North Charleston is a diverse community of small businesses, community events and family friendly fun. Just a short drive from historic downtown Charleston, the City of North Charleston welcomes visitors to the Lowcountry eager to soak up that southern charm.
Make time to visit North Charleston for shopping, culture, great food and even better company.
Experience North Charleston
Whether you enjoy history, the outdoors or family fun, North Charleston has an experience for every visitor.
At the North Charleston Fire Museum and Educational Center, see a collection of 19 antique fire trucks plus interactive exhibits, including a real fire pole and education about how to exit a burning building. Kids can make their own personalized fire patch to take home.
Wannamaker County Park has more than 1,000 acres of woodlands and wetlands with miles of trails, picnic sites and two playgrounds. In the summertime, stay cool at Whirlin’ Waters Adventure Waterpark, plus boats and bikes are available to rent.
Show off your figure eights and your triple lutz at Carolina Ice Palace. Public skating hours are available daily or take advantage of the Friday and Saturday night family special with skating, pizza and drinks for one price.
Fashion + Shopping
From shoes to sunglasses and from jeans to jewelry, Tanger Outlets in North Charleston is the best place to grab some great deals on designer items. Dozens of name brand retailers offer incredible products at deals that won’t bust the bank while leaving enough left over for you to treat yourself to a new sweater or pair of athletic shoes. Browse at Banana Republic, Brooks Brothers, Michael Kors, Polo Ralph Lauren and Saks Fifth Avenue.
Northwoods Mall has more than 100 stores and restaurants and is conveniently located off Interstate 26 and surrounded by several other shopping centers.
For a truly local experience, head to North Charleston’s historic district, the Olde Village. It’s lined with small family owned businesses and shops. Park Pets is a pet supply store with food, treats and toys for your favorite furry friend. Roadside Blooms offers a unique mix of plants, bouquets, handmade jewelry and candles. The Pink Crocodile is a fun boutique with clothes, jewelry, accessories, children’s gifts and home décor. For a wide selection of modern furniture, lighting, home décor and accent pieces, stop by Iola Modern.
Food + Drink
Park Circle’s Commonhouse Aleworks has revived that old town hall feel where people gather to relax, talk and share a laugh over a beer. Have a pint of Park Circle Pale Ale, the Broad Path Brown ale or one of the other beers on tap. Holy City Brewing on Dorchester Road has been brewing beer in North Charleston for years. Stop by the tap room for a pint of red ale, American stout, Belgian pale ale or a specialty seasonal brew.
Looking for a great place to grab dinner? Look no further than Park Circle. LoLA is a blend of Lowcountry cuisine and Louisiana seafood (think gumbo or shrimp creole). You’ll never think about the pizza the same way after dining at EVO Pizzeria for wood-fired pizzas. Be sure to pick up dessert at EVO’s bakery. Head to Lotus for Vietnamese cuisine in a chic atmosphere. For some of the area’s best burgers, don’t miss Sesame Burgers and Beer in Park Circle.
North Charleston’s Riverfront Park has become a go-to location for outdoor concerts, festivals and charitable events Hot ticket items include the High Water Festival, a musical event April 13-14 featuring Shovels & Ropes, Leon Bridges, Lord Huron and more than a dozen more musical performers.
Widespread Panic also will play Riverfront Park during the Trondossa Music & Arts Festival on April 27-28. This picturesque waterfront venue is also home to the Charleston Beer Fest on May 18 and the Charleston Animal Society’s Chili Cook-Off in November.
Celebrate North Charleston’s vibrant arts and culture scene at the North Charleston Arts Fest in early May. This annual celebration boosts national, regional and local artists and performers in dance, music, theatre, visual arts, media arts and literature. Performances and exhibits are affordable and accessible at locations all around the area.
The North Charleston Coliseum and Performing Arts Center, neighboring concert and event spaces in North Charleston, host everything from rock concerts to Broadway shows plus the North Charleston Pops! orchestra.
For even more information all you can see and do in North Charleston, head to visitnorthcharleston.com. Sign up for email alerts, view the calendar of events and plan your visit.