Things to Do in Charleston

The Travel Channel’s Top-10 Locals List showcases just a few of the many things to do in Charleston, South Carolina.

Want to know more? Scroll down for a calendar of events and then give us a call at (843) 737-2541.  We will help you put together the perfect vacation package.

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Calendar of Events

Oct
23
Mon
2017
Shark Shallows Exhibit – $3 Off Coupon @ South Carolina Aquarium
Oct 23 all-day

Click here to redeem $3 off coupon!

Touch sharks and rays at your fingertips as you experience Shark Shallows. The first of its kind in the region, this exhibit enables you to reach out and feel the skin of bonnethead sharks, cownose rays and southern stingrays.

Overlooking the Charleston Harbor from the Riverside Terrace, Shark Shallows is the largest enhancement to the guest experience since the Aquarium opened its doors in 2000. Shark Shallows’ impressive 20,000-gallon touch tank features a deep area where the animals can swim uninterrupted and a shallow area where guests can discover how sharks and rays feel.

Oct
24
Tue
2017
Shark Shallows Exhibit – $3 Off Coupon @ South Carolina Aquarium
Oct 24 all-day

Click here to redeem $3 off coupon!

Touch sharks and rays at your fingertips as you experience Shark Shallows. The first of its kind in the region, this exhibit enables you to reach out and feel the skin of bonnethead sharks, cownose rays and southern stingrays.

Overlooking the Charleston Harbor from the Riverside Terrace, Shark Shallows is the largest enhancement to the guest experience since the Aquarium opened its doors in 2000. Shark Shallows’ impressive 20,000-gallon touch tank features a deep area where the animals can swim uninterrupted and a shallow area where guests can discover how sharks and rays feel.

Oct
25
Wed
2017
Shark Shallows Exhibit – $3 Off Coupon @ South Carolina Aquarium
Oct 25 all-day

Click here to redeem $3 off coupon!

Touch sharks and rays at your fingertips as you experience Shark Shallows. The first of its kind in the region, this exhibit enables you to reach out and feel the skin of bonnethead sharks, cownose rays and southern stingrays.

Overlooking the Charleston Harbor from the Riverside Terrace, Shark Shallows is the largest enhancement to the guest experience since the Aquarium opened its doors in 2000. Shark Shallows’ impressive 20,000-gallon touch tank features a deep area where the animals can swim uninterrupted and a shallow area where guests can discover how sharks and rays feel.

Oct
26
Thu
2017
Shark Shallows Exhibit – $3 Off Coupon @ South Carolina Aquarium
Oct 26 all-day

Click here to redeem $3 off coupon!

Touch sharks and rays at your fingertips as you experience Shark Shallows. The first of its kind in the region, this exhibit enables you to reach out and feel the skin of bonnethead sharks, cownose rays and southern stingrays.

Overlooking the Charleston Harbor from the Riverside Terrace, Shark Shallows is the largest enhancement to the guest experience since the Aquarium opened its doors in 2000. Shark Shallows’ impressive 20,000-gallon touch tank features a deep area where the animals can swim uninterrupted and a shallow area where guests can discover how sharks and rays feel.

Oct
27
Fri
2017
Shark Shallows Exhibit – $3 Off Coupon @ South Carolina Aquarium
Oct 27 all-day

Click here to redeem $3 off coupon!

Touch sharks and rays at your fingertips as you experience Shark Shallows. The first of its kind in the region, this exhibit enables you to reach out and feel the skin of bonnethead sharks, cownose rays and southern stingrays.

Overlooking the Charleston Harbor from the Riverside Terrace, Shark Shallows is the largest enhancement to the guest experience since the Aquarium opened its doors in 2000. Shark Shallows’ impressive 20,000-gallon touch tank features a deep area where the animals can swim uninterrupted and a shallow area where guests can discover how sharks and rays feel.

Oct
28
Sat
2017
Musket Firings at Fort Moultrie @ Fort Moultrie
Oct 28 all-day

MUSKET FIRINGS TAKE PLACE AT 10, 11, 2:30 AND 3:30 ONLY!

Fort Moultrie was a crucial fort in the defense of the Charleston Harbor during Colonial times, the Revolutionary War and Civil War.

The first fort on Sullivan’s Island was still incomplete when Commodore Sir Peter Parker and nine warships attacked it on June 28, 1776. After a nine-hour battle, the ships were forced to retire. Charleston was saved from British occupation, and the fort was named in honor of its commander, Colonel. William Moultrie. In 1780 the British finally captured Charleston, abandoning it only on the advent of peace.

After the Revolution, Fort Moultrie was neglected, and by 1791 little of it remained. Then, in 1793, war broke out between England and France. The next year Congress, seeking to safeguard American shores, authorized the first system of nationwide coastal fortifications. A second Fort Moultrie, one of 20 new forts along the Atlantic coast, was completed in 1798. It too suffered from neglect and was finally destroyed by a hurricane in 1804. By 1807 many of the other First System fortifications were in need of extensive repair. Congress responded by authorizing funds for a Second System, which included a third Fort Moultrie. By 1809 a new brick fort stood on Sullivan’s Island.

Battlefields in Motion model of Fort Moultrie in 1860

Between 1809 and 1860 Fort Moultrie changed little. The parapet was altered and the armament modernized, but the big improvement in Charleston’s defenses during this period was the construction of Fort Sumter at the entrance of the harbor. The forts ringing Charleston Harbor – Moultrie, Sumter, Johnson, and Castle Pinckney – were meant to complement each other, but ironically received their baptism of fire as opponents. For more information about the Fort Moultrie of 1860, including 3D models and animation, visit Battlefields in Motion.

In December 1860 South Carolina seceded from the Union, and the Federal garrison abandoned Fort Moultrie for the stronger Sumter. Three and a half months later, Confederate troops shelled Sumter into submission, plunging the nation into civil war. In April 1863, Federal iron-clads and shore batteries began a 20-month bombardment of Sumter and Moultrie, yet Charleston’s defenses held. When the Confederate army evacuated the city in February 1865, Fort Sumter was little more than a pile of rubble and Fort Moultrie lay hidden under the band of sand that protected its walls from Federal shells. The new rifled cannon used during the Civil War had demolished the brick-walled fortifications.

Fort Moultrie was modernized in the 1870s, employing concepts developed during the war. Huge new cannon were installed, and magazines and bombproofs were built of thick concrete, then buried under tons of earth to absorb the explosion of heavy shells.

In 1885, President Grover Cleveland appointed Secretary of War William C. Endicott to head a board to review the coastal defenses in light of newly developing weapons technology. The system that emerged, named for Endicott, again modernized the nation’s fortifications. New batteries of concrete and steel were constructed in Fort Moultrie. Larger weapons were emplaced elsewhere on Sullivan’s Island, and the old fort became just a small part of the Fort Moultrie Military Reservation that covered much of the island.As technology changed, harbor defense became more complex.

The world wars brought new threats of submarine and aerial attack and required new means of defense at Moultrie. Yet these armaments also became obsolete as nuclear weapons and guided missiles altered the entire concept of national defense.

Today Fort Moultrie has been restored to portray the major periods of its history. A visitor to the fort moves steadily backwards in time from the World War II Harbor Entrance Control Post to the site of the Palmetto-log fort of 1776.

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Shark Shallows Exhibit – $3 Off Coupon @ South Carolina Aquarium
Oct 28 all-day

Click here to redeem $3 off coupon!

Touch sharks and rays at your fingertips as you experience Shark Shallows. The first of its kind in the region, this exhibit enables you to reach out and feel the skin of bonnethead sharks, cownose rays and southern stingrays.

Overlooking the Charleston Harbor from the Riverside Terrace, Shark Shallows is the largest enhancement to the guest experience since the Aquarium opened its doors in 2000. Shark Shallows’ impressive 20,000-gallon touch tank features a deep area where the animals can swim uninterrupted and a shallow area where guests can discover how sharks and rays feel.

Oct
29
Sun
2017
Shark Shallows Exhibit – $3 Off Coupon @ South Carolina Aquarium
Oct 29 all-day

Click here to redeem $3 off coupon!

Touch sharks and rays at your fingertips as you experience Shark Shallows. The first of its kind in the region, this exhibit enables you to reach out and feel the skin of bonnethead sharks, cownose rays and southern stingrays.

Overlooking the Charleston Harbor from the Riverside Terrace, Shark Shallows is the largest enhancement to the guest experience since the Aquarium opened its doors in 2000. Shark Shallows’ impressive 20,000-gallon touch tank features a deep area where the animals can swim uninterrupted and a shallow area where guests can discover how sharks and rays feel.

Oct
30
Mon
2017
Shark Shallows Exhibit – $3 Off Coupon @ South Carolina Aquarium
Oct 30 all-day

Click here to redeem $3 off coupon!

Touch sharks and rays at your fingertips as you experience Shark Shallows. The first of its kind in the region, this exhibit enables you to reach out and feel the skin of bonnethead sharks, cownose rays and southern stingrays.

Overlooking the Charleston Harbor from the Riverside Terrace, Shark Shallows is the largest enhancement to the guest experience since the Aquarium opened its doors in 2000. Shark Shallows’ impressive 20,000-gallon touch tank features a deep area where the animals can swim uninterrupted and a shallow area where guests can discover how sharks and rays feel.

Oct
31
Tue
2017
Shark Shallows Exhibit – $3 Off Coupon @ South Carolina Aquarium
Oct 31 all-day

Click here to redeem $3 off coupon!

Touch sharks and rays at your fingertips as you experience Shark Shallows. The first of its kind in the region, this exhibit enables you to reach out and feel the skin of bonnethead sharks, cownose rays and southern stingrays.

Overlooking the Charleston Harbor from the Riverside Terrace, Shark Shallows is the largest enhancement to the guest experience since the Aquarium opened its doors in 2000. Shark Shallows’ impressive 20,000-gallon touch tank features a deep area where the animals can swim uninterrupted and a shallow area where guests can discover how sharks and rays feel.

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