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Often, it's the people who live in a city that make it buzz. In this part of Coastal South Carolina, you'll find 120,000 of them.
Columbia, the state capital, sits 170 kilometres northwest of Charleston, while Rantowles can be located 20 kilometres to the west.
A trip to Whirlin' Waters Adventure Waterpark or the Children's Museum of the Lowcountry is a fantastic opportunity for a bit of quality time with the family. If that isn't enough to wear the little ones out, why not head along to Mount Pleasant Sports Complex or Splash Zone Waterpark as well?
Lean your forehead on the glass and observe a range of underwater creatures go about their daily business at South Carolina Aquarium.
Places like the Audubon Swamp Garden play an important part in both local and international plant protection efforts. The wide-ranging botanical collection found here is both fascinating and strikingly displayed.
Take off your shoes and feel the cool grass under your feet at a green space like Waterfront Park or White Point Gardens. Also consider spending a leisurely day wandering the grounds of Cannon Park and Washington Square.
Be sure to pay a visit to Charleston Visitor Center and Red Top Welcome Center of Charleston. The helpful staff can offer you tips and advice to make the most of your time here.
Enjoy some time beside the water at Folly Beach County Park and Kiawah Beachwalker Park. Go in search of seashells, stroll along the shoreline or simply sit down and take in the glorious view.
You probably know about its must-see shopping centres and museums, but don't forget that Charleston has some pleasant natural sights too. Congaree National Park and Givhans Ferry State Park are two names to keep in mind. For some more breathing space, make your way to Wannamaker County Park and Cypress Gardens.
Whether you want to find out something new or just relax in the peaceful surroundings, the Confederate Museum and the American Military Museum ought to fit the bill. Remember to ask about one-off happenings! Need more? Also go to the Karpeles Manuscript Library Museum and the Macaulay Museum of Dental History.
Ahoy me hearties! It's time to jump on deck and learn all about the region's maritime past at the USS Yorktown and the H.L. Hunley Submarine. Once you've finished up there, set sail for the Patriots Point and the Patriots Point Naval and Maritime Museum for even more illuminating stories and displays.
The curious scientific contraptions on display at Boone Hall Plantation and Gardens could keep you intrigued for days on end. To get stuck straight into the most impressive stuff, you might like to check out if there are any upcoming guided tours.
You don't need to be an explorer to see all of the amazing wonders of the natural world, particularly when you've got the Mace Brown Museum of Natural History. This place is brimming with fascinating specimens and captivating models.
With a number of impressive art exhibitions to admire, you might need a helpful push in the right direction. We suggest picking up a strong coffee and heading over to the Gibbes Museum of Art or the City Gallery at Waterfront Park. If you're feeling inspired, also feast your eyes on the displays at the Pink House Gallery and the Halsey Institute of Contemporary Art.
The best way to understand what's happening in the present is to step back into the past. Find out how this city came to be the destination it is today at the Charleston Museum and the Summerville Dorchester Museum.
To truly appreciate the history of Charleston, set aside time to wander around the Citadel and the Medical University of South Carolina. Why not also check out Middleton Place and Drayton Hall?
You'll probably come upon Pitt Street Bridge while touring the city. This piece of historic architecture was constructed many lifetimes ago and will remain here for a long time to come.
Travellers with a love of military history must see Fort Sumter National Monument and Fort Moultrie National Monument. Picture the spectacular sieges that occurred there and see the defensive mechanisms that made them hard to attack.
Looking to add a spiritual element to your trip? Swing by St. Philip's Church and French Huguenot Church. You should also enquire into touring St. Michael's Episcopal Church and Cathedral of Saint John the Baptist.
Don't pack up your suitcase just yet, there's still lots to see and do! Have you swung by the Fort Jackson and the Coosaw Creek Country Club yet? You'll also find plenty to keep you interested at Arthur Ravenel Jr. Bridge and Marion Square.
With such a fabulous range of Charleston hotels available, finding the right one won't be hard. At the mo, there are 87 accommodations listed on lastminute.com.au.
You don't have to pay top dollar to have a decent night's rest in Charleston. The Days Inn Historic District, located at 155 Meeting St, and the Mainstay Suites, at 400 Mcgrath Darby Blvd, are both comfortable and cheap as chips. But if a bit of luxury is something you can't turn down, the Wentworth Mansion or The Restoration ought to fit the bill.
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