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Vacationing in Charleston, South Carolina

Charleston, South Carolina, is a city that has been able to retain its Southern charm throughout the modernization of the world around it. The city has many vacation rental options but one of the most popular is the private home rental. There are options in the downtown area that have amazing views of the city and balconies or decks to spend time outdoors. Many of the rentals have an interesting history while being renovated with the best of modern conveniences.

Historic Sites

Charleston has much history and many buildings and structures throughout the city have been around since before the Civil War. Charleston is called the "Holy City" due to the amount of historical churches, many of which have beautiful architectural features that are hard to find elsewhere. When visiting the historic district of the city, you can take a horse-drawn carriage and see all the beautiful homes and structures that have been standing for hundreds of years. Walking among the homes takes you back to a simpler time and allows you to imagine how life was before modern technology took over. There are a variety of downtown rental properties that will allow you to spend much of your time among the historic sites.

Fort Sumter

Anyone interested in history would love a tour of Fort Sumter, where the Civil War began. Taking a tour of the fort allows visitors to have a trip around the harbor on a boat, where you may get to see a school of dolphins, and tour the entire island and fort and learn some history about the events leading up to the Civil War. You can also view Battery Park, Fort Moultrie and the Arthur Ravenel Sr. Bridge, one of the symbols of modern-day Charleston. Visitors can view the USS Yorktown and learn history about the ship's role in WWII.

South Carolina Aquarium

This aquarium is a site to see, both inside and out. The aquarium itself is a beautiful piece of architecture, but the exhibits inside will likely get the whole family excited about sea life. Those who are especially interested in sea turtles can visit the turtle hospital with daily tours at noon and 2:00 pm. There are a variety of exhibits of animals unique to the area like the American Alligator and the Southern Flounder. You can also see different sharks, seahorses and many different types of exotic fish. Children will love the exhibit where they can touch things like sharks and rays. You also have the opportunity to see the majestic bald eagle.

Historic Charleston City Market

The city market is a huge covered market that has over four blocks of vendors selling everything from gourmet food to souvenirs. Locals and tourists alike can spend hours perusing the market. With the variety of wares offered, it's like a treasure hunt and there is something for nearly everyone. Kids will enjoy the toys and sweet shops, while the adults find things like gourmet snacks, handmade baskets and unique clothing. Many handmade products are found in the market and it truly is a place unique to the area. The market is open 365 days a year and has various seasonal events.

Weather

The Charleston weather is mild year round. Summers can be hot and quite humid, especially to those who aren't used to Southern heat. Spring and fall offer much more comfortable weather for those who are heat-sensitive. Winter is a nice time to visit if you like the off-season as many people visit in the late spring, early fall and summer months. Severe weather can happen in the fall but it isn't common and any time of year is great for a visit to Charleston.

How to Get Here

Many people choose to drive to the Charleston Metropolitan Area by private car or rental car. There is also a local airport as well as an Amtrak station for other transportation options.

Charleston by sea

After you’ve strolled through the elegant cobblestone streets of Charleston, admiring the pastel antebellum-style houses, an eco-tour through the saltwater estuaries that border the city are a fantastic way to get a new perspective on the area. A number of transport options are available, from kayaks and paddleboards to chartered boats, so tailoring your excursion to your tastes is a breeze. Cruising along the gentle waters while admiring the skyline makes for a memorable vacation experience, while dolphin-watching trips guarantee the perfect family outing. If water sports really float your boat, then stay close to the action with a beachfront Charleston vacation rental.

The Civil War in Charleston

It was at Charleston’s historic Fort Sumter that the first shots of the American Civil War were fired, on April 12 1861. This was the first of 2 key battles that took place at the site, which has now been converted into a museum and visitor center. At the former, keen historians can learn about the building of the fort and the central role that it played in the conflict, while the latter offers a general overview of the events that led up to this stormy episode of America’s past.

Soaking up the Charleston sun

Sun-seekers looking for the best time to nab an oceanfront Charleston vacation rental should aim to travel during the hot summer months, when average temperatures reach 90°F. Though July and August also tend to see some rain, the golden rays never stay hidden for long, so you’ll be almost guaranteed to catch some color during your stay. Winter weather is colder, with average temperatures falling as low as 39°F, but it’s also the best time for finding affordable Charleston vacation rentals, meaning that travelers on a budget may be rewarded for risking the cold.

Embrace Charleston’s flower power

Let romance bloom with a serene stroll through Charleston’s Magnolia Plantation and Gardens, America’s oldest public gardens. First opened in 1870, these spectacular lawns are home to azaleas, daffodils, camellias, and hydrangeas, among others, and are open all year round for your enjoyment. Opening hours change seasonally, so double-check in advance to avoid disappointment. You can also try a 45-minute Nature Train tour—you’ll experience the plantation's wetlands, marshes, and forests up close, and encounter everything from alligators and turtles to egrets and herons. Against this backdrop sit relics of the area’s fascinating heritage, from Native American ceremonial mounds to Plantation-era slave cabins.