Charleston's historic architecture is just the beginning. Like other vibrant historic peninsular cities – think Manhattan, Boston and San Francisco - Charleston has award-winning restaurants, a lively arts & cultural scene, and fashionable boutiques. One big difference: Charleston offers the perfect scale and civility for the human experience and some of the most friendly people in the country.
Today, Charleston has been discovered as a national and global destination for business and talent, where young entrepreneurs, established professionals, growing families, college students, and retirees can all thrive and come together.
Arts, Culture and Entertainment
From the world-renowned annual Spoleto Festival to the new Gaillard Performance Hall, Charleston is a nationally recognized destination for the arts. Highlights include a world-class symphony orchestra, ballet company, host of theater companies, art museums and an increasing number of art galleries and studios. The dining scene is equally unparalleled; Charleston offers a wide range of award-winning restaurants across a spectrum of local and international cuisines. To learn more, notable resources include:
Sports and Recreation
With its wealth of natural beauty, Charleston has much to offer in terms of sports and recreation activities. From spending time on the water kayaking, sailing, fresh or salt water fishing, or paddle boarding, to enjoying land activities such as golfing, bicycling, playing tennis, bird watching or horseback riding, there are activities for all levels of outdoor adventure enthusiasts. Charleston also hosts annual events such as the Cooper River Bridge Run. Notable resources include: