You got your tickets for the next harbor tour and boy are you excited, as well you should be. You’re in for an hour-and-a-half of non-stop history while you relax on a beautiful cruise through the Charleston harbor.
But you have a couple of hours to kill before your cruise, so what should you do? It’s too much time to stand around and not enough to venture very far.
We have some suggestions!
1. Have lunch nearby. Try East Bay Deli for mouth-filling sandwiches, Saffron Café and Bakery for lunch with a Middle Eastern flair, Ted’s Butcher Block for gourmet sandwiches and salads or the restaurant at Zero George Hotel for fine dining. Fill your stomach before you fill your other senses on the harbor tour!
2. Visit the South Carolina Aquarium. Get the combo package and walk over to South Carolina’s most popular family attraction for a thrilling visit with aquatic creatures. Sixty unique habitats and 5,000 animals include sharks, giant tortoises, stingrays, an albino alligator and so much more.
3. Throw a Frisbee at Marion Square. If the kids are getting restless, walk the eight blocks to Charleston’s main park and visit the Holocaust memorial, gaze up at John C. Calhoun or picnic on the grass.
4. Stroll the Market. The historic City Market is about half a mile down East Bay Street from where you are. It features 300 local craftspeople and food vendors. Careful, you might just walk away with a sweetgrass basket, a Gullah-style painting, or some African-inspired jewelry.
Whatever you do while you wait for your tour, you’ll be doing it in the #1 tourist city in the world, according to Travel + Leisure magazine.