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Best Things to Do in Charleston

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Montoya's Travel Tips for Charleston

What are the best places to eat and drink in Charleston?

Our favorite restaurant in Charleston was Vicious Biscuit! It was actually recommended by our Flytographer Kelsey and we loved it. Great service and even better food!

What are the best things to do in Charleston?

Our favorite activity in Charleston was visiting the McLeod Plantation. Our tour guide was informative and knowledgeable. She really gave us insight into the history of the area. Also, if you like honey, visit the Savannah Bee Company shop on King St. They have tons of different honey (with free samples!), mead, and even skin care products. We loved this store so much we ended up going back twice!

What is the best tip for travelling with kids to Charleston?

Be sure to stop by the visitors center in downtown Charleston! They have some pretty interesting exhbits there with plenty of space for everyone to spread out and explore. They can also help make arrangements for any tours you might be interested in. Bonus: it's right next door to the Charleston Children's Museum.

Visited Charleston in March

Photo Shoot Location: Historic Downtown

Kelsey in Charleston for Flytographer


Donna's Travel Tips for Charleston

What are the best places to eat and drink in Charleston?

82 Queen was amazing! The venue, the staff and the food was all 5 star! Can't wait to return.

What are the best things to do in Charleston?

Walking the cobblestone streets and all of its surroundings in historic Charleston.

What is your best travel tip for Charleston?

Enjoy the grits, bourbon and sunsets! You will be transformed!

Visited Charleston in September

Photo Shoot Location: Historic Downtown

Kelsey in Charleston for Flytographer


Lisa's Travel Tips for Charleston

What are the best places to eat and drink in Charleston?

5 Church and Snob were our favorite bites!

What are the best things to do in Charleston?

Magnolia Plantation is worth the trip.

What is the best tip for going on your honeymoon to Charleston?

Make reservations in advance for brunch and dinner!

Visited Charleston in September

Photo Shoot Location: French Quarter District

Kelsey in Charleston for Flytographer


Audrey's Travel Tips for Charleston

What are the best places to eat and drink in Charleston?

Our favorite restaurant was Husk! The food was delicious and I’ve never had a chicken cooked so perfectly before. It was all so good and I recommend making a reservation in advance if you decide to eat here! The reservations fill up quickly!

What are the best things to do in Charleston?

We recommend Rainbow Row(Beautiful buildings), a sunset boat tour, Boone Hall Plantation, Cypress Gardens, and end your trip at Folly Beach!

What is the best tip for going on your babymoon to Charleston?

I recommend planning light activities either in the morning or late evening cause the Charleston heat can get to you! Make time for naps and try to relax as much as you can! Do a food tour of Charleston cause the food there is fabulous!

Visited Charleston in August

Photo Shoot Location: Waterfront Park

Kelsey in Charleston for Flytographer


Julie's Travel Tips for Charleston

What are the best places to eat and drink in Charleston?

Restaurant- High Cotton Cafe- Harken

What are the best things to do in Charleston?

Rainbow row, Battery, Isle of Palms beach!

Visited Charleston in August

Photo Shoot Location: Historic Downtown

Michelle in Charleston for Flytographer


Denise's Travel Tips for Charleston

What are the best places to eat and drink in Charleston?

Darling Oyster Bar was a fave for our family for an afternoon drink and appie. Harken Cafe was a quaint, rustic spot for coffee and scone. Basic Kitchen has an excellent selection of Vegans options, and was so so beautiful.

What are the best things to do in Charleston?

We loved checking out the North Charleston Pops while we were in the area. It was our 5 year old favorite part of the trip - a beautiful orchestra with music from Andrew Lloyd Webber, Elton John and Paul McCartney. Excellent! There was so much architectural beauty in Charleston, walking the streets, and popping into restaurants were all we needed to past the time.

What is your best travel tip for Charleston?

Book your hotel a few weeks ahead of time, if possible, to get the best rate. Uber was available so downtown isn't necessary, and most is walkable once your are down there. While you are in the area, definitely check out Isle of Palms! A short 20 minute drive, and so so beautiful!

Visited Charleston in July

Photo Shoot Location: Historic Downtown

Kelsey in Charleston for Flytographer


Lily's Travel Tips for Charleston

What are the best places to eat and drink in Charleston?

We loved Hank’s seafood, the food and atmosphere was amazing!

What are the best things to do in Charleston?

We loved walking along the battery and seeing rainbow row. One of our highlights was taking our pictures in Hampton Park.

What is the best tip for going on your babymoon to Charleston?

Relax, eat some great food, and enjoy each other’s company!

Visited Charleston in July

Photo Shoot Location: Custom Route

Kate in Charleston for Flytographer


Lauren's Travel Tips for Charleston

What are the best places to eat and drink in Charleston?

My favorite experience in Charleston was having high tea at Camellia's at the Hotel Bennett. The food was incredible and the atmosphere was like nothing I have ever experienced.

What are the best things to do in Charleston?

Shopping on King Street, having a best friend photoshoot on rainbow row, eating at the Tempest, going to the Co-op in Sullivan's Island for Frosé and sitting on the beach and strolling through city market.

What is your best travel tip for Charleston?

Pack light weight sundresses/clothing if travelling to Charleston in the summer. Have a day where you just wander around and explore.

Visited Charleston in July

Photo Shoot Location: Historic Downtown

Michelle in Charleston for Flytographer


Amy's Travel Tips for Charleston

What are the best places to eat and drink in Charleston?

Fuel Cantina - delicious food and amazing outdoor space with live music

Visited Charleston in July

Photo Shoot Location: Historic Downtown

Kelsey in Charleston for Flytographer


Mallory's Travel Tips for Charleston

What are the best places to eat and drink in Charleston?

82 Queens and Husk.

What are the best things to do in Charleston?

Cypress Gardens is a must, a romantic row through the swamp is a must.

What is the best tip for a friends' getaway in Charleston?

Wear comfy shoes for walking down the beautiful cobblestone streets! It’s easy to walk every where, but going in summer made walking for long distances tough. We will try spring or fall next time.

Visited Charleston in July

Photo Shoot Location: Historic Downtown

Kate in Charleston for Flytographer


Joe's Travel Tips for Charleston

What are the best places to eat and drink in Charleston?

High Cotton is where we had our engagement party. The staff and food were amazing and accommodating. The manager even checked on us throughout a busy Saturday night.

What are the best things to do in Charleston?

Speed boat driving!

Visited Charleston in June

Photo Shoot Location: Waterfront Park

Michelle in Charleston for Flytographer


Caroline's Travel Tips for Charleston

What are the best places to eat and drink in Charleston?

Leon’s Oyster Shop, local favorite

What are the best things to do in Charleston?

Spending the day at Sullivan’s, shopping on King

Hometown Shoot in May

Photo Shoot Location: French Quarter District

Kelsey in Charleston for Flytographer


Ryan's Travel Tips for Charleston

What are the best places to eat and drink in Charleston?

Leons Oyster Shop- great atmosphere, food, and environment for little kids that could be a little loud at times.

Visited Charleston in May

Photo Shoot Location: Custom Route

Kelsey in Charleston for Flytographer


Emil's Travel Tips for Charleston

What are the best places to eat and drink in Charleston?

A few Blackberry Jam biscuits and a coffee from Callie's Hot Little Biscuit is the perfect way to start off the day. A gin and tonic on the porch at Hotel Zero George is the perfect way to end it.

What are the best things to do in Charleston?

Just walking the side streets in the South of Broad neighborhood, admiring the antebellum mansions and gardens.

What is the best tip for travelling with kids to Charleston?

Our kids loved the scavenger hunt at Boone Hall Plantation. Patriot's Point and White Point Gardens were also big hits.

Visited Charleston in April

Photo Shoot Location: Custom Route

Michelle in Charleston for Flytographer


Amy's Travel Tips for Charleston

What are the best places to eat and drink in Charleston?

Mex 1, which was recommended to us by our photographer, Michelle. We went there after photos, sat outside on the top deck and had amazing Mexican food! Highlight was the "Shark Attack" drink for the kids. Kids were asking to go back again and again...even after we left Charleston.

What are the best things to do in Charleston?

Besides our photos (isn't it fun seeing the town before people are all around?!?), we enjoyed The Market and especially Callie's Hot Little Biscuit! Those biscuits were phenomenal and they even make their gluten free ones from scratch-just give them 45 mins., so plan ahead! We loved Sullivan's Island and spent the day at the beach after enjoying a meal at Mex 1. We enjoyed walking The Battery in the evening as the sun went down, and kids were able to get the last of their wiggles out around the park and canons.

What is the best tip for travelling with kids to Charleston?

Take them down to The Battery at the end of the day to get their wiggles out. Great view, walking path, plenty of parking, and our kids favorite...canons! Pack some snacks if you go to the Yorktown. There is so much to see, and we ended up leaving after 3 hours because we didn't have food with us (they have food trucks, but that day it was just sweets and coffee). Louise BBQ and Mex 1 were both fantastic options that are family friendly.

Visited Charleston in April

Photo Shoot Location: Historic Downtown

Michelle in Charleston for Flytographer


David's Travel Tips for Charleston

What are the best places to eat and drink in Charleston?

Our favorite place so far has been The Establishment. Amazing food, live music, and staff that go out of their way to make sure you have an amazing experience.

What are the best things to do in Charleston?

Run/walk across the Ravenal Bridge, taking in the sights of the water and seeing some of the most amazing sunrises and sunsets.

What is your best overall travel tip for Charleston?

Book your restaurant reservations early, but otherwise don't over-plan it. Get lost in the back alleyways South of Broad, and enjoy wandering around the Battery and historic downtown. The sunsets along the water aren't bad either!

Visited Charleston in January

Photo Shoot Location: Custom Route

Kate in Charleston for Flytographer


Alysa's Travel Tips for Charleston

What are the best places to eat and drink in Charleston?

Magnolia's

What are the best things to do in Charleston?

Walk the historic district

What is your best overall travel tip for Charleston?

COMFORTABLE shoes. the sidewalks are very uneven.

Visited Charleston in October

Photo Shoot Location: Custom Route

Michelle in Charleston for Flytographer


Jackie's Travel Tips for Charleston

What are the best places to eat and drink in Charleston?

Hall’s Chop House (bison filet with black truffle risotto and she crab soup) 167 Raw (lobster roll and Ahi Tuna burger)

What are the best things to do in Charleston?

Hidden Alley Tour and just walk and explore the scenery

What is your best overall travel tip for Charleston?

Wear comfortable shoes and walk everywhere!

Visited Charleston in October

Photo Shoot Location: French Quarter District

Michelle in Charleston for Flytographer


John's Travel Tips for Charleston

What are the best places to eat and drink in Charleston?

Raw 167.

What are the best things to do in Charleston?

Middleton Place

What is your best overall travel tip for Charleston?

Get on a bike and the see the city yourself!

Visited Charleston in October

Photo Shoot Location: French Quarter District

Michelle in Charleston for Flytographer


Ashley's Travel Tips for Charleston

What are the best places to eat and drink in Charleston?

Husk

What are the best things to do in Charleston?

Shopping on King Street, THE FOOD, rooftop bars/patios, and any of the nearby beaches.

What is your best overall travel tip for Charleston?

Make dining reservations in advance!

Visited Charleston in October

Photo Shoot Location: Historic Downtown

Kelsey in Charleston for Flytographer


Heather's Travel Tips for Charleston

What are the best places to eat and drink in Charleston?

Frannie and the Fox

What are the best things to do in Charleston?

Eat and shop!

What is your best overall travel tip for Charleston?

Reserve outdoor dining spots in advance. Try to stay for some weekdays- much less crowded

Visited Charleston in October

Photo Shoot Location: Historic Downtown

Michelle in Charleston for Flytographer


Whitney's Travel Tips for Charleston

What is your best overall travel tip for Charleston?

BBQ at Poogan's Smokehouse and dessert at Husk.

Visited Charleston in December

Photo Shoot Location: Historic Downtown

Erin in Charleston for Flytographer


Eliza's Travel Tips for Charleston

What is your best overall travel tip for Charleston?

We loved going in the Fall, which allowed us to beat the crowds and wander without breaking a sweat. The weather was even warm enough for beautiful strolls on the beach!

Visited Charleston in November

Photo Shoot Location: French Quarter District

Erin in Charleston for Flytographer


Beth's Travel Tips for Charleston

What is your best overall travel tip for Charleston?

Plan ahead so you know everything you want to see because there is so much to do and so much history to learn about.

Visited Charleston in October

Photo Shoot Location: Waterfront Park

Kelsey in Charleston for Flytographer


Rachael's Travel Tips for Charleston

What is your best overall travel tip for Charleston?

King street!

Visited Charleston in October

Photo Shoot Location: Custom Route

Kelsey in Charleston for Flytographer


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