With an estimated 137,566 residents, Charleston has long been South Carolina's most populated city. A perennial recipient of Travel + Leisure's reader-voted "No. 1 City in the World" award, it's clear that Geechice City is a great place to getaway.
No matter why you're in Charleston, you'll find tons of family-friendly attractions throughout Charleston County's county seat. Here are seven of the best things to do while spending time in Charleston:
1. Walk Along The Battery
Directly bordering the Atlantic Ocean, The Battery is one of the East Coast's most famous seawalls. It's coupled with a long, paved walkway that's perfect for a relaxing evening-time walk while watching a breathtaking nautical sunset.
The Battery borders a beautiful neighborhood that's filled with upscale homes, where you're sure to find a few classy homes for sale in Charleston. Feel free to park a few blocks away from The Battery to take in this architecture on your walk back.
2. Visit Waterfront Park
After checking out The Battery, take a stroll down to Waterfront Park. Named "Waterfront" after its half-mile border with Cooper River, Waterfront Park is home to Charleston's famous pineapple fountain.
Waterfront Park features a long wooden pier that extends into the Atlantic Ocean, dozens of benches, and tons of landmark palmetto trees.
The eight-acre park was recognized by the American Society of Landscape Architects with the 2007 Landmark Award.
3. Spend Some Time at Isle of Palms County Park
Isle of Palms County Park is yet another place to enjoy waterside views in Charleston, South Carolina. It's home to a 600-foot-long white sand beach, a playground, and a sand volleyball court.
If you haven't got much room for beach-lounging equipment, feel free to save the elbow grease and rent Isle of Palms County Park's umbrellas and beach chairs.
4. Tour Historic Charleston
Old South Carriage Company is widely regarded by visitors as Charleston's leading local tour provider. Its one-hour tour of Historic Charleston is fully narrated and takes place on a horse-drawn carriage. Stretching across over 2.5 miles of historic Charleston, the tour covers many major points across the city's 350-year history.
Old South Carriage Company also offers walking tours of Charleston and haunted carriage tours.
5. Check Out the South Carolina Aquarium
If you're looking for family-friendly things to do in Charleston, you can't leave out a trip to the South Carolina Aquarium. Celebrating its 21st anniversary in 2021, the facility hosts more than 5,000 species of animals.
6. Peep Charleston's Beautiful Murals
Although Charleston is known as a beacon of southern history, the Holy City is home to dozens of murals. Some of its most popular attractions include Modelo's Day of the Dead and Jason Paul's painting of the Eiffel Tower.
7. Walk — or Run — Across Cooper River Bridge
Formally known as the Arthur Ravenel Jr. Bridge, Cooper Bridge is a cable-stayed bridge that ties the city to Mount Pleasant, South Carolina.
Walking, cycling, or running the 2.7-mile bridge is a fun activity for locals and tourists alike. If you're around in September, consider competing in the Cooper River Bridge Run!