Fathom Favorites : Charleston Sites

1. City Market

Stretching four city blocks, the old market is still the best way to experience a walk into the past from its food merchant roots to its slave origins. Present-day vendors sell a variety of goods, like the locally made sweetgrass baskets.

188 Meeting St.
Charleston, SC, 29401

2. The Battery

Stroll this iconic Charleston walk with grand Southern-style mansions overlooking Charleston Harbor. The waterfront promenade offers views of the Ravenel Bridge and historic Fort Sumter with echoes of the Civil War.

E. Bay St. down to the Battery
Charleston, SC, 29401

3. North Charleston Coliseum

2200 plush orchestra seats surround an intimate stage where big name indie, pop, and country performers, visiting Broadway productions, and the summer jazz festival set up for acoustically inspired shows.

5001 Coliseum Dr.
Charleston, SC, 29418

4. Riverfront Park

Pack a gourmet picnic lunch and enjoy stellar views of the Cooper River. Stroll the grounds with massive oak trees and rotating art sculptures. The contemporary, open-air pavilion is an excellent place to hear live music.

1001 Everglades Ave.
Charleston, SC, 29405

5. South of Broadway Theater Company

It may look somewhat nondescript, but this small southside spot hosts Broadway-caliber productions by playwrights like Neil Simon and Wendy Wasserstein.

1080 E. Montague Ave.
Charleston, SC, 29405

6. Dock Street Theater

As America's first theater, the French Quarter gem might be the most photographed spot in town. Look for the faded salmon-colored federal exterior and gorgeous green wrought iron balcony.

135 Church St.
Charleston, SC, 29402

7. Gibbes Museum of Art

Located on Museum Mile, the small, early 1900s Beaux Arts museum houses a collection of genteel watercolors and decorative arts from the American South.

135 Meeting St.
Charleston, SC, 29401