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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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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



2. Plantations
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 issues. 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



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1. World Grits Festival

From 2007-04-20

To 2007-04-20

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 DJ's. Where is it? St. George




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