Charleston Attractions

Whether you’re visiting the area for business, group events, or pleasure, The North Charleston Inn provides guests with comfortable accommodations near all of Charleston’s best attractions.

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Downtown Charleston has recently been named the top city in the U.S. and Canada by Travel+Leisure for its historical charm and unique offerings.

Area Attractions

  • South Carolina Aquarium
  • Fort Sumter National Monument
  • Old Exchange & Provost Dungeon
  • Dock Street Theatre
  • Gibbes Museum of Art
  • Charleston City Market
  • The Citadel and College of Charleston
  • Waterfront Park
  • The Battery
  • Aiken-Rhett House
  • Marion Square
  • Rainbow Row
  • St. Philips Church
  • Old City Jail
  • Charleston Museum


South Carolina Aquarium

(15 minutes from the North Charleston Inn)

In the Aquarium visitors can explore Southern aquatic life in an attraction filled with thousands of creatures and plants in astonishing habitats. The brand new attraction is a 93,000-square-foot aquarium featuring a two-story Great Ocean Tank Exhibition. Contained within are some 800 animals, including sharks, sea turtles and stingrays. Every afternoon the aquarium offers a dolphin program, where bottle-nosed dolphins can be viewed from an open-air terrace. An interesting exhibit is the replicate of a black water swamp, with atmospheric fog, a spongy floor, and twinkling lights.

Fort Sumter National Monument

(20 minutes from the North Charleston Inn)

It was here that the first shot of the Civil War was fired on April 12, 1861. Confederate forces launched a 34-hour bombardment of the fort. Union forces eventually surrendered, and the Rebels occupied federal ground that became a symbol of Southern resistance. This action, however, led to a declaration of war in Washington. Amazingly, Confederate troops held onto Sumter for nearly 4 years, although it was almost continually bombarded by the Union. When evacuation finally came, the fort was nothing but a heap of rubble. Fort Sumter became a National Monument in 1948.

Old Exchange & Provost Dungeon

(20 minutes from the North Charleston Inn)

One of America’s most historically significant colonial buildings in the United States. Completed in 1771 during Charles Town’s Golden Age, this building quickly became the commercial, political and social center of the most prosperous of Britain’s thirteen American colonies. Then it served as a prison during the American Revolution. In 1873, the building became City Hall. It holds a large collection of antique chairs, supplied by the local Daughters of the American Revolution, each of whom brought a chair here from home in 1921. A “must see” when visiting Charleston.

Dock Street Theatre

(20 minutes from the North Charleston Inn)

The first theatre in the colonies, Dock Street opened in 1736 and was lost in the fire of 1740. The Planters Hotel opened on the site in 1809 and thrived until the 1860s, when it was damaged during the war and left derelict. The preservation of the hotel in the mid 1930s included a reconstructed theatre. The theatre has been in constant use since 1937 and is a major venue for Spoleto Festival USA each spring. Pre-booked tours are arranged when possible. Charleston Stage Company is South Carolina’s largest professional theatre company and resides at the historic Dock Street Theatre.

Gibbes Museum of Art

(20 minutes from the North Charleston Inn)

Opened in 1905, the Gibbes Museum of Art houses a nationally significant collection of American and European paintings reflecting Charleston’s past and present. From portraits and landscapes of the Colonial South to the era of Porgy and Bess and the preservation of America’s most beautiful city, visitors come face to face with Charleston’s history. Each year, the Gibbes presents dozens of quality exhibits by artist of regional, national, or international stature.