Angel Oak Tree Charleston South Carolina

From a trip to Sullivan’s Island for an Edgar Allen Poe-themed beach bar to a tour of a 19th century Italianate mansion, these are the coolest things to do in Charleston, South Carolina.

 

Angel Oak Tree

It might sound strange to have a tree on your must-see list, but trust us when we tell you that this 60 foot-tall, 400-year-old legendary oak is truly a sight to behold. Given that it is located 12 miles from Charleston on Johns Island, we recommend making this a stop on part of a larger tour of the coastal resorts outside of Charleston. Grab lunch at the Fat Hen (“lowcountry French cuisine”) then drive over to Kiawah Island for a picturesque walk along the beach.

  • 3688 Angel Oak Road
    Johns Island
    29455

Sullivan's Island (Poe's Tavern)

Speaking of beaches, we suggest that you make a separate trip to Sullivan’s Island and grab a late lunch and drinks at Poe’s Tavern. An Edgar Allen Poe-themed beach bar might sound a little niche, but this is a great place to enjoy a cold beer, fish tacos and burgers as the sun sets. Stay on for nighttime and the crowd gets livelier, the booze flows more freely and the southern fun commences.

  • +1 843 883 0083
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  • 2210 Middle Street
    Sullivan's Island
    29482

Middleton Place

This National Historic Landmark is home to one of the most beautiful landscaped gardens in America. The 18th century property features camellias, azaleas and magnolias, as well as stunning water features and rose gardens. The home itself also has a rich history and houses extraordinary heirlooms, rare books and portraits. If you’re feeling adventurous, opt for a guided horseback tour for $45.

  • +1 843 556 6020
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  • 4300 Ashley River Road
    Charleston
    29414

Halsey Institute of Contemporary Art

With innovative work from established and up-and-coming artists from all over the world (including Charleston’s very own Shepard Fairey) the Halsey Institute offers carefully curated exhibitions and installations catered towards a millennial audience. Each spring, they present their Young Contemporaries exhibition – so if you’re in town between 4 April and 2 May, you’ll have the chance to see Charleston’s emerging talent in painting, sculpture, printmaking and photography.

Calhoun Mansion Tour

One of the more aesthetically overwhelming Charleston landmarks, the Calhoun Mansion is a 19th century Italianate mansion packed to the brim with antiques, paintings, sculptures, taxidermy, curiosities and oddities. Most bizarrely of all, the house still functions as a private residence and tours are conducted while the owners are away or, sometimes, just out to lunch. Each piece in the mansion has its own unique history and the sprightly tour guide will keep you engaged and animated as he walks you through the more prized possessions. Don’t miss out on this eclectic wonderland.

Sailboat Charter

No trip is complete without a booze cruise and Charleston just so happens to offer these by the boatload (sorry). Everyone has their own personal recommendation (one SUITCASE source was very enthusiastic about their trip on The Golden Cod, captained by an amusing German) but we also recommend the Fate Sailing Yacht, which offers a private two-hour group tour tailored to your preferences. If you’re on a tighter budget, hop on the Schooner Pride, which offers public tours for $50 a person, including complimentary beer and wine.

Angel Oak Tree

Sullivan's Island (Poe's Tavern)

Middleton Place

Halsey Institute of Contemporary Art

Calhoun Mansion Tour

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