Popular Landmarks and Attractions in Charleston

Discover the top activities and places to go near the HGTV Dream Home 2013.
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Indigo Park

HGTV Dream Home 2013 is located about 21 miles south of Charleston in Indigo Park, a premier green neighborhood on scenic Kiawah Island. The development will consist of 16 newly constructed homes built on 12 acres of land overlooking a picturesque marsh. Each Indigo Park dwelling will be built with LEED certification as its goal, using the highest-grade earth-friendly, sustainable materials proven to reduce greenhouse gas emissions and lessen lasting effects on the environment.  

The Battery

Located at the southernmost tip of the Charleston peninsula, the Battery is a fortified seawall famous for its stately antebellum homes. The area's scenic waterfront promenade is a popular spot for walking, jogging or just admiring the Charleston Harbor.

Charleston Waterfront Park

Located along the Charleston Harbor, the 12-acre Charleston Water Park features lush green lawns, numerous water features, walking and jogging paths, picnic tables and family-sized swings. The park's well-known Pineapple Fountain symbolizes the city's famous hospitality.

Rainbow Row

Lining East Bay Street, this row of colorful historic houses is one of the most-photographed areas in the city. In the early 1900s, Charleston preservationist Dorothy Porcher Legge purchased and renovated a section of the then-dilapidated homes, painting them pink based on a Colonial Caribbean color scheme. Other homeowners followed suit, resulting in the range of pastel colors seen today.

South Carolina Aquarium

Situated on the Charleston Harbor, the South Carolina Aquarium showcases more than 5,000 amazing aquatic animals and 12,000 specimens of plants. The aquarium is best known for its two-story Great Ocean Tank, which holds 385,000 gallons of water and hundreds of animals. Along with marine life, the aquarium is also home to an extremely rare albino American alligator, a bald eagle and a pair of barn owls.

Old City Market

Market Hall, the main building of downtown Charleston's historic market complex, was built in 1841 in the Greek revival style. Today, this building serves as the main entrance to a four-block market with more than 100 vendors. Visitors and locals alike flock to the market -- open 365 days a year -- to buy clothing, jewelry, souvenirs, food items, artwork and crafts of all kinds, including the Low Country's famous sweetgrass basket.

Beach Towns

Charleston visitors and residents alike enjoy easy access to numerous beaches. Laid-back Folly Beach (pictured) is popular for surfing and stocked with plenty of restaurants, local surf shops and unique stores along Center Street. The Isle of Palms and Sullivan's Island are farther east and the real estate prices on both are typically higher than on Folly Beach.

Drayton Hall

A visit to Charleston is not complete without a day trip to the historic plantations along Ashley River Road. Built in 1738, Drayton Hall is the oldest surviving example of Georgian Palladian architecture in the United States. The main house remains in near-original condition to this day, making it the oldest unrestored plantation house open to the public.

Four Corners of Law

At the intersection of Broad and Meeting Streets in the heart of the historic district, St. Michael's Church, Charleston City Hall, the old U.S. Post Office and the Federal Court House building represent the four pillars of federal, state, local and ecclesiastical law, as well as some of the stateliest architecture in the city. Visitors are welcome to peruse the public areas of each of these grand buildings.