As a Travel & Leisure “Top Ten World City” six years in a row, Charleston is a unique locale rich in history, culture and wildlife. A day or weekend trip to this iconic city could lead to relaxing on the beach, strolling through City Market and Waterfront Park and touring favorite area attractions. Whether you’re interested in a romantic getaway, family vacation or more, Charleston is a destination for all.
Things To Do
Join a fascinating boat tour to the historic Fort Sumter National Monument, set at the mouth of the beautiful Charleston Harbor. Enjoy a backdrop of Charleston’s stately waterfront homes, The Battery, and Rainbow Row. This fully narrated cruise departs from Aquarium Wharf at the South Carolina Aquarium.
Called “the most important and most interesting garden in America” by the Garden Club of America, Middleton Place is home to America’s oldest landscaped gardens. Centuries-old camellias bloom in the winter months and azaleas blaze on the hillside above the Rice Mill Pond in the spring. In summer, kalmia, magnolias, crepe myrtles and roses accent a landscape magnificent throughout the year.
Patriots Point Naval & Maritime Museum
Patriots Point is where history comes alive! Explore the WWII aircraft carrier USS Yorktown, discover 28 historic aircrafts, the three-acre Vietnam Experience, Medal of Honor Museum and so much more. Patriots Point is situated on the Charleston Harbor directly across from the Aquarium.
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Where To Stay
Francis Marion Hotel
The historic Francis Marion Hotel, named for the Revolutionary War hero Francis Marion, the “Swamp Fox,” has a long tradition of gracious service and elegant accommodations. The Francis Marion Hotel, with its central downtown location, is an easy walk to the antebellum homes, magnificent gardens, boutiques, world-class restaurants, and of course, the South Carolina Aquarium.
Charleston Harbor Resort & Marina
Charleston Harbor Resort & Marina is a world-class destination in Mount Pleasant offering elegant accommodations, an expansive list of amenities and activities, and a prime waterfront location. You are invited to experience true southern hospitality here at our Charleston resort, where we focus on creating a unique and memorable guest experience enveloped by charm and gracious service. And all connected to the Aquarium via the Charleston Water Taxi!
Wild Dunes Resort
Wild Dunes Resort offers a variety of accommodations, each with unique views and easy access to South Carolina beaches that will inspire a vacation all your own. Whether it’s just you and the kids or your whole family tree, Wild Dunes Resort is ideal for family vacations – from award–winning golf and tennis to delicious on-site dining and family-style dinners delivered right to your door. And with great conservation initiatives, Wild Dunes makes a perfect partner to the South Carolina Aquarium.
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