1. Watch a live sea turtle release: Located at the South Carolina Aquarium, the Sea Turtle Hospital is a non-profit organization that has been assisting injured and sick sea turtles since 2000. Each year, the South Carolina Aquarium releases dozens of rehabilitated sea turtles back into the oceans around Charleston. They announce each of their releases in advance so the public is welcome to watch! To view upcoming releases, visit the South Carolina Aquarium website.
2. Eat at the Charleston Grill: As one of Charleston’s finest dining establishments, Charleston Grill serves up one of the best steaks we’ve ever had! Filled with live jazz music, beautifully appointed black and white photographs, cherry wood walls, and world-class service, the Charleston Grill has been attracting discerning diners to its elegant ambiance for years.
3. Step back in time during a visit to Boone Hall Plantation: As one of the most historic places in Charleston, Boone Hall Plantation grounds include a large Colonial Revival plantation house, a number of original slave cabins, a smoke house, the cotton gin house, stables, a dock house, Seabrook cottages, the commissary building, as well as some very beautiful gardens.
4. Spook yourself out on a ghost tour of downtown Charleston: Visitors looking to dive into the supernatural world of Charleston can embark on a ghost tour with Bulldog Tours. Some of the specialty ghost tours offered by Bulldog Tours include the Charleston Ghost & Dungeon Tour, Dark Side of Charleston Tour, Charleston Ghost & Graveyard Tour, and the Haunted Jail Tour.
5. Take a carriage tour of downtown Charleston: Take a seat in a Palmetto Carriage Works shaded horse-drawn carriage as you soak in Charleston’s charming city life, history, and culture.
6. Satisfy your love for nature at the Southeastern Wildlife Exposition: Each year, Charleston welcomes the Southeastern Wildlife Exposition event, attracting hundreds of artists and exhibitors from around the world to showcase wildlife and nature art, research, and education. There are even dog retrieving competitions and other exciting events for attendees to take part in.
7. Embark on a 90-minute historic tour of Charleston harbor: Have a seat aboard The Carolina Belle for a 90-minute, narrated historic tour of Charleston harbor. During this tour, you’ll witness points of interest that include the Ravenel Bridge, the USS Yorktown, the Battery, St. Michael’s Church, Fort Sumter, and more.
And for those of you who want to experience Charleston from both the land and the water, try the Charleston Harbor Tour Historic Cruise + Palmetto Carriage Ride Combination Package. This package includes a 90-minute historic boat tour aboard The Carolina Belle though Charleston’s history-clad harbor, plus a one-hour carriage ride (tours can be taken on separate days or the same day, as long as you purchase the combination package). Click here to get more information about the combination tour.
8. Blessing of the Vines: For ten consecutive years, Irvin House Vineyards on Wadmalaw Island (a 20-minute drive from downtown Charleston) has been hosting the Blessing of the Vines event. During this event, visitors can set up their blanket and chairs as they enjoy food from local restaurants, wine from Irvin House Vineyards, and live music on the lawn.
9. Charleston River Dogs: For a grand-old-time, visit the Joseph P. Riley, Jr. Park, in downtown Charleston, home of the Charleston River Dogs, for a baseball game. The River Dogs are a minor league team affiliated with the New York Yankees. Grab a hotdog or a cup of boiled peanuts!
10. Walk or run the Cooper River Bridge Run: The Cooper River Bridge Run is Charleston’s annual 10K race, benefiting various different charities, starting in Mt. Pleasant and ending at Marion Square in downtown Charleston. This past spring, there were over 40,000 participants . . .