Looking for a place to relax and unwind with friends or family? Take a stroll down the Battery. The Battery is the name of Charleston’s historic waterfront where beautiful antebellum homes and shady oak trees mix perfectly with modern event spaces and incredible views. There is a park at the Battery with beautiful views of the Charleston Harbor, Fort Sumter, the Sullivan Island Lighthouse, and Castle Pinckney. Waterfront Park extends up East Bay Street and has a gorgeous fountain that many children play in on hot days. Walking through the Battery and parks is always free.
Charleston has an art gallery district as well as an art museum, The Gibbes. Many art galleries are found in the lovely French Quarter district and The Gibbes Art Museum is housed in the oldest museum building in the country on Meeting Street. The Gibbes presents six to eight rotating exhibits a year in addition to its impressive collection of art, which features pieces with an emphasis on Charleston and South Carolina history.
Charleston is also home to the Charleston Riverdogs, a minor league baseball team affiliated with the New York Yankees. The Riverdogs have their own stadium downtown, Joseph P. Riley, Jr Park, named after the former mayor.
Some top restaurants in downtown Charleston along with Husk are Magnolia’s, Fig, and High Cotton. These restaurants are located in the heart of the historic district and feature upscale cuisine. Hyman’s Seafood is another popular restaurant; it is located on Meeting Street and lines to get in often wrap around the block. This casual eatery attracts many tourists.
Spoleto Festival USA is a two-week long celebration of the arts that happens annually in Charleston. The Spoleto Festival has been in Charleston since 1977 and features national and international artists. The shows include chamber music, operas, theatre productions, ballet and other forms of dance. Spoleto also hosts outdoor concerts and avant garde performances that can include multimedia. These performances takes place in the lovely old theatres and auditoriums in Charleston, such as the Dock Street Theatre. The Spoleto Festival concludes with a finale at one of the most famous plantations in South Carolina, Middleton Plantation. While nearly all Spoleto events require tickets be purchased, the Finale is free and fun for the entire family. It also features a fireworks display!