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The seaport city of Charleston in South Carolina is a sophisticated but laid back city with true Southern hospitality. Downtown is located on a peninsula that is formed by Cooper and Ashley Rivers. The historic part of Charleston is home to buildings dating back hundreds of years. The skyline is dominated by the stunning Arthur Ravenel Bridge and beautiful church steeples.
Charleston has beautiful architecture and a good example of this is the Calhoun Mansion dating back to 1876. Spread over an area of 24,000 sq. ft., the mansion is built in a Victorian architectural style. The French Quarter of the city is also known for its historic architecture, the French Huguenot Church, St. Philips Church and its many art galleries. The Market in Charleston is a quaint shopping district with a number of vendors selling their wares.
A popular attraction in the city is Fort Sumter, a National Monument. The fort can be reached by a ferry and the island on which the fort is located also has a museum. The Charleston Museum is another important institution. Founded in the year 1773, it is the country's first museum and it showcases the natural and cultural history of South Carolina.
Charleston is known to be one of the top cities in the country for theatre. Some of the best theatres in Charleston are the Footlight Players, the Village Playhouse and the first theatre of America, the Dock Street Theatre.
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holidays - Top Places To Go
|1. Fort Sumter
|What is it? Situated on a small man-made island in the
bay guarding the entrance to Charleston Harbour, Fort Sumter
National Monument is one of the most important historic military
sites in the country where the first shots of the American Civil
War were fired in 1861. With the secession of South Carolina, the
Confederates demanded the surrender of the fort, and after 34 hours
of continuous bombardment the Union forces had no choice but to
relinquish their hold. The Union troops became the first prisoners
of the Civil War. The Confederates occupied Fort Sumter, which
became a symbol of Southern resistance until it was retaken by
Union forces in 1865 after nearly four years of almost continual
attack, which reduced most of the fort to rubble. Park rangers
conduct free tours around the restored structure, which includes a
museum with historical displays.
Hours of Operation: Daily 10am to 4pm (March, 7 September to 30 November,
and 26-31 December); 10am to 5.30pm (April to 6 September); 11.30am
to 4pm (December to 28 February, excluding the week of Christmas).
Closed Christmas, New Year and Thanksgiving
Phone:(843) 883 3123
|What is it? Along the Ashley River are a series of
magnificent plantations that can be visited, as well as north along
the highway towards Georgetown, where the grounds of Boone Hall
Plantation are the main attraction. A majestic oak avenue leads to
the estate that has been the model for several films including
Gone With the Wind and North and
South. The original slave quarters and cotton gin house
can be visited along with the classic mansion. Closest to
Charleston along the Ashley River is Drayton Hall, the oldest
preserved plantation house in America, dating from 1742. The
Georgian mansion is a National Historic Landmark and the only
plantation house on the river to have survived the Civil War
intact. Middleton Place was largely destroyed during the Civil War,
but the south wing has been restored and houses an impressive
collection of silver, historic documents, furniture and paintings.
The ornamental lakes are surrounded by the nation's oldest
landscaped gardens dating from 1741 and are home to roaming
peacocks and other farm animals. The stunning decorative gardens at
Magnolia Plantation and Gardens can be viewed by tram tours that
cover the grounds.
Hours of Operation: Plantation opening times vary. Boone Hall is open
from 8.30am to 6.30pm. The others vary from between 9am and 4.30pm.
Most are closed Thanksgiving and Christmas Day
Phone:Boone Hall Plantation (843) 884 4371, Drayton Hall (843)
769 2600, Middleton Place (843) 556 6020, Magnolia Plantation and
Gardens (843) 571 1266
|3. South Carolina Aquarium
100 Aquarium Wharf
|What is it? The South Carolina Aquarium, Charleston's
most visited attraction, features thousands of amazing aquatic
animals from river otters and sharks to loggerhead turtles in over
60 exhibits, which represent the rich biodiversity of South
Carolina from the mountains to the sea. The Aquarium also presents
fabulous views of Charleston harbour like no other found in the
historic downtown area. Daily interactive exhibits and programs are
offered for visitors of all ages. Every visit to the Aquarium
reveals something new - glimpses of new animals in exhibits,
budding plants, baby animals and more. Not only that, the
institution provides a variety of opportunities to learn about
conservation, animal life, endangered species and environmental
Hours of Operation: 9am to 5pm Mondays to Saturdays, 12pm to 5pm Sundays.
Open an hour later in summer. Last ticket sold an hour before
closing time. Closed for Thanksgiving, Christmas and open 9am to
1pm December 24
Phone:(843) 720 1990
holidays - Top Events
|1. World Grits Festival
|What is it? Hardly the most popular dish on the planet,
grits, a maize porridge, is nonetheless a staple of Southern
culture and this festival aims to increase its popularity. The town
of St George is proud of its grits and consumes so much of it that
in 1985, this festival began in honour of the tasteless maize dish.
Events at the festival include the obligatory grits eating
competition as well as corn tossing, live music and
Where is it? St. George