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Welcome to Charleston See + Do Shop + Savor Eat + Drink Calendar of Events Web Extras Maps Directory of Advertisers

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From the Publisher WELCOME TO CHARLESTON! Few places can compare to Charleston in the spring. The city is awash in colorful blooms, the weekends are filled with festivals and activities and warm sunny days practically require an afternoon trip to the beach. In short, you’ve picked a great time to visit. Whether you’re simply crossing the bridge over the Cooper River or boarding a tour boat to Fort Sumter, you’re likely to experience Charleston’s historic harbor. From Civil War forts to today’s busy port terminals, Charleston’s history is deeply rooted in the waters that border the city. Spring also means a packed events calendar with everything from the Flowertown Festival and World Grits Festival to house and garden tours and the opening of area farmers markets. Be sure to visit for an expanded calendar of events. While you’re here, download our free mobile app overflowing with visitor information, including maps, parking details and lists of attractions, restaurants and tours. Did we mention it’s free? Search “Charleston SC” on iTunes or Google Play. Connect with us on Facebook (travelermag) and Twitter (@traveler_mag) and Instagram (travelerofcharleston) if you have questions during your visit and to share your photos and experiences.



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Member of: Charleston Convention & Visitors Bureau; Charleston Restaurant Association; Summerville/Dorchester Chamber of Commerce.

Contributors Keith Simmons has an extensive publishing, marketing and advertising background and founded Traveler Magazine in 2005. His purpose was to develop an affordable and effective visitor medium where businesses could advertise their service. Traveler is now one of the leading visitor resources in the city. Keith lives in Mount Pleasant with his wife and sons. He enjoys fishing, kayaking and spending time with his family.

Holly Fisher is a long-time writer and editor with a love of telling stories. She has lived in Charleston more than a decade and enjoys sharing the tales of the Holy City with visitors and newcomers to the area. Holly lives in the Mount Pleasant area with her husband, daughter and three dogs. When she isn’t at her computer writing for work and for fun, you can find her reading or doing CrossFit.

Sally Heineman honed her knack for graphic design at the University of the Arts in Philadelphia, PA where she received a BFA in Graphic Design. Drawn to the South and the love of everything Lowcountry, Sally opened the doors of her graphic design business, Heineman Design, in 1992.

Publisher/Founder.................... Keith Simmons Editor........................................... Holly Fisher Graphic Designer...................... Heineman Design Distribution................................ Denise Fletcher Distribution................................ Brian Bean Distribution................................ Debbi Farrell Distribution................................ Summer Garris Photographer............................ Doug Hickok | 843-580-9054 | TRAVELER of Charleston is produced by the Traveler Communications Group, LLC, and is published four times yearly and distributed to various locations throughout the Charleston area, including all visitors centers, hotels, airports, beach rentals, grocery stores, high-traffic areas, advertiser locations and many other points throughout the surrounding area. Concept, design and contents of TRAVELER of Charleston are copyrighted and may not be reproduced.

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Historic Harbor Charleston’s history is deeply tied to the harbor BY HOLLY FISHER CHARLESTON IS MOST CERTAINLY A CITY BY THE SEA. From the Civil War-era forts in the harbor to the port as a center for trade, Charleston’s history and economy are anchored in the water that borders the city. Rice and indigo trades flourished in the 18th century, bringing the city significant wealth and prominence. When the first shots of the Civil War were fired in Charleston’s harbor, the city took on a pivotal role in the war. According to historic accounts, Charleston was an open port for blockade runners during the Civil War. Organized by locals, the port was a lifeline for the Confederacy in need of war supplies and materials from overseas. But the Confederacy’s defeat in the Civil War hit Charleston hard in the mid-1860s and the city began a long economic decline. Commercial ships had been destroyed in the war and ocean commerce was virtually non-existent, according to information from “The City of Charleston Tour Guide Training Manual.” As a result, the city’s docks fell into disrepair. It wasn’t until 1942 when the S.C. State Ports Authority was established to support World War II efforts that the city’s waterfront saw new life.

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Today the Ports Authority operates terminals in Charleston and Georgetown. Last year, those terminals served more than 1,800 ships. The Port of Charleston is one of the busiest container ports along the Southeast and Gulf coasts. The Charleston Customs district ranks as the nation’s eighth largest in terms of the dollar value of international shipments, with cargo valued at more than $63.6 billion in 2012. So learning about Charleston’s historic harbor is almost a requirement on any trip to Charleston. Visit Fort Sumter, stroll the bridge over the Cooper River for a bird’s eye view of the bustling port or simply relax and watch the dolphins play in these historic waters.

Fort Sumter National Monument is not only an interesting tourist attraction in the middle of the harbor, but a pivotal piece of American history. Confederate forces fired the first shots of the Civil War at Federal troops at Fort Sumter at 4:30 a.m. on April 12, 1861. Fort Sumter surrendered 34 hours later. Throughout the war’s duration, Fort Sumter would play an important role as Union forces spent nearly four years trying to take it back. Visitors can reach Fort Sumter by private boat or a tour boat via Fort Sumter Tours. A number of tour departure times are available from two locations: Liberty Square in downtown Charleston or Patriots Point in Mount Pleasant. Visitors take a 30-minute narrated cruise to Fort Sumter where National Park Service rangers provide more information about Fort Sumter and its role in the Civil War. The site has a museum filled with historic artifacts as well as a souvenir shop. Fort Sumter National Monument has one of the best collections of 19th-century seacoast artillery anywhere in the United States. In addition to the regularly scheduled tours, take a Sunset Tour of Fort Sumter each Friday evening through October. Tours depart at 5:15 p.m. from Liberty Square with a one-hour visit to Fort Sumter and an extended cruise back to downtown Charleston while enjoying the evening sunset over the city. For more information on touring Fort Sumter, visit

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USS YORKTOWN Part of Patriots Point Naval and Maritime Museum, the USS Yorktown is a commanding presence in the Charleston harbor and a visible reminder of Charleston’s role in historical events and wars. The USS Yorktown was the 10th aircraft carrier to serve in the U.S. Navy. Visitors have quite a bit of ground to cover as the ship stretches to almost 900 feet. Weighing 27,000 tons, it’s a massive ship; yet crews built the Yorktown in less than 17 months at Newport News, Va. Commissioned on April 15, 1943, the Yorktown played a significant role in the Pacific Offensive that began in late 1943 and ended with the defeat of Japan in 1945. Patriots Point is also home to the USS Laffey, which supported the D-Day landings at Normandy and participated in the U.S. offensive against Japan, along with the USS Clamagore, a submarine used for 30 years during the Cold War. Patriots Point in Mount Pleasant is open daily from 9 a.m. to 6:30 p.m. For more information, visit 12 TRAVELER april-june 2014

ARTHUR RAVENEL JR. BRIDGE Maybe only next to the Battery and Rainbow Row, this bridge is quite possibly one of the most photographed structures in Charleston. Opened in summer 2005, the bridge has become a Charleston icon, showing up quite regularly in Instagram feeds in all its sunrise, sunset and sunny day glory. The bridge replaced two narrow and aging bridges – the John P. Grace Memorial and Silas N. Pearman – that simply couldn’t keep pace with the area’s population growth. The new bridge was constructed with two diamond towers reaching heights of 575 feet, and the bridge itself is more than 13,000 feet in length. The design and construction took almost four years and came with a $632 million price tag. The bridge is named for Arthur Ravenel Jr., a South Carolina senator and then Congressional representative. In 1996, he was elected again as a senator and his platform included securing funding for a new Cooper River bridge. One of the bridge’s key features is its pedestrian/bike lane that is used year-round by locals and visitors.

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SNAP A GOOD PHOTO OF THE CHARLESTON HARBOR: ■ The Battery – Walk along this historic seawall for views of the Charleston harbor and even Fort Sumter and Fort Moultrie. Look to the other side of the Battery to see rows of antebellum homes and historic mansions. Also along East Bay Street is White Point Gardens, first a public garden in 1837 and then a Civil War fortification for the city. Today it’s a public park with a Confederate monument and historic cannon displays. ■ Waterfront Park – Located at the corner of Vendue Range and Concord streets, Waterfront Park is beloved among visitors and locals alike. Park benches and family size swings are great places to sit and soak in the views of the harbor or walk the length of the pier for a terrific view of the bridge over the Cooper River, the USS Yorktown and, quite often, dolphins playing in the water. ■ Deck of the South Carolina Aquarium – If you’re planning a visit to the aquarium, make sure to allot some time on the decks that line the Cooper River. It’s a great place to watch boats and ships or catch a glimpse of some dolphins swimming.

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Fort Moultrie is the only unit of the National Park System where the entire 171-year history of American seacoast defense can be traced. Five sections of the Sullivan’s Island fort and two outlying areas represent a different historical period in the life of the three Fort Moultries. The first fort fell into disrepair while the second fort was destroyed in an 1804 hurricane. In 1809, a third Fort Moultrie was constructed and remained virtually untouched until 1860 and the Civil War. Then in the 1870s, Fort Moultrie was modernized with a new cannon as well as bombproofs that were made of thick concrete and then buried under tons of earth to absorb the explosion of heavy shells. Fort Moultrie is open to visitors daily except for New Year’s Day, Thanksgiving and Christmas. For more information, visit

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OR GET UP CLOSE WITH A WATER TOUR: ■ Charleston Harbor Tours – Board the Carolina Belle for a 90-minute tour of the Charleston harbor. Dinner cruises, sunset cruises and seasonal special events are also available. ( ■ Charleston Water Taxi – See Charleston from the water on this ferry that transports visitors between downtown Charleston and Mount Pleasant to Patriots Point and also Shem Creek. See our downtown map for departure locations. ( ■ SpiritLine Cruises – Catch the boat to Fort Sumter or book a dinner cruise or harbor sightseeing tour led by a licensed tour guide. ( For a full list of available water tours, see pages 25-38.

See + Do How to use this magazine: You’ll find each type of tour and attraction categorized for easy reference. Many listings include a map grid locator. Find the grid location, then reference the maps on pages 64 through 68.

Charleston is known for its beauty, history and fantastic harbor. Many experienced touring companies are ready to show you a great time. WHETHER YOU’RE A HISTORY BUFF, WATER ENTHUSIAST OR SIMPLY ENJOY STROLLING THE COBBLESTONE STREETS OF CHARLESTON YOU’LL FIND PLENTY OF WAYS TO EXPLORE THE HOLY CITY. Tour historic plantation homes, learn about the city’s spooky side with a ghost tour or see Charleston from the water.


ART & THEATER ACTIVITIES 34 West Theater Company 200 Meeting St. • Charleston • (Map H:7) 843-901-9343 • • Original live theater in the heart of Charleston. Whether it's our hilarious “Doo Wops and Beauty Shops" or the thrilling "Dangerous Corner," we invite you to relax, unwind and laugh with friend. Fun drinks and savory bites are standing by.

North Charleston Arts Festival May 2 - 10 • North Charleston • 843-740-5854 • For over 30 years this festival has highlighted national, regional and local artists in areas of dance, music, theater, visual-arts, crafts, photography, media arts and literature. Named a Top 20 Event by the Southeast Tourism Society. Free admission. Venues vary see website or call.

Theatre Charleston 843-813-8578 • Theatre Charleston, a nonprofit organization comprised of the area’s leading local theaters, is dedicated to helping you easily find out what’s playing when and where. Check the website for a calendar of this season’s live productions.

The Shag has been the official state dance since 1984.

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The Black Fedora Comedy Mystery Theatre & Shoppe

Carriage & Harbor Combo Tour

164 Church St. • Charleston • (Map: H:7/8) 843-WE SMILE (937-6453) • Featuring Sherlock Holmes and the Charleston History Mystery, the family oriented Pirate Mystery Show, and the classic whodunit Inspector NoClue’s Murder Mystery. Live entertainment most evenings and some “beat-the-heat” matinees. Audience participation. Appetizers, desserts, beer/wine. Mystery books/gifts.

The Sound of Charleston 150 Meeting St. at Circular Congregational Church • (Map H:7) • 843-270-4903 • Experience the unique sounds that define Charleston’s rich musical heritage – gospel, Gershwin, music of the Civil War, light classics & jazz – all presented by professional artists in a live 75-minute concert.

CARRIAGE TOURS Palmetto Carriage Works 8 Guignard St. • (Map: H:7) • 843-723-8145 • Departs from The Big Red Barn every 15 to 20 minutes, rain or shine, beginning at 9 a.m. Tours are one hour long, covering about 25 blocks of residential and historic districts. Guides are city licensed. See our ad on the inside front cover.

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Harbor Tours • 10 Wharfside St. • (Map :J:5/6) Palmetto Carriage • 8 Guignard Street 888-224-5037 or 843-722-1112 charlestonharbortours • Harbor Tours departs from the Maritime Center three times daily with a 90-minute live narrated sightseeing cruise aboard the 1920s style Bay Steamer – Carolina Belle. Palmetto Carriage tour departs from the Big Red Barn every 20-30 minutes beginning at 9 a.m. The one-hour tour covers 25 to 30 blocks of the historic and residential districts. Adults $36.50, Children 4-11 $2.

Ghost Walking & Harbor Combo Tour For tickets: 10 Wharfside St. • (Map: J:5/6) online at or • Zerve Ticketing at 888-224-5037 or 843-722-1112 • Take one of Charleston’s best Ghost Tours and a Harbor of History Tour aboard the Carolina Belle. You get to choose from the spooktacular “Ghost and Graveyard” walking tour or the Haunted Jail Tour and you get a harbor tour featuring Fort Sumter, Fort Moultrie, the Arthur Ravenel Jr. Bridge and 70+ other points of interest. Tours may be taken on different days. Adults $33.50 – Kids $21.50.

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COMBO TOURS Palmetto Carriage Works 8 Guignard Street at the “Big Red Barn” • (Map: H:7) • 843-723-8145 • Charleston’s premier carriage company. We leave from The Big Red Barn every 15 to 20 minutes, rain or shine, beginning at 9 a.m. Tours are one hour long, covering about 25 to 30 blocks of the residential and historic districts. All our guides are city licensed, entertaining and informative. See our ad on the inside front cover.

Plantation & Harbor Combo Tour For tickets: 10 Wharfside St. • (Map: J:5/6) or Zerve ticketing: 888-224-5037 or 843-722-1112 Tour a spectacular Southern plantation, the new Slave Museum and beautiful grounds paired with a 90-minute “Harbor of History” tour. Fort Sumter, Arthur Ravenel Jr. Bridge, the Battery and downtown landmarks. Tours may be taken on different days. Adults $35, children $22.

Land & Sea Combo Tour Visit our website for more info • 843-722-BOAT (2628) • Save $4 per person when you purchase this combo. Fort Sumter Tours partners with Gray Line of Charleston to offer visitors a comprehensive, historically accurate and entertaining tour of the entire Charleston historic district and her harbor.

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Angler Management Fishing

Adventure Sightseeing

843-259-1489 • Custom, year-round saltwater inshore fishing charters for families, groups, beginners and professionals. Fish in the Intracoastal Waterway, harbor and tidal creeks. Capt. Ethan will provide licenses, bait, tackle and ice. Eco and harbor tours available. See ad in this section.

“See it all” with Adventure Sightseeing. The most comprehensive motorized city tours daily via comfortable bus. Live narrated by the most experienced and professional guides! Board our buses from the Charleston Visitor Center or let us pick you up. We offer hotel pick up and drop off for a nominal fee. The only bus tour that takes you through The Citadel military college. Fantastic combo tours available with house tours, harbor tours and more. Call 843-762-0088 for reservations or book online at

Sharkin Charleston 1 Shrimp Boat Lane • Mount Pleasant pick-up at RB’s Restaurant on Shem Creek • (Map: O:2) 843-557-6627 • Feel the pull of the line and the scream of the reel dragging as you catch 3- to 6-foot sharks on light tackle. No experience necessary; great for families and kids. Shark charters are done in the protected waters of the harbor.

Charleston Sailing and Fishing Charters Sailing charters leave from Cooper River Marina; fishing charters leave from Wappoo boat landing or Folly boat landing • 843-834-2558 • Capt. D will take you offshore fishing for big game fish or bottom fish. All tackle provided. If your prefer sailing, board the 42-foot Miss Ann III with her big center cockpit. See Charleston from the water.

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Summerville Trolley Tour Depart from Summerville Dorchester Museum: 100 E. Doty Ave • Summerville • (Map: BB:2) • 843-821-7260 Take a trip down the Sweet Tea Trail on a 1.5hour guided excursion through this small southern town where tea isn’t the only thing that’s sweet. Only on 1st, 2nd and 3rd Fridays of each month.

The 1935 opera “Porgy and Bess,” is based on DuBose Heyward’s novel “Porgy” and depicts the life of blacks in Charleston.

42nd Annual Summerville Family YMCA Flowertown Festival April 4-6, 2014 • 843-871-9622 • Each year the Summerville Family YMCA celebrates the passing of winter with more than 200,000 visitors and natives within the Town of Summerville’s Azalea Park. Artists, crafters, businesses, a taste of the Lowcountry’s best restaurants, a children’s jubilee, and musical performances—the festival offers something for everyone to enjoy.

Audubon Center at Beidler Forest 843-462-2150 • Francis Beidler Forest contains the largest stand of virgin bald cypress and tupelo gum swamp forest left in the world. See 1,000-year-old trees and native wildlife; walk the 1.75-mile boardwalk into the swamp. Tues.-Sun. 9 a.m-5 p.m. Harleyville, S.C.

Children's Museum of the Lowcountry 25 Ann St. • Charleston (Map: G:4) 843-853-8962 • • Nine interactive exhibits, including a two-story Medieval Castle, a pirate ship and a dedicated art room, allow your children to explore the arts, sciences and humanities through their own hands-on experiences. Tues.-Sat. 9 a.m.-5 p.m.; Sun. Noon-5 p.m.; closed Mon.

Charles Towne Landing State Historic Site 1500 Old Towne Road • Charleston • (area map) • 843-852-4200 • Hours: daily 9 a.m.-5 p.m. • Established in the 1670, this is the birthplace of Charleston. Experiences include a museum, outdoor exhibits along the History Trail with an accompanying audio tour, cannon demonstrations and special events, an Animal Forest zoo and the “Adventure,” a reproduction 17th-century trading vessel.

Edmondston-Alston House 21 East Battery • Charleston • (Map: H:9) 843-722-7171 • Built in 1825, the house is a repository of family treasures, including Alston family silver, furniture, books and paintings. Look seaward from the second floor piazza, where Gen. Beauregard watched the bombardment of Fort Sumter.

Fort Sumter Tours Departs from two locations: Liberty Square, Charleston • (Map: J:5) or Patriots Point Mount Pleasant (Map: P:1) • 843-722-2628 • Charleston is full of history and one of its most famous claims to fame is Fort Sumter National Monument, the site where the Civil War began. The only commercial boat transportation to Fort Sumter. Tours include a 30-minute narrated cruise through Charleston Harbor and back plus an hour to tour the fort and its on-site museum.




MUSEUMS AND PARKS Patriots Point Naval & Maritime Museum 40 Patriots Point Road • Mount Pleasant (Map: O:2) • 843-884-2727 • Home to the aircraft carrier USS Yorktown, WWII's Fighting Lady. Museum includes the destroyer USS Laffey, the submarine USS Clamagore, a re-creation of a Vietnam Naval Support Base, 28 historic military aircraft, the Congressional Medal of Honor Society’s Museum. Free map for self-guided tours.

North Charleston/American LaFrance Fire Museum 4975 Centre Point Dr • North Charleston • (Map: KK:5) • 843-740-5550 • The Fire Museum, located adjacent to Tanger Outlet Center, is home to the largest collection of fully restored American LaFrance fire trucks and antique fire equipment in the country. It is a wonderful museum for the firefighter in all of us. Great demonstration for kids and people of all ages.

Sculpture in the South Summerville, SC • (843) 851.7800 • Promoting the arts through education and a public sculpture collection. An annual event that hosts worldclass sculptors in historic Azalea Park for a weekend of sculpture displays, demonstrations, refreshments and student sculpture displays, all accompanied by local musicians takes place on May 17-18.

Sky Zone 411 Wando Park Blvd • Mount Pleasant • (Map L:2) • 843-588-5777 • Sky Zone is the original indoor trampoline park, and Sky Zone Charleston is proud to bring the unmatched, out-of-this-world, and high-flyin' fun of the world’s first all-trampoline, walled playing court to the Charleston metro area. Great for people of all ages!

South Carolina Aquarium 100 Aquarium Wharf • Charleston 843-720-1990 • The South Carolina Aquarium is home to more than 5,000 animals found across the state. Explore 385,000-gallon Great Ocean Tank or enjoy a movie in the interactive 4-D movie theater. Journey from the mountains to the sea and find family fun around every corner.

The palmetto tree has been a symbol of South Carolina since June 28, 1776, because the first Fort Moultrie was built of palmetto logs. The battle of Sullivan’s Island was the Revolutionary War’s first decisive victory of American forces over the British Navy. -- Fort Sumter National Monument, SC 22 TRAVELER april-june 2014


Adventure Sightseeing

Drayton Hall

Daytrips to Magnolia Plantation. Experience the beautiful, majestic gardens with one of our friendly and experienced tour guides. Offering a daily tour from the Charleston Visitors Center and offering hotel pick up and drop off. Combine it with our city bus tour for an overall Charleston experience! Call 843-762-0088 for reservations or book online at

3380 Ashley River Road (Highway 61) Charleston • (area map) • 843-769-2600 • Drayton Hall (circa 1738) is the oldest unrestored plantation house in America open to the public. Admission includes tours river and marsh walks, the African-American cemetery and artisan-inspired Museum Shop.

Middleton Place Boone Hall Plantation 1235 Long Point Road • Mount Pleasant (Map: L:4) • 843-884-4371 • One of America’s oldest plantations with more than 320 years of history. Located 8 miles north of Charleston. The “Avenue of Oaks,” nine original slave cabins, house tours and shows included in admission. Mon.-Sat. 8:30 a.m.-6:30p.m.; Sun. 1-5 p.m.

National Historic Landmark • 4300 Ashley River Road (Highway 61) • Charleston • (area map) 843-556-6020 • • An 18th-century rice plantation and National Historic Landmark comprising 65 acres of America’s oldest landscaped gardens. See the house museum, craftspeople in the stable yards or take an African-American focus tour. Open 9 a.m.-5 p.m.

Charleston Tea Plantation


6617 Maybank Highway • Wadmalaw Island (area map) • 843-559-0383 • Located on beautiful Wadmalaw Island 25 miles from downtown Charleston. Visitors can experience how tea is planted, grown, nurtured and harvested from the raw leaf to finished black tea – made possible by the farm’s thousands of historic tea bushes.

Charleston Water Taxi Downtown: Maritime Center • 10 Wharfside St. (Map: K:5/6) • Mount Pleasant: Charleston Harbor Marina at Patriots Point • (Map: O:2) 843-330-2989 • The water taxi runs on a continuous loop around Charleston Harbor between Patriots Point (USS Yorktown) and downtown Charleston.

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Bulldog Tours

Strange History Tours

40 N. Market St. • Charleston • (Map: H:7) 843-722-TOUR • As seen on the Travel Channel’s “America’s Most Haunted Places,” this walking tour company will have you exhilarated and entertained. Choose from four tours: Ghost & Graveyard, The Dark Side of Charleston, Ghost Dungeon and Haunted Jail Tour.

Tours depart from the historic district • 843-304-3285 • The Murder and Mystery Ghost Tour is Charleston’s newest and most exciting nighttime walking tour! Murder, mystery and mayhem set the stage for an adventure into the darker side of Charleston’s history during the Murder and Mystery Ghost Tour. The daytime Unique History Tour highlights the untold tales of Charleston.

Charleston Strolls Walk With History Departs from Mills House Hotel (corner of Meeting & Queen) • 843-766-2080 • Featured in The New York Times, this two-hour tour is the best way to see Charleston’s Historic District. Famous landmarks, historic highlights, antebellum mansions, quaint alleys and hidden gardens. Everyday at 10 a.m. Requires reservation.

Yorktown Ghost Tours

Culinary Tours Of Charleston


40 N. Market St. • Charleston • (Map: H:7) 843-727-1100 • Walk, talk and taste your way through Charleston while experiencing history through Lowcountry cuisine. Daily tasting tours introduce guests to tasty bites at many great restaurants. Go behind the scenes and visit with chefs, bakers, artisan food producers, chocolatiers and specialty shops.

40 Patriots Point Road • Mount Pleasant (Map: O:2) • 843-277-0577 • Guided tour explores the unexplained mysteries of this WWII aircraft carrier. Hear stories of sacrifice and devastation as this tour ventures into areas normally restricted to the public.

Adventure Harbor Tours Tours Depart from the Charleston Harbor Marina • 20 Patriots Point Road • (Map: O:2) 843-442-9455 • Family fun for everyone. “Stormin’ the Beach,” ($55/$25), a more than two-hour tour with shell and sharks’ teeth expeditions to Morris Island. Or schedule a day of inshore fishing with one of our pros. Reservations encouraged.

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WATER TOURS AquaSafaris 24 Patriots Point Road, A-Dock at Charleston Harbor Marina • Mount Pleasant • (Map: O:2) 843-886-8133 • • Head out for an action-packed day of fishing, charter a luxury motor yacht for private or corporate events, sit back and watch dolphin on an affordable sunset cruise through Charleston Harbor. Offers Charleston’s largest fleet with the catamaran Palmetto Breeze.

Barrier Island Eco-Tours 50 41st Ave. • Isle of Palms Marina • (Map: N:6) 843-886-5000 • • Naturalist guided boat excursions to Capers Island Preserve. Travel the salt marsh creeks, see dolphins and wildlife up close, explore the “boneyard beach” and walk inland trails. Morning and sunset eco-tours, creek fishing, crabbing, kayaking or beach-side cookouts.

Carolina Queen Riverboat 17 Lockwood Blvd. at the City Marina • (Map: B:3) 800-344-4483 • Charleston’s only authentic paddle wheel vessel with three decks, two bars, an enclosed main salon and plenty of room for dining and dancing. Thurs. nights: Murder Mystery Cruise. Fri. nights: Music and Craft Beer. Sat.: luncheon cruises. Sun: Jazz Brunch Cruises.

Charleston Harbor Tours Charleston Maritime Center. • 10 Wharfside St., Charleston • (Map: J:5/6) • 888-224-5037 or 843-722-1112 • Board the Carolina Belle for Charleston’s only live narrated harbor history tour. Relax and enjoy a beverage from the snack bar as the captain details the forts and landmarks that shaped Charleston’s historic harbor. Private charters and group dinner cruises available.

Dolphins of Charleston 1 Shrimp Boat Lane • Mount Pleasant (Pick-up at RB’s Restaurant on Shem Creek) • (Map: O:2) 843-608-4303 • Experience dolphins up close and personal in the historic Charleston Harbor and rivers. Watch as they play in their natural environment in beautiful estuaries where huge pods of them feed off the local shrimp boats. $30 per person with close up action guaranteed or your trip is free.

Hydrofly Watersports 145 Lockwood Blvd • Charleston (Map B:3) 843-284-6290 • Ready to soar with SC’s only flyboard operation? They’ll teach you a new and fun way to explore the water, no prior experience necessary. Kayak, paddleboard, fishing charters and harbor tours are offered as well. See ad for $10 off!

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WATER TOURS Isle of Palms Marina 50 41st Ave. • Isle of Palms • (Map: N:6) 843-886-0209 • • A full-service marina with 50 slips, a full-service store with a deli with groceries, beer, wine, bait and tackle. Powerboat rentals and customized excursions, group outings and fishing charters can be booked here.

Nature Adventure Tours 325 W. Coleman Blvd. • Mount Pleasant (Map: O:2 at Shem Creek, on the water) 843-568-3222 • Charleston’s outstanding naturalist-guided kayak, canoe and paddle-board tour service. Tour salt-water marshes, swamps, rice plantations. See dolphins, pelicans and a wide variety of wildlife. Families and beginners are welcome; rentals also available.

Sandlapper Water Tours Tour depart from the Maritime Center (by S.C. Aquarium) • 10 Wharfside St. • Charleston (Map K:4) • 843-849-8687 for info; 800-979-3370 for tickets • Take the haunted ghost & pirate tour or cruise the Charleston harbor with a history tour. Go shelling on Morris Island and see dolphins on the nature tour or relax on the sunset tour. Private charters available. Reservations recommended. See coupon in ad.

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WATER TOURS Schooner Pride – Charleston’s Tall Ship 360 Concord St. • Charleston • (Map: J:5) 888-245-9206 or 843-722-1112 • Marvel at the Holy City skyline while sailing by the forts where history was made. See dolphins playing and experience a Charleston sunset. Take an afternoon dolphin sail or a sunset sail; available for private charters. Combo tour available.

SpiritLine Charleston Harbor Tour Departs from two locations: Aquarium Wharf, Charleston • (Map: J:5) or Patriots Point in Mount Pleasant • (Map: O:2) • 843-722-2628 • The 90-minute cruise passes by Charleston’s famous Battery, the Arthur Ravenel Jr. Bridge, Waterfront Park, Patriots Point, Fort Sumter and Fort Moultrie.

Tidalwave Watersports 69 41st Ave • Isle of Palms (Map: N:6) • 843-886-8456 Tidalwave offers the ultimate in parasailing, waverunner, wakeboarding, waterskiing, and banana boat ride the Charleston area has to offer. offers the ultimate in parasailing, waverunner, wakeboarding, waterskiing, and banana boat ride the Charleston area has to offer. See their ad for discounts!

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Shop + Savor

Charleston was founded in the late 1600s as a port city, and it has remained a thriving place to buy goods ever since! Buy local and enjoy the rewards.

About Charleston Each Friday and Saturday evening through December, head to the Historic Charleston City Market for Evenings in the Market with local artists, food vendors and designers.

WHETHER YOU’RE SHOPPING FOR SOUVENIRS, A DRESS FOR DINNER OR A BOX OF BENNE WAFERS, YOU’LL FIND JUST WHAT YOU WANT IN THE CITY’S MANY RETAIL OUTLETS. The Charleston peninsula has boutiques, national retailers and a market full of Southern charm.


SHOPPING Charleston Winery 63 S. Market St. • (Map: H:7) • 843-576-4772 • Daily wine tastings, unique gifts and accessories. Citrus and berry wines are made from 100% pure Florida citrus fruits and berries and natural ingredients. Wines have won 200+ medals at national and international wine competitions. See coupon in ad.

Dacuba’s Fine Jewelry 84 N. Market St. • Charleston • (Map: H:7/8) 843-853-0103 • Nestled in the heart of Charleston, Dacuba’s is a unique fine jewelry store with a wonderful selection of sterling silver and 14kt gold jewelry. Its classic Charleston “Southern Gate” collection is fashioned after the wrought-iron work seen throughout this historical city.

Harris Teeter Visit one of their 15 Charleston area locations • You're on vacation, that means from the kitchen too! So let us handle the cooking. Our Fresh Foods Market has everything it takes to satisfy your hungry crowd.

Nice Ice Fine Jewelry 145 Market St. • Charleston • (Map: G:7) 843-577-7029 • Since 1974 they have been providing Charleston and visitors with the most exquisite and unique jewelry. Designers such as Rudolf Friedman, Judith Ripka, Slane & Slane, Jude Frances, Charriol and Nanis.

Palmettoville 51 S. Market St. Shops at French Quarter (Map: H:7) • Assortment of sunglasses, postcards, handmade soaps and lotions, shot glasses, hand-painted tee towels, slap watches, local images, hats and wide selection of Charleston T-shirts for adults and children, produced locally by our family for more than 30 years.


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From shopping to nightlife, Charleston has it all DOWNTOWN CHARLESTON Spend the day walking King Street with its clothing boutiques, shoe stores, gift shops and more. Start near Charleston Place Hotel and head toward Calhoun Street for a wide selection of local boutiques, gift shops and national retailers. If you’re in the market for rare finds, make your way down Lower King Street (south of Market Street), the city’s antique district. On the second Sunday of each month, several blocks of King Street are closed off to vehicles, and people (and pets) flood the streets for open-air dining, music, shopping and entertainment. The City Market stretches from Meeting Street to East Bay Street and is home to more than 100 vendors – plus dozens of businesses and restaurants line Market Street on either side of the City Market shed. This is a great spot to pick up souvenirs, sweetgrass baskets, artwork and jewelry. After the sun sets, head to Upper King Street, which in recent years has transformed into a hip design district with a bustling nightlife. The area stretches from Calhoun up to about Mary Street and is filled with trendy clubs and bars and high-end restaurants, giving the street a sort of New York City vibe. The Cocktail Club offers a refined atmosphere with its house-made drinks and rooftop terrace or stop off at The Belmont for a scotch and a cheese and charcuterie plate. Named a 2013 Best New Restaurant finalist by the James Beard Foundation, The Ordinary is a Southern seafood hall and oyster bar from Chef Mike Lata, best known for his other Charleston restaurant, FIG.

SUMMERVILLE Summerville’s Town Square is filled with local boutiques and shops, including 12 antique stores, a children’s book store and one of the top 10 quilt shops in the country. MOUNT PLEASANT ■ Towne Centre on U.S. Highway 17 is home to national retailers plus several local boutiques, including Palmetto Moon, Hairy Winston Pet Boutique, Teal, Francesca’s Collection and Chucktown Chicks. ■ Belle Hall Shopping Center is located on Long Point Road ( just off Interstate 526). Stop by Wonder Works for a large selection of children’s toys and gifts or visit Princess of Tides for costumes and tutus. Carolina Girls carries gift items, jewelry and stationery. The Coastal Cupboard has a large selection of specialty food items and cookware. After a full day of sightseeing and shopping, relax on Shem Creek – cold drink in hand and seafood platter on the table. Shem Creek’s laid-back atmosphere makes it the perfect spot to unwind while watching the shrimp boats dock in the creek and the dolphins play in the water. NORTH CHARLESTON ■ Tanger Outlets has dozens of nationally known retailers offering apparel for adults and children, shoes, accessories, housewares and jewelry. Tanger is easily accessible from both Interstates 526 and 26.

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SHOPPING Tom’s Toys LLC 125 Market St. • Charleston • (Map: G:7) Kapla is a unique wooden building toy composed of identical blocks. Children put one block on top of the other and let their imagination run free, creating all kinds of animals, buildings, vehicles and bridges. Suitable for children of all ages.

Terrace Oaks Antique Mall 2037 Maybank Highway • James Island (area map) • 843-795-9689 • Mon-Sat. 10 a.m.-5:30 p.m. A leader in the Charleston area for multidealer antique shops since 1988. The 10,000-squarefoot, climate-controlled shop houses 90+ booths with all different tastes and styles. When it comes to antiques, they have just about anything your heart desires.

Town of Mount Pleasant Mount Pleasant is not your average place to visit. Filled with an array of restaurants, taverns, activities and accommodations, the vacation you’re anticipating will be more than just a trip from home; it will be an experience of indescribable magic and warmth.

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Eat + Drink

About Charleston Celebrate farm-to-table eating throughout April as part of Eat Local Month. Check for special events all month.

Charleston’s diverse culinary scene is amazing. Innovative chefs and their dishes will dazzle the taste buds and warm the heart. Charleston has great taste! TRUST US, YOU WON’T LEAVE CHARLESTON HUNGRY. In fact you might spend half your vacation simply deciding which delectable restaurant to try next. Our city has world-class chefs cooking up plates filled with Southern goodness. Our desserts are claiming national recognition.


FINE DINING Burwell’s Stone Fire Grill 14 N. Market St • Charleston • (Map: I:7) 843-737-8700 • A cut above everything you expect: cleaner, leaner cuts served with generous sides; sustainability and humane standards; premium proteins sourced by “our” standards; locally driven fish and seafood program; and local, seasonal sides and farm fresh salads.

Cru Cafe´ 18 Pinckney St. • Charleston • (Map: H:7) 843-534-2434 • • In an 18th-century home on Pinckney Street, Charlestonians sip mint julep tea on the porch and dine on upscale comfort food at John Zucker’s Cru Cafe. “Do it right and use the best possible ingredients” is his mantra. Lunch and dinner.

SpiritLine Dinner Cruise Departs from 40 Patriots Point Road Mount Pleasant • (Map: O:2) • 843-722-2628 • The SpiritLine Dinner Cruise aboard the Spirit of Carolina features fine cuisine prepared to order onboard, entertainment, dancing, fully stocked bar and a magnificent cruise on Charleston Harbor. Call for reservations.

Middleton Place Restaurant 4300 Ashley River Road • Charleston (area map) • 843-556-6020 • Savor Lowcountry cuisine while taking in views of America’s oldest landscaped gardens. For lunch, visitors enjoy a three-course, prix fixe menu. Lunch served daily. Dinner guests pay no admission after 5:30 p.m. and can stroll through the gardens prior to dinner.

Seafood Season: What’s Available in Spring ■ Shrimp ■ Vermilion snapper ■ Red porgy ■ Clams ■ Oysters ■ Grouper ■ Blue crab ■ Mahimahi ■ Wreckfish ■ Shad ■ Striped bass Source:

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Great Italian Food Family Friendly Atmosphere 428 King Street & John Downtown Charleston 843-965-5252

She-crab soup is a Southern staple found in most restaurants.

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35 South Market St. • Charleston • (Map: H:7) 843-723-1151 • A.W. Shucks’ menu is inspired by classic Charleston Tradition with stuffed shrimp, the Lowcountry’s best she-crab soup, and seafood casserole that’s a legend among locals. Plus, an extensive selection of craft beers. Lunch and dinner served daily beginning at 11 a.m.

Bocci’s 158 Church St. • (Map: H:7) • 843-720-2121 • USA Today mentioned Bocci’s as one of the leading Italian restaurants in the United States. Featuring full Italian fare at affordable prices, this family restaurant brings everything that is right about Italian food to the table. Open for lunch and dinner.

“The Civil War was the greatest event in American history – where paradoxically, in order to become one, we had to tear ourselves in two.” – Ken Burns, director of the PBS documentary "The Civil War.”

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Charleston Crab House

Hyman’s Seafood

41 S. Market St. • Charleston • (Map: H:7) 843-853-2900 • 145 Wappoo Creek Drive James Island • 843-762-4507 • Serving lunch and dinner daily. Celebrating 20 years, the Charleston Crab House serves fresh local seafood including S.C. shrimp year-round. A favorite for locals and visitors with roof-top dining downtown.

215 Meeting St. • Charleston • (Map: G:7) 843-723-6000 • Voted No. 1 seafood restaurant in the Southeast by Southern Living magazine nine years in a row. Lunch and dinner served daily. Parking and back entrance from Charleston Place. No reservations; come early to avoid the wait. See coupon in ad.

East Bay Deli 334 East Bay St. • Charleston • (Map: I:5) 843-216-5473 • 1120 Oakland Market Road Mount Pleasant • (Map: L:5) • 843-216-5473 9135 University Blvd. • North Charleston 843-553-7374 • 4405 Dorchester Road North Charleston • (Map: W:4) • 843-747-1235 New York-style deli using only quality products such as Thumann’s deli meats and Hebrew National deli dogs. The varied menu comes with many options: soups, chili, both hearty and heart-healthy sandwiches, wraps, giant spuds and desserts.

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Joe Pasta 428 King St. (Corner of King & John streets) Charleston • (Map: F/G:4) • 843-965-5252 Menu features soups, salads, Parmesan sandwiches, pizza, pastas, desserts and a full liquor, wine and beer bar. The restaurant provides a laid-back and cozy atmosphere that is family friendly. See coupon in ad.

Tommy Condon’s 160 Church St. • (Map: H:7) • 843-577-3818 • Have you ever been in an authentic Irish pub and restaurant? Tucked away on Church Street, just a half block off Charleston’s historic Market, is Tommy Condon’s, a pub that will delight your soul. Serving lunch and dinner daily.

Calendar of Events april – june 2014 Strawberry Festival APRIL Through

Charleston Symphony Orchestra League Designer Showhouse – Built in 1852, this year’s showhouse at 67 Rutledge Ave. is known for its broad porch with a gray and white marble floor and Moorish arches framed in latticework. 843-723-0020

Through 4/6

Family Circle Cup Tennis Tournament – A tournament featuring some of the top women’s professional tennis players at the Family Circle Tennis Center on Daniel Island. | 800-677-2293

Through 4/19

67th annual Spring Festival of Houses and Gardens – Explore the city’s old and historic district in a series of tours showcasing Charleston’s distinctive architecture, history, gardens and culture. | 843-722-3405


“Catfish Moon” by the Flowertown Players in Summerville – In an attempt to recapture the friendship and settle all disputes, three childhood friends go on an overnight fishing trip just like old times. 843-875-9251


Living History Days at Middleton Place – This two-day event commemorates the 230th anniversary of Gen. Nathanael Greene's encampment of the southern army at Middleton Place during the Revolutionary War. 843-556-6020


“Gershwin at Folly” by Charleston Stage – This original full-scale musical, written by Charleston playwright Julian Wiles, tells the story of George Gershwin’s 1934 vacation on Folly Beach when he and DuBose Heyward began work on “Porgy and Bess.” | 843-577-7183


Flowertown Festival – Thousands of locals and visitors converge on the Town of Summerville for this annual festival in Azalea Park, which will be blooming with azaleas, wisteria and dogwood. Arts and crafts displays fill the park and nearby streets, making this one of the largest arts and crafts festivals in the Southeast. The event benefits the Summerville YMCA. | 843-871-9622


37th annual Cooper River Bridge Run – Some 30,000 runners and walkers will race across the Arthur Ravenel Jr. Bridge in this world-class 10K race that promotes continuous physical activity and a healthy lifestyle. | 843-937-4183


Lowcountry Cajun Festival at James Island County Park – Louisiana comes to the Lowcountry in festival filled with Zydeco music, Cajun and Creole foods, children’s activities and all around ragin’ Cajun entertainment. 843-795-7275


The Garden Club of Charleston’s 79th annual Walking Tour of Private Houses & Gardens – The tour includes some of Charleston’s finest houses and gardens in the historic district as well as flowers arranged by members of The Garden Club of Charleston and refreshments in a Charleston garden. | 843-406-7626

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The Lowcountry Strawberry Festival at Boone Hall Plantation – More than 30 attractions and rides, including a petting zoo, pig races, magic shows, live music, pie-eating contests and plenty of strawberries ripe for the pickin'.


29th annual Grits Festival in St. George – This festival is about all things grits so get ready to eat grits, buy grits, learn how grits are made and even dive into a vat of grits for the Grits Rolling Contest. 843-563-7943


Founders’ Day Festival at Charles Towne Landing – Groups of 17th-century re-enactors will interact with visitors in authentic encampments; demonstrations include the firing of blackpowder cannons and muskets, as well as cooking and other daily chores crucial to the colony's survival. 843-852-4200


27th annual Town of Mt. Pleasant Blessing of the Fleet – Send local shrimpers off to a safe and prosperous shrimping season at this event that dishes up fresh seafood and showcases local crafts at Memorial Waterfront Park and Pier. | 843-884-8517



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North Charleston Arts Festival – This event is a celebration of arts and culture featuring national, regional and local artists and performers. More than 100 events take place around the area with most free or modestly priced making this festival accessible to all. | 843-740-5854


Rice Planting at Middleton Place – Take part in the centuries-old tradition of rice cultivation as Middleton Place embarks on the annual planting of the demonstration rice field. Planting will take place each day at 10 a.m. and 1 p.m. | 843-556-6020


Charleston Beer Garden – The city’s largest pop-up beer garden returns to Brittlebank Park craft beer, live music, homebrewers, beer Olympics, food and more.


Sculpture in the South – More than 35 world-class sculptors present their art work for sale during event in Summerville’s Azalea Park. This weekend event has drawn national recognition and become a mainstay within the community. Proceeds from the event go to support sculpture purchases for the Summerville Permanent Public Sculpture Collection.

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Piccolo Spoleto – Focusing primarily on artists of the Southeast region, Piccolo Spoleto complements the international scope of Spoleto Festival USA with dozens of inexpensive programs, including visual arts exhibits, classical music, jazz, dance, theatre, poetry readings, children’s activities, choral music, ethnic cultural presentations, crafts and film. | 843-724-7305


Spoleto Festival USA – Considered a premier international performing arts festival, this annual event fills Charleston historic theaters, churches and outdoor spaces with more than 140 performances by world-renowned artists and performers in opera, theater, dance, chamber, symphonic, choral, bluegrass and jazz music. | 843-579-3100


First Flush FesTEAval – The Charleston Tea Plantation welcomes the growth of new leaves on the tea plants in the spring time after a winter of rest. The festival on Wadmalaw Island includes music, entertainment, art and local cuisine.


The Sweetgrass Cultural Arts Festival – Head to Mount Pleasant’s Waterfront Park to experience the Gullah Geechee people’s history and culture through the sounds of gospel songs, Gullah storytelling’s and African drummers and dancers. | 843-856-9732


Kiawah Beverage Series – Head to Kiawah Island Golf Resort for beverage dinners that highlight seasonal flavors paired with spirited beverages. | 843-768-6253


Red, White and Blue on the Green – Kick off your Independence Day celebrations with old-fashioned fun in historic downtown Summerville with musical entertainment, games, children’s activities, jump castles and food vendors.

ONGOING EVENTS Through 6/25 Weekly Wine Strolls from 6-8 p.m. each Wednesday at Middleton Place. Enjoy specially selected wines from around the world while exploring the plantation gardens. | 832-556-6020 4/7 through 8/28 Charleston RiverDogs baseball games – Enjoy a night at Joseph P. Riley Jr. Park with the family. Check the schedule for special events and fireworks after the game. | 843-577-3647 Sweet Tea Trail Trolley Tours – Begin with a history film at Summerville Visitor’s Center and then a local historian gives a one-hour guided tour on the trolley with a stop at the historic Linwood Gardens. Tours are 11 a.m. and 1 p.m. first, second and third Fridays | 843-654-5199

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Beginning 6/1 “Church Street Daughters of the Late Unpleasantness Garden, Gun & Gin Club Mystery,” a mystery that has the crème of Charleston’s ladies dirtying their white gloves with murder at Black Fedora Comedy Mystery Theatre | 843-937-6453 Third Thursday of the month – Taste of the Market at the Palmetto Carriage Company Lot on Anson Street; tastings, live music, beer sales and giveaways. 2nd Sunday on King Street – On the second Sunday of each month. Street is closed to vehicular traffic from Queen Street North to Calhoun Street. Third Thursdays – Head to historic downtown Summerville from 5-9 p.m. every third Thursday. Shops and restaurants will be open late and some have special promotions. First Friday of each month First Friday’s On Broad Art Walk – 5-8 p.m. at art galleries along Broad Street in downtown Charleston. Bird Walks – Every Sunday morning at Magnolia Plantation. Take a guided tour to see some of the 254 migratory and year-round bird species. | 800-367-3517 Charles Towne Landing special events – The first Saturday is musket demonstrations. The second Saturday is a monthly theme (April is Founder’s Day; May is Navigating a New World: Maritime History; June is Feast or Famine: Colonial Foodways). The third Saturday is cannon demonstrations. | 843-852-4200 Charleston Farmers Market – Each Saturday from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. 4/12 through 11/29 in Marion Square, downtown Charleston. Open Sundays during Piccolo Spoleto Festival (5/25, 6/1, 6/8). * Event details are subject to change. Please call ahead or check the listed website for confirmation.

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“Sherlock Holmes and the Charleston History Mystery,” a hauntingly historical, hysterical whodunit for fans of the Master Sleuth at the Black Fedora Comedy Mystery Theatre. | 843-937-6453

Things to Love about the Lowcountry ■ First springtime beach trip: There’s nothing shaking off the chill of winter with that first warm weather trip to the beach. The feel of sand in your toes and saltwater on your lips will refresh and recharge your spirit. ■ 2nd Sunday on King: On the second Sunday of each month, several blocks of King Street are closed off to vehicles and transformed into a lively space with open-air dining, music, shopping and entertainment. ■ Angel Oak: The Lowcountry Open Land Trust, government entities, businesses and individuals have rallied around this majestic tree in an effort to purchase the land surrounding the oak tree for a protective buffer and public park. Head to Johns Island to see the Angel Oak, thought to be the oldest living tree in the eastern United States. The tree stands 65 feet high with a canopy of branches stretching 17,000 square feet. ■ Arts festivals galore: For about two weeks in the spring, Charleston becomes a hub of cultural activity with Spoleto Festival USA and sister festival Piccolo Spoleto. Soak in musical performances, plays, dancing, art shows and much more – all capped off with a fabulous fireworks finale at Middleton Place. ■ Rooftop dining downtown: It’s tough to beat Charleston’s skyline with views of the diamond spans of the Arthur Ravenel Jr. Bridge, the harbor and the church steeples. Head to one of the restaurants downtown that has a rooftop patio for cool breezes and a cocktail.


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We can’t possibly fit everything there is to see and do in Charleston in one visitor guide so go to our website for more ways to make a memorable Charleston vacation.

Bring on the barbecue: Bring on the barbecue: A bit like politics, religion and football, folks in the South are passionate about their barbecue. Read about what makes South Carolina barbecue so special and some of the best eats in town.

Ready to read: Our favorite sisters are back at the beach for the second book in a summertime trilogy from Charleston author Mary Alice Monroe. “The Summer Wind” is the follow-up to “The Summer Girls,” which chronicles the story of three sisters who reunite at their grandmother’s house on Sullivan’s Island.

Sweet Tea Trail: It doesn’t get much more Southern than a glass of iced tea. Head to Summerville to learn about tea’s Lowcountry roots and take a trolley tour on the Sweet Tea Trail.

More to See & Do The springtime events calendar is overflowing with festivals, garden tours and farmers markets. Head to our website for an expanded calendar of events and then it’s the hard part: deciding which events to do. PLUS: Check out our blog post highlighting some of the great springtime festivals, including the Strawberry Festival, Flowertown Festival and World Grits Festival.

Let’s Be Social: We love connecting with Charleston visitors so join us on Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest and Instagram. We’re here to answer questions during your visit and we’d love to hear about your favorite Charleston spots and see your photos.

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Charleston Area Map

HIT THE BEACH! Folly Beach ■ Laid-back barrier island beach frequented by locals and surfers. ■ Alcohol is not permitted on the beach. ■ Selection of restaurants and shops. Isle of Palms ■ Selection of shops, restaurants, bars and public restrooms. ■ Isle of Palms County Park has parking ($7-$10), picnic tables, showers, restrooms and a playground. ■ Family friendly beach; alcohol is not allowed. Sullivan’s Island ■ Few short-term rentals and no hotels or motels. ■ No public parking lots; street parking only. ■ No public restrooms or showers; alcohol is not permitted. Be sure to visit our blog at for more information.



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SEE + DO Adventure Harbor Tours Adventure Sightseeing Tours Angler Management Fishing Aqua Safaris Audubon Center at Beidler Forest Barrier Island Eco Tours Black Fedora Comedy Mystery Theater Boone Hall Plantation Bulldog Walking Tours Carolina Queen Riverboat Carriage + Harbor Tour Combo Carriage + Harbor Tour Combo Charles Towne Landing Charleston Harbor Tours Charleston Sailing + Fishing Charters Charleston Strolls Charleston Tea Plantation Charleston Water Taxi Children’s Museum Culinary Tours of Charleston Dolphin Tours of Charleston Drayton Hall Edmondston-Alston House Fort Sumter + Gray Line Combo Tour Fort Sumter Tours Harbor + Ghost Tour Combo Hydrofly Watersports Isle of Palms Marina Mary Alice Monroe: The Summer Wind Middleton Place Nature Adventures Outfitters North Charleston Arts Fest North Charleston Fire Museum Palmetto Carriage Works Palmetto Tours Patriots Point Plantation + Harbor Tour Combo Sandlapper Water Tours Schooner Pride Sailing Tour Sculpture in the South Sharkin’ Charleston Charters Sky Zone South Carolina Aquarium SpiritLine Cruises Harbor Tour Strange History Tours Summerville Trolley Tour THEATRE Charleston Thirty-Four West Theater Co. Tidalwave Watersports USS Yorktown Ghost Tours YMCA Flowertown Festival

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