With its cobblestone streets, horse-drawn carriages and swoon-worthy porches, it’s easy to find and fall for Charleston’s southern charms. But for an insider experience, you need some local intel. We asked Lucky Penny writer, mom-of-two and Charleston expert, Ana Fritsch, to share her favorite spots around the city.
"We love starting our day with a walk along South Battery. There are beautiful homes, a wide boardwalk perfect for walking the kids, and a park in the middle to take a break or have a picnic. Charleston is a walking city so be sure to bring your comfortable shoes!"
"Charleston is growing so much right now - there is always a great new restaurant to try. Leon’s Oyster Shop is a little off the beaten path but worth the trip for the fried chicken and hush puppies. Sitting outside under the patio lights is a real treat!"
"Pick up a lime sugar cookie (my personal favorite!) or one of their famous cupcakes for an after dinner treat at Sugar Bakeshop."
"Carriage tours are the most popular tourist attraction in Charleston. They aren’t the most exciting for littles, but you can always just go inside the barns to say hello to the horses. This is Big John. He is our favorite and a total sweetheart who loves when we pet his nose and bring him carrots. You can also look around the big red barn to find the elusive chickens, Monica and Chandler."
"If it’s not too hot, take the trip out to Sullivan’s Island during low tide. There are no waves (perfect for swimming with the babies) and plenty of sand dollars and seashells to collect. Afterwards, have lunch at Taco Mamacita and grab a gelato at Beardcat’s Sweet Shop."