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Things To Do in Historic Charleston, SC
Charleston, SC is America’s most beautifully preserved architectural and historic treasure, rich with over 300 years of heritage. The Holy City is equally acclaimed for its contributions to the arts and humanities. In addition to endless sunshine and romantic carriage rides, visitors to Historic Charleston enjoy year round festivals and entertainment.
Charleston City Market
The French Quarter Inn overlooks the historic Charleston City Market. Newly renovated the market has been serving the Holy City since 1807. Wander through rows of stalls featuring Charleston souvenirs, interesting finds and works by local artisans including famous Lowcountry sweetgrass baskets. Stop into the the new air conditioned Great Hall that features boutique shopping and gourmet food.
Just blocks from the French Quarter Inn is the famous South of Broad neighborhood and White Point Gardens (The Battery.) Stroll past charming and iconic Charleston homes, churches, buildings and museums to the tip of the Charleston peninsula and look out over Fort Sumter where the Civil War began. Make sure to bring your camera, the most famous images of Charleston come from this charming neighborhood.
The bustling King Street has been Charleston’s main shopping district for centuries. Enjoy quaint local boutiques intermixed with national brand stores from Calhoun Street to Market street. South of Market Street, explore centuries of America, European and World treasures in the Antique district. North of Calhoun Street, discover the trendy and up-and-coming Upper King district. No matter your taste, there is something for everyone on King Street.
Centuries of Charleston History
With views of the historic St. Phillips steeple, there is no doubt that The French Quarter Inn is surrounded by centuries of Charleston history. Within blocks of the Inn you can find where the Declaration of Independence was read (The Old Exchange and Provost Dungeon,) Charleston’s oldest church congregations (St. Michaels and St. Phillips,) and America’s first purpose-build theater (Dock Street Theater.)
Plantations & Gardens
Dating back to c. 1741, Middleton Place is a National Historic Landmark with an Inn, restaurant, America’s oldest landscaped gardens and a stable yard. The magnitude of this plantation is awe-inspiring!
Magnolia Plantation & Gardens
Dating back to c. 1676 this plantation house boasts America’s oldest gardens. Magnolia Plantation claims the ultimate plantation experience with a Biblical garden, antebellum cabin, nature train, nature boat, wildlife observation tower, gift shop and more.
Dating back to c. 1738, Drayton Hall maintains its nearly original state and is the oldest preserved plantation house in America that is still open to the public.
Boone Hall Plantation
This “still working” plantation is lined with “one of the world’s longest oak-lined avenues” and has been cultivating crops for over 320 years.
Casual and unhurried, Sullivan’s Island is one of the most relaxing and family-friendly beaches on South Carolina’s coast. Sullivan’s Island is treasured by visitors and residents alike for its rich history, friendly atmosphere, and simple beauty.
Folly Beach, also known as “The Edge of America,” is a beautiful barrier island only 15 minutes from downtown historic Charleston. Folly Beach is the home of Lowcountry surfing, a maritime forest, the Morris Island Lighthouse, delicious food and southern hospitality.
Isle of Palms
The Isle of Palms affords a host of activities. Isle of Palms County Park offers a beautiful beachfront with designated swimming areas and seasonal on-duty lifeguards. There is also a beautiful family-oriented park located directly on the beach! The Isle of Palms is conveniently located just 12 miles from historic Charleston.
French Quarter Inn is only a very short distance from Charleston’s major colleges. The Inn makes a convenient location to stay when families are looking for schools, visiting from out of town or attending graduation. The Three major schools in Charleston are The College of Charleston, The Citadel and the Medical University of South Carolina (MUSC.)