10 Things for Charleston Locals to Do

Charleston is undoubtedly one of the most charming Atlantic Coast cities. Its rich history, fabled Southern charm, and epic food and culture scene rank high on any tourist’s bucket list. Visitors from all staging of life- from snowbirds to bachelorette parties- flock its cobblestoned streets year-round to enjoy the countless Charleston attractions.


However, there is no shortage of things to do in Charleston beyond the Battery and other touristic hot spots. If you are considering making Chucktown your next home, you will have countless places to explore!


Delight in the local food scene

Southern cuisine has a well-earned worldwide reputation. Foodies will be delighted to find out that one of the main Charleston attractions is its food and restaurant scene. From the coffee joint on the corner to white tablecloth service, from low-country comforting staples to experimentative alchemy, you will always find the perfect eatery no matter your taste. While tourists flock Market Street, locals prefer lesser-known neighborhoods like Upper King, Elliottborough, and enjoy their seafood close to the source on Shem Creek.


Walk or bike dozens of miles of scenic trails

It doesn’t get much more charming than the pastel walls and cobblestone streets of downtown Charleston. However, there is more to it than visiting the city center. The sea islands offer miles of trails easy to access for all abilities. From picturesque marshes to stretches of perfectly preserved shorelines and dense maritime forests, you will always find a way to get closer to nature. A sunrise/sunset walk or bike ride is the best way to avoid the hottest hours of the day and will take your breath away.


Go paddle boarding on the river

Some of the best views of Charleston can only be seen from the water. If you want to sightsee or even exercise, locals know that one of the best things to do in Charleston is to rent a paddleboard (or bring your own). There is no better way to explore the city's famed waterways. Besides, it is your best chance to get up close and personal with some dolphins, who are also frequent visitors!


Relax on Charleston beaches

With the sweltering, humid heat in summer, it is no surprise that Charleston beaches are a favorite among tourists and locals. Folly Beach is one of the most famous, with a lively party atmosphere and a hot surfing spot. Meanwhile, Isles of Palms is more family-friendly. A bit further off the beaten path, Sullivan’s Island offers a relaxed ambiance and historic sites galore, such as Fort Moultrie, where Edgar Allan Poe himself was stationed in 1828.


Catch a show

No matter which day it is, you can always find something to do in Charleston. Bars across the city regularly offer live music shows catering to all tastes. Better known acts also make regular stops in Charleston in some of the larger venues. If classical music and ballet are more your cup of tea, the College of Charleston holds events frequently, and the Spoleto Festival attracts visitors from across the country.


Do your shopping at the Saturday Farmers Market

Shopping at the Farmers Market is a local institution. Held in Marion Square every Saturday morning from early April to late November, it is the place to be. The market attracts local producers, crafters, and artists, making it the perfect place to sample the best Charleston has to offer.


Explore the growing brewery scene

Is the summer heat getting to you? You’re in luck! Charleston has a booming microbrewery scene, perfect for cooling down with a crisp cold beer even during the hottest months. Whether you want to enjoy it on site after a tour – many offer them at no charge - or take it home is up to you!


Train for your next run over the Arthur Ravenel Jr. Bridge

Exercising can be a hassle, but Charleston locals certainly know how to make the best of it. The Arthur Ravenel Jr. Bridge sprawls over the Cooper River, linking Charleston to Mount Pleasant. With its two and a half miles length, it was the longest cable-stayed bridge in North America at the time of its construction in 2005. Now, it is a favorite among locals to run, walk, or bike and enjoy some of the city's best views.


Stroll the streets of the historic district

It is well known that the Charleston attraction that brings tourists to its shore is its perfectly preserved historic district. However, locals are just as likely to be charmed by its refined atmosphere. Residents prefer enjoying downtown the early mornings before visitors tired by their late-night partying get out of bed. Chances are you will have the streets of this romantic city all to yourself!


There are enough things to do in Charleston to keep you busy for a lifetime, no matter your tastes or the time of year.


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Contributed to Your Home blog by Alix Barnaud

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Published 12.28.20

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