Fun & Games

Fun Things to Do in Charleston

Many factors go into deciding where to hold our WritersUA events. One of them is the availability of fun and interesting things for you to do when you take a break from the Conference sessions. On that count, our Conference location in Charleston—the Harbor Resort—is a real winner!

If you’d just like to hang out in and around the Conference hotel, you’ll find it has some very comfortable spots. The grounds provide a great atmosphere to hang out. The outside terrace on the mezzanine level is a good place to enjoy the sun while working or taking a break.

If you’re the type who likes to do some exploring, you’ll find a wealth of interesting activities within a short walk or ride from the Conference hotel. The Concierge can provide you with detailed information about just about everything there is to do in the Charleston area. They can also help with ticket purchases and dinner reservations. The Concierge is located in the lobby of the hotel.

Historic Homes and Buildings

Charleston is famous for its historic architecture and a snapshot into colonial America.

Drayton-Lawn smDrayton Hall

Drayton Hall is an 18th-century plantation located on the Ashley River about 15 miles (24 km) northwest of Charleston, South Carolina and directly across the Ashley River from North Charleston, in the “Lowcountry.” An outstanding example of Palladian architecture in North America and the only plantation house on the Ashley River to survive intact through both the Revolutionary and Civil wars, it is a National Historic Landmark.

East BatteryEast Battery

The Battery is a landmark defensive seawall and promenade in Charleston, South Carolina. Named for a civil-war coastal defense artillery battery at the site, it stretches along the lower shores of the Charleston peninsula, bordered by the Ashley and Cooper Rivers, which meet here to form Charleston harbor. As a tourist destination, the Battery is famous for its stately, mainly antebellum homes.

Fort SumterFort Sumter

Fort Sumter is a Third System masonry sea fort located in Charleston Harbor, South Carolina. The fort is best known as the site upon which the shots that started the American Civil War were fired, at the Battle of Fort Sumter on April 12, 1861. In 1966, the site was listed on the National Register of Historic Places.

USS YorktownUSS Yorktown

USS Yorktown is one of 24 Essex-class aircraft carriers built during World War II for the United States Navy. She is named after the Battle of Yorktown of the American Revolutionary War, and is the fourth U.S. Navy ship to bear the name. Late in her career she served as a recovery ship for the Apollo 8 space mission, was used in the movie Tora! Tora! Tora! which recreated the Japanese attack on Pearl Harbor and in the science fiction film The Philadelphia Experiment.
Yorktown was decommissioned in 1970 and in 1975 became a museum ship at Patriot’s Point, adjacent to the Harbor Resort.