Retire in Charleston

Activities and Culture

Learn about Charleston's' popular activities and culture.

Activities

The obvious benefit of living right on the water besides the spectacular views is the quick access to several nearby beaches, such as Folly Beach. You'll also find plenty of shopping in this college town, and enough golf to satisfy most avid players.

At a glance

Bowling Alleys:

3

Movie Theaters:

9

Casinos:

0

Public Libraries:

14

Malls:

6

Shooting Ranges:

2

Sports Teams within 60 Miles:

0

Closest Beach:

Folly Beach (0 miles away)

Closest Skiing:

n/a

Golf courses and country clubs:

8

Universities:

10

  • Area
  • National Average

Food

Food Summary

Charleston cuisine is seen to have strong British and French roots. Of course, the city is well known for its seafood, where dishes such as gumbo, fried oysters, she-crab soup, and shrimp and grits tend to dominate as local favorites. The city's wide variety of both casual and elegant restaurants are making it a new destination for foodies everywhere, but its the city's residents that get to take advantage of this benefit year-round.

  • Restaurants

    935
  • Bars

    67
  • Local Specialty

    Shrimp and grits, she-crab soup, palmetto cheese

Culture

Culture Summary

Charleston culture is known for its unique blend of Southern US, English, French, and West African elements. The city has quickly gained a reputation for its music, art, and local cuisine. Charleston Fashion week is held annually, and draws top industry personalities from across the nation. Performing arts centers such as the historic Dock Street Theater, The 34 West Theater Company, and Charleston Performing Arts center have long been local favorites. Charleston's culture is hard to beat, and with so much to offer, there's a reason why the city has become such a popular location for new retirees.

  • Total performing arts companies

    20
  • Museums

    18
  • Historical Sites

    10
  • Zoos and Botanical Gardens

    2
  • Vineyards

    2

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