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  • James von der Lieth

The Simple Non-Tourist Guide to Charleston, SC

Updated: Feb 27, 2020

As a local, my biggest pet peeve is seeing visitors get roped into tourist traps.

I've lived in Charleston for 10 years and am still regularly amazed by all the beauty of the Lowcountry. Unfortunately, Most tourists only have 3 days to visit and spend most of it going to tourist establishments and nursing hangovers :(. Here is how to do Charleston like a local:


  1. Botany Bay. Experience a living museum of dead trees growing out of a beach for free.

  2. Birds of Prey Center. Amazing flight shows of stunning owls, hawks, vultures, and eagles. Only available via online reservation Friday-Sunday for $18.

  3. Paddle Board at Shem Creek. Experience manatees, dolphins and bird island for $30.

Explore Historic Neighborhoods

  1. Colonial Lake. Beautiful park and million dollar homes off the beaten tourist path in downtown.

  2. Cannonborough. Fun local shops and restaurants in downtown

  3. Park Circle. Trendy shops, bars, and restaurants in North Charleston.

Other Fun Stuff

  1. Cooper River Bridge. Park on one side of the bridge and walk/run to the top.

  2. Fort Sumter. Take a ferry over to where the civil war started

  3. Folly Beach. Go to the most awesome beach grocery store in America, Bert’s Grocery, for your lunch and snacks

Want more?

I've put together this guidebook for for my Airbnb that caters to groups of 6-12. The guidebook has off-the-beaten-path spot ideas for groups of friends and families to enjou.

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