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Charleston

When it is time for that much-needed getaway, plan an adventure in Charleston.

This area of Coastal South Carolina contains roughly 120,000 inhabitants.

Columbia, the state capital, is roughly 110 miles northwest of Charleston, while Rantowles is 13 miles to the west.

Whirlin' Waters Adventure Waterpark and the Children's Museum of the Lowcountry are excellent places to have some time with the kids. If you're on the lookout for even more family fun, continue on to Mount Pleasant Sports Complex and Splash Zone Waterpark.

From colorful tropical fish to underwater plants, it's hard to know what you'll see at South Carolina Aquarium.

You'll enjoy an eclectic variety of plants and flowers as you explore the large grounds of the Audubon Swamp Garden.

When it's time for a break, pack some lunch and find a shady corner at one of the scenic urban parks, such as Waterfront Park and White Point Gardens. Cannon Park and Washington Square are two more pleasant spots to while away a lazy afternoon and finally read that neglected book of yours.

Get in the know about Charleston by collecting some pamphlets and asking the staff a few questions at Charleston Visitor Center and Red Top Welcome Center of Charleston.

On a fine day, Folly Beach County Park and Kiawah Beachwalker Park are the places to go to breathe fresh salty air, walk along the water's edge and watch the seabirds battling the wind.

Switch your phone to silent and have a break from the stresses of the modern world at Givhans Ferry State Park and Wannamaker County Park. Palmetto Islands County Park and Shem Creek Park are also appreciated by nature-loving visitors.

Schedule a visit to some of the delightful cultural spaces in the area. The Confederate Museum and the American Military Museum offer a range of collections that are sure to capture your interest. Equally rewarding are the Karpeles Manuscript Library Museum and the Macaulay Museum of Dental History.

The treasure trove of marine artifacts at the USS Yorktown and the H.L. Hunley Submarine will keep eager seafarers fascinated for hours. Around here it's brimming with salt-encrusted exhibits. If you've got more time, journey on to see the remains of ships that once were at the Patriots Point and the Patriots Point Naval and Maritime Museum.

If you and your kids get a charge out of learning about natural history and scientific breakthroughs, Boone Hall Plantation and Gardens should be on your to-do list.

All those interested in the formation of the natural world will love spending a few hours exploring the specimens and objects at the Mace Brown Museum of Natural History.

Deepen your understanding of the artistic process, and maybe even get something for the lounge room at one of the area's numerous gallery spaces. Stop by the Gibbes Museum of Art and the City Gallery at Waterfront Park to see the best of what this creative city has to offer. If you can fit them in, the Pink House Gallery and the Halsey Institute of Contemporary Art are also well worth checking out.

Even if you're not a history geek, you'll enjoy traveling back in time at the Charleston Museum and the Summerville Dorchester Museum.

Wander back through this region's past with a trip to the Citadel or the Medical University of South Carolina, just a couple of the historical sites here. When it comes to days of old, there's always more to discover. Middleton Place and Drayton Hall are also great places to stop by.

Pitt Street Bridge will be of particular interest to visitors with a passion for civil engineering.

In more troubled times, Fort Sumter National Monument and Fort Moultrie National Monument played a huge role in defending Charleston from enemy attack. If you have an interest in the military history of the area, their scarred old walls have plenty of stories to tell.

The area's spiritual side is on display at St. Philip's Church and French Huguenot Church. St. Michael's Episcopal Church and Cathedral of Saint John the Baptist are two more popular holy places.

Charleston's most famed sights sometimes overshadow its lesser-known, but equally rewarding attractions. Arthur Ravenel Jr. Bridge and Marion Square are recommended options. If you have more time to spare, also think about visiting St. Johns Yacht Harbor and Charleston City Marina.


Guide to Exploring Charleston


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The Francis Marion Hotel

The Francis Marion Hotel

387 King St, Charleston
4.2
of 5, from 3,085 reviews
4.0 out of 5.0

Located in Downtown Charleston, this spa hotel is steps away from Marion Square and College of Charleston. American Theater and Charleston Music Hall are also within 5 minutes.

£49
SpringHill Suites by Marriott Charleston N./Ashley Phosphate

SpringHill Suites by Marriott Charleston N./Ashley Phosphate

7535 N Forest Drive, North Charleston
4.5
of 5, from 2,400 reviews
3.0 out of 5.0

Situated in North Charleston, this hotel is 1.4 mi (2.3 km) from Northwoods Mall and within 6 miles (10 km) of Frankie's Fun Park and Charleston Southern University. Whirlin' Waters Adventure Waterpark and United States Air Force Charleston Air Force Base are also within 6 miles (10 km).

£53
Days Inn Mount Pleasant - Charleston - Patriots Point

Days Inn Mount Pleasant - Charleston - Patriots Point

261 Johnnie Dodds Blvd, Mount Pleasant
3.3
of 5, from 1,688 reviews
2.0 out of 5.0

Situated by the ocean, this motel is 0.5 mi (0.9 km) from Mount Pleasant Memorial Waterfront Park and 1.4 mi (2.3 km) from USS Yorktown. Shem Creek Park and Arthur Ravenel Jr. Bridge are also within 2 miles (3 km).

£82
Aloft Charleston Airport & Convention Center

Aloft Charleston Airport & Convention Center

4875 Tanger Outlet Blvd, North Charleston
3.8
of 5, from 1,045 reviews
3.0 out of 5.0

Situated near the airport, this hotel is within 1 mile (2 km) of Charleston Tanger Outlets, North Charleston Coliseum and Performing Arts Center and Charleston Area Convention Center. Riverfront Park and Citadel Mall are also within 9 miles (15 km).

£42
Motel 6 Charleston North SC

Motel 6 Charleston North SC

2551 Ashley Phosphate Rd, North Charleston
3.0
of 5, from 409 reviews
1.5 out of 5.0

Situated near the airport, this motel is 1.3 mi (2.1 km) from Northwoods Mall and within 6 miles (10 km) of Frankie's Fun Park and United States Air Force Charleston Air Force Base. Charleston Southern University and Whirlin' Waters Adventure Waterpark are also within 6 miles (10 km).

£57
Hawthorn Suites by Wyndham North Charleston, SC

Hawthorn Suites by Wyndham North Charleston, SC

7645 Northwoods Blvd, North Charleston
2.9
of 5, from 1,191 reviews
3.0 out of 5.0

Situated in North Charleston, this hotel is 0.6 mi (1 km) from Northwoods Mall and within 6 miles (10 km) of Frankie's Fun Park and Charleston Southern University. Whirlin' Waters Adventure Waterpark and Wannamaker County Park are also within 6 miles (10 km).

£65
Best Western Plus Airport Inn & Suites

Best Western Plus Airport Inn & Suites

2470 Prospect Dr, North Charleston
3.9
of 5, from 1,378 reviews
2.5 out of 5.0

Situated near the airport, this hotel is 1.4 mi (2.2 km) from Northwoods Mall and within 6 miles (10 km) of Frankie's Fun Park and Charleston Southern University. Whirlin' Waters Adventure Waterpark and United States Air Force Charleston Air Force Base are also within 6 miles (10 km).

£64
Days Inn Historic District

Days Inn Historic District

155 Meeting St, Charleston
3.4
of 5, from 2,633 reviews
2.0 out of 5.0

Located in Downtown Charleston, this motel is within a 15-minute walk of Confederate Museum and College of Charleston. Circular Congregational Church and Gibbes Museum of Art are also within 5 minutes.

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