How to Experience Charleston Like a Local

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There’s nothing quite as exciting as discovering the beauty of a brand new city. Whether you’re a long-time lover of Charleston or a first-time tourist, there’s truly no end to the wonderful things you can discover in this charming southern city.

But have you been experiencing Charleston in its truest form? There’s a lot to offer for tourists, but if you want the real Charleston experience, you need to travel the path of the local. Are you ready to experience this city like you were born and bred there? Keep reading to find out how to do just that.

Visit the Marion Square Farmers Market
If you’re looking for the foodie experience of a lifetime, make sure this farm market is at the very top of your “places to see” list. Local farmers both in the immediate area and across the state come and set up every Saturday morning here, doling out some of the freshest produce you’ll find in the area. In addition, you’ll find food trucks, pop-up stands, and local artisans selling their handcrafted goods. There’s no better way to spend a Saturday morning in Charleston than to stroll through the square and munch on some delicious fresh produce.

Invest in Evening Carriage Tours
Romance and history might not seem like a natural combination, but evening carriage tours through historic Charleston take the two and marry them perfectly. Founded in 1670, the city of Charleston has over 300 years of history to look back on. And what better way to experience that history than on romantic horse carriage rides through the city? Rest assured just one of these evening carriage tours will leave you feeling like you belong in Charleston.

Spend a Day at the Beach
You can shop til you drop and take historical tours until the cows come home, but there’s nothing wrong with a little bit of relaxation while you’re visiting Charleston! In fact, some of the best places to relax include the many beaches in the area. Some of the most popular beaches are as follows:

  • Folly Beach
  • Isle of Palms
  • Sullivans Island
  • Kiawah Island

No matter how long or short your stay in Charleston, make sure you walk the walk of a local for a moment. Whether you find yourself shopping in Marion Square or lounging on Folly Beach, you’ll be glad you did.