Historic Building in Charleston

Aiken-Rhett House

The only surviving urban plantation, this house gives a fascinating glimpse into antebellum life. The role of slaves is also presented, and you can wander into their dorm-style quarters behind the main house. The Hi…
Museum in Charleston

Charleston Museum

Founded in 1773, this claims to be the country's oldest museum. It's helpful and informative if you're looking for historic background before strolling through the Historic District. Exhibits spotlight various perio…
Gallery in Charleston

Gibbes Museum of Art

Houses a decent collection of American and Southern works. The contemporary collection includes works by local artists, with Lowcountry life as a highlight. The museum was closed for renovations in 2015 but is sched…
Historic Building in Charleston

Joseph Manigault House

The three-story Federal-style house was once the showpiece of a French Huguenot rice planter. Don't miss the tiny neoclassical temple in the garden.
Synagogue in Charleston

Kahal Kadosh Beth Elohim

The oldest continuously used synagogue in the country. There are free docent-led tours. Check website for tour times.
Historic Building in Charleston

Nathaniel Russell House

A spectacular, self-supporting spiral staircase is the highlight at this 1808 Federal-style house, built by a Rhode Islander, known in Charleston as 'the king of the Yankees.' The small but lush English garden is al…
Historic Building in Charleston

Old Exchange & Provost Dungeon

Kids love the creepy dungeon, used as a prison for pirates and for American patriots held by the British during the Revolutionary War. The cramped space sits beneath a stately Georgian Palladian customs house compl…
Museum in Charleston

Old Slave Mart Museum

Ryan's Mart was an open air market that auctioned African men, women and children in the mid 1800s. It's now a museum about South Carolina's shameful past. Text-heavy exhibits illuminate the slave experience; the fe…
Aquarium in Charleston

South Carolina Aquarium

Ticket prices are steep, so this riverside aquarium is best for a rainy day. Exhibits showcase the state's diverse aquatic life, and you can touch sharks and rays in the new Shark Shallows. The highlight is the 42ft…
Gardens in Charleston

Battery & White Point Gardens

The Battery is the southern tip of the Charleston Peninsula, buffered by a seawall. Stroll past cannons and statues of military heroes in the gardens then walk the promenade and look for Fort Sumter.