Explore Charleston


We regret to inform you that the School Law Practice Seminar, scheduled for this week, has been cancelled due to Hurricane Michael. The National Hurricane Center places the trajectory of the hurricane over the Southeast U.S., affecting Charleston and major travel hubs. Our primary concern is the safety of our attendees, both in Charleston and traveling there.

Please be assured that we will refund all registrations fees. In addition, while we cannot guarantee return of charges incurred as a result of your hotel reservation, we will work diligently with the Francis Marion management on this matter.

We will advise as we have further information.

Thank you for your continued commitment to COSA and public schools.  We look forward to providing alternative CLE opportunities in the coming months.

One of the oldest cities in the U.S., Charleston was founded in 1670 and continues to draw visitors to its cobblestone streets, landmarks, and restaurants. While you're here, explore this historic city...

Get your sea legs ready: The historic Charleston Harbor is a great way to learn more about the city’s maritime history.  There are numerous tour operators; cruises last between 2 hours and half a day.  Prices fall between $25-$55.  Some companies permit personal snacks and libations aboard.  Try it out -- you might be lucky enough to spot a harbor dolphin!  A of couple operators are: Adventure Harbor Tours, and Charleston Harbor Tours.

For those interested in a unique experience on a classic tall ship: Take a sightseeing-sail aboard the Schooner Pride.

Browse Charleston Market: Perfect for perusing, the Charleston Market is a good example of life in the Old South.  Be sure to visit the “basket ladies” and learn about their craft, which originated in West Africa, and has been passed down through generations. Keeping with tradition, basket makers use local materials such as sweetgrass and palmetto leaves.  

Visit the Gibbes Museum of ArtThe Gibbes Museum of Art is recognized among the oldest arts organizations in the United States. Home to the Carolina Art Association, established in 1858, the Gibbes has played a significant role in both enriching the aesthetic and cultural lives of its visitors and shaping the careers of American artists for over a century. Consider one of the October events:

Charles Williams Collaborative
Designed for students ages 12+ (including adults), Charles Williams will teach concepts of negative space, perspective and proportion, color theory, color mixing, and portfolio preparation.
October 13, 2018 @ 11:00 AM - 4:00 PM

The Making of Three Gardens: Lecture and Book Signing with Jorge Sánchez
Landscape designer Jorge Sánchez created the Gibbes Museum's stunning Lenhardt Garden in 2016. Sánchez will share his design approach and process for three private garden projects featured in his new book, The Making of Three Gardens, as well as insights about his work at the Gibbes. A reception and book signing will follow in the Lenhardt Garden. Presented in partnership with The Garden Conservancy
October 10, 2018 @ 6:00 PM - 8:00 PM ($30 Members | $40 Non-Members | $20 Student or Faculty with valid ID)

Gibbes Museum Public Tours
Designed for the walk-in visitor, this one-hour tour highlights important artists and works from our permanent collection and special exhibitions. Free with paid admission.
Tuesdays - Fridays and Second Sundays @ 2:30 PM, Wednesday at 5:30 PM

Take the bridge to Sullivan Island: Just over 3 square miles, the island is teeming with history, culinary delights, and great beaches. 

Enjoy the French gardens of Middleton PlaceBuilt in 1755, the mansion was the home of Arthur Middleton, a signer of the Declaration of Independence.  The estate holds an impressive collection of historic furniture and portraits belonging to the Middleton family.  The traditional French gardens hold 65 acres of azaleas, camellias, and myrtle.

Take a stroll along the Battery: Located along the city’s southern tip, it was the historical epicenter of Charleston’s maritime activity.  Start at Waterfront Park and make your way to White Pointe Gardens.   

Low Country Cuisine: A unique gastronomic experience, Charleston is world renowned for its distinctive dishes: Catfish stew, boiled peanuts, Ice-Box Pickles, She-Crab Soup, and Pilau.

Join a Walking Tour: Sign up for the "official" seminar walking tour, which leaves from the hotel at 1:00 p.m. Saturday, register here, or book your own. Numerous tours are available, from the historical, to the culinary, to the ghostly. You can also click here to download a self-guided tour.


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