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Charleston IMAX Theatre

360 Concord St, beside SC Aquarium, Charleston, SC 29401 843-725-4629
HISTORIC DISTRICT. Known for incredible cinematography and cutting-edge technology, IMAX constantly provides the most fascinating, educational programs available on the big screen. Digital sound and towering movie screens ensure that each ticket-holder takes in the action and spectacle to their most intense degree. You'll be swept away by glorious cinematography and a seductive soundtrack, experiencing ocean life and seasonal films as in no other movie-going adventure.

City Public Market

Market St, Charleston, SC 29401
User Rating: 9.6 / 10
MARKET. No trip to Charleston is complete without browsing the many booths of this open-air market. For sale is everything from local art, jewelry, clothing, and furnishings to those wonderful sweetgrass baskets that Charleston is known for. You can even watch Gullah women hand-make these top-quality treasures.

Fort Moultrie

1214 Middle St, Sullivan's Island, SC 29482 843-883-3123
SULLIVAN'S ISLAND. Although it fell into disuse more than once, Fort Moultrie has a lengthy history of coastal defense. The original structure was built in the 1770s, but it was abandoned by the British when they captured Charleston in 1780. The second structure at the site was destroyed by a hurricane in 1804. The current fort was built in 1809, with a few modernizations along the way. Part of a chain of forts designed to protect the South Carolina shore from various invaders, Moultrie eventually grew to encompass most of Sullivan's Island, and is today part of the Fort Sumter National Monument. The Visitor Education Center, at Liberty Square, has detailed historical information about both forts.

Fort Sumter National Monument

Sullivan's Island, SC 29482 843-881-7337
SULLIVAN'S ISLAND. Despite the fact that construction on Fort Sumter was incomplete, Major Robert Anderson moved his troops here from Fort Moultrie, prepared to defend the site from the Confederate army. Sumter was eventually taken by the Confederates anyway and became a Southern stronghold for most of the Civil War, even in the wake of Union Volleys. The fort is accessible only by water Spirit Line Cruises runs informative trips back and forth, year round. Nearby Fort Moultrie is also worth a visit. The Visitor Education Center, at Liberty Square, has extensive historical information on both forts.

HL Hunley Submarine

1250 Supply St, Warren Lasch Conservation Center, North Charleston, SC 29405 843-744-2186
NORTH CHARLESTON. In February 1864 this Confederate submarine, manually powered by nine men, approached the Union ship Housatonic and set off an explosive charge. As the submarine backed away, the ship sank within a matter of minutes. Unfortunately (and for unknown reasons), the submarine also failed, coming to rest on the floor of Charleston Harbor, where it remained until recovery in August, 2000. Now, the Hunley is undergoing conservation at the former Charleston Navy Yard, where visitors can see her from the deck above her holding tank. There are also plenty of other interesting exhibits, including the mock-up of the Hunley that was used in the television movie. Great gift shop, too.

Magnolia Plantation

3550 Ashley River Rd, Charleston, SC 29414 843-571-1266
SOUTH CHARLESTON. This 17th-century plantation has one of the nation's largest collections of azaleas and camellias; plus, a few gardens date back to the 1680s. Two previous main houses were destroyed by fire during a raid by Union troops, and the current house, furnished with period pieces, dates to 1873. The plantation also includes the 60-acre Audubon Swamp Garden with its majestic cypress trees. Children under 6 are not permitted on the House tour.

Rainbow Row

83-107 E Bay St, Charleston, SC 29401
HISTORIC DISTRICT. One of the most often photographed and painted scenes in Charleston, this stretch of private homes dates to the mid-1700s. The fourteen homes are painted in every color of the rainbow, and although they're not open to the public, they're a not-to-miss sight.