- Hotel Activities
- Local Activities
Arthur Ravenel Bridge
Walk or run beside locals along the Ravenel Bridge, an architectural marvel arching over the Cooper River that’s beloved by the community. It’s nearly 2.5 miles over, connecting downtown Charleston with the picturesque town of Mount Pleasant. The bridge has stunning 360 degree water and city views.
The Holy City’s prominent harbor location offers access to multiple inviting beaches with warm Atlantic waters and expansive surf. Some towns worth exploring include Folly Beach, Sullivan’s Island, Isle of Palms, Kiawah Island and Edisto Beach. Each has its own individual flare with restaurants, bars, shops and more when you need a beach break.
Charleston Farmers Market
Upon the footsteps of the hotel’s entrance in Marion Square find a vibrant, thriving Farmers Market every Saturday morning. Shop among 100+ local vendors. In addition to farmers & growers, visitors can explore various food vendors and artisans showcasing art, clothing, jewelry and more.
Charleston Gaillard Center
The Gaillard Municipal Auditorium and Exhibition Hall opened in July of 1968. The Gaillard became home to the Charleston Symphony Orchestra in the early 1980s, and with the founding of Spoleto Festival USA in 1977, it helped propel Charleston onto the world stage.Construction of the new Charleston Gaillard Center began in August of 2012 and was finished in October of 2015. The new Gaillard Center features the 1,800-seat Martha and John M. Rivers Performance Hall, a 15,000-square foot Exhibition Hall, and three floors of City offices.
Said to be the oldest museum in America, the Charleston Museum is a comprehensive, moving curation of the Antebellum period in South Carolina. Learn about the acclaimed Low Country through various 18th century homes, exhibitions and historic artifacts from apparel and furniture to the natural sciences.
Charles Towne Landing
1500 Old Towne RD, Charleston, SC 29407
HOURS AND ADMISSION
- Admission : $10/adult; $6.50/S.C. Senior; $6/youth age 6-15; Free for children 5 and younger.
- Days and Hours of Operation: 9 a.m.- 5 p.m., daily
Charles Towne Landing State Historic Site sits on a marshy point, located off of the Ashley River, where a group of English settlers landed in 1670 and established what would become the birthplace of the Carolina colony. Charles Towne Landing introduces visitors to the earliest colonial history of Charleston. Interact with hands-on exhibits in the Visitor Center, talk to knowledgeable staff members, and take an audio tour on the self-guided history trail.
Spend the afternoon exploring nature and walking trails, biking, bird watching or geocaching. Bikes are available for rent. Strollers and wheelchairs are available free of charge.
Children's Museum of the Lowcountry
Specifically geared toward children, this is the perfect place to simultaneously entertain and teach kids about the Lowcountry. They offer hands-on exhibits for children under 10 in addition to programs, camps and classes like yoga and dance. Located on King Street two blocks from the hotel.
Dock Street Theater
Famous for being America’s first theater, history and the arts collide to create an unforgettable experience. After its grand restoration in 2010, the historic Dock Street Theater is now home to Charleston’s finest cultural institutions, producing over 120 performances each season from Shakespeare to Broadway hits. The original building opened its curtain in 1736, the first of all the colonies. Today the it features state-of-the-art lighting and sound, enthralling theatergoers near and far.
The first shots of the Civil War rang out in the middle of Charleston Harbor at Fort Sumter, an island seafort that played an integral role our country's struggle. It’s only accessible by boat, making an ideal day of adventure while learning about the war from Fort Sumter’s unique vantage point.
Historic Charleston City Market
City Market is a historic shopping place that started in 1804. It’s one of Charleston’s most visited attractions with vendors of all shapes and sizes throughout multiple open air buildings. Browse art pieces and local spices, clothes and the Lowcountry’s famous hand woven baskets. Visit during the day or on the weekends, musicians join the party with live music.
Steeped in history and natural beauty, Charleston is a treat for visitors of all ages. Guests of Hotel Bennett will discover a treasure trove of attractions and activities to keep visitors enthralled. Take the family to the South Carolina Aquarium or on a horse-drawn carriage ride downtown. Kids adore Patriot’s Point on Charleston Harbor which is home to USS Yorktown, a full sized aircraft carrier converted into war memorial. Or perhaps a plantation for the history buffs — like Drayton Hall, Middleton Place and Magnolia Plantation and Gardens. And there’s always the beach, of which Charleston’s home to many including Folly Beach, Sullivan’s Island, Isle of Palms and Edisto Beach.
King Street Shopping
Shopping on King street is a must do. Whether you prefer Antiquing, book shops, clothing, art galleries, cafes or bistros you’ll be find endless retailers up and down King. It’s developed in three areas: Upper, Middle and Lower King Street. Upper King is known as the design and designing district; while middle King is synonymous with fashion; and finally Lower King is home to a plethora of Antique shops.
Magnolia Plantation and Gardens
Listed among Travel + Leisure’s “America’s Most Beautiful Gardens”, Magnolia Plantation and Gardens is the oldest public Garden in America, having opened its doors to visitors in 1870. But it was founded long before that in 1676, evolving alongside the American Revolution, Civil War and modern history. Immerse yourself in informative historic tours amongst acres of stunning intricate gardens or roam free as you please.
Established in the 19th century, Marion Square has been the heartbeat of the city for over 150 years. In its former life, it housed the original wing of The Citadel, South Carolina’s Military Academy (now a hotel), while the location Hotel Bennett sits on was once the location of the Charleston County Library. Today, the famous square is home to weekly Saturday Farmer’s Markets, the acclaimed Spoleto Arts Festival and Charleston Wine + Food, among other signature events. Hotel Bennett has access to Marion Square for ceremonies, a special location for a wedding.
One of Charleston's most popular destinations for children, Patriot’s Point is a naval and maritime history museum in the heart of Charleston Harbor. WWII aircraft, the USS Yorktown, is the centerpiece of several exhibits that collectively preserve military history while telling stories of bravery in honorable, educational and engaging ways. Discover Patriot's Point with a self-guided or a privately guided tour of USS Yorktown, USS Laffey, USS Clamagore Vietnam Experience, and Medal of Honor Museum.
Look no further for the most luxurious rooftop in Charleston. Find a heated pool, private cabanas, and space to dine; guests sipping drinks while soaking in the breathtaking cityscape backdrop. By day, it’s the ultimate peaceful retreat. At nighttime, locals and guests gather to eat, drink and mingle under the open sky.
Venture over through Mount Pleasant to Shem Creek, a parkside area nestled into the historic creek and wetlands. Explore the walking trails and boardwalks, go fishing. Stop for a creek-side lunch or stay for make an evening out of dinner and drinks.
South Carolina Aquarium
The South Carolina Aquarium entertains family members of all ages, housing ten thousand plants and animals. The impressive Great Ocean Tank spans the first to third floor holding hundreds of species. A favorite among youngsters, the Touch Tank, allows visitors to touch live horseshoe crabs and other marine animals. It’s prime downtown Harbor location on the Cooper River is about 15 minute walk from Hotel Bennett.
Spa & Fitness
The hotel’s signature spa creates an urban oasis for guests with treatments that incorporate the area’s maritime surroundings. It’s the city’s finest spa experience with unique offerings, as well as radiance and fortitude treatments focusing on heart health. The spa will even provide a true King Street shopping experience for those browsing the exclusive retail offerings.
Join thousands of fans and cheer on the Riverdogs, Charleston’s Minor League baseball team. The family-friendly stadium overlooks the Ashley River and is a short 10 minute drive across downtown.
One of the best spots to get to know Charleston, South Carolina is Battery Park. This lovely spot on the waterfront features southern mansions, cannons, cannon balls, oak trees, palmettos, statues, a gazebo, and incredible views of Fort Sumter, Castle Pinckney, and the Sullivan Island Lighthouse. The perfect locale for a stroll, take in the views and the history.
One of the peninsula's most visited parks, Waterfront Park opened in 1990 and offers fantastic views of the Charleston Harbor. Gardens, fountains, walking paths and plenty of park benches are available on the property. Located off Concord Street in Charleston's historic downtown area, children enjoy the splash foundation in the Lowcountry's summer months.
The park is open daily.