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Our selection of American Airlines flights to Charleston makes it convenient to explore the city, whose 300-year history is beautifully preserved with architectural and historical treasures. There's no shortage of fascinating things to do in Charleston, whether you're bringing the entire family or just getting away for a quick weekend with friends. The mild climate ensures that many of the outdoor activities in Charleston can be enjoyed year-round, from visiting beaches and battleships to touring plantations or playing a round of golf.
On the top of our list of things to do in Charleston is a stop at Fort Sumter National Monument, which marks where the Civil War began on April 12, 1861. It's only accessible by boat, with ferries available at the Fort Sumter Visitor Education Center located in downtown Charleston. The nearby Fort Moultrie, on Sullivan's Island, was part of the Revolutionary War. It has been restored to highlight its involvement in major battles since it was first attacked in 1776, and today it is the only unit of the National Park System where the entire history of American defense can be traced. It is accessible by car (please note that you cannot get to Fort Sumter from Fort Moultrie).
Another one of the most popular historical activities in Charleston is a visit to Magnolia Plantation. This 17th-century estate features America's oldest gardens, which can be traced back to1680. You can see blooms all year long and can also view the Pre-Revolutionary War plantation house, antebellum cabin, wildlife observation tower and more. It's a beautiful site with many picturesque photo opportunities. Add a stop at Boone Hall Planation to your list of things to do in Charleston, because you won't soon forget its awe-inspiring entrance along the Avenue of Oaks. This plantation includes live presentations and an exhibit on Black History in America. If the surroundings of Boone Hall look familiar, that's because it's known as the country's most photographed plantation, and it has been the setting for many television shows and movies.
Don't leave town without visiting the South Carolina Aquarium, with interactive exhibits the kids will love. You'll be able to see loggerhead turtles, stingrays, sharks, moray eels, alligators and more.
With American Airlines, you can fly to Charleston for an entertaining time that also features a healthy dose of historical education. Use the tools here to start planning your getaway today.