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Charleston - Without the Kids
One of the best ways to start a day in a new city is with a guided tour. Old South Carriage Company, located on Anson Street, offers group tours in horse-drawn carriages narrated by knowledgeable guides dressed in Confederate uniform. Your hour-long tour will cover more than 30 blocks of historic Charleston and your guide will entertain with trivia, history and local stories. With tours departing every twenty minutes, there’s no need to stress about getting there at a certain time.
After your carriage tour, head over to historic Broad Street and mosey down Gallery Row. This is the place to see and be seen in Charleston. Pick up some local art to add to your collection, or just look around. Along this street you’ll find art galleries, boutiques, pottery, jewelry, cafes and more.
For lunch, try Old Towne Grill and Seafood on King Street. This is the oldest family owned restaurant in the city. You’ll find the menu more than satisfactory with steaks, chicken and seafood selections. Once lunch is over, stay on King Street and take some time to check out the King Street Antique District. This area spreads from Broad Street to Market Street and was voted number one for antique shopping by the readers of Travel & Leisure Magazine.
Next, head over to The Charleston Museum on Meeting Street. This is America’s first museum, having been founded in 1773 and houses exhibits on everything from Southern history to furniture to wildlife. Besides their permanent exhibits, there are also traveling exhibits that change often. The museum is open Monday through Saturday from 9am to 5pm and from 1pm to 5pm on Sundays.
Another great attraction for the history buff and the non-history buff alike is Drayton Hall. This plantation is not only the oldest example of Georgian Palladian architecture in existence, but is also a champion survivor. This house remains incredibly close to its original condition, having survived through the Revolution, the Civil War, the earthquake of 1886 and Hurricane Hugo. With guided tours, self-guided walks and interactive programs, Drayton Hall is more than your typical house museum.
Back east on Bay Street, try Grill 225 for dinner. This restaurant will have you smitten the moment you walk through the door with its mahogany booths, gorgeous chandeliers and energetic vibes. Charleston’s only USDA Prime steakhouse, Grill 225 also boasts an impressive wine and dessert list.
After dinner, a little entertainment is on the menu. If you head back over to Meeting Street, you can check out the Have Nots Comedy Improv at Theatre 99. Shows are based on audience suggestions so no two shows are alike. A little laughter is the perfect end to a perfect day in one of the country’s most perfect cities.