A Week in South Carolina’s Lowcountry

I recently returned from my second trip to Charleston, S.C. And unlike the first time a few years ago, I got to experience the city and its surrounding areas more comprehensively like I did Atlanta and Boston recently. One tour guide said Charleston is at sea level and in some places under sea level, which is evident given the marshland between the harbor islands. While the intention was to go somewhere warmer in December, the weather was in the 40s, 50s and 60s with a combination of rain, clouds and sun.

Highlights I would highly recommend include Charleston‘s historic downtown filled with restaurants, museums, art galleries and old homes; the Civil War-era Hunley submarine (photos were prohibited); Southern food (specifically crab bisque soup and fried green tomatoes); the South Carolina Aquarium; Folly Beach and Fort Sumter. One of the understated (and overwhelming) attractions is the USS Yorktown, a WWII-era aircraft carrier turned museum that includes an interactive display hall on the Congresssional Medal of Honor. A few tours I got to do and worth checking out are the Charleston Pirate Tour, the 127-acre Charleston Tea Plantation – the country’s only tea garden and purchased by Bigelow Tea in 2003 to prevent future real estate growth – and the Gullah Tours –  which highlights places, stories and history relevant to blacks in Charleston. (Gullah is a language spoken by the Lowcountry’s first black inhabitants).

Here’s a glimpse at some of it:

The beach was empty. No sunbathers, swimmers, or lifeguards. It was cold – pretty, but cold.

USS Yorktown is huge. I spent about 4-5 hours there, and didn’t even see the whole thing. So many materials, photos and aircraft on display. It’s an incredible piece of military history.

The highlight of the South Carolina Aquarium was its Sea Turtle Hospital (which is an additional fee but so worth it! Definitely check out this site!!). The hospital treats sea turtles found stranded who are injured and/or sick. Most are found in South Carolina,  but they’ve flown in turtles found as far north as Massachusetts. The loggerhead (bottom right) was one of the patients. I could’ve watched the turtles there all day and been forever happy. Luckily, the hospital is really good about updating information about all its patients online. (No HIPAA policy here!)

It seems like every church in downtown Charleston is on the National Register of Historic Places. You could easily spend a day or so just walking through its many shops, galleries and neighborhoods. But tours are always good to get some depth to the stuff you’re seeing around you.


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One Response to A Week in South Carolina’s Lowcountry

  1. Andrew Pelt says:

    Great information! Thanks!

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