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18th ICSR Conference – Things To Do
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18th International Conference on Shellfish Restoration
November 16-19, 2016
Charleston, SC, USA

"Celebrating and Inspiring Healthy Coastal Communities"                        

Things to Do...
With a distinctive southern charm, Charleston is ranked as the No. 1 tourism city in the United States by Conde Nast Traveler and Travel + Leisure magazines. It’s ripe with fascinating history, interesting architecture, and mouth-watering cuisine. So if you are arriving early, staying late, and/or are bringing traveling companions with you, here are some ways to explore the Charleston area:

Walking/Shopping: The city is extremely walkable. Head out of the conference hotel and turn left. You have a couple of miles of world-class shopping on King Street. Turn left on Market Street, and it’s just a few blocks to the Market district and its shops and restaurants. Take a side street for a block or two just about anywhere, and you’ll find all kinds of interesting architecture.

Getting around: Walking is best, but if you need transportation, consider a pedicab – Charleston Pedicab, Charleston Rickshaw, or Bike Taxi. If you have your own vehicle, remember finding parking spots near where you want to go can be challenging in Charleston.

History tours: The daytime walking history tours are a great way to explore the city’s peninsula. Or you can squeeze in an after-dark ghost tour that works in a little history with scary stories. Tour companies include Bulldog Tours, Charleston Footprints, Charleston Sole, and Charleston Strolls.

Garden/Plantation tours: The homes and formal gardens of several antebellum plantations have been restored and are open to the public. Boone Hall, Drayton Hall, Magnolia Plantation, McLeod Plantation, and Middleton Place offer the full tourist experience, with guided tours. For a more education-oriented experience, there’s the National Park Service’s Charles Pinckney National Historic Site.

Museums: For local history, The Charleston Museum is just a few blocks east of the conference hotel, at 360 Meeting St. It’s a longer walk to the Gibbes Museum of Art at 135 Meeting St., but you’ll pass great shopping and dining spots along the way. If you want a short museum fix during the day, walk a few blocks west to the Karpeles Manuscript Library Museum at 68 Spring St. It’s in an impressive Greek Revival building, admission is free, you can get in and out quickly, and the main exhibit in November is “Great Moments in Medical History.” And on the Mount Pleasant side of the harbor, the USS Yorktown has been converted to a Naval history museum at Patriots Point.

Art: The largest cluster of art galleries is on Queen Street between Meeting and East Bay streets. If you’re walking, head left from the hotel on King Street and then take a left on Queen Street.

Music:Live at the Charleston Music Hall” will be taping a show at 7:30 p.m. Thursday for later distribution on PBS channels nationwide. The show’s host, Hootie and the Blowfish guitarist and Charleston resident Mark Bryan, interviews guests between performances of their songs. The Nov. 17 guests will be Atlanta-based Drivin’ N’ Cryin’ and Nashville-based Patrick Davis. The Charleston Music Hall is just a few blocks away at 37 John St. A $25 donation is suggested.

Beaches: The water might be a little cool for swimming this time of year, but you can stroll the local beaches to check out wildlife and enjoy the salt air. Check a tide chart and avoid high tides to ensure dry feet. The local choices are Folly Beach, Isle of Palms, and Sullivan’s Island.

Outdoor recreation: Kayak tours are a great way to explore the local waterways, from salt water marshes to the tannin-blackened fresh water of twisty inland creeks. Nature Adventures Outfitters and Coastal Expeditions offer guided kayak tours or rentals. Rather not paddle? Coastal Expeditions and Barrier Island Eco Tours offer guided tours on motorized craft. Want a leisurely hike away from the crowds? Consider the Awendaw Passage of the Palmetto Trail, at the northern edge of Charleston County.

Running: Getting in your morning or evening jog? Head left down King Street. It’s about two miles to the end of the peninsula at The Battery. One block east is Meeting Street, which often has less crowded sidewalks. Explore as many side streets as you can handle. Best running along this route is early in the morning, as the streets and sidewalks can get crowded later in the day.

Restaurants: Charleston has a well-deserved reputation as a culinary destination. Some of the best within a few blocks of the conference hotel include: Fish at 442 King St., The Grocery at 4 Cannon St., Hominy Grill at 207 Rutledge Ave., The MacIntosh at 479B King St., The Ordinary at 544 King St., Pane e Vito at 17 Warren St., Smoke BBQ at 487 King St., and Xiao Boa Biscuit at 224 Rutledge Ave. A little farther away, a few of the restaurants that have pledged to serve only sustainable seafood include FIG at 232 Meeting St., Amen Street Fish and Raw Bar at 205 East Bay St., and Fleet Landing at 186 Concord St. In most cases, you need to reserve a table.

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