This Local’s Take comes to us from Taylor Simpson, a senior at the University of South Carolina and native of Charleston, SC. While we’ve heard about Charleston before, this is a new perspective, which we hope will lead to new discoveries! Enjoy!
If you’re coming to Downtown Charleston and looking for some fun things to do, here are a few places that I am positive will make your visit worth it. Starting off around lunch, take a stroll down lower King Street and see if you can’t find a nice bite to eat or a great store to gather some souvenirs. For an inexpensive lunch, check out The Kickin’ Chicken, Jim ‘n Nick’s, The King Street Grille, or Mellow Mushroom.
Moving on to entertainment, if the weather is nice (which is highly likely), head across the bridge to Folly Beach to enjoy a nice tan and potentially make some new friends. The beaches are filled with parties and tons of excitement, so be sure to check out Stations 20-30. If the beach isn’t what you are looking for, how about checking out the South Carolina Aquarium, located right on the Harbor and home to more than 10,000 plants and animals including river otters, sea turtles, alligators, hawks, jellyfish, sharks, and more. The largest exhibit in the Aquarium is the Great Ocean Tank, which is three stories tall.
If you want to explore Charleston’s historic sites, renting a bike and riding along the Battery is one of my favorite things to do. You can explore not only the Battery, but the entire city in just a couple of hours. If a bike seems exhausting, why not try a bike taxi. The bike taxi will take you anywhere you want for a small fee, but you can literally see any part of Downtown Charleston that you’re interested in seeing.
Moving on to night life…If you walk down Upper King Street, you will find yourself in an atmosphere of excitement. Party goers are everywhere on the sidewalks and the bars are usually filled with people. Some of my favorite bars include the Midtown Bar & Grill, Mercury, O’Malley’s, Fish, and AC’s. Over on Folly Beach, be sure to check out The Sand Dollar (aka, The Dollar). All of these bars are the place to go if you are looking for fellow young adults. While weekends are the most popular nights to go out, Charleston hosts a great crowd any night of the week. I hope this points you in the right direction to experience a city that is historic, beautiful, and fun.