Nine miles from downtown Charleston and 15 minutes from many of the area’s historic plantations, North Charleston has embraced the motto of “a different kind of Southern charm.” Indeed, knowledgeable locals often avoid the crowds on Charleston’s historic peninsula, flocking instead to North Charleston’s restaurants and entertainment venues, much of it located at the city’s bustling Park Circle. Designed by Frederick Law Olmstead, the architect of New York City’s Central Park, this collection of restaurants and bars was built on parts of the former U.S. Navy Base and, with local support, has become a popular destination for young families, business professionals and, of course, in-the-know visitors. As an added bonus, the area has no parking fees.
North Charleston also has some of the state’s most cutting-edge recreation facilities. For baseball fans, there’s the 48-acre Cal Ripkin Baseball Facility at Wescott Park; for golfers, the area’s only 27-hole facility, The Golf Club at Wescott Plantation, designed by renowned architect Michael Hurdzan, for swimmers, the under-construction North Charleston Aquatics Center. Add to that a three-gym complex located between Remount Road and Interstate 26.
Description Credit: SC Department of Parks, Recreation and Tourism, DiscoverSouthCarolina.com