While diving is our main draw, those who aren’t diving can have fun too! South Carolina has some of the best beaches in the south and these beautiful beaches surround the Charleston area and are only a short drive away. Charleston is also one of the oldest cities in the United States and boasts a long list of historic places and buildings. Charlestonians have preserved their homes so that we can offer lovely topside scenery, in addition to our exquisite underwater diving. There’s plenty to do: carriage tours, Revolutionary and Civil War forts, plantation tours, museum houses, antique stores and open air markets.
Charleston’s Historic District has stood throughout history as the cultural capital of the South and is considered by many to be a living museum, with a wonderful variety of things to do and see.
In this beautifully preserved city you can experience tours through historic landmarks, including 18th century homes and plantations, the Battery, museums, churches and the city market. Charleston boasts numerous art galleries that display the cityâ€™s impressive appreciation for the visual arts. Charleston maintains all the ingredients necessary for a great vacation.
South Carolina Aquarium
The theme of the South Carolina Aquarium is a journey from the mountains to the sea, across the varied landscape of the state. South Carolina is small, just 300 miles across and 40th in size of all the states, yet it is in the top 10 or 15 states in terms of its biodiversity (the range of animals and plants that live there). This rich biodiversity is a reflection of the wide range of habitats found in the state, and the South Carolina Aquarium celebrates this biodiversity in its exhibits and programs.
Charleston offers some of the most pristine beaches in South Carolina.
Kiawah Island alone boasts 10 miles of beachfront, championship golf, world-class tennis and 30 miles of paved bike and jogging trails and was rated the “Top Nature Beach” by the Travel Channel and ranked third among “Top North American Islands” by the readers of Conde Nast Traveler.
Seabrook Island is a very private Resort and Club with two great golf courses, a fine racquet club, a full service Beach Club with an oceanfront facility for meetings and weddings. The East Islands offer beautiful beaches and resort lodging, as well! Each Island offers great golf, tennis, boating, shopping and dining. Their close proximity to Historic Charleston’s attractions makes a beach or golf vacation on these islands truly special.
The Hunley on Public Display
The H.L. Hunley was a Confederate submersible that demonstrated the advantage and danger of undersea warfare. Although not this nation’s first submarine, Hunley was the first submarine to engage and sink a warship. This historic vessel is on display to the general public right here in Charleston!