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DEPARTMENTS 8 14 40 46 54 58 62 69 70

Welcome to Charleston See + Do Shop + Savor Eat + Drink Featured Events Calendar of Events Maps Visitor 411 Directory of Advertisers

FEATURES 10 28 35 68


Family Vacation Beautiful Beaches Tee It Up In Charleston Things to Love about the Lowcountry july-september 2012

From the Publisher...



Earlier this year, put Charleston No. 3 on its list of top spring break vacation destinations for families, calling our city one of the “most family friendly cities on the East Coast.” In 2011, travel and kids expert Amy Graff rated Charleston as a Top Destination for Family Travel. And, in 2010, Travel + Leisure named The Sanctuary at Kiawah Island Golf Resort the “World's Best for Families.”

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 they welcomed their first child last July. He enjoys fishing, kayaking, spending time with his family and is working toward earning his private pilot license.

So, the secret’s out. The Holy City is a top spot for families. But we already knew this. We have everything families and children love: pristine beaches, museums and attractions for kids, three water parks and a week’s worth of adventure searching for shells and sharks’ teeth or learning to stand up paddleboard. In this summer’s feature story we give you some of our favorite family spots and invite you to share yours on our Facebook page ( or blog. Post some photos and let us know what your children loved about Charleston. All the best,



of Charleston

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

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 Mt. Pleasant area with her husband, daughter and two Labrador retrievers. When she isn’t at her computer writing for work and for fun, you can find her reading, doing CrossFit and piddling in her flower beds. 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 Heineman Design in 1992. She lives on James Island and loves the outdoors; is an avid golfer, cyclist and cook.

Publisher/Founder.................... Keith Simmons Editor........................................... Holly Fisher Graphic Designer...................... Heineman Design Distribution................................ Mike Derrick Distribution................................ Brian Bean Distribution................................ Debbi Farrell Cover Photo............................... Michael Fischbach | 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, 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.

The copy and advertising deadline for the next issue is August 31, 2012.

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Family Vacation Charleston has more than enough to keep your kids entertained BY HOLLY FISHER


rom the water to museums to wildlife, Charleston has all the activities kids enjoy. Little ones will be particularly excited about the South Carolina Aquarium and Children’s Museum of the Lowcountry – also great options for a rainy or especially hot vacation day. Older children and teens will be more than happy to get wet at one of the water parks or on a kayak tour. Regardless of which family friendly activities you choose, we feel certain you won’t have any trouble making amazing vacation memories. We’ve compiled some top sites to see while on your family vacation but this list is in no way exhaustive. Visit our website at for links to our blog, Facebook page and Twitter account for more family activity ideas. And let us know about what you did while visiting Charleston with your children.

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South Carolina Aquarium One of Charleston’s most popular attractions, the South Carolina Aquarium is a perfect pick on a particularly steamy Charleston day. The aquarium showcases wildlife found locally and around the state of South Carolina. Rotating exhibits highlight creatures from afar. The newest exhibit is “ Madagascar Journey,” and the stars of the show are four ring-tailed lemurs who keep visitors entertained leaping from rope to rope. Ring-tailed lemurs live in rainforests and deciduous forests located in southern Madagascar, but they are threatened by habitat loss. The aquarium also has a Sea Turtle Hospital, which you can tour for an additional fee. Be sure to check out the schedule of daily activities, including interactive dive shows in the great ocean tank. Visitor 411: 100 Aquarium Wharf, Charleston, SC 29401 | 843-720-1990

photo credit: Children's Museum of the Lowcountry

Children’s Museum of the Lowcountry The Children’s Museum of the Lowcountry is geared toward children ages 3 months to 12 years with its many interactive activities (admission is free for children under 12 months). Highlights include a water area with toy boats, a pirate ship for climbing and exploring and an art center overflowing with craft supplies and paints. A toddler play area is appropriate for little visitors as is the grocery store equipped with pint-size shopping carts and vegetable bins. Be sure to check out the website for a list of regular programs, such as art classes and princess story time. Please note the museum is closed on Mondays. Visitor 411: 25 Ann St., Charleston, SC 29403 | 843-853-8962

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Charles Towne Landing, the birthplace of the Carolinas in 1670, is a great place for children of all ages. Older children will enjoy exploring the “Adventure,” a 17th-century replica trading vessel, docked at the park and available for tours. If you have younger ones in your family, visit the Animal Forest, a natural habitat zoo that is home to the species of animals those original settlers would have encountered in their new homeland – bison, puma and black bear. The park has 7 miles of nature trails, all of which, are open to bikes (no bikes in the Animal Forest, though). Strollers are available free of charge. The park hosts a number of events throughout the year, including living history demonstrations and monthly 17th-century cannon firing demonstrations. This way you can sneak in some history lessons among the fun.

Water Adventures Older children and teenagers won’t be bored for a second on one of Charleston’s many eco adventures or water tours. Rent kayaks or stand up paddleboards for a solo water adventure. Or take a guided tour through Shem Creek in Mount Pleasant (a well-known dolphin playground) or to Morris Island to collect shells or sharks’ teeth. For a complete list of water tour companies, see page 24.

photo credit: Charleston County Parks

Visitor 411: 1500 Old Towne Road, Charleston, SC 29407 | 843-852-4200

photo credit: South Carolina Aquarium

Charles Towne Landing State Historic Site

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North Charleston /American LaFrance Fire Museum Most children (and adults, for that matter) are enthralled with fire trucks. The Fire Museum houses the largest collection of professionally restored American LaFrance fire apparatus in the country. From the 1886 Silsby Steam Pumper to the 1969 “900-Series Dominion” Pumper, all the apparatus in the collection still run and can still put out a fire. Along with a historic perspective of firefighting, children have plenty of hands-on opportunities to learn about the dangers of smoke and fire. End your visit driving the fire truck simulator or with a slide down the fireman’s pole. Children 12 and under are admitted free with a paid adult. Visitor 411: 4975 Centre Pointe Drive, North Charleston, SC 29418 843-740-5550

Edisto Island Serpentarium Kids love creepy crawlies, and the Edisto Island Serpentarium has no shortage of reptiles. Located on the outskirts of Charleston, the serpentarium is comprised of an indoor facility and exhibits plus landscaped outdoor gardens that are home to a wide variety of reptiles native to the southeastern United States. View the snakes over low-walled enclosures for an intimate look at the snakes living in streams, climbing in trees or basking on stumps or logs as they would in the wild. The serpentarium is also home to 19 adult American alligators housed in two separate ponds along with box turtles, red-eared sliders, diamondback terrapins, soft-shelled turtles, alligator snapping turtles and common snapping turtles.

Beaches The ideal way to wear the kids out is with a trip to the beach. They’ll run the beachfront, splash in the waves and maybe even try their hand at some boogie boarding. Spending a day in the sun will ensure mom and dad get a peaceful night’s sleep. Charleston’s beaches are great for families, particularly Isle of Palms, which has good access to restrooms and showers. IOP and Folly Beach also have seasonal lifeguards on designated areas of the beach. Check out our guide to Charleston’s public beaches on Page 28.

Visitor 411: 1374 Highway 174, Edisto Island, SC 29438 843-869-1171

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See + Do 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 ghost tour or see Charleston from the water.

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 62 through 67.

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Art & Theater Activities.......................... 16 Aquariums................................................. 16 Carriage Tours............................................ 16 Combo Tours............................................. 18 Museums and Parks.................................. 19 Plantations................................................ 20 Rentals / Motorized Tours....................... 22 Walking Tours........................................... 23 Water Tours.............. 24, 26, 27, 30, 34, 38




Fear No Easel

South Carolina Aquarium

1960 Riviera • Suite E • Mount Pleasant • (Map N:4) • 843-284-3327 • Take a piece of Charleston home that you created. In one fun evening, join your friends, sip some wine or beer and create your own work of art. We will guide you step by step to paint a work of art using acrylic paint on canvas. Voted a top date night destination in Charleston.

100 Aquarium Wharf • Charleston • (Map: K:3) 843-720-1990 • Discover jaw-dropping creatures and eye-opening exhibits at Charleston’s No.1 family attraction. Get up close to a rare albino alligator; try your hand at feeding stingrays; see several toothy shark species of the great ocean; touch coastal creatures in the Touch Tank; or go behind the scenes in the state’s only Sea Turtle Hospital. Starting in May, journey in Madagascar and come eye to eye with ring-tailed lemurs.

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. For a full calendar of this season’s live productions, check out

The Black Fedora Comedy Mystery Theatre & Shoppe 164 Church St. • Charleston • (Map H:5) 843-WE SMILE (937-6453) • Welcoming all who love a good mystery and those who could use a good laugh. Featuring Inspector NoClue's Murder Mystery, the ghostly Charleston History Mystery, and family oriented Pirate Mystery Treasure Show. Live entertainment most evenings and some “beat-the-heat” matinees. Appetizers, desserts, beer/wine. Mystery books/gifts.

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CARRIAGE TOURS Palmetto Carriage Works 40 N. Market St. • (Map: H/I:5) • 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.

The state dog is the Boykin Spaniel. The state game bird is the Wild Turkey.


COMBO TOURS Harbor & Carriage Combination Tour Harbor Tours • 10 Wharfside St. • (Map: K:4) Palmetto Carriage • 40 N. Market St. • (Map: I:5) 843-723-8145 • For tickets: • 800-979-3370 or 843-722-1112. Adults $35.50, Chidren 4-11 $24 • Charleston 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.

Harbor & Plantation Combination Tour For tickets: 10 Wharfside St. • (Map: K:4) online at or Zerve ticketing: 800-979-3370 or 843-722-1112 Adults $34 • 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.

Comedian and star of Comedy Central’s “The Colbert Report” Stephen Colbert grew up in Charleston.

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Audubon Center At Beidler Forest

Fort Sumter Tours

843-462-2150 • The Lowcountry’s “real swamp” experience. The Audubon Society’s 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 in this untouched sanctuary. Walk the 1.75-mile boardwalk deep into the heart of the swamp. Tues.-Sun. 9 a.m-5 p.m. Harleyville, S.C., I-26 W to exit 187, follow “Beidler Forest” signs.

Departs from two locations: Liberty Square, Charleston • (Map K:3) or Patriots Point Mount Pleasant (Map P:1) • 843-722-2628 • Charleston is full of history at every turn and one of its most famous claims to fame is Fort Sumter National Monument, the site where the Civil War began. We provide 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.

Charles Towne Landing State Historic Site 1500 Old Towne Rd. • Charleston • (area map) 843-852-4200 • Hours: daily 9 a.m.-5 p.m. Web: • Charles Towne Landing is the birthplace of Charleston and South Carolina. Established in 1670, this is where your visit to historic Charleston begins. Charles Towne Landing 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.

Children’s Museum Of The Lowcountry 25 Ann St. • Charleston • (Map: G:2) 843-853-8962 • Charleston’s No. 1 destination for children and their families. Race boats down rapids, climb aboard our Lowcountry Pirate Ship or explore the towers of our Medieval Castle. Eight interactive exhibits, hands-on activities and programming for children 3 months to 10 years. Open Tues.-Sat.

Town of Summerville Visitor Center • 402 N. Main St. • Summerville (Map CC:3) • 843-873-8535 • It's true. Southern hospitality began in Summerville. Just 24 miles from Charleston, we invite you to experience our original Southern hospitality for yourself. But please take your time and enjoy all this charming, historic town has to offer. You'll soon find yourself feeling relaxed, rejuvenated and thinking this is exactly how life should be.

North Charleston/American LaFrance Fire Museum 4975 Centre Point Dr - North Charleston • (Map U:3) • 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.

Edisto Island Serpentarium 1374 Hwy. 174 • Edisto Island • 843-869-1171 • The first true serpentarium in South Carolina. The facility is dedicated to the recognition, preservation and study of the world of reptiles. Educational displays of reptiles from around the world and the region. Alligators and turtles play in large outdoor ponds and gardens, while others bask in the indoor solarium. See coupon in ad in this section.

Edmondston-Alston House 21 East Battery • Charleston • (Map: G:9) 843-722-7171 • A witness to many dramatic events in Charleston’s history, the house is a classic example of the city’s architecture. Built in 1825, the house is a repository of family treasures, including Alston family silver, furniture, books and paintings that remain in place much as they have been for more than a century and a half. Look seaward from the second floor piazza, where Gen. Beauregard watched the bombardment of Fort Sumter.

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PLANTATIONS Boone Hall Plantation 1235 Long Point Rd. • Mount Pleasant (Map: M:4) • 843-884-4371 • One of America’s oldest plantations with more than 320 years of history and heritage, it is located 8 miles north of Charleston on Highway 17. The famous “Avenue of Oaks,” nine original slave cabins, house tours and shows are all offered for one price. Mon.-Sat. 8:30 a.m.-6:30 p.m.; Sun. 1-5 p.m.

Charleston Tea Plantation 6617 Maybank Hwy. • Wadmalaw Island • 843559-0383 • The Charleston Tea Plantation is located on quiet and beautiful Wadmalaw Island, just 25 miles outside downtown Charleston. Traveling through the tranquil beauty and endless sea of green, 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.

Drayton Hall 3380 Ashley River Rd. (Hwy 61) • Charleston, 843-769-2600 • • Circa 1738 • Drayton Hall (circa 1738) has survived the centuries and is the oldest unrestored plantation house in America open to the public. Admission includes hourly tours, daily programs, river and marsh walks, the African-American Cemetery, rental of an interactive landscape tour on DVD and artisan-inspired Museum Shop. A National Historic Landmark and a historic site of the National Trust for Historic Preservation. Open to the public daily except major holidays.

Middleton Place National Historic Landmark • 4300 Ashley River Rd. (Hwy 61) • Charleston • 843-556-6020 • An 18th-century rice plantation and National Historic Landmark comprising 65 acres of America’s oldest landscaped gardens. A tour of the House Museum highlights family collections and the Middletons’ role in American history. Explore the stable yards, where craftspeople re-create the activities of a self-sustaining Lowcountry plantation. African-American focus tours, carriage rides, garden market and nursery. Open daily 9 a.m.-5 p.m.

The movie “The Patriot” (2000) was filmed in Charleston. A portion of the movie, starring Mel Gibson, was filmed at Cypress Gardens in Moncks Corner. Additional movies have used the swamp and gardens as a backdrop, including “Cold Mountain,” “Swamp Thing” and “The Notebook.” 20 july-september 2012

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RENTALS/MOTORIZED TOURS Segway Tours of Charleston Call for reservations 843-730-3464 or visit • Segway of Charleston offers guided historic/scenic tours, rentals and sales. Experience something fun, safe, unique and eco-friendly. This is a very different way to see the incredible views and learn about beautiful Charleston. Tours daily at 9:30 a.m., 12:30 p.m., 3:30 p.m. and 5:30 p.m., as well as half- and full-day rentals. No experience is needed and training is included.

Drayton Hall

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WALKING TOURS Bulldog Tours 40 North Market St. • Charleston • (Map: I:5) 843-722-TOUR • As seen on the Travel Channel’s “America’s Most Haunted Places,” this premier walking tour company will have you exhilarated and entertained at the same time. Choose from four tours: Ghost & Graveyard, The Dark Side of Charleston, Ghost Dungeon and Haunted Jail Tour.

Charleston History Photo Tours 843-901-9283 • Experience Charleston’s incomparable beauty, unique history, flourishing preservation with your guide. This two-hour walking tour includes stops at mansions, graveyards, gardens, famous war sites, hidden passageways and cobblestone streets with tips on how to compose the perfect shot at this unique locations. Mon.-Sat. 10 a.m.

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


Culinary Tours Of Charleston 40 N. Market St. • Charleston • (Map: I:5) • 843727-1100 • Come join us as we walk, talk and taste our way through Charleston while experiencing history through our Lowcountry cuisine. Daily tasting tours introduce guests to tasty bites at many great “food finds.” Go behind the scenes and visit with chefs, bakers, artisan food producers, chocolatiers and specialty shops.

Shrimp Boats at Folly Beach

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WATER TOURS Absolute Reel Screamer Charters Tours depart from: Crosby’s Seafood 3222 Folly Rd. • Folly Beach • 843-270-4464 This private, two-hour boat adventure is what Folly Beach and Charleston are all about. Cruise through calm rivers and estuaries, go shelling, catch shrimp and harvest oysters with a native captain. Encounter bottlenose dolphins and the famous Morris Island Lighthouse where Civil War Soldiers fought, died and are still buried. Reservations required; mention ad in this section for $10 off.

Adventure Harbor Tours Tours Depart from the Charleston Harbor Marina • 20 Patriots Point Rd. • (Map P:1) 843-442-9455 • Family fun for everyone. Tours “Stormin’ the Beach,” ($55/$25), a more than two-hour tour with shell and sharks’ teeth expeditions to Morris Island. Want more action? Schedule a day of inshore fishing with one of our pros. Coupons, pictures directions and more information available on our website. Reservations encouraged.

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WATER TOURS AquaSafaris 24 Patriots Point Road, A-Dock at Charleston Harbor Marina • Mount Pleasant • (Map P:1) 843-886-8133 • Whether you want to enjoy a day of fishing, a yacht cruise for your private or corporate event, or simply relax on a sunset sail, AquaSafaris hasmthe perfect vessel awaiting you. Dolphin sunset sails, pirate adventures, inshore and offshore fishing and excursions are available on the spacious Palmetto Breeze catamaran. Whatever the occasion, life on the water is oh so good with AquaSafaris!

Angler Management Fishing 843-259-1489 • www.AnglerManagement • Custom, year-round saltwater inshore fishing charters that cater to families, groups, beginners and professionals. Fish in the Intracoastal Waterway, harbor and tidal creeks, catching redfish, trout, flounder, kings, jacks, sharks and more. U.S. Coast Guard Certified licensed and insured, Capt. Ethan will provide all licenses, bait, tackle and ice to pack up the day’s catch. Eco and harbor tours are available as well. See ad in this section.

Barrier Island Eco-Tours 50 41st Ave. • Isle of Palms Marina • (Map: P:5) 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. This riverboat style vessel boasts three decks, two bars, an enclosed main salon, and plenty of room for dining and dancing! Thurs nights: Murder Mystery Cruise. Friday nights: Music and Craft Beer. Sat nights: luncheon cruises. Sun: Jazz Brunch Cruises. Call to reserve your next event; limited to 400 passengers.

Charleston Coastal Excursions 24 Patriots Point Road • Mount Pleasant at Harbor Resort Marina • (Map P:1) • 843-323-9010 • Take their daily water tour aboard this luxurious yacht. This tour is limited to six people at a time, ensuring a quality trip. Get up close to dolphins and historical sites, take in the beautiful Charleston skyline and twinkling lights of the Arthur Ravenel Jr. Bridge. Local light fare and beverage. $79 Adults; $39 children.

The Charleston Metro Chamber of Commerce was established in 1773. Still in operation today, it is the oldest chamber in the country. 26 july-september 2012


WATER TOURS Charleston Harbor Tours Charleston Maritime Center. • 10 Wharfside St., Charleston • (Map K:4) • 800-979-3370 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 informs you about the forts and landmarks that shaped Charleston’s historic harbor. Private charters and group dinner cruises are available. $17.50 adult, $16.50 senior, $13 child 4-11, under 4 are free.

Charleston Water Fun 3 Lockwood Drive • Charleston • (Map B:3) 843-737-4491 • The best kind of boat is someone else’s, so rent one from Charleston Water Fun. They have a fleet of skiffs and deck boats so you and your family and friends can enjoy beautiful Charleston from the water with no agenda. Conveniently located downtown, see Morris Island, the Ravenel Bridge and Shem Creek without all the commute time.

Joseph P. Riley Jr. was elected Charleston's mayor in 1975. He has been serving as the mayor since then.

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Beautiful Beaches Charleston has three public beaches, each of which is about a 20-minute drive from downtown (see maps beginning on Page 62 for reference). FOLLY BEACH • This barrier island beach is laid back and often frequented by locals and surfers. • Alcohol is permitted (in plastic containers). • Traffic can get heavy and parking can be a problem if you arrive after 11 a.m. during the busy season, so you may want to consider a morning beach visit. ISLE OF PALMS • This is the most commercialized beach with a selection of shops, restaurants, bars and public restrooms. • For access to picnic tables, showers, restrooms and a playground, you might want to park at the Isle of Palms County Park for $8 a day; park hours are 9 a.m. to 7 p.m. through Labor Day. • Families frequent IOP because of the strict alcohol rules and tourist atmosphere. SULLIVAN’S ISLAND • Plan for a day trip to this beach as it has very few short-term rentals and no hotels or motels. • Parking can be a problem if you arrive after 10 a.m. There are no public parking lots; street parking only. Be sure to obey posted signs and don’t park in any private yards or driveways. • There are no public restrooms or showers, and alcohol is not permitted. Extra! Be sure to visit our blog at for more information about Charleston’s beaches and the rules regarding dogs on the beach.

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The Folly Beach Fishing Pier is 1,045 feet long.

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WATER TOURS Harborview Charters Departs from various locations; call for details 843-324-3183 • Indulge in our city's marine wildlife, history and estuaries on your own private tour boat. See dolphins and experience Charleston’s history from the water. Relax on the water, look for shells, fish or simply enjoy a sunset cruise, girls’ day out or family time at the beach. Harborview Charters can accommodate and customize any boat charter to fit your needs.

Isle of Palms Marina 50 41st Ave. • Isle of Palms • (Map O:5) 843-886-0209 • A full-service marina with 50 slips, a full-service store with a deli where groceries, beer, wine, bait and tackle are available. Powerboat rentals and customized excursions, group outings and fishing charters can be booked here.

Nature Adventure Tours 325 W. Coleman Blvd. • Mount Pleasant (Map P: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. See coupon in ad.

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WATER TOURS Ondeck Charleston 24 Patriots Point Road • Mount Pleasant at Harbor Resort Marina (Map P:1) • 843-971-0700 • Ondeck Charleston is the premiere U.S. Sailing Certified sailing school in the Southeast. Enjoy Ondeck's wide range of services that range from half-day introductory lessons, catered sunset cruises, professional three-day certified courses, to corporate entertaining. Explore Charleston Harbor while experiencing the thrill of sailing. No experience required.

Sandlapper Water Tours Tours depart from the Maritime Cntr. (by Aquarium) • 10 Wharfside St. • Charleston (Map K:4) • 843-849-8687 for info, call 800-979-3370 for tickets • Come aboard the only haunted Ghost & Pirate Tour on the water by night or experience the Charleston harbor by day on the History Tour. Go shelling on Morris Island and see dolphins with a naturalist guide on the Nature Tour. Relax and take in the sights on the Sunset Cruise. Private charters and group rates available; reservations recommended. See ad for coupon.

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Tee It Up in Charleston Charleston knows a thing or two about golf. In fact, Charleston lays claim to the first golf club when Scottish merchants formed the S.C. Golf Club back in 1786. Fast forward a couple hundred years and Charleston is again making history as it welcomes the 94th annual PGA Championship at the famed Ocean Course on Kiawah Island Aug. 9-12. By being named to host the 94th annual event, the oceanfront course will become only the fifth course to host each of The PGA of America’s major championships – the Ryder Cup (1991), the Senior PGA Championship (2007) and the PGA Championship (2012). Located on the eastern-most end of Kiawah Island, The Ocean Course has more seaside holes than any other course in the Northern Hemisphere; 10 are right along the Atlantic Ocean. If golf is on your vacation agenda, check out one of these area courses: Wild Dunes on the Isle of Palms has two courses. The Wild Dunes Resort Links Course, a Tom Fazio course, has a finishing hole overlooking the Atlantic Ocean. Also designed by Fazio, the Harbor Course is known for its challenging design and views of lagoons, marshes and the Intracoastal Waterway. Located at the foot of the Cooper River Bridge in Mount Pleasant, Patriots Point Links on Charleston Harbor has views of Charleston, Fort Sumter, ships and --Patriots Point. Surrounded by 300-year-old live oak trees and towering pines, Legends Oaks Golf Course in Summerville was named the 2010 South Carolina Golf Course of the Year by the Golf Course Owners Association. Charleston National Country Club, designed by Rees Jones and located in Mount Pleasant, is open to the public year round. It was rated by Golf Digest as the best non-resort course in the Charleston area.

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WATER TOURS Schooner Pride – Charleston's Tall Ship 360 Concord St. • Charleston • (Map: K:3) 800-979-3370 or 843-722-1112 • Marvel at the Holy City’s unique skyline as we sail by the forts, going where history was made. Listen to the wind filling the sails, see dolphins frolicking and experience the magnificent colors of a Charleston sunset. Sail aboard the Pride for an afternoon dolphin sail or a sunset sail. Available for private charter or event booking

Sharkin Charleston 1 Shrimp Boat Lane • Mount Pleasant Pick-up at RB's Restaurant on Shem Creek • 97 Church St. Mount Pleasant • (Map P2) • 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. $89 per person with up to six anglers on the boat. No experience is necessary; great for families and kids. Shark charters are carried out in the protected waters of the harbor, which is just minutes from the pick-up point.

SpiritLine Charleston Harbor Tour Departs from two locations: Aquarium Wharf, Charleston • (Map K:3) or Patriots Point in Mount Pleasant • (Map P:1) • 843-722-2628 • The 90-minute cruise passes by Charleston’s famous Battery, the Cooper River Bridge, Waterfront Park, Patriots Point, Fort Sumter and Fort Moultrie.

Thriller Charleston Tours depart from 1313 Shrimp Boat Lane Mount Pleasant • (Map P:2) • 843-276-4203 • Experience Charleston’s only offshore adventure tour boat. Feel the rush of adrenaline as we burst through the jetties and surf the waves on our way to the Morris Island Lighthouse. Feel the wind, sun and spray on your face as our stereo system plays great music and you see and hear about five forts, the lighthouse and Charleston.

Tidalwave Watersports 69 41st Ave. • Isle of Palms at the Marina (Map O:5) • 843-886-8456 • Have a great time on the water parasailing, wake-boarding or enjoying guided and self-guided wave runner safaris, water skiing, banana-boat rides, powerboat rentals, fishing charters or a harbor cruise. Conveniently located at the Isle of Palms Marina, only a 15-minute drive from downtown Charleston. See ad for coupon.

“Walking the streets of Charleston in the late afternoons of August was like walking through gauze or inhaling damaged silk.” - Pat Conroy in his book “The Lords of Discipline” 38 july-september 2012

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.

WHETHER YOU’RE SHOPPING FOR SOUVENIRS, A DRESS FOR DINNER OR A TASTE OF SOUTH IN 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. Areas outside Charleston like Summerville, North Charleston and Mount Pleasant also offer retail outlets and plenty of opportunities for a day of shopping.

About Charleston South Carolina has two state mottoes: ‘Dum Spiro Spero’ (‘While I breathe I hope’) and ‘Animis Opibusque Parati (‘Ready in Soul and Resource’).

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SHOPPING Dacuba’s Fine Jewelry 84 North Market St. • Charleston (Map: H:5) • 843-853-0103 • Nestled in the heart of Charleston, Dacuba’s has a wonderful selection of sterling silver and 14kt gold jewelry. Their featured “Southern Gate” collection is fashioned after the wrought-iron work seen throughout this historical city. Custom-made Charleston charms are just some of the many treasures you’ll find in their shop. They strive to bring beautiful custom quality jewelry to their customers. (See ads on pages 4-5 for more info).

Filthy Rich Celebrity Jewelry & Gifts 61 S. Market St. • Charleston • (Map H:5) 843-805-8488 • Filthy Rich carries a wide range of styles from various eras. Many classic pieces are available, including Vivien Leigh’s famous emerald earrings from “Gone With the Wind,” Audrey Hepburn’s diamond drops from “Roman Holiday,” Jacqueline Kennedy’s legendary triplestrand faux-pearl necklace, and even Marilyn’s eternity ring from Joe DiMaggio. Shopping at Filthy Rich will allow you to sparkle like Monroe without spending the dough.

Founded in 1770, the College of Charleston serves about 10,000 undergraduate students and 1,500 graduate students.

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SHOPPING Nice Ice Fine Jewelry 145 Market St. • Charleston • (Map: G:4/5) 843-577-7029 • Exclusive boutique to such renowned designers as Slane & Slane, Charriol, Jude Frances, Philip Stein Watches, Marco Bicego, Dominique Cohen and Bellarri. Offers an extensive and unique collection of fine jewelry, engagement rings and pearls. Custom designs are a specialty for this charming shop with a knowledgeable, friendly staff and extraordinarycustomer service. See ad on inside back cover.

Northwoods/Citadel Malls Northwoods: 2150 Northwoods Blvd. • North Charleston • Mon-Sat: 10 a.m.-9 p.m., Sun: Noon-6 p.m. Northwoods Mall is home to favorite stores like Belk, Dillard’s, Sears, JCPenney, and the Lowcountry’s only Sephora, Hollister Co. and Hot Topic and more. A great shopping place with more than 100 fabulous stores, 20 eateries including King Street Grille, Jason’s Deli, Olive Garden, O’Charleys, an indoor play area and a 13-screen stadium theater. Citadel: Sam Rittenberg Blvd & I-526 • 843-7668511 • • Fabulous stores like Belk, Dillard’s, Sears, Target, JCPenney, American Eagle, The Limited, Aeropostale and Ann Taylor Loft. Dine at King Street Grille or visit the Citadel Mall Stadium 16 IMAX Theater.

Horse drawn carriages pass by historic Charleston homes.

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SHOPPING Palmettoville 51 S. Market St. Shops at French Quarter Palmettoville has a large assortment of sunglasses, postcards, handmade soaps and lotions, shot glasses, hand-painted tee towels, slap watches, local images, hats and the best selection of Charleston T-shirts for adults and children, produced locally by our family for more than 30 years, at prices no one can match. Trust you will only find the best selection and quality here at Palmettoville.

Spice & Tea Exchange 170-A Church St. • Charleston • (Map: H:5) (corner of S. Market & Church Sts.) 843-965-8300 • A truly unique sensory experience. The cooking herbs, spice blends and rubs are hand-selected for your cooking needs, and gourmet teas are enjoyed by tea lovers across the nation. Combine traditional and exotic gourmet spices, cooking herbs and seasonings from around the globe in the preparation of our 60+ hand-mixed signature blends and rubs. Packaging by the ounce allows you to experiment as you journey through our vast selection of spices and seasonings.

Terrace Oaks Antique Mall 2037 Maybank (Hwy. 700) • James Island 843-795-9689 • Mon-Sat. 10 a.m.-5:30 p.m. • Since 1988, Terrace Oaks Antique Mall has been the leader in the Charleston area for multi-dealer antique shops. The 10,000-square-foot, 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.

The Pepper Palace 84-A N. Market St. • Charleston (Map H:5) • With its vast array of products, The Pepper Palace is your one-stopshop for hot sauce, barbecue sauce, marinades, salsa, pickled items, jellies and jams, beef jerky, wing sauce, seasonings, rubs and more. Many products are available for tasting daily. Yell " Pepper Palace

Town of Mount Pleasant Mount Pleasant, S.C., is not just your average place to visit. Offering an escape from your everyday life, the taste you crave, and the relaxation you desire, Mount Pleasant won’t disappoint. Filled with an unbelievable 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.

The Shag has been the official state dance since 1984. It’s thought to have started in the 1920s in Myrtle Beach.

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Eat + Drink 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. Spots like Avondale in the West Ashley area of Charleston and Park Circle in North Charleston also are home to tasty local restaurants and bars.

How to best utilize this section: For organizational purposes, the text listings are broken up into fine dining, casual dining and nightlife.

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FINE DINING Bocci’s 158 Church St. • Charleston • (Map: H:5) 843-720-2121 • • Located just off the historic Market area, a favorite among locals, Bocci’s is known for its fresh pastas, homemade sauces, veal, chicken and seafood. When combined with an excellent wine list, a variety of gourmet coffees, and desserts to die for, Bocci’s fresh creations deliver an Italian dining experience unique to Charleston. Lunch 11 a.m., dinner 4:30 p.m.

Cru Cafe´ 18 Pinckney St. • Charleston • (Map: I:4/5) 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. Serving lunch Tues.-Sat. 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. and dinner Tues.-Sat. 5-10 p.m.

SpiritLine Dinner Cruise Departs from 40 Patriots Point Blvd Mount Pleasant • (Map P:1) • 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. Departs Patriots Point Naval and Maritime Museum in Mount Pleasant. Call for information and reservations.

She-Crab Soup

Middleton Place Restaurant 4300 Ashley River Rd. • Charleston 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 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Dinner guests pay no admission after 5:30 p.m. and can stroll through the gardens prior to an elegant, candlelit evening. Dinner served Sun., Tues.-Thurs. 6-8 p.m. and Fri.-Sat. 6-9 p.m.

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CASUAL DINING Charleston Crab House 41 S. Market St. • Charleston • (Map H:6) 843-853-2900 • 145 Wappoo Creek Dr. 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 and a waterfront patio in James Island.

Cupcake 433 King St. • Charleston • (Map: G:2) 843-853-8181 • 644 Long Point Rd., Belle Hall Shopping Center • Mount Pleasant (Map: M:3) • 843-856-7080 • Featured by USA Today, Martha Stewart and also by Ellen as “the best cupcakes in America!” Cupcakes are sweet anddelicious, tiny works of art that bring back the delights of childhood. Baked fresh daily, our cupcakes are concocted from the finest all-natural ingredients, like real vanilla beans, sweet cream butter, fresh fruit and rich chocolate and then finished off with homemade icing and an assortment of toppings, creating a fun, swanky update of a vintage favorite.

East Bay Deli 334 East Bay St. • Charleston • (Map: J:4) 843-216-5473 • 1120 Oakland Market Rd. Mount Pleasant • (Map: M:5) • 843-216-5473 9135 University Blvd. N. Charleston • 843-5537374 • 4405 Dorchester Rd. • N. Charleston (Map: X:4) • 843-747-1235 • Charleston’s real New York-style deli slices sandwich meats fresh every morning and uses 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.

Hyman’s Seafood 215 Meeting St. • Charleston • (Map H:5) 843-723-6000 • Hyman’s Seafood is a must when visiting Charleston. Reviewed by more than 30 national publications and voted No. 1 seafood restaurant in the Southeast by Southern Living magazine nine years in a row. Lunch and dinner served seven days a week. Parking and back entrance from Charleston Place. No reservations; come early to avoid the wait. See coupon in ad for free crab dip or shrimp salad.

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CASUAL DINING Molly Darcy's Irish Pub & Restaurant

FREE Appetizer w/ Purchase of 2 Entrees! up to $10.99 value Not Valid w/other Offers - Traveler Magazine

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


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235 East Bay St. • Charleston (Map I:5) 843-737-4085 • Charleston's best place a fun lunch, dinner or drinks. Molly Darcy's is a traditional Irish pub serving such classics as bangers and mash, corned beef and cabbage, shepard's pie plus there’s plenty of ice-cold Guinness on tap. The casual and relaxed atmosphere is family friendly and there’s live music Thursday through Sunday nights. See their ad for a free appetizer coupon.

Joe Pasta 428 King (Corner of King & John St.) • Charleston (Map: E:5) • 843-965-5252 • Joe Pasta specializes in great Italian food at a great price for both lunch and dinner. Menu features fantastic soups, salads, Parmesan sandwiches, pizza, superb pastas, exquisite 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.

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

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CASUAL DINING A.W. Shuck’s 35 South Market St. • Charleston • (Map: I:5) 843-723-1151 • Charleston’s original raw bar and restaurant right on historic Market Street. A.W. Shucks has created a new menu inspired by classic Charleston tradition that includes award-winning stuffed shrimp, the Lowcountry’s best she-crab soup, and seafood casserole that’s a legend among locals. The only thing you’ll enjoy as much as the food is the company of friends and the extensive selection of craft beers from our bar. Lunch and dinner served daily beginning at 11 a.m.

Tommy Condon’s 160 Church St. • Charleston • (Map: H:5/6) 843-577-3818 • Located one block from the historic Market area, Tommy Condon’s is a longtime Charleston tradition. Here you’ll find an experience crafted after a true Irish pub, offering an atmosphere appropriate for families, couples and folks just looking to hoist a pint. Serving an innovative new pub menu daily beginning at 11 a.m. Dining is available in the pub or on our outdoor deck. Live Irish music Wed.-Sun. nights.

Did you know that riding the downtown trolley or bus service is free? To see the available routes, refer to our downtown map page.

Charleston Tomatoes

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Featured Events Ready, set, summer! Our calendar is overflowing July – September 2012 Join us on Facebook at for the latest on Charleston area events, things to do and giveaways. Plus, post your vacation photos! Fourth of July Events If you happen to be in Charleston during Independence Day, you’ll have plenty of opportunities to celebrate: • Red, White and Blue on the Green: On July 1, Summerville celebrates Independence Day with an old-fashioned event in the town’s historic downtown. • Charleston Community Band Concert: Salute to Heroes concert on July 3 at Smythe Park on Daniel Island. • South Carolina Aquarium 4th of July Celebration: Barbecue, 4-D Theater movies, face painting, music and a front-row view of the Patriots Point fireworks show overlooking the Charleston Harbor. • Fireworks in Summerville: July 4 at Gahagan Sports Complex, 515 W. Boundary Ave. • A Day Celebrating America: July 4 at Loggerhead Grill at The Sanctuary on Kiawiah Island. Activities, music and nighttime fireworks show. • Celebrate the Red, White & Blue: July 4 on The Sanctuary Terrace Lawn. Food, drink, children’s activities and music from the All American Band with nighttime fireworks on the beach. • Folly Beach 4th of July Celebration: Fireworks at dark from the Edwin S. Taylor Fishing Pier. • City of North Charleston Fourth of July Festival: At Riverfront Park, an afternoon and evening of entertainment featuring Ruben Studdard, former “American Idol” winner. The event features the largest fireworks show in the state. • Patriots Point Fourth of July Blast: Enjoy discounted admission to Patriots Point on July 4 and free admission to the fireworks event. Parking is $5 per vehicle. • Uncle Sam Jam: Dance to live beach music on the Mount Pleasant Pier with a view of the Patriots Point fireworks display over the Cooper River.

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FEATURED EVENTS Photo credit Julie Dunn Photography

Palette and Palate Stroll

Palette and Palate Stroll July 13 This annual summer event is dedicated to fine art, cuisine and wine. Stroll the historic streets of downtown Charleston while stopping at some of the city’s most prominent art galleries and dining on food prepared by some of Charleston’s top chefs. Participating galleries and restaurants include Corrigan Gallery and Barsa Tapas; Dog & Horse Fine Art and Circa 1886; Ella Richardson Fine Art and Blu; Helena Fox Fine Art and Anson; Horton Hayes Fine Art and Oak; Smith Killian Fine Art and McCrady’s; The Sylvan Gallery and Eli’s Table; and Wells Gallery and Social. Presented by the Charleston Fine Art Dealers’ Association, proceeds from the event benefit the association’s visual arts scholarships. For more information or tickets, visit

94th PGA Championship August 9-12 The famed Ocean Course on Kiawah Island is home to this major golf event. Tickets have sold out for the event but in mid-June, fewer than 2,000 additional ticket packages were made available. Check out for ticket availability. As of press time, practice round tickets were still available for Aug. 6-8. By being named to host the 94th annual event, the Pete Dye-designed oceanfront layout will become only the fifth course to host each of The PGA of America’s major championships – the Ryder Cup (1991), the Senior PGA Championship (2007) and the PGA Championship (2012). Located on the eastern-most end of Kiawah Island, The Ocean Course has more seaside holes than any other course in the Northern Hemisphere; 10 are right along the Atlantic Ocean. The shifting winds along the ocean make it one of golf’s most challenging courses.

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BBQ/Bluegrass Festival at Boone Hall

10th annual Homegrown Concert August 17-18 Don’t miss South Carolina’s favorite band, Hootie & The Blowfish, in its annual event at the Family Circle Magazine Stadium on Daniel Island. Mark Bryan, Dean Felber, Darius Rucker and Jim “Soni” Sonefeld will perform all their hits. Attendees are asked to bring school supplies that will be donated to Charleston County School District. In the 10 years since its inception, the event has grown into two days full of music and entertainment and includes Hootie’s Homegrown Roundup, now in its sixth year. Hundreds of thousands of dollars’ worth of school supplies have been raised assisting thousands of students with the basic back-to-school needs, including services like dental exams, haircuts and more. Tickets are available through or visit

The Piggly Wiggly BBQ and Bluegrass Festival at Boone Hall Plantation September 2 from 12 p.m. to 9 p.m. Gates open at noon. This event has become THE event of Labor Day Weekend in the SC Lowcountry. Event blends good ole foot stomping bluegrass music with some great BBQ from some of the Lowcountry’s finest. Fun filled event for the whole family includes a mechanical bull riding and rib eating contests with some great prizes, cooking demonstrations, face painting, jump castles, a fireworks show at the end of the day and more. Beer and wine and other foods also available for purchase. See complete event details at

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August 31-September 2 This three-day event at the North Charleston Performing Arts Center will feature some of the best jazz performers. A major highlight of the show is “The Dream Tour” featuring David Sanborn, one of the most influential saxophonists of the past two decades, and pianist Brian Culbertson, a dynamic contemporary jazz performer. Additional performers include Norman Brown, Gerald Albright, Marcus Johnson, Matt Marshak and Ronnie Laws. This event raises money for Closing The Gap in Healthcare Inc., a nonprofit organization dedicated to decreasing health disparities and increasing health literacy among underserved African-American communities in the Carolinas. For more information or to purchase tickets, visit


Lowcountry Jazz Festival

Charleston Restaurant Week September 5-16 Eat your way through Charleston without eating a giant hole in your vacation budget. The Charleston Restaurant Association hosts this annual culinary event featuring dozens of Charleston area restaurants. During this select week, participating restaurants offer prix fixe menus of three items for one price of either $20, $30 or $40. For more information and a list of participating restaurants, visit

Southern Living Taste of Charleston September 30 Historic Boone Hall Plantation is the site for this 32nd annual celebration of all things culinary in the Charleston region. More than 50 of the Lowcountry’s favorite casual and fine dining restaurants serve samples plus beer and wine. Enjoy a specialty beer tasting tent, live entertainment, a waiters’ race and children’s area. Sponsored by magazine “Southern Living,” this event is hosted by the Charleston Restaurant Association. Additional events around the weekend include an Iron Chef Competition on Sept. 28 plus a Singer-Songwriter Show on Sept. 29. For more information, visit

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Calendar of Events July – September 2012

Rice Harvest

JULY 2012 1-3

Day in the Life of a Sailor – Learn about early maritime trade and travel aboard the reproduction 17th-century sailing ketch, Adventure, at Charles Towne Landing State Historic Site.


July Fourth Celebrations – Featured event, see page 54.

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Moonlight Mixers – Dance the night away to live music on the Mount Pleasant Pier.


Edwin McCain Concert – 8:30 p.m. at The Windjammer on the Isle of Palms.

8, 29

22nd annual Charleston Sprint Triathlon Series – Swim, bike and run at James Island County Park.


Palette and Palate Stroll – Featured event, see page 55.


Movies at the Mount Pleasant Pier – Watch “The Muppets.” Movie begins at sundown at the Mount Pleasant Memorial Waterfront Park. Free admission.


Reggae Nights Concert Series – Gates open at 8 p.m. with music by Mystic Vibrations. James Island County Park.


Pier Fishing Tournament – On-site registrations begins at 6 a.m.; prizes awarded. Folly Beach Fishing Pier.


Shark, Rattle and Roll – Kick off Shark Week with a waterfront concert at the South Carolina Aquarium.


Moonlight Mixers – Dance the night away to live music on the Folly Beach Fishing Pier.

AUGUST 2012 2, 3, 4, 5, 9, 10, 11, 12

“The Wizard of Oz” – The Flowertown Players in Summerville present this classic story of Dorothy’s adventures in Oz.

3, 4, “Porgy and Bess” – The Footlight Players bring to the stage this classic 5, 9, story set in Charleston’s fabled Catfish Row. 10, 11, 12, 16, 17, 18, 19

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Slim Down the South Celebrity Softball Challenge – Teams of celebrities play at the Joseph P. Riley Jr. Park to raise awareness and money for Louie’s Kids and Run Buddies to combat childhood obesity.


Moonlight Mixers – Dance the night away to live music on the Mount Pleasant ` Pier.


94th PGA Championship – Featured event, see page 55.

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Moonlight Mixers – Dance the night away to live music on the Folly Beach Fishing Pier.


22nd annual Charleston Sprint Triathlon Series – Swim, bike and run at James Island County Park.


10th annual Homegrown Concert with Hootie & The Blowfish – Featured event, see page 56.


Reggae Nights Concert Series – Gates open at 8 p.m. with music by ReggaeInfinity. James Island County Park.


Big Kahuna Fishing Tournament – On-site registrations begins at 6 a.m.; prizes awarded. Folly Beach Fishing Pier.


Movies at the Mount Pleasant Pier – Watch “How to Train Your Dragon.” Movie begins at sundown at the Mount Pleasant Memorial Waterfront Park. Free admission.


Lowcountry Jazz Festival – Featured event, see page 57.


Sept. 2

Moonlight Mixers

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Cooper River Challenge – On-site registration for fishing tournament begins at 6 a.m.; prizes awarded. Mount Pleasant Pier.


Charleston Restaurant Week – Featured event, see page 57.


Moonlight Mixers – Dance the night away to live music on the Mount Pleasant Pier.


World Team Tennis Finals Weekend – Winners of the WTT Pro League go head to head in conference championship matches. Family Circle Tennis Center.


Scottish Games & Highland Gathering –


Sweetgrass Basket Workshop – Learn to make a sweetgrass basket, an iconic art form in the Lowcountry.


Rice Harvest – Learn how Carolina Gold rice was harvested on Lowcountry plantations. Weather permitting at Middleton Place.


Pier Fishing Tournament – On-site registration for fishing tournament begins at 6 a.m.; prizes awarded. Mount Pleasant Pier.

20, 21, The 39 Steps” – The Flowertown Players in Summerville put a comedic 22, 23, twist on Alfred Hitchcock’s 1935 film. 27, 28, 29, 30 21

Moonlight Mixers – Dance the night away to live music on the Folly Beach Fishing Pier.


Party for the Parks: Amusement on the Avenue – Street-fair style party to raise money for the Charleston Parks Conservancy.


29th annual MOJA Arts Festival –A celebration of African-American and

through Caribbean arts.

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36th annual Fall Tours of Homes & Gardens – Visit private gardens and homes,

through churches and public buildings in downtown Charleston.

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Community Days – Enjoy free admission to the Gibbes Museum of Art.


Southern Living Taste of Charleston – Featured event, see page 57.

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MOJA Arts Festival

Third Saturday of the Month – 17th-century cannon demonstrations at Charles Towne Landing State Historic Site (no demonstration in August). Each Saturday from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. through Dec. 22 – Charleston Farmers Market in Marion Square, downtown Charleston. Each Tuesday from 3:30 p.m. until dusk through Oct. 16 – Mount Pleasant Farmers Market at the Farmers Market Pavilion on Coleman Boulevard. Each Thursday from noon to 7 p.m. through Oct. 18 – North Charleston Farmers Market at Park Circle’s Felix C. Davis Community Center. Each Saturday from 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. through Nov. 17 – Summerville Farmers Market in the First Citizens parking lot adjacent to Summerville Town Hall. First Sunday of the month from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. – Maker’s Market at Mixson in North Charleston featuring food trucks, local brews and works from local artisans. Each Monday from 4-8 p.m. until Aug. 27 – Farmers Market at Freshfields Village on Johns Island. Each Friday from 6-9 p.m. through Aug. 31 – Music on the Green at Freshfields Village on Johns Island. Free outdoor concert series. Each Wednesday at 8:30 p.m. through Aug. 29 – Murder Mystery Cruise aboard the Carolina Queen paddleboat. Each Wednesday at 8:30 p.m. through Aug. 29 (except July 4) – Starlight Cinemas at Freshfields Village on Johns Island. Free outdoor family movies. Each Thursday through Sept. 27 – Blues & BBQ Harbor Cruise, two-hour cruise around the Charleston harbor with a barbecue buffet and lives blues music. Each Friday night (except Aug. 3 and Aug. 10) from 5-8 p.m. – Summer Concert Series Family friendly music on The Grand Lawn of The Sanctuary on Kiawah Island. Second Sunday of each month 2nd Sunday on King Street. – Street is closed to vehicular traffic from Queen Street North to Calhoun Street. Each Wednesday from 6:30-8 p.m. through Nov. 14 – Wine Strolls at Middleton Place.

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Things to Love about the Lowcountry ■

Food: With our bounty of restaurants, local breweries and culinary festivals, there’s not a chance we’re going hungry.

The shade of live oaks: Let’s face it, summers are pretty brutal here. That’s why we love finding relief under the branches of our oak trees.

Hootie & the Blowfish: It’s been a few years since “Cracked Rear View” debuted in 1994, but our admiration for these South Carolina guys hasn’t diminished.

Sea turtles: It’s great being part of the circle of life as mama loggerhead turtles nest on Charleston beaches

Art galleries: Soak up the talent of local and regional artists on art walks, gallery strolls or simply while window shopping.

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Visitor 411 Population: Estimated to be 124,500 in 2009 – Charleston is the second largest city in the state. Population for the metro area estimates a total population of 664,607, the largest in the state.

Climate: Charleston’s subtropical climate is known for mild winters, warm temperatures in the spring and fall with hot and humid summer seasons. Hurricanes are a threat during summer and early fall.

Emergency Services: Dial 911

Area Information Visitor Centers: 1. DOWNTOWN CHARLESTON: 375 Meeting St. 2. MOUNT PLEASANT: 99 Harry Hallman Jr. Blvd. 3. NORTH CHARLESTON: 4975 Centre Point Dr. 4. SUMMERVILLE: 402 N. Main St.

Parking: There are numerous parking garages in downtown Charleston which can be found on our downtown map. Metered street parking is an option throughout the city as well.

Transportation: 1. DOWNTOWN TROLLEY: Free transportation (see map for routes). 2. CARTA: Bus system transports every where from the beach and beyond. 3. AIRPORT: Charleston International, International Blvd (off of I-526), North Charleston 4. AMTRAK: Gaynor Ave, North Charleston. 5. WATER TAXI: Transports visitors from downtown to the USS Yorktown & Mount Pleasant. 843-330-2989

Travel + Leisure named Charleston No. 2 city in its World’s Best Poll (2011) Outside magazine named Charleston No. 6 Best Town Ever (2011)

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Directory Of Advertisers SEE + DO Adventure Harbor Tours American LaFrance Fire Museum Angler Management Fishing Audubon Center at Beidler Forest Barrier Island Eco Tours Boone Hall Plantation Bulldog Walking Tours Carolina Queen Riverboat Charleston Coastal Excursions Charleston Harbor Tours Charleston Tea Plantation Charleston Water Fun Charleston Water Taxi Children’s Museum Culinary Tours of Charleston Drayton Hall Edisto Island Serpentarium Edmondston-Alston House Fear No Easel Social Art Fort Sumter Tours Harborview Charters Isle of Palms Marina Middleton Place Nature Adventures Kayak Ondeck Charleston Sailing Palmetto Breeze Sailing Palmetto Carriage Plantation & Harbor Tour Combo Sandlapper Water Tours Schooner Pride Sailing Schooner Welcome Sailing Segway of Charleston Sharkin' Charleston Fishing South Carolina Aquarium SpiritLine Cruises Harbor Tour The Black Fedora Comedy Mystery Theatre Theatre Charleston Thriller Charleston Tidalwave Watersports Town of Summerville

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SHOP + SAVOR Citadel Mall Dacuba’s Fine Jewelry Filthy Rich Jewelry Nice Ice Fine Jewelry Northwoods Mall Palmettoville Terrace Oaks Antique Mall The Brass Pirate The Pepper Palace The Spice & Tea Exchange Town of Mount Pleasant

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EAT + DRINK A.W. Shuck’s - Seafood Bocci's Italian Charleston Crab House - Seafood Charleston Restaurant Association Cru Café Cupcake East Bay Deli Hyman's Seafood Joe Pasta - Italian Middleton Place Restaurant Molly Darcy’s Irish SpiritLine Dinner Cruise Tommy Condon’s - Irish

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MISC Bryan Thompson - Realtor Tour Video Network

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Traveler of Charleston Magazine - Summer 2012 - What to Do in Charleston SC  

What to do in Charleston! A visitor magazine with tours, attractions, shopping, coupons, restaurants and maps.

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