What can you do while visiting Charleston, SC, the recipient of the #1 U.S. City/Conde Nast Traveler/Reader’s Choice Award for three consecutive years? Visit Charleston’s official site for information: www.charlestoncvb.com/visitors
The Charleston City Paper also provides information on a variety of things to do, including places for food and beverage, music, the arts, and other events on their calendar. Visit www.charlestoncitypaper.com
Charleston features a variety of walking, carriage, boat, and bus tours that highlight diverse aspects of Charleston’s unique past. Some popular tours focus on historic Charleston, plantation life, Gullah/African American culture, ghosts and graveyards, pirates, and local ecology. For more information, visit the list of tours compiled by the Charleston Convention and Visitors Bureau at http://www.charlestoncvb.com/visitors/tripplanner/what_to_see_do~3/tours~32/
Avery Research Center, avery.cofc.edu, 843-953-7609
The mission of the Avery Research Center for African American History and Culture is to collect, preserve, and promote the unique history and culture of the African diaspora, with emphasis on Charleston and the South Carolina Lowcountry. Avery’s archival collections, museum exhibitions, and public programming reflect these diverse populations as well as the wider African Diaspora.
Charleston Stage at the Dock Street Theatre, www.charlestonstage.com or 843-577-7183
Charleston Stage, founded by playwright Julian Wiles in 1978, is South Carolina’s largest professional theatre company in residence at the Historic Dock Street Theatre. Charleston Stage provides a full season of plays, musicals and theatre-for-youth productions.
Footlight Players, www.footlightplayers.net or 843-722-4487
The Footlight Players, Charleston’s oldest continuously performing theatre company, is celebrating its 82nd anniversary season in 2013-2014 and is located in the heart of the French Quarter.
Gibbes Museum of Art, www.gibbesmuseum.org or 843-722-2706
Experience Charleston’s history through Art! Located in the historic district, the Gibbes houses a premier collection of fine art, principally American works with a Charleston or Southern connection and presents special exhibitions annually.
Mixology Tour, www.charlestonculinarytours.com/mixology-tour or 843-259-2966
Meets Monday, Thursday, Friday, and Saturday from 5:30pm to 7:00pm. A walking tour that stops at three bars where guests will learn techniques that mixologists are using to embrace local traditions. A tour guide will provide insight into Charleston’s past and present cocktail culture on the walking portion of the tour between the bars. Cost is $40 per person and includes a narrated tour and one specialty craft cocktail at each of the three stops.
South Carolina Aquarium, www.scaquarium.org or 800- 722-6455
Fun, wonder and education come together at the South Carolina Aquarium. An intimate family-fun adventure, see a rare albino American alligator; get hands-on at the Touch Tank, marvel at the sharks in the Great Ocean Tank, come face-to-face with rays in the Stingray Encounter, or take a behind-the-scenes tour of the Sea Turtle Hospital.
Spiritline Dinner Cruise, spiritlinecruises.com/dining-cruises or 843-722-2628
This two and one-half hour cruise includes a three or four course meal prepared to order. The dining deck is climate controlled and the observation deck is covered and open air. Boarding time at Patriot’s Point in Mt. Pleasant is 6:30 and the cruise is from 7:00 pm to 9:30 pm. Costs are as follows: Sunday through Thursday – $53.53 per person; Friday through Saturday – $59.53 per person; gratuity is not included. Private seating is available for couples and special group rates are available for parties of 15 or more. Reservations required. Cost for parking at Patriot’s Point is $5.00. Dress code is “nice casual.”
Theatre 99, www.theatre99.com or 843-853-6687
An improv comedy theatre that offers shows every Wednesday, Friday, and Saturday night. Shows are rated PG-13 and usually contain some adult language. Located at 280 Meeting Street above the Bicycle shop.