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- Poogan's Porch Restaurant72 Queen St, Charleston, SC 29401recommended Poogan's Porch RestaurantOkay, yes: I'm addicted to she crab soup (most of my reviews of South Carolina mention it in some way). But Poogan's Porch serves the best of the best, along with butterily perfect biscuits and crisp ... read morefried alligator. They serve up all the SC favorites, but with modern twists: fried chicken with smoked gouda, shrimp and grits topped with blue crab gravy.
- Hominy Grill207 Rutledge Ave, Charleston, SC 29403recommended Hominy GrillMmm, she crab soup ... one of my favorite things about visiting South Carolina. And the Hominy Grill has my favorite in Charleston. The restaurant is just outside of the main tourist center of town, ... read moreso it gets a mostly local crowd. Extremely reasonable priced, this is the place to come for all of the local delicacies: fried okra, fried green tomatoes, cornbread, catfish. Oh. I need to fly back to Charleston now.
- Magnolia Plantation and Gardens3550 Ashley River Rd, Charleston, SC 29414-7109recommended Magnolia Plantation and GardensSuspend any judgments for the day, as history doesn't always have to be staid and boring. Sure, there's the classic museum-like house, but there's also a Disney ride-like nature tour, alligator tours, ... read moresmall zoo, Biblical garden, giant gift store, slave cabin tour, etc. It's not cheap, but you could conceivably spend an entire day here. (There's a decent cafe on the grounds, serving South Carolinian delicacies like she-crab soup.)Alex L
Drayton Hall is the serious historical museum, this is the fun and entertaining plantation. But the house and slave cabin tours are still really informative.recommended Magnolia Plantation and GardensMagnolia Plantation has a great boat tour back into the old rice patty's now a swamp to view all kinds of birds and animals go early in the morning. The Nature Train is accessible great way to see the ... read morePlantation. The gardens in full bloom is site not to miss. it will take about 3 to 4 hours to view everything.Jason Planck
This is a great to visit with many different options, please do the boat tour in the morning for great birdwatching.
- Drayton Hall3380 Ashley River Road, Charleston, SC 29414-7105recommended Drayton HallOf the three Ashley River Plantations, Drayton Hall is the least flashy but most historically interesting. It's a large stately home that once lorded over a rice plantation. The Discovery Channel did ... read morea series called 'The Voices of Drayton Hall,' and you can listen while you're there to stories told by former residents of the home -- both the children of former slaves and the homeowners' families. Fascinating.
- Hunley Submarine Museum1250 Supply Street, Charleston, SC 29405recommended Hunley Submarine MuseumIt's not terribly close to town, but if you enjoy the most fascinating look back at Civil War history in just about the entire US, it's so, so worth it. The HL Hunley was a submarine commissioned by ... read morethe Confederate Army to destroy warships from the United States. As the first underwater vessel to sink an enemy warship, the Hunley changed the course of modern warfare. The museum is only open Saturday and Sunday. (Archaeologists are busy at work the other days.) You can see displays of artifacts gathered from the Hunley, read about the submarine's history and see the craft, submerged in protective salt water.Alex L
You have to plan ahead, but this is one of the coolest history exhibits I've seen in the US. A Civil War submarine. Seriously; how crazy is that?
- The Old Exchange & Provost Dungeon122 East Bay Street, Charleston, SCrecommended The Old Exchange & Provost DungeonThis is site where they brought in the Pirates to charge and hung. This also was just right on the waterfront now it’s about mile inland. This is also where the British had put all the POW which ... read moreincludes the Pinckney Family. You will need to have 1 to 1/2 to visit. You need to have the phone number to call the VC to have them open the back door for disability access.Jason Planck
This a great tour to see and learn about the early years of Charleston.
- Fort Sumter National Monument1214 Middle Street, Sullivans Island, SC 29482-9717recommended Fort Sumter National MonumentFort Sumter National Monument is part of the National Park Service’s part unit. The disability access for the boat is located in downtown Charleston. Once on the island there are lifts to get to ... read moredifferent parts of the fort.Jason Planck
Do this on the weekend parking is much easier and early in the morning.
- The Pink House 17 Wentworth Streetrecommended The Pink HouseThe Pink House (circa 1690) is the oldest - and most famous - example of Bermuda stone architecture in Charleston. There is only a handful of homes in the historic downtown that have survived years of ... read morehurricanes, storms and fires to boast the soft, coral stone popular back in the early 1700s. The unusual home is an incredible piece of architecture and Southern history that is included on the majority of the city's guided walking and carriage tours.Ramona Flume
I would also take a carriage ride (pick up spots are found all along Market Street) throughout downtown if you're an architecture or history buff...
- Husk 76 Queen St., Charleston, SCrecommended HuskCentrally located in historic downtown, Husk is Charleston's newest offering from James Beard Award-winning Chef Sean Brock and was even named "Best New Restaurant in America" by Bon Appétit Magazine. ... read moreEvery dish here is sourced locally and "if it doesn't come from the South, it's not coming through the door." A large blackboard at the front of the restaurant lists all of their seasonal dishes and where exactly they were grown or cultivated. Everything is fresh, innovative and sure to change your entire perspective of what it's like to eat in Charleston, South Carolina. Don't miss the fried chicken skins as an appetizer! Warm, crispy and served with a honey barbeque dipping sauce. Now that's some good ol fashioned Southern cooking!Ramona Flume
Hi Erin! Charleston has some of the best food in the South and you can find diverse menus (and great atmosphere) in most of downtown's historically renovated restaurants, but my favorite is definitely Husk!