia Plantation and Gardens3550 Ashley River Rd, Charleston, SC 29414, USA

This is a historic house with gardens located on the Ashley River. It is one of the oldest plantations in the South, and listed on the National Register of Historic Places. Magnolia Plantation is located near Charleston and directly across the Ashley River from North Charleston. The house and gardens are open daily; an admission fee is charged.

Marion Square329 Meeting St, Charleston, SC 29403, USA

Marion Square is a green space in downtown Charleston. was established as a parade ground for the state arsenal under construction on the north side of the square. It is best known as the former Citadel Green. It is one of the famous hangout place in Charleston.

Morris Island Lighthouse1750 E Ashley Ave, Folly Beach, SC 29439, USA

A huge lighthouse which stands majestically in the southern side of the entrance to Charleston Harbor in Morris island. The light was in a brick tower, built by the Colony of South Carolina in 1767.

Mount PleasantMt Pleasant, SC, USA

Mount Pleasant is a large suburban town in Charleston County. It is the fourth largest municipality and largest town in South Carolina, and for several years was one of the state's fastest-growing area.

North Charleston Fire Museum4975 Centre Pointe Dr, North Charleston, SC 29418, USA

The North Charleston Fire Museum and Educational Center is a fire museum displaying a collection of fire fighting vehicles dating back to the 1780s. It displays more than 20 restored vehicles, interactive exhibits and simulators. The museum is a popular rainy day activity for tourists.

Old Charleston Jail21 Magazine St, Charleston, SC 29401, USA

Charleston, South Carolina’s old city jail has a long and haunting past that can still be explored today. was built in 1802 and served as the city jail from 1803 to 1939. The front interior of the jail still retains the original structure that was built in 1802, but the rest of the jail as it is today was built in 1855. Now it is one of the famous tourist spots in Charleston county.

Old Slave Mart Museum6 Chalmers St, Charleston, SC 29401, USA

A huge building that once housed an antebellum slave auction gallery constructed in 1859. It was added to the National Register of Historic Places for its role in Charleston's African-American history. Today, the building houses the Old Slave Mart Museum.

Patriots Point40 Patriots Point Rd, Mt Pleasant, SC 29464, USA

Patriot's Point was a pre-war historical site which hosted a mock military base. It is now home for three museum ships which has a lot of exhibits which says about the past and is one of the famous landmark in the Charleston county.

Saint Michael's Church71 Broad St, Charleston, SC 29401, USA

A historic church and the oldest surviving religious structure in Charleston built in the 1750s. One of the architectural wonders in the county and was a historical site that was visited by a lot of tourists.

South Carolina Aquarium100 Aquarium Wharf, Charleston, SC 29401, USA

Located on the historic Charleston Harbor.  It is home to more than ten thousand plants and animals.  The largest exhibit in the zoo is the Great Ocean Tank, which extends from the first to the third floor of the Aquarium and is the deepest tank in North America. There are also so many wonders in and around this place.

St. Philip's Church142 Church St, Charleston, SC 29401, USA

A historic church at 142 Church Street in Charleston. this stuccoed brick church features an imposing tower designed in the Wren-Gibbs tradition. Three Tuscan pedimented porticoes contribute to this design to make a building of the highest quality and sophistication. It is the oldest European-American religious congregation in South Carolina.

Sullivans IslandSullivans Island, Sullivan's Island, SC 29482, USA

Sullivan's Island is a town and island in Charleston County. Sullivan's Island was the point of entry for approximately 40 percent of the 400,000 enslaved Africans brought to British North America; it has been likened to Ellis Island, the 19th-century reception point for immigrants in New York City. During the American Revolution, the island was the site of a major battle at Fort Sullivan on June 28, 1776, since renamed Fort Moultrie in honor of the American commander at the battle.

The Calhoun Mansion16 Meeting St, Charleston, SC 29401, USA

This mansion is the largest residence in the area of Charleston and it boasts of having 35 rooms. The Calhoun Mansion gained its famous name when Williams died and left the home to Patrick Calhoun, grandson of former Vice President John C. Calhoun. By 1914, the mansion saw regular use as a hotel.

The Charleston Museum360 Meeting St, Charleston, SC 29403, USA

One of the oldest museums in the United States, located in the Wraggborough neighborhood in Charleston. Its highly regarded collection includes historic artifacts, natural history, decorative arts and two historic Charleston houses.

Unitarian Church in Charleston4 Archdale St, Charleston, SC 29401, USA

The Unitarian Church in Charleston, home to a Unitarian Universalist congregation, is an historic church located at 4 Archdale Street in Charleston. It is "the oldest Unitarian church in the South" and is a National Historic Landmark.

Waterfront ParkVendue Range, Concord St, Charleston, SC 29401, USA

One of the peninsula's most visited parks, Waterfront Park opened in 1990 and offers fantastic views of the Charleston Harbor. Gardens, fountains, walking paths and plenty of park benches are availble on the property. The park is open daily.

White Point Garden2 Murray Blvd, Charleston, SC 29401, USA

A public park located in peninsular Charleston, South Carolina. This park provides beautiful views of Fort Sumter and of the Charleston Harbor. The park features lots of grass space, shaded by beautiful old oak trees. The park has a gazebo in the center and features a rich display of history, including an impressive display of Civil War cannons, and several monuments and statues.

Map of attractions in Charleston County