What is the best way to see Charleston in two days?

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If you have two days to see Charleston, take the chance to experience some of the city’s offerings outside of the peninsula. Golfers won’t want to miss the chance to play the Ocean Course on Kiawah Island, home of the 2012 PGA Championship. Non-golfers can spend the morning perusing the City Market’s vast array of vendors and artisans.

There’s no reason not to get on the water every day you’re in town. The ferry to Fort Sumter is the easiest way to go to sea and the experience standing inside the fort, which experienced plenty of drama during the Civil War, is a Charleston experience not to be missed.

It’s worth spending an afternoon in the comfortable South Carolina Aquarium, tracing the state’s water cycle and animal life from the mountains to the sea. Look out for sharks and sea turtles, and save plenty of time for playing with the sea otters in the marsh exhibit.

For a truly memorable adventure, schedule a kayak tour on Folly Beach. Tandem and solo boats can accommodate children of all ages on expeditions around the creeks and marsh behind Folly Island. Keep your eyes peeled — dolphin sightings are frequent.

Of course, much of the real excitement lies in the memorable meals you’ll eat, a reason in itself to visit Charleston. Have brunch at Hominy Grill and dinner at Forbes Travel Guide Four-Star Peninsula Grill or just walk around the Meeting and East Bay Street areas reading menus until something catches your fancy. It’s hard to go wrong here.

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