City Guide / Charleston

Walking Charleston: 8 Places you Must See

By Bri Hand | Jun 15, 2021
Walking Charleston, SC

Charleston, South Carolina, is an exciting place to live, with lots to offer both visitors and new residents. One of the best things about this city is how walkable it is, so there’s plenty you can enjoy by foot if you don’t have a car or just want to get some exercise. 

Keep reading for a list of the eight must-see spots to check out while walking around Charleston:

1. Charleston City Market

Charleston City Market

Famous across the U.S., the Historic Charleston City Market is four blocks long, starting at Market Hall and extending out from there. Market Hall is a historic building dating back to the 1700s, so it’s definitely worth a look in and of itself. Sprawling across so many blocks, Charleston’s City Market is a great spot for people-watching, shopping at various stalls, and picking out gifts and souvenirs. 

2. Magnolia Plantation and Gardens

Near the Ashley River, Magnolia Plantation and Gardens is one of the oldest plantations and landscaped gardens in the U.S., offering beautiful sights and historical significance. Populated with flowering trees and blooming azaleas, Magnolia Plantation’s gardens are a great spot if you’re looking for some peace and relaxation.

3. Fort Sumter National Monument

Dating back to the War of 1812, Fort Sumter plays a major role in American history. This fort was the site of the first battle in the Civil War, where it was left in ruins. If you’re a history buff, this storied national monument is worth a visit. 

4. Ravenel Waterfront Park

Stretching eight acres, Ravenel Waterfront Park is a popular spot with tourists and locals alike, having won several awards for its design. Ravenel Waterfront Park features a large, famous fountain at the heart and has a pier and benches to sit and people-watch from. Kids and adults alike will appreciate Ravenel Waterfront Park’s wide, open spaces.

5. Downtown Charleston

Downtown Charleston

Downtown Charleston is one of the best neighborhoods in Charleston and is a great place to walk around, with stellar sights, monuments, and historic buildings like City Hall. If you really want to get a better understanding of the Holy City, consider taking a guided tour for your walk downtown. 

6. Patriots Point Naval and Maritime Museum

Located quite close to Charleston in Mount Pleasant, South Carolina, the Patriots Point Naval and Maritime Museum is an absolute must for lovers of naval history. Patriots Point features retired ships and aircraft carriers, each with its own rich history. Definitely plan on taking a guided tour if you check out Patriots Point to get the most of your experience.

7. Boone Hall Plantation and Gardens

Another one of South Carolina’s most famous plantations, Boone Hall Plantation and Gardens looks straight out of the film “Gone With the Wind.” Whether you’re taking a tour in the house itself or a tractor tour of the farmlands, there’s a lot to learn while visiting Boone Hall. Plus, the scenery is quite enjoyable to look at, too.

8. Gibbes Museum of Art

Gibbes Museum of Art

If you want to take a break from the heat of plantations and enjoy something indoors, Gibbes Museum of Art is a great way to spend a few hours or a whole day. Featuring a broad and deep collection, Gibbes has something for everyone to enjoy, whether you’re a fan of modern or classical paintings or would prefer to look at sculptures.

Learn more about Charleston with an extended stay 

Whether you’re planning on moving to Charleston for good, or just want an extended stay, there’s plenty to do and see in this historic city to keep you occupied. Interested in making a move to Charleston? Landing offers furnished apartments in Charleston with flexible lease terms that make it possible to stay for as long as you want. Browse Landing’s available apartments in Charleston here, or contact us to learn more about how Landing works.

Bri Hand

Bri Hand is Landing's Content Marketing Manager. She currently lives in Salem, Massachusetts, with her partner and dog, Arlo, but relishes any opportunity she can to travel so she can try new foods, see gorgeous sights, and daydream about living somewhere new after visiting there for less than 24 hours.