3 Reasons You Should Explore Outside of Downtown Charleston

Charleston is welcoming approximately 5 million visitors each year. In 2015, Condé Nast named this city full of southern charm the number one Best Small City in America. And just recently, Travel + Leisure named Charleston number one in The World’s Best Cities. Needless to say, this little city is getting quite a lot of attention. So while downtown Charleston is packed with riveting history, beautiful architecture and great food, we think there are some pretty incredible places outside of the peninsula that are begging to be explored.


Here are 3 reasons you should explore outside of downtown Charleston:


Get a taste of the Lowcountry.


Create your own adventure and leave the city for a few hours and enjoy the oak tree lined path to Charleston Tea Plantation. The drive from the city to Wadmalaw Island goes by quickly with views of the Spanish Moss draped trees, waterfront scenery and a glimpse into local culture. Make a day trip out of it and grab a bite to eat.


Try out a new restaurant.


Charleston has made a name for itself in the culinary world and the quaint little restaurants on the city’s outskirts are no exception. Make a pit stop on your way out to Charleston Tea Plantation at Stono Market and Tomato Shed Café. They pride themselves on using the freshest, locally harvested produce and their menu will give you a real taste of the South. Have a leisurely lunch or grab it to go and plan on picnicking at the Plantation. If you are heading back around dinner time, be sure to plan a stop at Fat Hen. The owner is a Wadmalaw neighbor, but his top rated Johns Island restaurant is a must-try. We highly recommend making reservations in advance, but it will definitely be worth it! “Fat Hen offers innovative French Lowcountry cuisine using the freshest ingredients provided by their friends and neighbors in the farming community.” These are just two of the many options on your way out to Wadmalaw! We don’t blame you if you need to plan a second trip.


Find a change of pace.


Whether you work downtown or you’re visiting Charleston, wander away from the downtown hustle for a day. Once you’re out on the Plantation, catch a trolley tour at your leisure, hang out in the rocking chairs and explore the grounds with an iced tea in hand.


Charleston Tea Plantation is located on historic Wadmalaw Island in the heart of South Carolina’s Lowcountry. So while you’re making a travel itinerary, be sure to pencil us in under Things to Do in Charleston!