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Fort SumterHistory, dining, natural beauty and exquisite shopping — Charleston is a city of subtle delights. Discover hidden treasures in the many antique shops or find your favorite couture from world-renowned designers. Savor the countless restaurants in Charleston, a city celebrated for its cuisine. Explore Charleston on foot or by bicycle and get a true flavor of the area. However you spend your time in our gorgeous waterfront city, it is sure to be exceptional. Stay in a convenient location close to popular attractions when you choose the best among hotels near Magnolia Plantation - Battery Carriage House Inn.

The 1843 Battery Carriage House Inn offers a serene residential location away from the hustle and bustle of the large hotels, but still convenient to the many wonderful things to do, including Battery Park Charleston. For a bit of local history, you’ll find everything from museums to Charleston ghost tours. View some of our favorite attractions below, or let our staff help you decide the best way to experience this beguiling Southern city.

From food and wine celebrations to the prestigious Spoleto Music Festival, Charleston is also home to many wonderful annual events.

Magnolia Plantation and Gardens Charleston

Drayton Hastie is not only the owner of the Battery Carriage House Inn, but also the spectacular Magnolia Plantation.  The world renowned garden is famous for its year-round floral beauty.  Listed in the National Register of Historic Places, the Plantation has, since the early days of the Carolina Colony, been the home of a family which played an important role in the making of America.  Three centuries ago, it became the first residence of the American branch of the Drayton family, whose roots go back in time to the Norman Conquest of England. 

Magnolia Plantation CharlestonMagnolia Plantation has been documented as one of the most significant gardens in America of the 19th Century.  Visitors may enjoy touring not only the magnificent gardens, but also the Plantation house, the petting zoo, and the Audubon swamp garden.  If you tire of walking, boat and tram tours are also available. 

See why Charles Kuralt called Magnolia, “my greatest Charleston pleasure.”

Charleston Entertainment

The Cellar
143 Calhoun Street  |  843-709-5050
Features specialty martinis, wines by the glass and entertainment from national jazz acts and regional bands.

The Have Nots! Comedy Improv
High-energy improv comedy with audience suggestion, so it’s always different. The nonsmoking venue also offers a bar.

North Charleston Coliseum & Performing Arts Center
5001 Coliseum Drive  |  843-529-5050
Near the hotel, this 14,000-seat multipurpose sports and entertainment facility is home to the Stingrays ECHL Hockey team and other entertainment.

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General Recreation in Charleston

Charleston Tours Inc.
P.O. Box 296  |  843-571-0049
The "original" full service tour and planning company.

Edisto Island Serpentarium
1374 Hwy 174  |  843-869-1171
A reptile park perfect for visitors and educational groups.

Folly Beach Fishing Pier
101 East Arctic Ave.  |  843-588-3474
Includes fishing, walking, birding and great views of Folly Beach. The pier extends more than 1,045 feet into the Atlantic Ocean.

International Center for Birds of Prey
4719 Hwy 17 North  |  843-928-3494
Includes over 80 species of eagles, hawks, falcons, owls, and other birds of prey from all parts of the world in a 152-acre campus with display aviaries.

Philip Simmons
P.O. Box 21585  |  843-571-6445
A local blacksmith with national acclaim. Mr. Simmons started producing iron work in 1925.  This man is a true Charleston icon.

Plantation Singers
Local singing group. If you have a chance to see them while you are in town, take it.

South Carolina Aquarium
100 Aquarium Wharf  |  843-577-FISH
This marine exhibit features moray eels, loggerhead turtles, sharks, river otters and more.

Splash Island Waterpark
444 Needlebrush Pkwy.  |  843-884-0832Located in Palmetto Islands County Park, this water park features a 200-foot slide, as well as smaller slides, sprays, waterfalls, geysers, and the Cyclone water ride.

Splash Zone Waterpark
871 Riverland Drive  |  843-795-PARK
Located in James Island County Park, this water playground offers two 200-foot tube slides, a lazy river, a waterfall, a leisure pool and more.

Whirlin' Waters Adv enture Waterpark
8888 University Blvd.  |  843-572-PARK
Located at Wannamaker County Park, this water park offers over 15 acres with slides, a giant wave pool, tube slides, a lazy river and a Big Splash Tree house.

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Biking in Charleston, SCBike The Bridge Rentals
360 Concord Street, Suite 108  |  843-853-2453
Ride across North America’s longest cable-stayed bridge on a Raleigh 7-speed comfort bike, or bike through historic downtown Charleston and Yorktown with a tour book.

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Barrier Island EcoTours
50 41st Ave.  |  843-886-5000
Enjoy private or group excursions, fishing charters, kayak tours and more at the Isle of Palms.

Captain Rick Hiott's Inshore Fishing Charters
4131 Flynn Drive  |  843-412-6776
Certified guides, equipment rental and daytrips available.

Charleston Harbor Tours
(800) 979-3370
Relax and cruise the harbor on board Charleston's favorite harbor cruise ship, the Carolina Belle

Epic Kayaks Inc.
645 Marina Drive  |  866-GET-EPIC
Kayak and paddling equipment sales along with kayak tours, classes and rentals. Enjoy wildlife viewing and the Cooper River.

Nature Adventures Kayak & Canoe Outfitters
1900 Iron Swamp Road  |  800-673-0679
Guided tours of Francis Marion National Forest, swamps with ancient cypresses, historic rice plantations, salt marshes and coastal barrier islands rich with wildlife.

PaddleFish Kayaking
Tour Charleston’s natural history with guides, kayaks and equipment. Wildlife encounters, sunset tours and fishing tours are available.

The Schooner Pride
360 Concord St. |  1-800-344-4483
Enjoy the water on an 84-foot authentic Tall Ship that sails Charleston's historic harbor.

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Coosaw C reek
4110 Club Course Drive  |  843-767-9000
This critically-acclaimed course is an Arthur Hills classic, with gently rolling fairways, subtle mounding and gradual elevation changes. Offers 18 holes of play.

Golfing in Charleston, South CarolinaDunes West Golf Club
3535 Wando Plantation Way  |  843-856-9000
An Arthur Hills design that challenges golfers of all skill levels. Recognized by Golfweek, Golf Digest, and Golf Magazine as a “must play.”

Kiawah Island Resort
12 Kiawah Beach Drive  |  800-654-2924Includes Turtle Point, Cougar Point, Ocean Course, Osprey Point and Oak Point golf courses..

Legend Oak s Plantation
118 Legend Oaks Way  |  843-821-4077
An 18-hole golf course minutes from Charleston, offering varied terrain.

Links at Stono Ferry
4812 Stono Links Drive  |  888-785-1813
This historic battle site is now an 18-hole course with Bermuda grass putting greens and beautiful greens amid pine trees and the Intracoastal Waterway.

Patriots Point Links on Charleston Harbor
1 Patriots Point Links  |  843-881-0042
This historic course features plush fairways, immaculate greens and panoramic views of Charleston Harbor and Fort Sumter.

Golf Courses in Charleston, South CarolinaRiverTowne Country Club
1700 RiverTowne Country Club Drive  |  843-216-3777
This highly-acclaimed Arnold Palmer signature course offers a limited number of non-member tee times.

Seabrook Island Crooked Oaks Course
1002 Landfall Way  |  843-768-1000
Offers classic rolling fairways and guarded greens amid centuries-old live oaks and pine trees.

Seabrook Island Ocean Winds Course
1002 Landfall Way  |  800-768-3096
Tight fairways and generous greens surrounded by dunes and salt marshes.

Shadowmoss Plantati on Golf Club
20 Dunvegan Drive   843-556-8251
Located 15 minutes from downtown, this award-winning Russell Breeden course was originally a plantation and now offers 18 holes of challenging golf in a beautiful setting.

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Parks & Gardens

Parks and Gardens in Charleston, SCAudubon Center at Francis Beidler Forest
A 15,000-acre sanctuary for located in Four Holes Swamp with the largest remaining virgin stand of bald cypress and tupelo trees in the world.

Audubon Swamp Garden
3550 Ashley River Road  |  843-571-1266
Located at Magnolia Plantation, this 60-acre blackwater cypress and tupelo swamp offers boardwalks, great views of wildlife and a plantation cemetery.

Beachwalker Park
Beachwalker Drive  |  843-768-2395
Beach access park with dressing areas, outdoor showers, restrooms, boardwalks, a snack bar and a picnic area.

Caw Caw Interpretive Center
5200 Savannah Highway (US 17 South)  |  843-889-8898
This 654-acre park highlights Charleston’s heritage, with environmental education classrooms and eight miles of nature trails through oak forest and marshes.

Charleston Waterfront Park
Concord Street
A public park located on 1,280 feet of waterfront property, with a grassy public green, pier and picnic areas.

Folly Beach County Park
1010 West Ashley Ave.  |  843-588-2426
Beach access park with 4,000 feet of ocean frontage, outdoor showers, restrooms, picnic areas, a snack bar and boardwalks.

James Island County Park
871 Riverland Drive  |  843-795-PARK
A 643-acre park with crabbing and fishing from floating docks along tidal creeks and lagoons; biking, pedal boats and Splash Zone water park.

Magnolia Plantation & Gardens
3550 Ashley River Road  |  800-367-3517
Founded in 1676 by the Drayton family, this is the oldest public tourist site in the Lowcountry and the oldest public gardens in America.

Old Santee Canal Park
900 Stony Landing Road  |  843-899-5200
A 195-acre park located where visitors can canoe or hike and see an abundance of nature.

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Spectator Charleston Sports

Charleston Battery Soccer
1990 Daniel Island Drive  |  843-971-GOAL
Catch the action on the field from Charleston’s own Division II A League soccer team.

Family Circle Cup
161 Seven Farms Drive  |  843-856-7900
See world-class women’s pro tennis in April at the Family Circle Tennis Center.

Charleston RiverDogs Baseball
360 Fishburne Street  |  843-723-2641
This Single A Minor League Baseball team plays in a downtown ballpark from April-August.

Charleston Stingrays Hockey
3300 W. Montague Ave.  |  843-744-2248
This ice hockey team plays in the ECHL and is an affiliate of the Washington Capitals.

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Family Circle Tennis Center
161 Seven Farms Drive  |  843-856-7900
This tennis facility offers 17 championship tennis courts open to the public year-round and is home to the Family Circle Cup.

Tennis at Kiawah Island Golf Resort
Voted the best U.S. Tennis Resort by Tennis Magazine, this resort offers two separate tennis facilities and instruction programs for all ages/skill levels.

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Charleston HistoryAiken-Rhett House
48 Elizabeth Street  |  843-723-1159
This historic urban villa depicts life in antebellum Charleston.

American Military Museum
360 Concord Street  |  843-723-9620
Displays hundreds of uniforms, artifacts and military miniatures that cover all branches and wars.

Avery Research Center for African-American History and Culture
125 Bull Street  |  843-953-7609
Houses permanent and visiting exhibits and archives relating to the history of the sea islands and the "Gullah" culture.

Boone Hall Plantation
1235 Long Point Road  |  843-884-4371
This “still working” plantation includes gardens, slave cabins, dining, a gift shop and one of the world’s longest oak-lined Avenues.

Calhoun Mansion
16 Meeting Street  |  843-772-8205

Charles Pinckney National Historic Site
1254 Long Point Road  |  843-881-5516
A remnant of Founding Father Charles Pinckney’s plantation, Snee Farm, with a cottage museum and a walking trail.

Charles Towne Landing State Historic Site
1500 Old Towne Road (Hwy. 171)  |  843-852-4200
A 17th-century reproduction trade vessel, native animal forest; formal gardens; and more are featured at this state park.

Charleston Tea Plantation
6617 Maybank Hwy.  |  843-559-0383
This commercial tea farm offers strolls beneath live oaks, a factory tour and the Tea Shoppe.

Citadel Museum
Citadel Campus  |  843-225-3294
The history of The Military College of South Carolina and Corps of Cadets from 1842 to present in photographs, uniforms and archival documents.

Confederate Museum
Market Hall, 188 Meeting Street |  843-723-1541
Contains flags, uniforms, swords and other Confederate memorabilia.

Drayton Hall
3380 Ashley River Road  |  843-769-2600
A National Trust historic site and National Historic Landmark, designed in the Palladian style and open for tours.

Edisto Island Museum
Hwy. 174  |  843-869-1954
Exhibits on sea island plantation life, the Civil War and Native Americans.

Edmondston-Alston House
21 East Battery  |  843-722-7171
Exhibits Alston family furniture, silver, books and paintings in the high-ceiling rooms.

Fort Sumter National Monument
1214 Middle Street  |  843-883-3123
Fort Sumter is a powerful memorial of the Civil War and may be visited by private boat or by ferry.

Hampton Plantation State Historic Site
1950 Rutledge Road  |  843-546-9361
The plantation grounds contain former rice fields, gardens, and a mansion.

Magnolia Plantation and Gardens
3550 Ashley River Road  |  843-571-1266
This 17th-century estate features America’s oldest gardens (c.1680), a Pre-Revolutionary War plantation house, antebellum cabin, nature train, nature boat, gift shop and more.

Middleton Place House
4300 Ashley River Road  |  843-556-6020
Surrounded by America's oldest landscaped gardens and stable yards, the museum displays 18th- and 19th-century Middleton family china, silver, furniture and portraits.

Nathaniel Russell House
51 Meeting Street  |  843-724-8481
The townhouse of Charleston merchant Nathaniel Russell features elaborate ornamentation and a free-flying staircase amid spacious gardens.

Old City Market
Market Street between Meeting and East Bay Street  |  1-800-868-8118
Built in 1841, the City Market in Charleston, South Carolina features small shops, restaurants and a flea market with everything from produce to antiques.

Old Exchange and Provost Dungeon
112 East Bay Street  |  843-727-2165
Built as the Exchange and Customs House in 1771, American Patriots were held prisoner here during the Revolutionary War.

Old South Carriage Company
14 Anson Street  |  843-723-9712
See historic Charleston in style from a classic, horse-drawn carriage.

Original Charleston Walks
58 ½ Broad Street  |  843-577-3800
Discover ghost stories, historic tours, Civil War history, pirates and more on a variety of walks through the city.

Patriots Point Naval & Maritime Museum
40 Patriots Point Road  |  843-884-2727Features several military vessels, aircraft, Congressional Medal of Honor Museum and Cold War Submarine memorial.

Powder Magazine
79 Cumberland Street  |  843-722-3767
Built in the late 1600s, the Powder Magazine was crucial to storage of powder for defense of the city. Features an exciting exhibit on early colonial Charleston.

Slave Mart Museum
6 Chalmers Street  |  843-958-6467
Permanent exhibits narrate the African- American experience in Charleston and the SC Lowcountry from 1670 to the modern Civil Rights movement.

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The Historic Charleston Foundation
Information on the Festival of Houses and Gardens held every spring, as well as other information about HCF.  Preservation of our historic buildings and quality of life is HCF's main function.  It runs several museums and shops in Charleston as well.  HCF does it all.

The Preservation Society of Charleston
The ones who started it all in preservation. This site provides information on the Fall Candlelight tours.

Save The Morris Island Lighthouse
The historic Morris Island Lighthouse is in danger of falling into the Atlantic.  See what you can do to help save the light.

Drayton Hall Conservation Project
Help to conserve one of America's treasures: the house at Drayton Hall Plantation.

The Committee To Save The City
Local organization committed to balancing the unique quality of life in Charleston with the impact of tourism and growth.

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Charleston Museums & Culture

Carolina Galleries
188 King Street  | 843-723-2266
Charleston's oldest art gallery, featuring art of the Charleston Renaissance, contemporary local artists, and museum quality picture framing.

Charleston Ballet Theatre
477 King Street  |  843-723-7334
Professional company offering a mix of contemporary and classical performances in various venues.

Charleston Crafts Gallery
87 Hassell Street  |  843-723-2938Features the work of 30 low country and statewide artists in a variety of media.

Charleston Museum
360 Meeting Street  |  843-722-2996
Showcases cultural and natural history of South Carolina’s coastal region, with fossils, Civil War artifacts, historic sites and a hands-on children’s exhibit.

Charleston Stage Company
135 Church Street  |  843-577-5967
Presents a full season of plays, musicals and youth theatre at the Historic Dock Street Theatre.

Children's Museum of the Lowcountry
25 Ann Street  |  843-853-8962
An interactive learning environment where children can explore a shrimp boat, shop in the Charleston Market, discover castle life, splash in Water Wise and more.

City Gallery at Waterfront Park
32 Prioleau Street  |  843-724-7175
This gallery exhibits work that is new and innovative.

City Hall Gallery
80 Broad Street  |  843-868-8118
The gallery contains portraits of many important leaders, including one of George Washington by John Trumbull.

Corrigan Gallery
62 Queen Street  |  843-722-9868
Exhibits both representational and abstract art, including works in progress.

Courtyard Art Gallery
149 East Bay Street  |  843-723-9172
An established co-op of 15 award-winning artists with a variety of fine art originals and prints, handcrafted jewelry and pottery.

Dock Street Theatre
135 Church Street  |  843-577-7183
This theater combines the style of an early Georgian playhouse and the old Planters Hotel.

Edward Dare Gallery
31 Broad Street  |  843-853-5002
Featuring a variety of original works by established artists. Gallery offers a collection of paintings, jewelry, woodworks, photography, glass and sculpture.

Ella Walton Richardson
91 Broad Street  |  843-722-3660
Exhibits the works of American, Russian, Asian and European artists, with paintings, bronze sculptures and jewelry.

Eye Level Art
50 Queen Street  |  843-278-2374
Local and international art by contemporary and abstract artists.

Fine Art Gallery on Market
125 Market Street  |  843-853-2445
Fine art, bronzes, artisan jewelry and original paintings.

Footlight Players
20 Queen Street  |  843-722-7521
South Carolina’s oldest continuously-operating theatre organization produces six main stage productions from August-May.

Gallery Chuma, Inc.
43 John Street  |  843-722-7568
Features Gullah art by Jonathan Green and John Jones, including quilts, dolls, books, crafts.

Gibbes Museum of Art
135 Meeting Street  |  843-722-2706
The history of the Low Country through painting, sculpture, portraiture, landscape, photographs and more.

Karpeles Manuscript Museum
68 Spring Street  |  843-853-4651
The Karpeles Manuscript Museum houses the largest private collection of historically significant manuscripts in the world, with manuscripts rotating between the 7 locations.

Mary Martin Gallery of Fine Art
39 Broad Street  |  843-723-0303
Features fine art including original oils and acrylics, wood, bronze and glass sculpture, and fine art jewelry from national, international and local artists.

North Charleston City Gallery
3107 Firestone Road  |  843-747-1087
Monthly shows feature a wide range of fine arts, crafts and photography from local and regional talent.

North Charleston Coliseum & Performing Arts Center
5001 Coliseum Drive  |  843-529-5050
Home to the Broadway Nights Series and other entertainment.

Richard James Galleries
231 King Street  |  843-577-9122
Features a collection of original artwork from international, national and local artists.

Smith Killian Fine Art
9 Queen Street  |  843-853-0708
Featuring painting, sculptures and photographs from local and regional artists.

Spencer Art Gallery I, II, & III
55 & 57 Broad Street  |  843-722-6854
Galleries feature contemporary fine paintings, prints, sculptures, photographs and marquetry by many artists in a range of styles.

Waterfront Gallery
215 East Bay Street  |  843-722-1155
Exhibits original artwork from 18 of South Carolina’s award-winning artists, including oils, watercolors, pastels, mixed media and photography.

Wells Gallery
17 State Street  |  843-853-3233
Represents an eclectic group of contemporary artists from the United States who paint in a variety of styles and subject matters.

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Explore the Best of Charleston With Battery Carriage House Inn

Among the best Charleston, SC attractions are the delicious restaurants. From casual to upscale, find Charleston dining to suit your taste!

From the South Carolina Aquarium to the North Charleston Coliseum, our hotel is central to the city’s best diversions. For more things to do in Charleston, SC, please call the hotel at 800-775-5575 and we’ll be happy to help you organize an itinerary.

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