The Green Dragon is located on Northwoods Blvd, just before you get to Northwoods Mall.
They have a very large selection of items necessary for role playing games, dungeons and dragons, as well as a large selection of occult and wiccan items, tarot cards, etc.
They also carry jewelry, swords, books, tapes---just a very diverse selection of things that you will not find in any other store in Charleston. The staff is friendly and competent and willing to help you with whatever you need.
Geralds Tires and Brakes is a Charleston landmark of sorts. You can always tell Geralds from other businesses because of their bright orange buildings.
Their staff is SUPER friendly and it seems like Geralds is really one of the only places that understands and remembers the concept of Customer Service.
They treat you kindly and do not talk down to you like you don't know what a tire is, or whatever.
Their prices are very reasonable and I just can't stress enough how friendly and compitent their staff is.
I would not get my tires or brakes done anywhere else in Charleston because no one can beat Geralds.
This isn't the greatest zoo in the world (alot better than Waccatee in Myrtle Beach), but it's fairly decent.
Admission prices are fair, and the grounds are large. Many interesting exhibits. I particuarly like the rainforest exhibit. None of the animals in there are behind cages (but somehow they know to stay in their areas and not fly away). Every 15 mins or so, there is an actual rain shower and it gets very humid in there and it lets you see what it feels like to be in a rain forest.
Very highly reccomended. Worth the trip to Columbia. While there, take a walk down by the river and have a picnic
Waccatee Zoo is a privately owned collection of various animals and I just cannot reccomend this place with any conscience at all. Their monkeys are isolated and living in metal cages with no space to run or climb. They're not allowed to socialize with each other. The artic fox sits in a non-climate controlled box in the middle of the grounds and just looks like it's going to croak during the summertime.
Most of the animals are confined to small spaces and this isn't good especially considering most of the animals that are IN small spaces are grazing or roaming animals.
Someone needs to rescue these animals and place them with people who understand animal behaviour and can meet their individual needs.
The M&M world is part tourist attraction, part store. It's very interesting to see so many M&M items in one place.
This is free to enter (like World of Coca Cola should be!), and you can take a self-guided tour through the history of M&M's and at the end of the tour you get a mini bag of M&M's as a prize.
There is a huge area where you can buy M&M's in every color imaginable and even in ones that aren't typically found in the stores. They're expensive, to the tune of about $12 per pound, but I suppose if you j ust must have a container full of purple peanut M&M's, it's worth the price.
Very fun place and lots of places to have your picture taken standing next to a big M&M.
Located on the Strip at the end towards MGM Grand & New York casino
The World of Coca Cola is nothing more than a very large, and very expensive (and very boring) advertisement. There is nothing worth reccomending about this place. At the end of the tour, you can have all-u-can-drink samples of Coke products from around the world, but who wants to pay $14 per person just to drink a raisin-flavoured soda?
Totally NOT worth the time, effort, or money. This is a big advertisement where YOU are the sucker to pay the money to see it.
Pioneer Village is in the small town of Minden, Nebraska, and I had the opportunity to go there when I visited family in Kansas.
This is a nice collection of Americana and he has set up a repilca of old time school house, post office, general store, and house. There are many exhibits here including many, many garages filled with examples of tractors from the past and present. There is a large button collection, and a large collection of farm equipment.
Nice grounds--you can get a buffalo burger at the restaurant next door.
The ladies in the gift shop were very nice to me and let me have a bumpersticker for free because I wanted one but didn't have a quarter to buy one with.,
I love the Gay Dolphin! It's a tourist attraction in its own right!
Many floors of just pure kitsch. An entire wing is devoted to seashells and various dried sea creatures (like sea horses). There's alot of MB souvenirs here and they're really inexpensive. There's also a large selection of gag-gifts like whoopee cushions and exploding cigars.
This is a great place to let your kids go and just go insane. There's so much here. Do not be mislead and think this is your run-of-the-mill Gift Store. It is not. It must be seen to be believed.
I enjoy going to Earthling Day Spa and I find that their unique gift certficiates really brighten the faces of those who receive them. Their GC's aren't normal---they're on parchment and rolled in a scroll-shape and tied with reed ribbon. Very unique.
The experiences I've had there are very nice and the staff is quite polite and seems eager to please.
They have a large selection of personal beauty items as well as offering massages. Pick up a massage menu--they have many different massage packages available.
You know you're at Stardust Skate Center when you drive down Rivers Avenue and see the large skate car sitting in the Pizza Inn parking lot. Stardust is right down the road behind Pizza Inn.
Stardust is a decent skate center with a wide range of hours and "themes" for different nights of the week. Fridays and Saturdays are generally reserved for the teenagers (although people of all ages are welcome). They offer not only a pro-shop where you can buy your skate accessories, but they offer skating lessons as well.
They have a snack bar that offers generally accepted junk food like pizza slices and hot dogs.
Wide variety of arcade games as well. Nice place for the family with kids or without!