Monday, November 22, 2010

January is "Be A Tourist In Your Own Town" Month

Charleston is bursting at the seams with things to see and do, "its where history lives". That's what so appealing about it, the way Charleston has preserved its heritage. Even though fall has settled in on the Holy City and winter will be slipping in from behind, January is an ideal time for residents to get reaquainted with their local favorites, and at discounted prices. Its time to Be A Tourist In Your Own Town.

Be A Tourist In Your Own Town is free one-time admission to 28 area attractions and discounts at 22 restaurants during the month of January 2011. The program is designed for South Carolina residents of Charleston, Berkeley, and Dorchester counties. You can buy individual passes for $20 or family passes for $50. The family pass is good for four people of any age. The odd thing about the family pass is the four people don't even have to be related to each other, but they do have to be locals. The only other catch is all four must also be present to take advantage of the program. You can purchase your pass at official Charleston, Mt. Pleasant, North Charleston, or Kiawah Island Visitor Centers.

So, take advantage of this yearly opportunity to re-visit your favorites such as Cypress Gardens where January is the peak of the camellia bloom and winter-nesting bald eagles are often sighted overhead. How about taking another walk in the gardens of Magnolia Plantation, stroll the grounds of Middleton Place, and tour Drayton Hall. You would normally associate bisan with the west, but when you visit the natural habitat zoo at Charles Towne Landing you will learn they were indigenous to South Carolina at one time. The Old Exchange and Provost Dungeon, The Powder Magazine, Charleston Tea Plantation, and The Center for Birds of Prey are all on the list including some you may not yet had the opportunity to visit.

How about picking one restuarant a week to dine at such as Blu Restaurant & Bar, Bocci's Italian Restaurant, Tommy Condon's Irish Pub, 82 Queen, or Southend Brewery and Smokehouse to name a few and enjoy the savings. For complete list of restaurants and attractions click here. It's an exceptional value for newer residents who want to get acquainted with Charleston's and it's history. See you around town.

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