The can’t miss eat, drink and other things to do in North Charleston, SC
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If you want to get into the Park Circle area, your only option is going to be a private place which can be booked through AirBnB or Vrbo. Depending on the time of year, prices range from $100 to $200 a night.
When we book our travel stays, we personally use Booking.com. Booking.com probably has the widest selection of budget (and luxury) accommodations in the world. In our experience, they consistently found the cheapest rooms. We also like their easy-to-use interface and no money down policy, which is awesome when you need to change plans quickly.
These hotels are located in North Charleston and a quick 10-minute ride to the Park Circle area.
North Charleston Marriott
North Charleston Marriott is a solid choice for your trip to North Charleston. The hotel is conveniently located 3 miles away from the airport and a free airport shuttle service is available. The Outlets and the Historic Charleston City Center are near the hotel as well.
North Charleston Marriott includes many amenities that you can enjoy during your time, like an outdoor pool, a restaurant, free WiFi, and a fitness center.
Quality Inn Coliseum
Quality Inn Coliseum is a comfortable and convenient choice for those who like to be near the airport, which is only 2 miles away.
The hotel offers many amenities to enhance your trip, like an outdoor pool, free WiFi, and free breakfast in the mornings.
Photo Credit: City of North Charleston
Riverfront Park is the perfect place to go when you just want to unwind and spend some time in nature. Located on the Cooper River, the park is a unique fishing spot being so close to the city, yet right on the water. You can also picnic under the big oak trees or go for a walk on the 10 acres of walking paths.
If you have a dog, you can take Fido to the dog park as well. The Riverfront Park pavilion hosts many events like a 4th of July celebration, family reunions, weddings, festivals, concerts, and more.
There’s no shortage of things to do in North Charleston, SC especially in the Park Circle area! This neighborhood revolves around the circular park, hence the name. Everything is within walking distance, and the neighborhood has an intimate, small-town feel without giving anything up in terms of entertainment.
Park Circle is packed full of locally-owned restaurants and most of them allow sidewalk dining so you can enjoy the nice weather. You can also find salons, shops, and a theater in the area.
The nightlife isn’t lacking, either. There are plenty of bars and pubs around, most of which include live music (keep scrolling to see where to drink!).
If you’re wondering what to do on a warm afternoon, consider disc golf. There’s a free course around the Park Circle traffic circle that has 18 tee boxes and 18 baskets!
Plus, North Charleston’s most popular outdoor festivals are hosted in Park Circle, including St. Patrick’s Day, the Christmas Festival, the North Charleston Arts Festival, the Harvest Festival, and more.
Quarterman Park is a peaceful park that’s only a few blocks away from Park Circle. The park is built around a pond, making it a great place for fishing. The pond is also home to many flocks of geese and ducks, so feeding the birds is another fun option!
If you’d like to do something a little bit more active, the park has walking paths as well. If you are waiting to grab some grub at a nearby restaurant, this is a great way to get in some steps.
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Take a stroll down Montague Avenue and check out the coffee shops, watering holes, restaurants, shops, bakeries, and more.
We recommend Black Octopus Mercantile. They’re a gift shop that sells apparel, stickers, and other cool items that are surf-inspired. Be sure to take home some gifts to friends and family!
Shop at the Outlets
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Is shopping on your list of things to do in North Charleston? If so, check out the Tanger Outlets which are located only a few miles away from Park Circle. The Outlets have over 80 stores, ranging from Old Navy to Saks Fifth Avenue.
The architecture of the complex is designed to resemble downtown Charleston and the Outlets have five ways to enter and six courtyards which are all connected by pedestrian walkways, making it easier to get your shopping done.
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Jackrabbit Filly specializes in Chinese cuisine with a twist and is one of the top things to do in North Charleston, SC for food. They have limited hours and a small restaurant so either go early or be prepared to wait.
Popular dishes include fish tartare, pork and cabbage dumplings, and much more. Beer, wine, and cocktails are available as well, with cocktails being a crowd favorite.
The atmosphere of Jackrabbit Filly is family-friendly, casual, and lively. You’ll find everyone ranging from couples on a first date to families enjoying their time at JRF.
Jackrabbit Filly has a bright and colorful interior that incorporates Chinese elements. There’s a wide range of seating options available. You can sit at a table, at the bar, or on the patio outside if the weather permits.
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If you’re in the mood for some delicious pizza (who isn’t?), EVO Pizzeria is the place to go. Originally a mobile wood-fired pizza oven, the local Charleston foodies went ape-shit so much so that they moved to a brick & mortar restaurant located on Montague Avenue
EVO dishes out the sensational wood-fired pizza that you dream about. Our personal favorites are the simple, yet so damn fine Blanco or the Pork Trifecta.
If you aren’t in the mood for mouthwatering pizza deliciousness, then there are equally scrumptious calzones (and salads) you can sink your teeth into. All ingredients are fresh and locally sourced.
EVO has calm and casual vibes and it’s a great place to enjoy some lunch or dinner with family and friends. No joke, we usually order EVO Pizza within the first few hours of arriving. It’s one of our favorite places to eat in North Charleston.
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You’ll feel like you’re in Britain at the CODfather! If you haven’t made it across the pond yet for the real thing, this is a very close second to experiencing traditional English dishes.
Serving fresh fish dipped in their own special batter recipe along with a side of chippy chips, locals flock to this place for the simple menu with BIG flavor. Other items on the menu include meat pies and sausage rolls.
The atmosphere of the CODfather is casual and laid back, and the interior has a fun nautical theme.
Want to soak in the outdoors? There are picnic tables with umbrellas outside if you’d like to get some fresh air.
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Firefly Distillery is a booze lover’s and nature lover’s paradise! Firefly Distillery sits right next to Noisette Creek and is surrounded by 4 acres of large oak trees and Spanish moss. It’s hard to believe that downtown Charleston is just up the road.
The distillery serves a wide range of spirits including vodka, moonshine, rum, whiskey, and more. Their most notorious libation is their Sweet Tea Flavored Whiskey, which was and still is wildly popular for summertime drinks. The tea is grown locally in the U.S. and turns whiskey into magic sweet tea for adults.
Ready to sample? Check out one of Firefly’s tastings, which are available nearly every day of the week.
Firefly Distillery offers live music as well. Local and regional musicians perform every Saturday afternoon on the porch, and bigger bands perform on the field throughout the year. At every show, you can purchase food from the food trucks nearby and you can also bring your dog if you’d like!
Paddock & Whiskey
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Paddock & Whiskey is the perfect place to unwind and have a drink after you’ve been exploring the city. The restaurant features an extensive drink menu, including wine, cocktails, beer, tequila, and much more.
Paddock & Whiskey offers food too on a lunch, dinner, and late-night menu. Things like oysters, sandwiches, burgers, and steak are available.
The restaurant is cozy, intimate, and relaxed with a wood bar, ceiling, and walls. It’s a great place for a date night or to catch up with friends.
Stems & Skins
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Stems & Skins is a popular neighborhood bar located on Montague Avenue. Here, you can find wine, cocktails, and beer from around the world. They also serve Mediterranean cuisine and offer plates like spaghetti, octopus, and charcuterie.
Stems & Skins is chic, bold, and lively. Plus, they offer a wide variety of food and drinks, making it a great place to visit during your time in North Charleston.
Photo Credit: Holy City Brewing Facebook
Holy City Brewing all started years ago when two business partners decided to start home brewing in their garage. Now, Holy City is a thriving brewery that can accommodate nearly 400 people across its indoor and outdoor space.
In the taproom, Holy City offers drinks, food, pool tables, and live music. Free guided tours of the taproom are available as well at this massive location.
Overall, Holy City Brewing is a fun, garage-like space where you can hang out with friends or family (kids are welcome!) and enjoy some hand-crafted beer and delicious food. You can sit outside at the picnic tables and enjoy some live music as well.
One of our favorite reasons to drink is to support local. At Commonhouse Alewerks, you can support local and drink for a good cause. For every beer sold, a portion of the proceeds is donated to a local community impact organization. You could say that you are drinking for a charitable organization if you needed an excuse to purchase more than one (not that we ever need an excuse).
They have a great beer selection with 5 mainstays and several seasonal and limited releases. For the warmer weather, Samantha prefers the Wise One hefe or Air is Salty gose sour ale. Chris finds himself reaching for a Looking East west coast IPA.
Getting the munchies? Commonhouse Alewerks has a wide range of food to go along with it. You can find sandwiches, burgers, salads, wings, and more on the large menu. A kid’s menu and dessert are available as well.
Commonhouse Alewerks offers cozy indoor and large outdoor seating areas with live music and other rotating events.Check out their Facebook page for the calendar.
Ship’s Wheel Hard Cider
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Ship’s Wheel Hard Cider is a great place to go if you’re a fan of cider and having a good time. The cider at Ship’s Wheel ranges from dry to sweet and it’s available in flights or individual pours.
Ship’s Wheel prides itself on using high-quality apples straight from the orchard, so you can be sure you’re drinking fresh cider. Non-alcoholic drinks and snacks are available as well.
Ship’s Wheel offers live music and indoor and outdoor seating. Plus, dogs are welcome outside!
Overall – Things to do in North Charleston SC
Overall, North Charleston is a southern gem that has plenty of parks, rivers, and walking paths to enjoy the beautiful weather and nature that encompasses South Carolina. In addition, North Charleston still has plenty of modern touches like shops, restaurants, and bars. So, no matter who you are, you’re sure to find something that you enjoy in the thriving city.
But where do we personally recommend? Holiday Inn Charleston Historic Downtown is our hands-down favorite for walkability and their location to all the shops/bars/restaurants.
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