Things to Do in Charleston SC: The Battery, White Point Gardens and Rainbow Row

 

By: Tour Management Editor
May 10, 2018

Any list of things to do in Charleston SC will include a healthy dose of History.   2020 will mark Charleston’s 350th birthday, so it’s a history that includes pirate days, Colonial times, the Revolution, the Old South, Civil War and Reconstruction, and on and on. Charleston’s streets, city parks, monuments and even its houses reflect that rich heritage, and they also make for prime sightseeing in modern times. In fact, US News and World Report calls the Battery, White Point Gardens and Rainbow Row Charleston’s #2 tourist attraction! 

So what’s the attraction in this attraction? Let’s check it out!

Rainbow Row: Charleston Homes as History
The city block that launched a million postcards, Rainbow Row is a collection of 13 historical homes on East Bay Street. Constructed around the 1770s, Rainbow Row is supposedly the largest collection of Georgian Row houses in the US. Built as businesses on the ground floor with homes above, the pastel “rainbow” of exterior colors likely had some purpose in the distant past. One legend says it was so that drunken sailors could remember which home they were lodging in. Hey, why not? From middle-class mercantile establishments, to dilapidated slum houses after the Civil War, these homes were rehabbed in the 1930s. Today, these are some of the finest homes in all of Charleston, and worth a spot on ANY visitor’s list of Things to Do in Charleston!

Rainbow Row, Downtown Charleston SC

The Battery: Charleston’s First Line of Defense
By the time the first shots of the Civil War rang out at nearby Fort Sumter, Charleston had been defending itself for nearly two centuries.  Pirates, the Royal Navy, Yankees, you name it – if they entered the Harbor, the guns of the Battery stood at the ready. Located at the southern tip of the Peninsula (where, according to locals, the Ashley and Cooper Rivers form the Atlantic Ocean) the Battery kept watch over the young city through perilous times. Today, its seawall is a popular destination for sightseers and local fishermen alike.

White Point Gardens: The Peninsula’s Playground
The unofficial front yard for some of the finest million-dollar mansions in Charleston, White Point Gardens is a gem of 19th-century city planning. A tree-lined urban oasis where tourists gather and locals picnic, sunbathe and walk the dog. The historic 1906 band shell is home to a constant stream of scenic Charleston weddings. Oh, and they used to execute pirates here, too! History buffs will also appreciate the large collection of military cannons and maritime monuments.

White Point Gardens, Charleston SC

See the Sights in Air Conditioned Comfort!
One comfortable and convenient way to take in the sights of Rainbow Row, the Battery and White Point Gardens – especially during the Dog Days – is by bus! Catch a ride at the Charleston Visitors Center, and spend the next hour and a half exploring the Peninsula. The tour bus makes a regular stop for exploration and photos among the charming architecture of Rainbow Row, the history of the Battery and the relaxed atmosphere of White Point Gardens. The bus is spacious, comfortable and, best of all, air conditioned! If you’re looking for things to do in Charleston SC, this is one of the most popular. Book your tour today!

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