AIKEN RHETT HOUSE The Aiken-Rhett House stands as one of the most intact buildings showcasing urban life in antebellum Charleston. Original outbuildings include the kitchen, stable, coach house and living quarters. Open M-Sa 10 am-5 pm, Su 2-5 pm. Admission: $512. www.HistoricCharleston.org/AikenRhett. 48 Elizabeth St., 843.723.1623.
ANGEL OAK This ancient oak tree is estimated to be more than 1,400 years old. It is 65 feet tall and has a circumference of 25.5 feet. Open daily. Free admission. www.angeloaktree.org. 3688 Angel Oak Road, Johns Island, 843.559.3496.
CALHOUN MANSION Visit one of Charleston’s most fascinating homes, which features an Italianate design, 35 rooms, 35 fireplaces, a grand ballroom, a 75-foot-tall ceiling with dome and Japanese water gardens with koi pools. The former home of humanitarian George Walton Williams is a testament to Charleston’s re-emergence from the Civil War. Open daily 11 am-5 pm; tours scheduled in advance. Admission: $16-75. www.calhounmansion.net. 16 Meeting St., 843.722.8205. CHARLES PINCKNEY NATIONAL HISTOR IC SITE See the remnants of the plantation of one of the principal authors and signers of the U.S. Constitution. Open daily. Free admission. www.nps. gov/chpi. 1254 Long Point Rd., Mount Pleasant, 843.881.5516.
CHARLES TOWNE LANDING This is the site of the first permanent English settlement in the Carolinas, which happened more than 300 years ago. You’ll find a reproduced sailing vessel, the original fortified area, an experimental crop garden and a natural habitat zoo with more than 20 species of animals. Open daily 9 am-5 pm. Admission: $6-10. www.southcarolinaparks.com. 1500 Old Towne Road, West Ashley, 843.852.4200.
CHARLESTON CITY MARKET Charles Cotesworth Pinckney ceded the land on which the Market is built to the City of Charleston in 1788. He stipulated that a public market be built on the site and that it remain in use as a public market into perpetuity. Today, the market is a shopping favorite of locals and tourists alike. Open daily 9:30 am- 6 pm; night market open F-Su 6:30-10:30 pm. www.thecharlestoncitymarket.com. 188 Meeting St., 843.937.0920.
CHARLESTON TEA PLANTATION On quiet and scenic Wadmalaw Island, experience America’s only tea plantation. View acres of tea plants, learn how tea is made during a factory tour, enjoy a ride through the fields and sample the product. Open M-Sa 10 am- 4 pm, Su noon- 4 pm. www.charlestonteaplantation.com. 6617 Maybank Hwy., Wadmalaw Island, 843.559.0383.
EDMONDSTON ALSTON HOUSE This home was one of the first dwellings built on Charleston’s High Battery in 1825. Built by a shipping merchant and later renovated by Charles Alston in the Greek Revival style, the Edmondston-Alston House allows visitors to tour the rooms where Gen. Robert E. Lee took refuge during the Civil War. Open Tu-Sa 10 am- 4:30 pm, Su-M 1- 4:30 pm. Admission: $8-12. www. edmondstonalston.com. 21 E. Battery, 843.722.7171.
FOLLY BEACH FISHING PIER The Edwin S. Taylor Folly Beach Fishing Pier stretches 1,045 feet into the Atlantic Ocean. The pier is the second longest on the East Coast and offers not only spectacular views, but a variety of fishing tournaments, special events and dining. www.ccprc.com. 101 East Arctic Ave., 843.588.3474.
FORT MOULTRIE Named after William Moultrie, who oversaw its construction as colonel of the South Carolina militia in 1776, Fort Moultrie has seen more than 170 years of history, from the American Revolution through World War II. It was here that the first decisive victory for the American colonies occurred during the American Revolu--
tionary War. See the grounds, including the site of the first palmetto fort and the World War II Harbor Entrance Command Post, as well as exhibits and a short movie in the visitors center. The entrance fee is $3 (adults) and $1 seniors (62+); children 15 and under, free. 1214 Middle St., Sullivan’s Island. Open daily. www.nps.gov/fosu. 1214 Middle St., Sullivan’s Island, 843.883.3123.
THE H. L. HUNLEY In 1864, the Hunley became the world’s first successful submarine and then mysteriously vanished. Lost at sea for more than a century, the Hunley was located in 1995 and raised in 2000. The submarine now rests in a 75,000-gallon tank while scientists are at work to excavate and conserve it. See the Hunley and enjoy new interactive exhibits during the 20-minute tour. Open Sa 10 am-5 pm, Su noon-5 pm. Tickets: $8-16. www. hunley.org. 1250 Supply St., North Charleston 877.448.6539. HEYWARD WASHINGTON HOUSE Built in 1772, this was the townhome of Thomas Heyward Jr., Revolutionary patriot and signer of the Declaration of Independence. It was also George Washington’s temporary residence during his Southern Tour of 1791. Located in the original walled portion of the city, the neighborhood was used by Dubose Heyward as the setting for “Porgy and Bess.” Open M-Sa 10 am-5 pm, Su noon-5 pm. Tickets: $512. www.charlestonmuseum.com. 87 Church St., 843.722.2996.
JOSEPH MANIGAULT HOUSE Built in 1803, this home is a premier example of Adam-style, or Federal, architecture. Designed by gentleman architect Gabriel Manigault for his brother, Joseph, the house is one of the most distinguished in the city, capturing the lifestyle of a wealthy, rice-planting family. Adults, $12; children (3-12), $5; under 3, free. Combination tickets with Charleston Museum, Heyward-Washington House also available. Open daily. www.charlestonmuseum.org. 350 Meeting St., 843.722.2996.
MORRIS ISLAND LIGHTHOUSE Known as the “Charleston Light,” the lighthouse is located just off Folly Beach at the entrance to Charleston Harbor. www.savethelight.org. Northeast end of Folly Beach. ( Take East Ashley until it ends at parking lot; walk about a quarter-mile to beach.) 843.633.0099.
OLD EXCHANGE AND PROVOST DUN GEON During the Revolutionary War, American patriots were held prisoner in the Provost Dungeon, which now provides an eerie tour through history. This historic site also contains a portion of the Charles Towne Sea Wall, which was built to protect the colony from pirates in the 1600s. Open daily 9 am-5 pm. www.oldexchange.org. 122 E. Bay St., 843.727.2165.
RAINBOW ROW One of the most photographed points in Charleston, this row of brightly colored houses on East Bay Street is representative of the preservation and reconstruction of Charleston’s signature architecture. www.rainbowrowcharlestonsc.com. 83-107 East Bay St.
SOUTH CAROLINA AQUARIUM Get up close to an albino alligator, several shark species, sea turtles and river otters at Charleston’s best family attraction. Enjoy interactive exhibits like the Touch Tank and the Saltmarsh Aviary, where you can feed the rays. Tickets $17.95-24.95. Open daily 9 am- 4 pm. www.scaquarium.org. 100 Aquarium Wharf, 843.577.3474.
ST. PHILIP’S CHURCH Established in 1680, St. Philip’s boasts the oldest church congregation in Charleston; however, the present building on Church Street wasn’t built until 1710. The church’s cemetery is the resting place of several founding fathers. www.stphilipschurchsc.org. 142 Church St., 843.722.7734.