I have a few cities that we’ve visited lately that I want to tell you all about, so I’m starting a new series: Southern City Travel Guide. I’ll be sharing all about where we stayed, what we ate and the things we liked and didn’t like doing. So follow along and I’ll be linking the posts all to each other so you can easily find them.
Today, I’m sharing about our recent trip to Charleston, SC. The trip was a bit last minute and we didn’t put that much planning into it, but we still had a blast. I’ve never walked around a city full of so much charm. It was absolutely adorable!
Here are some spots we went that are kid friendly, free and totally fun!
Charleston Waterfront Park
1 Vendue Street
71 Harry Hallman Boulevard Mount Pleasant, SC
We crossed the Cooper River to head to this park just on the other side. It’s made to look like the Cooper River Bridge and was a ton of fun for the boys. There’s also a pier that brings you right out over the Cooper River and our Cooper thought it was awesome to be “in charge” of his river while we were out there.
There is a war memorial at the entrance of the pier and a great view of Patriots Point. The boys loved seeing the ships out in the harbor. Also on the pier is a little gift and snack shop as well as bathrooms and water fountains.
2 Murray Drive
This 5.5 acre historic park has original cannons used in the Civil war as well as multiple statues and monuments that tell the story of war and peace. There is plenty of roaming space, a gazebo used frequently for weddings and spectacular views of the Charleston Harbor and Fort Sumter.
83 E Bay Street
This colorful row of houses is worth the walk or drive down E Bay Street. What was once a busy commerce center with shops downstairs and residences upstairs, became slums after the civil war. They have now been renovated and the row is one of Charleston’s most photographed areas.
Charleston City Market
73 North Market Street
You can get everything from food to jewelry, and anything in-between. A classic souvenir are the handmade sweetgrass baskets. These are woven out of local grasses and have been made in Charleston for centuries. This African art form was originally used to separate rice from the chaff.
King Street Shopping
Walking down King Street is like walking through a history filled mall. All the buildings are old and historic, but with current stores. We did a little shopping, but it was all stuff we can go to at our local mall, so we didn’t spend too much time there.
Some other things that were cool to see were the Old Exchange Building, which has a dungeon you can see into right in the bottom front. We didn’t read about this until the day we were leaving, but they offer tours of the 3 floor building, which has been used since the 18th century.
There are tons of horse drawn carriage rides that take you on tours of the city. They have guides that tell you all about the history of the buildings and city itself. We opted to skip this, since I wasn’t sure the boys would want to sit for 2-3 hours and it was pretty pricy per person. If we go back as a couple, we’ll do it for sure.
But if you’re a Southern Charm fan like I am, you’ll make your husband drive you past the cast members houses on the way out. Hey Patricia! Can I come in for a martini?
Coming up next will be all about FOOD! We basically ate our way through Charleston and I can’t wait to show you all the best places to put some south in your mouth!