How to Experience the BEST of Charleston in 2013

How to Experience the BEST of Charleston in 2013

Charleston oyster roast

If you missed Part I of this post, 20 Things to See & Do in Charleston in 2013, click here.

See below for the rest of our list on the top 20 things to see and do in Charleston during 2013:

11. Attend the annual Oyster Roast at Boone Hall Plantation: For the world’s largest oyster festival, visit Boone Hall Plantation on January 27 for their 30th annual Lowcountry Oyster Roast. During the event, there are oyster eating and oyster shucking contests, live music, great eats from local restaurants, and, of course, thousands upon thousands of delicious oysters!

12. Visit the Charleston Wine and Food Festival: One of our favorite Charleston events of the year, The BB&T Charleston Wine + Food Festival brings travelers around the world together to explore local and international flavors of food and wine. The festival takes place February 28 – March 3, 2013 and features over 80 different events, including cooking lessons with world-renowned chefs, local catch cookouts, VIP parties, tastings at the Culinary Village in Marion Square, and much, much more.

13. Eat at Taco Boy on Folly Beach: For a unique and laid-back dining experience, take a drive to Folly Beach and enjoy some excellent tacos, frozen margaritas, and chips and queso at Taco Boy. And if you’re feeling like a swim or laying out in the Charleston sun, all you have to do is walk to the nearby Folly Beach!

14. Go horseback riding on Seabrook Island: Whether you’re an expert rider or have never ever sat on a horse, Seabrook Island’s Equestrian Center offers trail rides for all levels of riders. They offer a variety of rides, including beach and trail rides.

horseback riding

15. Get your dance on at the Shaggin’ on the Pier events: For all of you out-of-towners, the official South Carolina state dance is the “shag,” and each year, the Mount Pleasant Pier hosts a variety of Shaggin’ events. During these vibrant events there’s live music, food, and beverages, as well as some serious entertainment!

16. Hop aboard the USS Yorktown for a look at our nation’s history: Built in just 16.5 months, the USS Yorktown was launched into the Navy fleet on April 15, 1943 where it served in the Pacific Offensive until Japan was defeated in 1945. For its exceptional service in the U.S. Navy, the Yorktown received not only a Presidential Unit Citation, but also 11 battle stars for its role in World War II. Today, the Yorktown can be explored in all of its glory at the Patriots Point Naval and Maritime Museum on Charleston harbor.

17. Take a Charleston sunset sail aboard The Schooner Pride: Aboard The Schooner Pride, a classic 84′ tall ship, you’ll have the opportunity to witness dolphins, pelicans, and other marine animals as you sail past some of Charleston’s most celebrated points of interest, including Fort Sumter, the USS Yorktown, the Ravenel Bridge, and more. Passengers are welcome to raise and trim the sails with the crew or just sit back and enjoy the sail with a glass of wine or beer in hand. Both the afternoon dolphin sail and sunset sail are two-hours long and leave from the Aquarium Wharf in downtown Charleston.

sunset cruises in Charleston

18. Explore the wildlife of South Carolina and the world at the South Carolina Aquarium: Perfect for all ages, the South Carolina Aquarium celebrates the world’s most fascinating creatures in a variety of exhibits, including the Mountain Forest exhibit, Coastal Plain exhibit, Madagascar Journey exhibit, a Touch Tank, and so much more. The South Carolina Aquarium also houses a Sea Turtle Hospital, where sick and injured sea turtles are brought for treatment and rehabilitation before being released back into the wild.

19. Stroll through the Charleston City Market: Open everyday of the year (that’s right, including holidays!), The Charleston City Market is one of our favorite ways to get a dose of Charleston history and culture. Lined with vendors, selling everything from handcrafted sweet grass baskets to plates of Charleston BBQ, and local works of art to Charleston-made jewelry, The Charleston City Market is the ideal place to purchase gifts, home décor, and beautiful accessories, as well as grab a bite of Lowcountry delights!

charleston city market

20. Cheer on the Charleston Stingrays hockey team: For a night filled with exciting hockey shenanigans, hot dogs, and beer, you’ll definitely want to check out a Stingrays hockey game at the North Charleston Coliseum.

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