Around the Port
Charleston Travel Blog› entry 3 of 6 › view all entries
The South Carolina Aquarium was our destination on Monday morning. We'd seen it on the way to the Fort Sumter the previous day. The centerpiece is the large glass walled tank. Numerous varieties of regional sea life could be seen, including a shark that kept making circles in fornt of the window. It seemed to be staring back. In another part, a diver working on part of the tank was happy to interact with the onlookers. Outside, metal sculptures of frogs, crafted by a local artist, playfully greet visitors to the aquarium.
The Port of Charleston is visible from the Aquarium. I learned that Charleston is the fourth largest port in the United States. Charleston was founded as a port city in colonial times, became a commercial center for the Southeast, and retains this function today. In addition to steady freight traffic, the port is a destination and embarkation point for cruise ships. The Celebrity Constellation was in port during our stay.
After our Aquarium visit, it was time to press on and bid farewell to Charleston. Still so much to see in this charming city. On the way out of town, there it was, the colonial Customs House I had been looking for the day before! I couldn't get the others to agree to my stopping, even for a photo. Truth to tell, I found the structure rather nondescript. What's all the fuss I wondered? I'll have to find out next time.