On our recent trip to South Carolina, we visited the city of Charleston and walked around downtown, visited plantations, and of course went to the beach. The late May weather this year was hot, even for SC. I found it comforting that even the locals were complaining of the heat & humidity. Folly beach was beautiful and the kids had a great time. The water was so much warmer than up north! There are Palmetto trees everywhere. The Magnolia trees were still blooming while we were in Charleston, we were excited to get to see them throughout the city.
Charleston downtown is worth a day to walk around and explore. There are no high-rise buildings but lots of cute antique-looking houses and shops (our favorite was the Rainbow Row of houses). You know you are in the historic districts when you are passed by horse-drawn carriages of tourists. The boys cooled off at a water splash fountain at the beautiful water-front park.
During our stay we visited the Charleston Tea Plantation, the only tea plantation in the United States. They have a small factory video tour which was very informative; W enjoyed it way more than we thought he would since he is not even a tea drinker yet. Charleston has the perfect climate for growing tea, and you get to see the machinery that they use to process it. We all agreed that if you happened to be in this area, going here in combination with somewhere else would be worth your while. But it is kind of far from most other places, so would not be a standalone day trip. We ate at The Fat Hen (my favorite meal of the trip food-wise, C could have behaved better, but I loved the BBQ Duck sandwich.) We also visited the Angel Oak tree, which is amazing to see in person.
3/4 of us!
More on our SC trip including a visit to a plantation and Fort Sumter coming soon! :)