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Charleston: Home of Rebels, Princesses and Ghosts
by CL Hendricks

First time visitors or returning guests will find new and exciting activities in Charleston. Considered the number one vacation location on the southeast shore, Charleston offers something for everyone. There are many types of tours available in Charleston. Self-guided walking tours, bus ride tours, horse-drawn carriage and boat tours allow you to discover the rich history and the modern evolution of this bustling city.

Drayton Hall is nestled inside the city limits of Charleston. Considered one of the finest surviving colonialist houses in America it has stood through Revolutionary War, the Civil War and more recently Hurricane Hugo.

Renovation and preservation activities continue to the main house, barns and grounds. Guided tours are designed to provide you with a view into the past while protecting this special plantation from wear and tear. Tour guides lead visitors up one side of the staircase and down the other and alternate monthly to maintain even wear on the stone and wooden stairs.

Archeological excavations continue as caretakers and groundskeepers locate artifacts during regular maintenance and ongoing restoration projects. Early occupation by Native Americans, flints from British muskets prevalent during the early 16th and 17th century provide scholars with an ever expanding glimpse into the past.

Modern night life in Charleston features music concerts at the Music Farm, summer wine tasting stroll, and fine dining.

The Charleston Museum founded in 1773, and lays claim to the title of America's First Museum, offers natural history exhibits, cultural and historical artifacts and a planetarium.

The Charleston Ballet Theatre provides families with special programming. The Princess Ball, to be held in October allows Princesses and Princes along with their families to partake in a day-long festival. From royal crafts to food fit for kings and queens the CBT enjoys bringing the arts to life!

The abundant churches inside the city limits have earned Charleston the nickname "the Holy City." Steeples of all shapes and sizes dot the skyline and various bells can be heard on the soft ocean breezes.

As a sea coast town Charleston has been witness to many battles since it was first founded in 1670. Protesting British rule Charleston was an active participant in the Revolutionary War.

South Carolina was the first state to succeed from the Union at the start of the American Civil War. Fort Sumter, Fort Moultrie located on Sullivan Island and Porter Military Academy are just a few of the many historic locations to attract visitors.

No vacation would be complete without a day on the beach. Cool ocean breezes, salt water kayaking and sport fishing are among the many activities you will find on the beach front in Charleston. Street vendors and live performers provide you with food, entertainment and a fun filled day at the beach.

The daily Ghost Walk Tour through the city with a special visit to the un-kept Unitarian Graveyard is not faint of heart. As you walk through the city hear the spooky tales of famous hauntings including the ghost in City Hall, Sue Howard's ghost and the Gullah Boo Hag. This special tour is sure to be a "hair raising" experience.

About the Author

C.L. Hendricks has been a Jill-of-all-trades and become an expert in some. She has also traveled extensively and now writes about travel destinations around the world for Family Vacation Spots and Best Vacation Getaways

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