Things to do in Charleston, South Carolina

Explore our Charleston Vacation Guide & Travel Tips

No stay at the Kiawah Island Golf Resort would be complete without a trip to beautiful and historic Charleston, South Carolina. Just 21 miles (45 minutes) away, Charleston offers something for everyone. Historically and culturally rich, Charleston offers a bundle of excitement everywhere you go. From the nationally recognized Spoleto Festival to touring the streets by carriage ride, take the time to discover Charleston’s hidden treasures. The past has never looked more beautiful. Take advantage of our Charleston vacations and travel tips to start planning your historical getaway.

Charleston, the historical nest of South Carolina

Find an incredible collection of exhibited objects at the Charleston Museum. The shops in the City Market will keep you interested with their featured local merchants displaying jewelery, paintings and local food and the South Carolina Aquarium will give you a fascinating outlook on sea life. Rest for the night in one of Charleston’s Historic Hotels and find accommodations only steps away from even more sights to see!

Recent Awards for Charleston, South Carolina

  • 50 Most Beautiful Cities in the World (2016) ~ Conde Nast Traveler
  • 7 Most Photogenic Cities in the US (2016) ~CBS San Francisco
  • Best Mid-Sized American Cities for Millennials (2016) ~Gogobot
  • The Top 21 Destinations for 2016 (2016) ~ Robb Report
  • No. 1 Small U.S. City (2015) ~ Conde Nast Traveler Readers’ Choice Awards
  • Kiawah Island, No. 8 Best Island in the US (2015) ~ Conde Nast Traveler Readers’ Choice Awards
  • No. 1 Most Romantic City in the World (2015) ~ Conde Nast Traveler
  • The Most Coloful Cities in the World (2015) ~ Conde Nast Traveler
  • No. 3 Friendliest City in the United States (2015) ~ Conde Nast Traveler
  • No. 9 Most Romantic City in the South (2015) ~ Huffington Post
Charleston Festival Events

Charleston Festival & Events

Charleston is home to the internationally acclaimed Spoleto Arts Festival, nationally acclaimed Southeastern Wildlife Expo and a number of other cultural events and celebrations.

Charleston Museums

Charleston Museums & Culture

Relive the earlier times while visiting beautifully restored historic houses, museums and a collection of historic places of Worship.

Charleston Aquarium

Charleston Aquarium

The South Carolina Aquarium is home to more than 10,000 plants and animals, as well the the Great Ocean Tank—385,000 gallons of water containing more than 300 animals.

Charleston Sightseeing Tours

Charleston Sightseeing Tours

Whether by land or sea, there’s no better way to see all the wonderful sights in Charleston than to embark on one of the city’s many sightseeing tours.

Charleston Shopping & Markets

Charleston Shopping & Markets

Shop to your heart’s content in boutique and antique stores, open air markets, art galleries, malls and outlets, or browse your way down historic King Street.

Charleston Nightlife & Entertainment

Charleston Nightlife & Entertainment

From live theatre to concerts to southern-style dance, there’s plenty of entertainment in Charleston, including a musical side of the city that can only be discovered at night.

Charleston Maps and Directions

Charleston Maps & Directions

Plan your southern vacation and browse our selection of maps of Charleston and its surrounding areas. Get directions from the Charleston Airport.

Charleston Weather

Charleston Weather

View current South Carolina weather information and come prepared for your historic journey in Charleston.

Charleston Boat Tours and Cruises

Charleston Boat Tours & Cruises

Set sail on a unique water adventure and enjoy breathtaking views of the Charleston Harbor and the historic Fort Sumter.

Charleston Restaurants and Dining

Charleston Restaurants & Dining

Let your taste buds take over as you explore the diverse dining scene from Charleston to Kiawah. You will find a variety of culinary delights.

Charleston Media Gallery

Charleston Photo & Media Gallery

A picture is definitely worth a thousand words. Browse our photo & media gallery and find inspiration.

Your Dream Beach Wedding

Your Dream Beach Wedding

Wiggle your toes in the warm sand when you say “I do” to a Charleston coastal-themed wedding on the beach at Kiawah Island.