Retro Charleston-{things to do in charleston sc}

Retro Things to experience in and around Charleston!

Today I guess I’m feeling retro b/c I’m rounding up some of the most old school things to do in and around charleston from the best milk shake in a diner to old school board games for those long summer days.


Listing Ye Ole Fashioned first b/c this is a must stop place in Charleston. There are multiple locations, but the West Ashley location(just over the ashley river from downtown) is by far the best and most classic one. They truly do have the best milkshakes and you can’t beat their french fries either!

Not pictured above but Bessingers BBQ has such a classic old timey vibe. I love their inside dining area, but they also have a drive through for convenience.

Vincents Soda Shop is located in Kiawah’s Freshfields Village! I love their checkered floor and diner bar seats! They offer a unique menu item called the ‘Vacation Sundae’ that comes in a beach bucket you get to keep when you’re done. It’s huge so be ready to share!

Guerrins old fashioned pharmacy-South Carolina’s oldest pharmacy-Since 1871!!

Here you can purchase old school candy, sodas in a glass bottle, and find unique gifts. It’s right in Summerville’s downtown so there’s plenty more to do while you’re there. 

Pitt St. Pharmacy– Another old fashioned pharmacy with shakes and old soda fountain. This one is located in Mount Pleasant’s old Village which is super close to Shem Creek so you could park there, walk the pier, eat on the water, then make your way here for a unique dessert! Be sure to check out Pitt St. Bridge for a spectacular sunset as well!

Turbo Cone-Also not pictured above but if you want soft serve or their specialty, the hurricane, this is your place. Located in West Ashley-not far from downtown. It’s a walk up style place and you eat at the outside tables. It reminds me of a larger version of an ice cream place I use to go to as a kid. I love their chocolate ice cream in a cone dipped in chocolate!



Terrace Theater-located in James Island, it’s small and has an older feel. They do kids movies on Wednesdays in the summer where 10 and under is FREE and 11 and up is only $4

Record Stop-Stopping in at a record store is always so much fun. Even if just to browse, it’s fun to look at the old covers and maybe find something that really takes you back. This is right downtown on King St.

This is the record player I have and love. They may sell them in this store as well if you want to purchase in person!

Hwy 21 Drive In-What a unique way to watch what could be a classic movie for the first time. They are now showing some that really could stand the test of time like Top Gun Maverick, Elvis and Where the Crawdads Sing. This one is located in Beaufort so about an hour and half from Charleston.

And just for fun, here are some fun board games of the 90s for those long summer days:

CLUE, Guess Who, classic checkers, Sorry, monopoly JR., trouble


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