Exploring the Beauty and Fun of North Charleston

January 11, 2017, 11:42 am EST | Share:

NORTH CHARLESTON, SC (LEYLA GULEN, WTAT-TV) — Condé Nast just ranked Charleston as the number one place in the United States.

Boasting King Street, excellent restaurants, and its 300-year-old charm. It is sometimes easy to forget the beauty of the surrounding cities.

North Charleston is one of those burgeoning locations to live and play. After all, you land in it when your flight arrives at the airport.

Amy Heath, Director of North Charleston’s Tourism Office stopped by to talk about all of the excitement coming to North Charleston.

LEYLA GULEN: “Let’s talk about a huge event coming up…”

AMY HEATH: “We are very happy to have the High Water Music Festival out at our beautiful Riverfront Park in April. It was announced earlier this year and tickets have already sold out! We are expecting 15-to-20 thousand people over the course of the weekend. There will be a lot of great talent and this is just the beginning of what is to come out at Riverfront Park.”

LEYLA GULEN: “It sounds like it will be an incredible event. I have been to Riverfront Park once and it is a beautiful setting; a huge field where people can come and enjoy the nature and all of the musical acts and food.”

AMY HEATH: “Right, and there is such a rich history out there . We talk about Charleston’s history, the Navy base opened in 1901 and closed its doors in 1996 and at that point everyone thought that for the City of North Charleston it would be a bad time… but actually it just made us more gritty and we wanted to get out there and show who we really were. So it was a really positive turning point for North Charleston and we are so excited to share it with everyone here locally.”

LEYLA GULEN: “So what are some of the other things? We were talking about breweries and there are some exciting things going on the culinary end of things.”

AMY HEATH: “We like to say in North Charleston if you are a beer geek or a foodie, or you just want to have fun, North Charleston is the party. Come and enjoy! We are excited to say that there are three new breweries opening in the North Charleston area, and hopefully before too long we will have more breweries than anywhere in the state of South Carolina.”

LEYLA GULEN: “Why so many breweries in North Charleston?”

AMY HEATH: “I would like to say we are very open to doing business and we want to work with people and want people to enjoy doing business and living in North Charleston. So I think that has a lot to do with it. And the people of North Charleston, we taste food through our bellies!

LEYLA GULEN: “With the businesses growing, it is also expanding the economy in North Charleston as well. You don’t have much room to expand on the peninsula, so North Charleston would be a good place to do that, right?

AMY HEATH: “Absolutely. We like to say we are based on fertile ground. We have room to grow and it’s exciting because North Charleston is a number one retail city in the state of South Carolina, we are the 3rd largest city in the state and we’re just beginning to scratch the surface. There is a lot more to come from North Charleston.”

For more information: www.visitnorthcharleston.com or www.northcharleston.org