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Top 5 things to do in Charleston

Charleston City Market in the historic district
Charleston City Market in the historic district

Charleston is a historic American city in one of the original 13 colonies, South Carolina. This vibrant city has a lot to offer. Here are five of the most popular attractions:

Charleston City Market
In 1788, wealthy landowner Charles Pinckney donated the land on which the Market stands today. Pinckney stipulated that the area be used as a public market and this eclectic trade space is still bustling with activity seven days a week. Spanning three city blocks, the market is located on appropriately named Market Street in Charleston’s historic district. One block away is charming Waterfront Park.

Patriots Point Naval & Maritime Museum
On display are three World War II era ships, the most prominent of which is the famous aircraft carrier USS Yorktown which took part in 11 key battles in the Pacific. Also on display is the USS Laffey, a destroyer, and the USS Clagamore, a submarine. You can go inside all of the ships. The USS Yorktown is a museum ship that has over 25 vintage aircraft on display in its hangar and on its flight deck.

Fort Sumter
Fort Sumter is best remembered as the location of the first shots of the Civil War. Built as part of a series of coastal fortifications following the War of 1812, the fort was obsolete by 1860 and was quickly reduced to rubble soon after the war began. This national monument is situated in the mouth of the harbor is reached by a short 20 minute ferry ride. Both ferries are depart from other tourist attractions (one next to the aquarium and the other next to Patriots Point) which makes sightseeing easy.

The Old Exchange Building & Provost Dungeon
This is truly a unique exhibit. Built in 1767, this building has served several functions over the years. The building originally served as a customhouse and mercantile exchange. In 1776, the Declaration of Independence was publicly read here. During the Revolutionary War it was a prison, and after the war President George Washington greeted locals here. And there is a dungeon. Today it is a popular tourist attraction that tells stories of colonial and pirate days of yore.

King Street
This is the bustling street that runs through the center of the historic district and connects parks and hotels with tourist attractions. The shops, restaurants, and sidewalk cafes that line the street are numerous and very authentic in southern style and feel. This area is equally popular during the day and evening as tourist and locals mingle, catch-up, and relax.

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