Charleston, South Carolina Top 10 Attractions

6: Dock Street Theater

Dock Street Theater

This is a great choice not only for the venue itself but also for its supreme location in the city's historic French Quarter neighborhood in Charleston's downtown area. It started out as a hotel in 1809 and was converted into a theater in 1935. It was actually the first place designed and built for use as a theater in the Thirteen Colonies and is therefore also on the National Register of Historic Places.

Address: 135 Church St, Charleston, SC 29401

7: South Carolina Aquarium

South Carolina Aquarium

The Charleston Harbor is a popular area that houses plenty of tourist attractions including the South Carolina Aquarium, making this a great choice to visit since for its proximity to other famous venues. Since the more than ten thousand plants and animals here might be overwhelming, pick a few exhibits or animals that you won't want to miss, like the North American River Otters, alligators, loggerhead sea turtles or the Mountain Forest and Ocean exhibits.

Address: 100 Aquarium Wharf, Charleston, SC 29401

8: Magnolia Cemetery

Magnolia Cemetery

Magnolia Cemetery is an historic cemetery for many reasons. For one, it was dedicated in 1850 by Charles Fraser. It is also listed on the National Register of Historic Places. Here one can find the final resting place of old US Congressmen, US federal judges, politicians, authors, South Carolina representatives, and Confederate generals. The Vanderhorst Mausoleum is another big draw for visitors.

Address: 70 Cunnington Ave, Charleston, SC 29405

9: Rainbow Row

Rainbow Row

If you've ever seen pictures of Charleston, you may have already seen parts of Rainbow Row. It's one of the most famous parts of Charleston and a popular tourist site. Here there are thirteen historic, colorful houses in a row that share party walls with each other. Some date back as far as 1778 or 1784!

Address: Rainbow Rd, Charleston, SC 29412

10: Old Slave Mart

Old Slave Mart

If you haven't tired of getting in your fair share of historical experiences and education while in Charleston, then the Old Slave Mart should be next on your list. The Old Slave Mart was once an antebellum slave auction gallery. It was built in 1859 and was the last slave gallery still in existence in South Carolina. Nowadays the building houses the Old Slave Mart Museum and is on the National Register of Historic Places.

Address: 6 Chalmers St, Charleston, SC 29401

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