Walking the Battery

Walking the Battery in Charleston!

Walking the Battery in Charleston!

Antebellum style houses along the Charleston Battery

Antebellum style houses along the Charleston Battery

Walking the Battery in Charleston South Carolina is one of those activities that must be done almost every trip we make to the Holy City! Why is that?

Perhaps it is the water and view of shrimp boats and the possibility of spotting dophins….

Perhaps it is the picture postcard antebellum southern mansions all along the road…

Perhaps it is a chance to get away from the crowded streets downtown…

Perhaps it is time wandering the historic avenues and peaking through iron gates for glimpses of beautiful urban gardens…

Watching for dolphins and shrimp boats

Watching for dolphins and shrimp boats

Whatever the draw, it is strong for me. I feel as though I am much further away from downtown than we really are. It is a step back in time. A place to let go of my “to do” list and just enjoy the sights and the sounds and the smells.

The scenic promenade that runs along this southern most tip of the Charleston Peninsula allows you to walk without having to worry about traffic. This is the place where the Cooper River and the Ashley River meet. On a clear day, Fort Sumter and Sullivan’s Island Lighthouse can be seen. The furthest point along the promenade is called White or Oyster Point because of the piles of oyster shells there.

In 1737, there was a fort on this site called Broughton’s Battery. The sea wall was built in 1750 to protect the fort. Then, in 1789 the fort was demolished. During the War of 1812, this spot was occupied by Fort Wilkins. In the Civil War, it was a coastal defense artillery battery. Now the area sports a public garden with paved paths, military statues, canons, cannon balls and a gazebo. It is a great place to let the kids run and climb or to have a picnic.

Interesting Houses Along the Battery

In case you want to take yourself on a history walk, here is a list of famous houses along East Battery. There are plenty more, but this is enough to get you started!

Louis DeSaussure House is an antebellum house at 1 East Battery

Robert William Roper House is a historic house at 9 East Battery

William Ravenel House dating back to 1845 at 13 East Battery

Charles Drayton House is a historic Victorian home at 25 East Battery

Edmondston-Alston House is a historic house located at 21 East Battery. This one is a museum and you can tour it. Check here for addition information.

 

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Wine Bars in Charleston, South Carolina

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There are any number of tours available in Charleston, South Carolina. You can take historic walking tours of the city, carriage ride tours, ghost tours at night, tours of historic houses, tours of forts, coastal tours…the list goes on and on.

But another idea that might be fun is touring some of the many wine bars in Charleston. This article has a detailed list to get you started. Check out a few next time you visit, but always be responsible. Have a designated driver so everyone stays safe!

Click here for Charleston Wine Bars

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A First Timer’s Guide to Charleston

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Visiting Charleston, South Carolina for the very first time can be and exhilarating, but overwhelming experience! There is so much to see and so much to do!

Here is a great guide for the first time visitor that gives some suggestions on things to see and places to eat. Of course, personally, I would say the best place to stay is not listed in the article! That would be our house, the Palmetto Beach House on Isle of Palms.

Did you know that it is only a 20 minute drive to downtown Charleston, from our house?

Here is the guide. I hope you enjoy it! First Timer’s Guide to Charleston

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5 things to do with kids on IOP – besides the beach!

1. Go to the playground at the recreation center – There is a recreation center with a nice playground and a small gym, tennis courts and an enclosed dog park located at 24 – 28th Avenue. Visit IOP Park for a summer activity guide.

2. Visit Fort Moultrie – Located on Sullivan’s Island, just a few miles down the road, Fort Moultrie is a nice place to explore with your kids. There is very small entrance fee of $3.00 for adults, free for children under 15 years of age.

3. Boone Plantation – Located in Mount Pleasant a short drive down Highway 17, you can easily spend an entire day at Boone Plantation. House tours, Gallah culture presentations, wagon tours, garden tours and a butterfly pavilion await after driving the live oak lined drive. Check the calendar for special events.

4. Birds of Prey – Travel further down Highway 17 and you will find the Birds of Prey Center. Here you will find a variety of guided tours, flight demonstrations, exhibitions and an owl habitat to explore.

5. In case of rain, you can always head over the connector and catch a move at the Regal Palmetto Grande Stadium 16.

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