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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


Jordan's Travel Tips for Charleston

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

We love Amen for the shrimp and grits, best in town! Favorite bar is The Blind Tiger for it's secret southern charm and the drinks are delicious! For cafe/breakfast you have to go to Miller's!

What are the best things to do in Charleston?

Go on as many tours as you can! Walk through the Battery, rainbow row and city market. Visiting the countries oldest liquor store was fun too.

What is your best travel tip for Charleston?

Wear comfortable shoes!

Visited Charleston in April

Photo Shoot Location: Historic Downtown

Kelsey in Charleston for Flytographer


Melanie's Travel Tips for Charleston

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

Another Broken Egg Cafe was extremely delicious! I am gluten sensitive and they have an entire menu dedicated to Vegan and Gluten Free. I was able to eat pancakes at a restaurant for the first time in years!

What are the best things to do in Charleston?

You have to go on a food tour! Such a great experience to learn about a lot of different restaurants quickly.

What is the best tip for a romantic getaway in Charleston?

Seriously, book a photo shoot. It was such a great way to pamper yourself as a couple. Every time I look at the photos I get so giddy and really feel loved knowing that my partner had fun taking meaningful and memorable pictures together.

Visited Charleston in April

Photo Shoot Location: Historic Downtown

Michelle in Charleston for Flytographer


Christine's Travel Tips for Charleston

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

Favorite restaurant is Magnolia’s. Just classic, classy, and perfect. The fried green tomatoes are perfection.

What are the best things to do in Charleston?

Charles Towne Landing is a wonderful outdoor space for kids. If you’re headed to the waterfront park to see the pineapple fountain with kids - pack a change of clothes or water shoes. They’ll try to find their way in for sure 😆

What is the best tip for celebrating your birthday in Charleston?

Look up some of the local restaurants and try to plan ahead! Some of the best ones are fully booked a month out! Or find a unique activity that you’re interested in like a cooking class or a photography lesson (I loved working with Charleston Photography Tours as a surprise for my husband).

Visited Charleston in April

Photo Shoot Location: Historic Downtown

Michelle in Charleston for Flytographer


Cassie's Travel Tips for Charleston

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

We loved Lewis Barbeque and Callie's Hot Little Biscuit!

What are the best things to do in Charleston?

We loved just walking around the King Street, French Quarter, and Historic District. We had no plans and it was fun to take a stroll and see the awesome sites!

What is the best tip for celebrating your anniversary in Charleston?

We enjoyed staying downtown and was able to walk to everything!

Visited Charleston in February

Photo Shoot Location: French Quarter District

Michelle in Charleston for Flytographer


Nicole's Travel Tips for Charleston

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

Fleet on the pier. Great food, service, and views.

What are the best things to do in Charleston?

The carriage tour was grand. The flea market on market st. Henry’s is a hidden gem for food!

Visited Charleston in December

Photo Shoot Location: Historic Downtown

Kelsey in Charleston for Flytographer


Eleni's Travel Tips for Charleston

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

Circa 1886, amazing ambience, service and food.

Visited Charleston in November

Photo Shoot Location: Historic Downtown

Kelsey in Charleston for Flytographer


Carley's Travel Tips for Charleston

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

The Kingstide on Daniel Island - take the DI ferry in for dinner from the waterfront downtown for the dreamiest night. Get there before 4pm? Get frose next door at The Dime before your dinner resi!

What are the best things to do in Charleston?

Being outdoors along the waterfront, the charming colors and shops downtown, and how incredibly kind everyone is around town.

Hometown Shoot in November

Photo Shoot Location: Custom Route

Kelsey in Charleston for Flytographer


Nikki's Travel Tips for Charleston

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

82 Queen, TBonz and Fleet Landing

What are the best things to do in Charleston?

Hidden gems, beautiful alleys

Visited Charleston in November

Photo Shoot Location: Custom Route

Michelle in Charleston for Flytographer


Brittany's Travel Tips for Charleston

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

Nico - the food was amazing and our waiter Erin was great. She was super helpful with the menu and gave fantastic suggestions. The Griffon bar downtown by the Pineapple fountain was also a great little place to grab food and the aesthetic was very cool

What are the best things to do in Charleston?

Guided Kayak tour is something I highly recommend!

What is your best travel tip for Charleston?

Definitely try to stay in a unique place if you can!

Visited Charleston in September

Photo Shoot Location: Custom Route

Michelle 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


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