Top things to do in Charleston

The charm and historic vitality of the city surely make Charleston South Carolina stand out as a place to visit. Charleston combines old-fashioned charm with youthful vitality. Historic Charleston is mired in history. From the beginnings of the Civil War at Fort Sumter to the historic houses and numerous southern farms, Charleston is the Mecca of historians. With so many things to do in Charleston, it's hard to narrow them down. But for me there are some things that stand out among the rest.

1. Take a trip in historic Charleston. These rides are affordable and there are usually coupons available at local hotels for a discount price. Private tours are also available, but these cost a lot of money. (During hotter summer days, horse carts do not work for horse health reasons.)

2. Visit the Sea Turtle Hospital in the South Carolina Aquarium. This will cost you a bit, but the money you spend will go to help the sea turtles. Be sure to check the times because the tours are limited only twice a day.

3. Take a tour of a traditional farm. Middleton Place, currently listed in the National Historic Register, houses America's oldest landscaped gardens. Resettlement factors are located near stable squares that perform traditional southern activities. Be sure to visit the restaurant during the visit and enjoy a delicious lunch surrounded by southern charm.

Magnolia Plantation is a great place for outdoor enthusiasts, offering many shooting opportunities. This farm was established in 1676. A natural train, boat tour, swamp garden and pet garden are on site.

4. The Charleston Tea Plantation located outside Charleston on the island of Wadmalo is the only tea plantation in North America. Take a tour of the farm's educational learning cart and enjoy free samples of delicious tea. I found a coupon for a stroller tour on line.

5. Visit the Market Pavilion bar on the outside of 225 East Bay Street. This offers great views of the river and the city. Have a table and enjoy a soda or cocktail before the evening meal while enjoying the view.

6. For a lot of fun and without hurting your pocketbook, try Tommy Condon Irish Pub on 160 Church Street in historic Charleston. This is a favorite of the locals. Try visiting Wednesday through Sunday nights so you can enjoy some live Irish folk music with your evening meal. I found online coupons and local meals here.