Charleston has so much to offer that one cannot afford to miss out on a day of exploring, even if it is raining. Whether you are here for the day or a week, on business or pleasure, the possibilities are endless in this All-American city. From the under sea adventures at the Aquarium to exploring Lowcountry cuisine, here are a few of our favorite things to do during a wet day in Charleston.
South Carolina Aquarium – With daily dive shows and exhibits galore, the South Carolina Aquarium is the perfect rainy day outing for all ages. Guests are given the opportunity to touch sea urchins and Atlantic stingrays, feed the rays at the Saltmarsh Exhibit, explore the Blackwater Swamp featuring a rare Albino American Alligator and be captivated by the 385,000-gallon Great Ocean Tank.
Museums – From Civil War artifacts to ancient fossils, the museums in Charleston offer a unique insight into the city’s past.
Gibbes Museum of Art – Located within walking distance of the hotel, the Gibbes Museum is recognized for its distinct collections of art. The museum host’s seven exhibitions each year, including one permanent collection of fine art, primarily American with ties to Charleston and the South.
The Charleston Museum – Nestled within Charleston’s Historic District, The Charleston Museum is recognized as America’s First Museum founded in 1773. The museum’s exhibits include natural and local history featuring a variety of artifacts, Southern furniture and textiles from the Civil War.
Children’s Museum of the Lowcountry – Nine interactive exhibits, including a pirate ship, two-story Medieval Castle and an art room, allow children to explore the arts, sciences and humanities in order to create their own hands on experiences.
Historic Homes – One of the best ways to experience history is to walk through it. Historic house museums are perfect for seeing Charleston’s classic and sophisticated taste in architecture first hand.
Nathaniel Russell House – The Nathaniel Russell House is recognized as a National Historical Landmark and one of America’s most important neoclassical dwellings. From its free-flying staircase to the wrought iron balconies, the Nathaniel Russell House is a true example of Federal architecture.
Heyward-Washington House – Charleston’s first historic house museum was the Heyward-Washington House. Known as “Charleston’s Revolutionary War House,” it was built in 1772, within the area of the original walled city. Records show that the city rented the house for George Washington’s use during the President’s weeklong stay in Charleston.
Edmondston Alston House – Dating back to 1825, The Edmondston Alston House is one of the first dwellings built on Charleston’s High Battery. It has often been said that Robert E. Lee was a guest in the house during the Civil War.
Aiken-Rhett House – Among one of Charleston’s historic house museums, the Aiken-Rhett House is recognized as the most intact townhouse complex that has remained virtually unaltered since 1858.
Cooking Classes – Looking to bring some Southern cooking back home with you? Learn the tricks of the trade from Lowcountry cooking experts. Trust us Charlestonians; there is no better way to experience the South than with real Southern cooking.
Charleston Cooks – Located in downtown Charleston, Charleston Cooks has a wide variety of classes from Lowcountry classics like Shrimp and Grits to a sushi making class. No matter what you are looking to whip up, this cooking school is sure to offer it.
Southern Season – Located just over the bridge in Mt. Pleasant, Southern Season’s has a multitude of classes taught by a wide variety of expert instructors from popular restaurants around Charleston. From the beautiful marble counter tops to the fabulous Viking kitchen, Southern Seasons is sure to make any class a memorable experience.
The Shops at Charleston Place – Conveniently located within the hotel, The Shops are your one-stop shop for all your wants and needs. From high-end designers to vacation wear, you are sure to find that much desired item right at your fingertips.
Rain or shine, Charleston is always open for exploring. No matter which activity you partake in, all will show a unique snapshot of Charleston’s historic past and rich culture. If you have questions or need any more recommendations, please do not hesitate to ask our knowledgeable and friendly concierge staff.