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Charleston with two teenagers

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Charleston with two teenagers

We will be arriving in Charleston the afternoon of July 5th and leaving around noon-time on July 7th. We have two teens, ages 15 and 18 (boy and girl). Since we have limited time in Charleston, what are the "must dos"? Should we do a carriage tour to get the lay of the land? What about a plantation visit and a visit to Ft. Sumter? Can someone recommend a good restaurant for evening dining with a harbor view? Thanks!

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1. Re: Charleston with two teenagers

There is only one restaurant downtown with a water view ~ Fleet Landing. Food is good, not great. Where are you staying? In the historic district or elsewhere? Definitely do the carriage tour, preferably in the morning. If it gets too hot they will discontinue them for the safety of the horses/mules. I would skip Ft. Sumter, the fort it's self is basically in ruins, plus it takes pretty much half a day to go there, see the fort, go back, etc. In such a short visit, that is too much time, in my opinion. Same with plantations ~ they are all outlying and will take about 4 hours or so to tour. If your heart is set on a plantation tour, then go for it, but it will take a lot of time and will be very hot. If you do go, I suggest Middleton as a 1st time visitor.

If you have not already done so.... go to the right side of this page and look at Top Questions about Charleston ~ it will give you tons of info on what is available to see and do. It is very difficult for us to answer a vague question like "what should we do" when we don't know your interests (history, architecture, military history, outdoor activities, etc) Top Questions will give you ideas and you can narrow it down and we can help from there. :-)

How about a sunset cruise? www.schoonerpride.com

www.middletonplace.org

www.oldexchange.org

www.charlestonmuseum.org

www.patriotspoint.org

www.historiccharleston.org

www.nature-tours.com

www.thecenterforbirdsofprey.org

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2. Re: Charleston with two teenagers

Hello pkmax,

Well, they're around college age... Would they like to visit the College of Charleston and the Citadel?

Would they be interested in historic things, or will they only be happy if they are at the beach, or shopping, or with other teens, or doing something like para sailing or kayaking?

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Edited: 28 June 2013, 16:57
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3. Re: Charleston with two teenagers

My son is heading to Clemson this fall and has already been to College of Charleston. We are spending a week at the beach before heading to Charleston so I don't think we'd go to the beach again. Is there a good place to kayak? That's a possibility.

We would like to get a feel for the historic aspect of the city - perhaps tour a few of the historic homes? Thanks!

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4. Re: Charleston with two teenagers

If you visit the Edmonston-Alston House, you can stand in the very window from which General Beauregard viewed the bombardment of Ft. Sumter. At the Edmsonston-Alston House you can also purchase a combined ticket for Middleton Place.

Although I would skip Ft Sumter (simply view it from afar), I would combine a beach day at Isle of Palms or Sullivans Island with a visit to Ft Moultrie, which was active 1776-1947, and is the sight of the first American victory over the all-mighty British navy - before the Declaration of Independence had been signed! nps.gov/fosu/historyculture/fort_moultrie.htm

Also, visitors interested in the Civil War (as well as those interested in science and engineering) will enjoy visiting the CSS Hunley submarine in her reclamation facility on the old navy base in North Charleston - http://www.hunley.org/

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5. Re: Charleston with two teenagers

Thank you for the input. We are staying at the Vendue Suites at 30 Vendue Range. We don't want to drive too far from the city because we are already doing quite a bit of driving during this vacation. We are spending a week at the beach before this and will be driving to Clemson after this. We basically want to stay in the city and enjoy what it has to offer in history, dining and perhaps do a little shopping. I would like to cross Ft. Sumter off our list as you confirmed that it would consume 1/2 a day. What do you think of the house tours? Are they brief enough to hold the interest of a few teens? Thanks very much!

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6. Re: Charleston with two teenagers

Without knowing your kids, it's hard to judge. Teens who are interested in history and curious about how other people have lived will enjoy the house tours.

Keep in mind that the weather will be hot and humid. Although streets in the historic district are well shaded, touring the area and the museum homes involves a lot of walking. Wear light clothing and comfortable shoes, and take bottled water with you.

Above all ... Don't attempt an all-day marathon of house tours, or all of you will be miserable. ;-)

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7. Re: Charleston with two teenagers

You might also want to check the Charleston Visitors Center website for listings of things to do: http://www.charlestoncvb.com/visitors/tripplanner/what_to_see_do~3/.

Yes, by thee time you park get on the boat, visit the fort and get back to car, it will be a half-day.

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8. Re: Charleston with two teenagers

For kayaking get Ralph Earhart for you guide. He is great and literally wrote the book about kayaking in SC.

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9. Re: Charleston with two teenagers

Kayaking with Ralph

www.kayakcharleston.net

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