4 Charleston Attractions That Connect Visitors to Local Culture

Charleston, South Carolina, is known for its historic buildings, antebellum homes, Civil War history and beautiful waterfront. It’s eclectic mix of attractions paired with Southern hospitality have even helped it earn top honors as the best city in the U.S. for a vacation by Travel + Leisure. One reason so many people visit Charleston is connection they make with the city and history. With that in mind, here are four Charleston attractions to add to the bucket list.

4 Charleston Attractions That Represent Local Culture

Live Show: Sound of Charleston

Sound of Charleston attracts big crowds to its George Gershwin music, Civil War camp songs and gospel. The program offers great renditions of Charleston’s musical heritage and ranks as the city’s longest running musical production. Hosted in a Circular Congregational Church in downtown Charleston, this show offers a place to worship and connect with the local community through music.

Photo Opp: Arthur Ravenel Jr. Bridge

The Arthur Ravenel Jr. Bridge offers expansive views of the Charleston Harbor. Its cables and diamond-shaped towers represent a modern piece of art. It’s particularly beautiful at night when lit up with dozens of street lights. Drive across to enjoy great views of Charleston, Yorktown and Mt. Pleasant. Or walk along the bridge and watch boats and ocean freighters. Just don’t forget the camera because this bridge is one of the most photographed sites in Charleston.

Outdoor Fun: Charleston Waterfront Park

Charleston Waterfront Park features a splash fountain for children and adults, the famous pineapple fountain and scenic views. On some days visitors can see dolphins and water birds that live in the area. In addition, guests find 8 acres and a pier where they can fish, relax, picnic and swing. Wi-Fi is also available.

History: Drayton Hall

Drayton Hall, a Georgian-Palladian gem, is the oldest plantation house open to the public. Known for its 18th-century architecture and gorgeous gardens, Drayton Hall gives visitors the opportunity to see a plantation in nearly original condition. Guide tours occur daily and last about 45 minutes. While seeing the house, learn about those who once lived on the plantation and their role in Charleston’s history.

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