Excitement is almost always within reach in Charleston, SC. But, when it comes to tracking down the most essential Charleston activities, it can be difficult to narrow down your options. To help you plan your next getaway, we’ve put together a list of things that need to be on your ultimate Charleston bucket list. Additionally, our complimentary Destination Guide has even more can’t-miss Holy City attractions. Request access to our expertly crafted guide and you can guarantee that you’ll never miss out on any of the best things to do in Charleston. The perfect getaway is waiting!
The Ultimate Charleston Bucket List
Picnic at the Angel Oak Tree
Embrace the ancient beauty of the Angel Oak Tree on your next visit to Charleston. This tree is nearly 500 years old and is an iconic piece of The Holy City. Taking a few hours to rest in the shade of its branches or share a meal in the company of friends and family is an absolute must. More than anything, this tree is a gentle reminder of the longevity and fortitude of our natural environment and provides an image that embodies the fight to preserve the area’s stunning wildlife.
The Cooper River Bridge Run
If you happen to be visiting in April, a unique opportunity to stay active is waiting. The Cooper River Bridge Run is an annual 10K race that brings people from all over the country to participate in this iconic event. Registration is open now!
Visit Fort Sumter
It’s impossible to visit Charleston without spending some time learning about the city’s layered history. Part of that intriguing past revolves around the American Civil War, and no national monument is more recognizable in the Civil War than Fort Sumter. Today the monument is open to the public for tours and serves as an important reminder of our country’s recent history. Don’t leave this off of your bucket list!
Take a Boat Tour of Charleston Harbor
The best way to see Charleston is from the water. And the best way to get out on the water is with one of Charleston’s best boat tours. Cruise around Charleston Harbor while taking in a unique view of the city and the surrounding marshland scenery.
Eat Fresh Oysters
One thing that you can’t leave out of your Charleston getaway is the fresh seafood. At the top of the culinary hierarchy, of course, are oysters. Luckily, there are plenty of places in Charleston to get fresh oysters. For example, Leon’s is a delicious oyster bar that serves southern-style seafood and fried chicken! Your Charleston bucket list isn’t complete without a stop here!
The Perfect Place to Stay in Charleston, SC
Relax in style on your next Holy City getaway. Hotel Bella Grace is the premier lodging option in downtown Charleston. Our boutique hotel features luxurious guest rooms, artful decor, word-class customer service, an, most importantly, easy access to all of Charleston’s most exciting activities.
Take a look at our King Room for example. A stay in this decadent guest room includes a king-size bed, evening turndown service, and a complimentary breakfast in the Delaney House each morning. Experience the Holy City as it was meant to be experienced.