The East Side of Charleston, South Carolina boasts many historical buildings, historic sites, and fine dining. The neighborhood is situated around East Bay Street up towards Highway 17. Many of the homes in the area were built in the 1800s and cost millions of dollars. Some have survived multiple hurricanes, fires, and earthquakes.
The East Side of Charleston has many tourist attractions. Waterfront Park features a pier with pavilions containing family-sized swings and park benches. There is an extensive sidewalk area lined with palm trees and other foliage that follows the river. The views of the river and Mount Pleasant are very beautiful any time of the year. The park also features two large fountains where many children play in hot weather. The South Carolina Aquarium, near East Bay Street, exhibits follow the geographical progression of South Carolina from the mountains to the coast. There are many interactive exhibits and a touch tank for curious children.
Charleston Harbor is a busy, active commercial harbor. Adgers Wharf and Boyces Wharf are situated off East Bay Street and service commercial cargo ships. Tourists can pick up the Charleston Water Taxi to Mount Pleasant and the Fort Sumter ferry.
Rainbow Row is a row of historic houses on East Bay Street that are painted in pastel colors. Rainbow Row is a popular tourist attraction and one of the most photographed sections of Charleston.
The Old City Market on Market Street is famous for its four open air buildings near the waterfront which sell food, souvenirs, antiques and more. More than 100 venders use the facility. Originally built in 1841, the oldest building houses the Daughters of the Confederate Museum. The East Side of Charleston is also home to many fine restaurants along East Bay Street, Market Street and Meeting Street.