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Romantic Guide to Charleston

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Charleston is one of the most romantic cities in the South. You can stroll hand in hand through a park while cool breezes blow in from the water, cuddle on a carriage ride, and enjoy each other's company over dinners at some of the city's many wonderful restaurants. So grab your love and set the dial to 'romance' in this historic town.

Good for
  • Couples
  • History Buff
  • Art and Architecture Lover
  • Foodie
  • Beach Goer
  • Luxury Traveler

8 Places

3 City Tips

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8 Places

Battery & White Point Gardens

Gardens

Riley Waterfront Park

Points of Interest & Landmarks, Parks

Folly Beach Public Beach

Beaches

Angel Oak Tree

Points of Interest & Landmarks, Geologic Formations

Arthur Ravenel Jr. Bridge

Bridges

Charleston City Market

Points of Interest & Landmarks

Charleston Rickshaw Company

Taxis & Shuttles

Circa 1886 Restaurant

Restaurants

Katie C's City Tips

  • Charleston is the personification of Southern gentility, and the dress here reflects this. Leave youre sweats and grungy tanks at home, and instead don dresses and skirts (ladies) and khakis with polo or button-down shirts (gents).
  • Charleston is an extremely walkable city — and with all the exceptional restaurants around, you'll want to burn the extra calories!
  • To get more bang for your buck, consider eating your big (expensive) meal at midday. Many swanky restaurants offer reduced-price midday menus.
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    Battery & White Point Gardens
    Gardens
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    Katie C Says:

    The Battery and White Point Gardens are a fantastic place to stroll along the water, especially at sunrise or sunset. Scenic spots along the way beg you to stop for a quick kiss or cuddle.

    Good for
    • Peace and Quiet Seeker
    • Must See
    • Thrifty Traveler
    • Solo
    • Friends
    • History Buff
    • Couples
    • Senior
    • Family
    • Art and Architecture Lover
    • Nature Lover
    Tips
    • The Battery is a great spot for incredible views of Fort Sumter, Castle Pinckney, and the Sullivan Island Lighthouse.
    • The Gazebo is a popular spot for picnics.
    Plan to stay:
    1-2 hours
    From the community
    Ranked #22 of 256 things to do in Charleston
    Certificate of Excellence 2014
    • very nice 07/17/2018
    • Worth a walk 07/16/2018
    • Battery & White Point Gardens
    Address:
    East Battery & Murray Blvd.
    Charleston, SC 29401
    Other:
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    Riley Waterfront Park
    Points of Interest & Landmarks, Parks
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    Katie C Says:

    Few places in Charleston offer better vantage points for sitting back and admiring the water than does Charleston Waterfront Park. The eight-acre park and pier is the perfect spot for watching sailboats and container ships, or for checking out the Southern flower gardens. Park yourself on one of the bench swings and enjoy the tranquility.

    Good for
    • Peace and Quiet Seeker
    • Must See
    • Thrifty Traveler
    • Like a Local
    • Solo
    • Friends
    • Couples
    • Senior
    • Family
    • Nature Lover
    Tips
    • If you feel like taking a dip in the fountain, it's open from 6am-12am.
    Plan to stay:
    1-2 hours
    From the community
    Ranked #16 of 256 things to do in Charleston
    Certificate of Excellence 2014
    • Wonderful park 07/20/2018
    • Nice waterfront park 07/18/2018
    • Riley Waterfront Park
    Address:
    1 Vendue Range
    Concord Street
    Charleston, SC 29401-2129
    Phone:
    +1 843-724-7327
    Other:
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    Folly Beach Public Beach
    Beaches
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    Katie C Says:

    Charleston is beloved for its beaches, and Folly Beach is one of the best beaches around. Try your hand at surfing or paddle boarding (learning a new skill can be a bonding experience), or simply relax together in the sun.

    Good for
    • Must See
    • Beach Goer
    • Thrifty Traveler
    • Like a Local
    • Solo
    • Friends
    • Couples
    • Thrill Seeker
    • Senior
    • Family
    • Nature Lover
    Tips
    • Need a snack? Try Tokyo Crepes, a food truck that is usually parked at Folly Beach. The Strawberry Dream is delicious!
    Plan to stay:
    More than 3 hours
    From the community
    Ranked #4 of 25 things to do in Folly Beach
    Certificate of Excellence 2014
    • Fireworks trip 07/12/2018
    • Lovers honey delight 07/11/2018
    • Folly Beach Public Beach
    Address:
    Arctic Ave.
    Folly Beach, SC 29439
    Other:
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    Angel Oak Tree
    Points of Interest & Landmarks, Geologic Formations
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    Katie C Says:

    Yes, it's a tree. But it's a really big tree, and a very old one (the exact age is not known, but estimates range from 500-1500 years old). Angel Oak Tree's large arms create a wonderfully shady space (about 17,000 square feet of it, to be exact) to snap photos or snuggle, and the rest of the three-acre park is lovely as well.

    Good for
    • Peace and Quiet Seeker
    • Must See
    • Thrifty Traveler
    • Like a Local
    • Solo
    • Friends
    • History Buff
    • Couples
    • Senior
    • Family
    • Nature Lover
    Tips
    • Pack a picnic and enjoy a romantic break from the city.
    Plan to stay:
    1-2 hours
    From the community
    Ranked #1 of 20 things to do in Johns Island
    Certificate of Excellence 2014
    • Nothing short of AMAZING! 07/17/2018
    • Dr. 07/16/2018
    • Angel Oak Tree
    Address:
    3688 Angel Oak Rd
    Johns Island, SC 29455-3300
    Phone:
    +1 843-559-3496
    Hours:
    Sun
    1:00 PM - 5:00 PM
    Mon - Sat
    9:00 AM - 5:00 PM
    Other:
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    Arthur Ravenel Jr. Bridge
    Bridges
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    Katie C Says:

    Spanning the gap between Charleston and Mount Pleasant over the Cooper River, the Arthur Ravenel Jr. Bridge is a landmark and a feat of engineering that is not to be missed. Either rent a bike and go for a leisurely pedal with your sweetie, or simply stroll across the bridge. There are great vantage points for admiring the boats in the harbor and gazing at the downtown skyline.

    Good for
    • Must See
    • Thrifty Traveler
    • Solo
    • Friends
    • History Buff
    • Couples
    • Art and Architecture Lover
    Tips
    • Sunset and sunrise are two extremely picturesque times to visit — don't forget your camera!
    Plan to stay:
    Less than 1 hour
    From the community
    Ranked #11 of 256 things to do in Charleston
    Certificate of Excellence 2014
    • Fantastic Bridge 07/18/2018
    • Impressive Structure 07/18/2018
    • Arthur Ravenel Jr. Bridge
    Other:
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    Charleston City Market
    Points of Interest & Landmarks
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    Katie C Says:

    If you're looking to find the perfect souvenir from your time in Charleston, check out Old City Market, where vendors display various goods, many of which are one-of-a-kind and/or homemade.

    Good for
    • Foodie
    • Must See
    • Thrifty Traveler
    • Solo
    • Friends
    • History Buff
    • Couples
    • Senior
    • Shopping Fanatic
    • Family
    • Nightlife Seeker
    Tips
    • On Friday and Saturday nights, you can enjoy live music, food vendors, and other entertainment at the Night Market.
    • Perhaps the most iconic items are the sweetgrass baskets, handmade by local artisans. They're pricey, but a truly unique piece of Charleston.
    Plan to stay:
    2-3 hours
    From the community
    Ranked #56 of 256 things to do in Charleston
    Certificate of Excellence 2014
    • Charleston business meeting 07/19/2018
    • Good Quality Products 07/19/2018
    • Charleston City Market
    Address:
    188 Meeting St
    Charleston, SC 29401-3155
    Phone:
    +1 843-937-0920
    Other:
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    Charleston Rickshaw Company
    Taxis & Shuttles
    Katie C Says:

    Though there are several ways to get around Charleston, a rickshaw ride is an entertaining trip through town. The carts are cozy (perfect for couples), and the pedaling drivers are a wealth of knowledge.

    Good for
    • Friends
    • Couples
    • Thrifty Traveler
    • Trendsetter
    Tips
    • It's customary to tip your rickshaw driver — between 10 and 20 percent is a good rule of thumb.
    • While it's easy to find a ride downtown, you can also call to have a rickshaw dispatched to your hotel!
    Plan to stay:
    Less than 1 hour
    From the community
    Ranked #4 of 16 Transportation in Charleston
    Certificate of Excellence 2014
    • Great way to get to your hotel! 07/16/2018
    • Biking tour. 07/15/2018
    • Charleston Rickshaw Company
    Address:
    21 George St
    Charleston, SC 29401-1489
    Phone:
    +1 843-723-5685
    Other:
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    Circa 1886 Restaurant
    Restaurants (American, Contemporary)
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    Katie C Says:

    There's nothing like candlelight and a gourmet meal to set the mood for a romantic evening. Housed in a carriage house on the grounds of the historic Wentworth mansion, Circa 1886 has tons of cozy character and thoughtful touches to complement its modern (yet low-country traditional) menu. Prepare to be blown away.

    Good for
    • Foodie
    • Must See
    • History Buff
    • Couples
    • Luxury Traveler
    • Art and Architecture Lover
    Tips
    • The menu changes seasonally, so get your tastebuds ready by perusing the menu online before you go.
    • Reservations are almost a must — don't risk missing out by not planning ahead.
    Plan to stay:
    2-3 hours
    From the community
    Ranked #4 of 717 restaurants in Charleston
    Certificate of Excellence 2014
    • circa 1886 is all about excellence 07/19/2018
    • Awesome 07/18/2018
    • Circa 1886 Restaurant
    Address:
    149 Wentworth St
    Charleston, SC 29401-1733
    Phone:
    +1 843-853-7828
    Price range:
    US$25 - US$45
    Hours:
    Mon - Sat
    5:30 PM - 9:30 PM
    Other:
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