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Historic Places


History buffs and first time visitors to Charleston alike will find inspiration in any amount of time in Charleston, South Carolina. Simply take a stroll down any of the Holy City's busy streets or through quiet residential neighborhoods, and one can't help but encounter living history in nearly every park, building, and stately home. Travel back in time on foot by visiting Charleston's downtown historical sites, like the Old Exchange and Provost Dungeon on East Bay and Broad, the Old Slave Mart Museum on cobblestone Chalmers Street, or the Dock Street Theatre. Sample local food and grab some Charleston craft souvenirs at the historical Charleston City Market to catch a break from the Charleston heat. Venture outside of Charleston's peninsular downtown for a visit to Magnolia or Boone Hall plantations, take the ferry across the harbor to the site of the fist shots of the Civil War at Fort Sumter, or the family oriented Patriot's Point Naval Museum. Looking to get in touch with Charleston's natural history? Don't miss making a drive out to the 1500 plus year old Angel Oak, the lowcountry's favorite tree.

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Old Exchange and Provost Dungeon


Purportedly home to countless ghosts and legends, this museum and historical landmark is one of the oldest buildings in Charleston.



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Dock Street Theatre


Located on the corner of French Quarter Queen and Church streets, the Dock Street Theatre has a rich Charleston history spanning four centuries.



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Charleston City Market


The Historic Charleston City Market is perhaps the most visited destination in downtown Charleston. Always bustling with shoppers and sightseers, the City Market is open 365 days a year.



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Fort Sumter National Monument


Fort Sumter, visible across the harbor from Waterfront Park and the Battery, is the famous site of the first shots of the Civil War.



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Patriots Point Naval & Maritime


Patriot's Point Naval & Maritime Museum is home to the USS Yorktown, USS Laffey, and USS Clamagore.



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