Charleston is Americas most beautifully preserved architectural and historic treasure, with a rich, 300 year heritage. Since its founding in 1670, Charleston has played an important and often pivotal role in the course of American history. The city past is a testament to the spirit and tenacity of its citizens. Through occupation, economic hardship, fires, earthquakes and hurricanes, Charleston has exhibited a remarkable resilience. Throughout this turmoil Charleston has been the scene of numerous and varied historic firsts. The first decisive American victory during the Revolution occurred at the Battle of Fort Sullivan. The first regularly scheduled passenger train service in America was established here in 1830. The initial shots of the Civil War were fired on Union troops stationed at Fort Sumter in Charleston Harbor. And the first golf course (Harleston Green) and golf club (The South Carolina Golf Club) in America were established in 1786. History is literally found around every corner, providing a focal point for a visit to this intriguing city.
The beautiful Southern Atlantic Coast is just minutes away. Among the most popular spots for locals and tourists alike are, Folly Beach, Isle of Palms, and Sullivan's Island. Catch some rays, or ride some waves while taking in one of what is referred to by locals as the "Edge of America". Along these beaches you can also find some of the area's best restaurants, and freshest seafood.
If you want to get outdoors and stay out of the sun, the Cypress Gardens may be for you. Located near Charleston in Monks Corner, the Cypress Gardens are a lowcountry treasure. Canoe or kayak through the picturesque blackwater swamp for breathtaking views of the tall cypress trees. The aesthetic value of this pristine swamp has been recognized by Hollywood, and has been the location for many major motion pictures, including the Patriot and The Notebook.
Located in Mt. Pleasant, Boone Hall Plantation is one of America's oldest working, living plantations. Continuously growing crops for over 320 years. As one of the nation's most historic sites, Boone Hall Plantation plays host to many events and festivals throughout the year. Among these events are living history tours, Civil War Re-enactments, and the Southern National BBQ & Bluegrass Festival. Boone Hall is also the location of many weddings, receptions, and reunions.
The North Charleston Coliseum and Performing Arts Center plays host to everything from nationally touring music acts, comedy acts, WWE Smackdown, Broadway musicals, and the Charleston Stingrays Hockey team. If you are looking for a cultural event or a world class show check out the event schedule of the North Charleston Coliseum & Performing Arts Center.
Easily one of South Carolina's favorite attractions, the SC Aquarium and IMAX theater is an amazing place to visit. Whether you are looking for a full day or a couple of hours, the aquarium is the place to see. Come see fish, reptiles, amphibians from the Mountain Forest, to the Coastal Plain, or see the massive Great Ocean Tank which depicts deep water reefs, and contains hundreds of animals.
Featuring the richest concentration of cultural sites in downtown Charleston. The one-mile section of Meeting St holds six museums, including The Charleston Museum, Confederate Museum, The Children's Museum of the Lowcountry, the Old Exchange & Provost Dungeon, and many more. In addition to the museums on Museum mile, you will also discover five historic houses, four scenic parks, and numerous historic places of worship.
Where the American Civil War began on April 12, 1861. Confederate artillery opened fire on this Federal fort in Charleston Harbor. 34 hours later the Union forces surrendered giving the Confederacy the first battle of the Civil War. To visit this historic fort catch the ferry from the National Park Service Visitor Education Center next to the SC Aquarium and from Patriots Point Naval Museum in Mt. Pleasant.
Located on the Charleston Harbor, Patriots Point Museum is one of the largest maritime museums in the world. Beginning in 1975 with the USS Yorktown then the acquisition of the legendary aircraft carrier, the USS Laffey and many more. Patriots Point also possesses priceless WWII and Korea war planes which are featured on the Yorktown's deck. There are over eight different exhibits to visit overall at this spectacular and one of a kind museum.
Charleston is home to some of the worlds most beautiful and challenging golf courses. Middleton Plantation, Wescott Plantation, Coosaw Creek, Legend Oaks, and Crowfield are just a few located near the Charleston Wingate hotel, but there are many more. If you are interested in golf, be sure to check out the great deals with our golf package.
Charleston's own minor league Baseball team. An affiliate of the New York Yankees, the Riverdogs' games are great way to enjoy the Spring and Summer afternoons. The Riverdogs' games are also a family oriented atmosphere.