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So many things to do!
Charleston has been a major patron of theater, visual arts, music and dance since the 1600's. Today, both visitors and residents of Charleston enjoy a wide variety of artistic entertainment, including the Charleston Symphony Orchestra, the Charleston Ballet Theatre, the Gibbes Museum of Arts and 15 theatrical companies around town. Then, of course, there are the numerous cultural and arts festivals held in Charleston throughout the year. Among these are Spoleto Festival USA, the Southeastern Wildlife Exposition, etc.
There are numerous shopping and sight-seeing opportunities in Charleston. Take a horse-drawn carriage tour of downtown...see the Old Exchange and Provost Dungeon, the churches that inspired the Charleston nickname "Holy City," the Battery and, of course, the beautiful homes and gardens that are part of Charleston's rich heritage. For shopping fanatics, King and Market Streets are lined with quaint boutiques and interesting specialty shops, peppered with contemporary favorites such as Sax Fifth Avenue, Banana Republic, Godiva and Gucci. And don't forget to stop at the City Market to find handmade sweetgrass baskets and other crafts.
Then, of course, there's golf. According to GOLF Magazine, Charleston is home to two of the "100 Greatest Golf Courses in the World." The Ocean Course at Kiawah Island, for instance, is the host course for the Ryder Cup matches and has been named "America's Toughest Resort Course" by GOLF DIGEST. Because Charleston golf courses have not yet been discovered by the masses, players can enjoy more accessible tee times and a less hurried pace in a beautiful, relaxed atmosphere.
Other Attractions and Sights:
Charleston Riverdogs Professional Baseball
The Dock Street Theatre
Fort Sumter National Monument
South Carolina Aquarium
Charles Pinckney National Historic Site
Patriots Point Naval & Maritime Museum
Nathaniel Russell House
Boone Hall Plantation
The Charleston Museum
Confederate Submarine Hunley
The College of Charleston
And so many other attractions............
More information on Charleston's Many Attrations
Open daily 9:30am - 3pm Nov-Feb; 9:30am-4pm March-Oct. An accredited museum and National Historic Trust site. Built between 1738 and 1742, Drayton Hall is the oldest preserved plantation house in America open to the public.
Admission: Adults $12 and Children (12-18) $8. Children (6-11) $6.
Drayton Hall Website
Open daily 9am. Closed Christmas day. A carefully preserved plantation with 65 acres of America's oldest landscaped gardens. Guided tours explain the Middleton family’s role in American history.
Ashley River Road
Charleston, SC 29414
Middleton Place Website
Family Circle Cup
Charleston is home to the Family Circle Cup, America's premier women's tennis event. The 2004 tournament took place on April 10-18th at the Family Circle Tennis Center on Daniel Island. Catch some of the biggest stars in women's tennis like Serena Williams, Lindsay Davenport, Justine Henin-Hardenne, Jennifer Capriati , Anna Kournikova and Monica Seles.
Family Circle Cup Offical Website