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Things to Do in Charleston in 72 Hours

Plan a Long Weekend at King Charles Inn

Only have a weekend to spend in Charleston? Get a feel for the city in just 72 hours with our guide to making the most of your quick trip. From historical tours to a day at the beach, experience the best things to do in Charleston from the King Charles Inn.

Day 1: Guided Tours, City Market, & Waterfront Park

On your first day in Charleston, get to know the city through one of the many local tours offered. Whether by carriage, bus, or walking, explore the best of the town on your first morning in Charleston. Some notable sights to see during your tour include “Rainbow Row” — a series of thirteen historic and colorful houses — and White Point Garden, a former defense artillery that now lives as a public park.

Next up, stop by the popular City Market. Here you’ll find a variety of goods, like homemade eats, home decor, and antiques. Other highlights to include on your first day exploration include the French Quarter District and Waterfront Park, home to the famous Pineapple Fountain and swings that overlook the Charleston Harbor. 

End your first day in Charleston with one of the many delicious restaurants near our hotel, like the Charleston Grill or Husk.

Day 2: Plantations & Charles Towne Landing

Fill your second day in Charleston with beautiful southern landscapes and plenty of history at nearby plantations. Spend your day exploring plantations including Middleton Plantation, which houses America’s oldest landscaped garden; Boone Hall Plantation and its famous “Avenue of the Oaks;” Magnolia Gardens, one of the oldest plantations in the South; and Drayton Hall, an 8th-century plantation and one of few along the Ashley River to survive the Revolutionary and Civil Wars.

After your Charleston plantation tour, visit Charles Towne Landing. This historic destination is the original site of the first permanent English settlement in the Carolinas. Visitors can enjoy hands-on exhibits, a self-guided tour along the history trail, and 80 acres of gardens.

Wind down after a full day with dinner on Shem Creek, where you can enjoy the freshest local seafood. Local favorite spots include Water’s Edge and Shem Creek Bar & Grill.

Day 3: Beaches & Outdoor Activities

On your last day in Charleston, soak up some sun with a day out on the beach. Our ideally located hotel offers easy access to some of the best beaches in town, like Folly Beach, Isle of Palms, Sullivans Island, and Kiawah Island. During your visit to one of these local beaches, you can enjoy a variety of activities from paddle boarding and jet skiing to kayaking and sailing.

Spend your final night in town with the delectable flavors cooked up at local beach restaurants, including The Obstinate Daughter on Sullivan’s Island and Lost Dog Cafe on Folly Beach.