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The Best of Charleston and SC Lowcountry 2017

Posted on 22 Apr 2017
Category: Tours, Parks, Historic Sites, Family Entertainment, Beaches and Islands
Author: Steve Vail

The Spoleto and Piccolo Spoleto festivals are just around the corner and Tourism on the Charleston Peninsula is in full swing. So where do you go first? How do you plan a visit to this beautiful historic area that will enable you to utilize your time and resources in the most efficient way possible? To my knowledge, at this time, a completely exhaustive list of all sites and events within the Charleston and Lowcountry area doesn't exist. But hey... I am working on it. In the meantime take a look at the EVENTS section and sign up for the newsletter. I'll do my best to keep you informed and up to date.

In this post, I have categorized my favorite places and things to do into three categories: Parks And Gardens, Entertainment Venues, and Tours. I realize that you may have your own favorites that aren't listed here – so please leave a comment. I would love to hear about your personal favorites.

Parks And Gardens

This is a lists of my personal favorite parks and gardens in and around the Charleston And Lowcountry Area. The criteria I used: Accessibility, Historic Significance, astetic beauty and maintenance as well as overall atmosphere.

Venues for shows and entertainment

There are hundreds of venues for shows and entertainment in and around the Charleston and Lowcountry area. The venues I have listed here focus primarily on the entertainment, instead of having the entertainment as a side show or to provide background as you would be able to see in many of the bars and restaurants around the area.

Tours – Fun and Historic

There are tour companies all over Charleston and as far as I'm concerned, they all do a tremendous job. Based on my personal experiences as well as reviews I've read, I recomend the following.

Make The Most of Your Stay and Enjoy Yourself

The Charleston and SC Lowcountry has a plethora of things to see and do. To make the most of your visit to the area, you may want to establish some sort of itinerary. The downtown area of Charleston would be a great place to start especially if you're not very familiar with it. Take in at least one or two tours and get a taste of some of Charleston's exquisite cuisine. White Point Garden and the Charleston Battery are right in the heart of downtown. Hampton Park and the Citadel are also within the downtown area. In the evening consider catching a live performance. The Gaillard Center, Charleston Music Hall, Dock Street Theater, and Footlight Players are all right there. You could do all of this on a weekend. If the duration of your trip is more than 2 or three days or you're looking to go beyond the downtown area, in every direction the possibilities are endless. To the north you can visit such places as Pickett Park and the Pitt Street Bridge, The Isle of Palms, Boone Hall, Bulls Island and its 'boneyard beach', The Center for Birds of Prey, and Awendaw Green. To the south, there's McCleod Plantation, the Charleston Tea Plantation, Angel Oak, Folly Beach, Kiawah Island, Edisto Beach, Botany Bay and its 'boneyard beach', the city of Beaufort and Hilton Head Island. To the west headed up Ashley River Road – You can see Drayton Hall, Magnolia Plantation, Middleton Place, and old Fort Dorchester. The list of things to see and do within the Charleston and SC Lowcountry area is... endless. Here I have listed some of my favorites and a few that immediately came to mind. If you are looking to establish an itinerary and you would like some help, contact me. I am more than happy to help in any way possible.