What’s Doing in Charleston, South Carolina

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Charleston’s Battery is a seawall and promenade

One of the best ways to learn about Charleston’s history of slavery is to visit the Old Slave Mart Museum, which rests on the site of a former slave auction house.  While small, the museum contains an important and powerful look into the country’s dark past.

Continue your walk to Riley Waterfront Park, where benches provide a rest stop with a look out over the marshes and Shutes Folly Island.  Step onto the pier for a better view, or head back to take a selfie with Charleston’s famed pineapple fountain.

For a deep dive into Charleston’s multi-faceted history, visit the Charleston Museum, founded in 1773 and which is often called America’s first museum.  The Charleston Museum is not only a great place to look at anthropological artifacts but it also provides a glimpse into the settlement’s art, culture, fashion, and role in the American Revolution.

Rainbow Row

Perhaps the most well known attraction in Charleston, and certainly one of the oldest, is the Historic City Market, which was established in the late 1700s and it still operates as a venue for established businesses and artist entrepreneurs to showcase and sell their works.  Between the indoor and outdoor sections the market spans four blocks, so take your time to explore the many shops and treasures within.

The Old Exchange & Provost Dungeon is another landmark dating to the late 18th century.  Throughout its lifetime, the building has served several different functions, but most notably it was used by the British as a jail for prisoners of war.  This dark history has made the Old Exchange & Provost Dungeon a worthy historical entry and also one of the most haunted places in all of Charleston.

In the mood for something lighter? Theatre 99 has an improv comedy show almost every night. Stop by on Wednesdays to catch “Laugh for a Lincoln,” the weekly improv show the troupe puts on for just five bucks. Enjoy a local beer while you watch the show!

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