There is so much to see and do while you are here, trying to summarize it would not do any justice. The sites below offer a glimpse on what to do, restaurants, and much, much more!
Beaches to visit:
Folly is the chill beach. It is home of the infamous "wash-out" -- a very popular spot for surfers. Folly beach also has a County Park. It is about 45 minutes from Mt Pleasant. Sullivan's Island is a more family friendly beach with fewer crowds. There are great restaurants a block from the beach and it's about 15 minutes from Mt Pleasant 25 minutes from downtown Charleston. Isle of Palms has even fewer crowds than Sullivan's and one of the County Parks is on Isle of Palms. It is about 10 minutes from Mt Pleasant and 40 minutes from downtown.
Please note for any of the County Parks, there is an admission fee, but life guards and bathrooms are available!
Activities for Kids (or the kid in you!):
If you have little kiddies, take them to the Children's Museum. There is also Fort Moulrie and Fort Sumter, the Acquarium, the Old Exchange and Provost Dungeon, and Patriot's Point Naval and Maritime Museum (home of the Yorktown!).
Charleston also has an extensive County Park system. There are over 10 parks/facilities that they operate and offer everything from canoeing, hiking, waterslides at their water parks, bird watching, camping and much more.
Places to Eat:
Charleston has no shortage of fantastic restaurants and eateries. We've listed a few of our favorites below, but check out the Charleston City Paper link for a more comprehensive list. Make sure to contact the restaurant before you head there as they have may changed hours or may not be open at all!
Hominy Grill is great for breakfast and lunch. Saturday and Sunday they have a fantastic brunch and is located downtown on the corner of Rutledge Ave and Cannon St.
Another favorite for great grits and a super chill environment is the Marina Variety Store. They are in front of one of Charleston's Marina's and offer great views of the harbor. They are open for breakfast, lunch and dinner!
Five Loaves is a super place to grab a salad, sandwich and/or soup! They have two locations around town - one downtown (corner of Coming St. and Cannon St.) and one in Mt. Pleasant off of Hwy 17 North (also known as Johnny Dodds Blvd). They serve lunch and diner Monday thru Saturday (closed Sundays).
Like a good fish taco? Head to Poe's Tavern on Sullivan's Island. They've got great fish tacos, a great beer selection, they grind their own beef so you can get a burger any temp. you want, and they are a block from the beach. Parking can be a little tricky, but it”s worth it.
Another local hang out are Sal Parco's restaurants: Mustard Seed, Sette, and Boulevard Diner are favorites where you get a great meal but not a huge price. Mustard Seed (lunch/dinner) is an eclectic menu and has something for everyone. Sette is Italian (lunch/dinner) and Boulevard Diner (breakfast/lunch/dinner) is southern food at its best. None of these restaurants are open on Sunday.
Medium price group that does not compromise http://www.mavericksouthernkitchens.com/
High end restaurants: http://www.10best.com/Charleston,SC/Restaurants/Best_Restaurants/
Bottom line: hard to have a poor meal in the Charleston area!!!