1. Go on a downtown walking tour. We went with Charleston Sole for our tour, and Finn came with us! Since we spent all our time outside, this was a dog friendly activity. It was very hot the day of our tour, so be careful about the hot pavement if you're bringing a dog with you. We tried to stick to the shaded streets.
tour guide (far left), Sam, Stephanie, and Finn
the walking tour included the historic churches of St Philip (left), Charleston Huguenots, and St Michael
we took a water break and rest for Finn
2. Visit Ft. Sumter, the start of the Civil War.
This wasn't dog friendly, but we still enjoyed it.
3. See a plantation. There are several in the area. We decided to visit Boone Hall because it's the closest and it has the cheapest admission. We didn't know this beforehand, but we found out that they do allow dogs on the grounds. I didn't know they allowed dogs, so we left Finn at the condo.
The house was used in The Notebook as the summer house that Allie stayed at with her parents.
Boone Hall is the most photographed plantation in America. Boone Hall is privately owned, and is still a working plantation.
The bricks that were used to construct Ft Sumter were made here at Boone Hall.
4. Go shopping
On nearly every list of things to do in Charleston I read about, the City Market was mentioned. I didn't realize how touristy it was going to be, and Sam and I didn't care for the experience. It seemed like there were 100's of booths, but they all pretty much had the same things - art, Christmas ornaments, or sweet grass baskets.
The shopping around the perimeter of City Market was much better, in my opinion. I loved the Spice and Tea Exchange. I bought pumpkin pie spice and tropical green tea.