Waterfront Park & Pineapple Fountain
The Waterfront Park is located on the northern side of Charleston right along the water. You can see cruise ships docked nearby, and watch boats come in and go out to the ocean. The park is beautifully landscaped with park benches and trees laid out in a very aesthetically pleasing manor. My favorite part was the pineapple fountain. Pineapples are the symbol of welcome, and they can be found throughout Charleston. Many of the souvenirs have pineapples on them as well.
The French Quarter and downtown areas are a great area to walk around and see the cities colorful houses, green and luscious alleys and courtyards, restaurants, and historical buildings. Some of the streets are even still made out of stone. It’s a beautiful area to walk around for a few hours. The photo below was taken in “Rainbow Row”, and the houses are painted as a Caribbean theme. There are several other theories on why the houses were painted these colors.
Washington Square is a beautiful green garden in the middle of the French Quarter located right behind the city hall. There is a large statue of George Washington in the middle. The statue is made of Carolina gray granite, and it is a miniature version of the Washington Monument in Washington, D.C.
Charleston’s Historic Houses
- John Rutledge House: The John Rutledge House is a very beautiful plantation.
- McLeod Plantation: I did not get a chance to visit this house because it was a little ways outside of town, but it is a beautiful plantation where many weddings occur It was the headquarters of the Confeterates during the Civil War for the battle of Charleston, and also served as a hospital.
- Mongolia Plantation: Another beautiful plantation in Charleston that is quite a ways outside of the downtown. Magnolia was selected as one of “America’s Most Beautiful Gardens” (Travel + Leisure Magazine), and is the only garden honored with this distinction in the State of South Carolina.
- St. Michaels Church: the oldest surviving religious structure, and it is located right across from Washington Square in the French Quarter. It was built in the 1750s, and it is a National Historic Landmark.
- French Huguenot Church: very cute pink Protestant Church located on Church Street in the French Quarter. It was built in 1844, and it is also a National Historic Landmark. The church still holds regular services.
- St. Philip’s Church: This church is also located on Church Street in the French quarter, and it was built in 1836. It is also a National Historic Landmark.
- Magnolias: Magnolias restaurant is named after the Magnolia plantation. Everything we ordered from the menus was absolutely delicious, and the wait staff was very friendly and corky as well. It was a nice experience.
- Pawpaw: Pawpaw is a new restaurant in the French Quarter. I visited during restaurant week, and I received a lovely 3 course meal for $35 where I what to select what I wanted for each course. I chose delicious butternut squash soup, mushroom pasta, and ice cream Sunday.
Arthur Ravenel Jr. Bridge
The Arthur Ravenel Jr. Bridge is an 8 lane bridge that connects downtown Charleston to Mt. Pleasant. It is the third largest cable bridge in the Western Hemisphere.
The airport is located in North Charleston, and when we stayed there, we ate at a restaurant called Basico. It was a very cute modern restaurant that focuses on local grown foods. Everything we ordered was delicious. We wanted to try something that was not your typical chain. If you are staying near the airport, check this place out.
I stayed at the Marriott North Charleston, and it was a very nicely renovated hotel. The rooms were very clean, modern, and comfortable. I would recommend staying at this hotel.