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What are some things to do in Charleston, South Carolina?

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As of 2016, things to do in Charleston, South Carolina, include shopping at the Charleston City Market, strolling the Magnolia Plantation and Gardens, and visiting Fort Sumter National Monument. The Charleston City Market first opened its doors in 1804. During the day, the market is the place to buy local produce and handmade goods, including sweetgrass baskets. Beginning in March each year, a night market is held on Friday and Saturday nights. It features artists, musicians and food vendors.

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The Magnolia Plantation and Gardens is considered one of Charleston's most visited plantations. It was founded in 1676 and survived both the American Revolution and the Civil War. It formally opened its doors to the public in 1870, making it the oldest public gardens in the United States. Visitors may stroll the gardens on their own or take one of several tours. A petting zoo, theater and a conservancy are on site.

History buffs may want to visit Fort Sumter National Monument in Charleston Harbor, the place where the Civil War began. The Confederates took the fort and held on to it for nearly four years. Guests may visit by tour boat or may sail their own craft to the site. A special Sunset Tour is available between March and October.

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