We noticed that you're using an unsupported browser. The TripAdvisor website may not display properly.
We support the following browsers:
Windows: Internet Explorer, Mozilla Firefox, Google Chrome. Mac: Safari.

Charleston Area Convention Center

Certificate of Excellence
Sponsored by:
Map
Satellite
Map updates are paused. Zoom in to see updated info.
Reset zoom
Updating Map...
Sponsored by:
Get directions
Address: 5001 Coliseum Dr, North Charleston, SC 29418-7914
Phone Number: 843-529-5011
Website
Description:

The Charleston Area Convention Center Campus, centrally located within the...

The Charleston Area Convention Center Campus, centrally located within the Charleston metro region, opened August 12, 1999 with an exhibition hall of 76,960 square feet, divisible into three separate halls.The exhibit hall floor features floor boxes thirty feet on center with power, communication, microphones, and drains, with a conduit system that allows you to pull a line anywhere in the hall. Floor boxes at the columns have water and on the column is forced air.There is a thirty-foot clearance from the floor to the bottom of the roof joist. The ceiling features an exposed overhead structure for convenient rigging as well as metal halide and dimmable quartz lighting. Wall panels hide in wall pockets when not in use. Each hall, when divided, has pre-function access, concessions and restrooms. Loading docks are accessible to each hall with vehicle access three coiling doors. The halls have a public address system, fully equipped with overhead sprinklers for your safety, and are ADA compliant.For our International exhibitors, the Convention Center is a Foreign Trade Zone. Pre-function space connects to the Ballrooms, the Performing Art Center and Meetings Rooms. Indoor connectors attach the North Charleston Coliseum, Montague Terrace and the Embassy Suites Hotel. Performing Arts Center: The Performing Arts Center is an intimate and aesthetic venue that hosts many theater shows and concerts. With 2,300 cushioned seats and full production capabilities, this is a perfect space for large auditorium style meetings. The PAC features an in-house, state of the art, sound system and lighting system. There are two loading docks, a complete rigging grid and a 110’ x 40’ stage. Additionally, there are eight dressing rooms, complete support services and food and beverage services.Embassy Suites:The Embassy Suites Charleston Convention Center adjacent to the Convention Center, features 255 rooms, and lease and service the 25,000 square foot (combined) Ballrooms and 14 Meeting Rooms.Centerplate Catering: Our in-house food and beverage service provider, Centerplate Catering, is responsible for all concessions within the Convention Center, North Charleston Coliseum, Montague Terrace, and North Charleston Performing Arts Center.Exhibit Halls Catering: Within these areas, there are two entities that can satisfy your food service needs, Centerplate Catering and Embassy Suites, both located on Campus. For alcohol sales, Centerplate Catering holds the exclusive rights on this service.Ballroom and Meeting Room Space Catering: Within these areas, Embassy Suites holds the exclusive rights to all food and beverage services.

read more

TripAdvisor Reviewer Highlights

Read all 74 reviews
Visitor rating
  • 44
    Excellent
  • 22
    Very good
  • 7
    Average
  • 1
    Poor
  • 0
    Terrible
A great place for a convention! lots of parking and places to eat nearby..

I attended a coaching convention for all south carolina high school coaches. The convention center provided sizeable rooms and overhead projectors and sound and projection was... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed 3 days ago
William E
,
mt pleasant, sc
Add Photo Write a Review

74 Reviews from our TripAdvisor Community

Traveler rating
Traveler type
Time of year
Language
Showing 74: English reviews
mt pleasant, sc
Level Contributor
34 reviews
12 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

I attended a coaching convention for all south carolina high school coaches. The convention center provided sizeable rooms and overhead projectors and sound and projection was never an issue. They had big maps to refer to so you could find where the rooms were, so it was easy to navigate. Parking was never an issue with huge parking lots on... More 

Helpful?
Thank William E
Tampa, Florida
Level Contributor
5 reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
3 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

I have been in many conventions centers and this one is one I would hesitate to visit again. The meeting rooms are spread out and separate from the convention center itself. In the week long seminar I attended the doors closest to the main meeting rooms were never unlocked and you could only get in if someone already inside opene... More 

Helpful?
Thank suecq2016
Lanham, Maryland
Level Contributor
15 reviews
6 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Very organized and opened facility. Great signage for our event! Staff and maps readily available to assist.

Helpful?
Thank skydeeva
Kettering, Ohio
Level Contributor
10 reviews
3 attraction reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Went there from Ohio for a dance competition with my wife.The arena was spacious and very comfortable.Plenty to eat without leaving.

Helpful?
Thank 7852014
Fort Mill
Level Contributor
36 reviews
7 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago

The convention center is clean and plenty of restrooms. The food is about the same as any sports or convention center--not that great, buy okay if you don't want to leave. The smoothies were good.

Helpful?
Thank Micky512
Harrisburg, North Carolina
Level Contributor
28 reviews
3 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 25 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 23, 2016

This location was well laid out, easy to navigate and comfortable for our convention which was for about 700 people.

Helpful?
Thank roostermom25
Columbia, South Carolina
Level Contributor
18 reviews
4 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 10 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 23, 2016

Was there for a convention. I did not know that a body building competition was in town. It was very hard to say in the convention room and not in the hallways.

Helpful?
Thank juanv165
Florida
Level Contributor
19 reviews
13 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 10, 2016

There are meeting rooms, ballrooms, exhibit halls, and bountiful display spaces. The signage nudges you to your destination while the high ceilinged wall of windows encourages you to linger in the common areas. Bathrooms can be a little walk to find but are in excellent working order and well maintained. Parking is ample.

Helpful?
Thank 2DLW2
Charleston, South Carolina
Level Contributor
47 reviews
7 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 12 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 7, 2016

I travel a lot and have been to more than my share of convention centers. This one in North Charleston is very convenient to hotels, the airport and several restaurants. The parking is also decent, which is a plus compared to most other convention centers. If you've been to the Charlotte Convention Center, this place is almost a carbon copy;... More 

Helpful?
Thank Charlestonian13
Columbia, SC
Level Contributor
220 reviews
24 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 158 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 2, 2016

We are here at least once a year for the pre Cooper River Bridge run Expo. The Campus itself is large and open with plenty of facilities. Able to o hold 100's of exhibitors, and 1000's of visotors. I am sure some events charge for parking but this expo has plenty of free parking with easy in and out.

Helpful?
Thank Mountaineer_Steve

Travelers who viewed Charleston Area Convention Center also viewed

North Charleston, Coastal South Carolina
North Charleston, Coastal South Carolina
 
North Charleston, Coastal South Carolina
North Charleston, Coastal South Carolina
 

Been to Charleston Area Convention Center? Share your experiences!

Write a Review Add Photos & Videos

Is This Your TripAdvisor Listing?

Own or manage this property? Claim your listing for free to respond to reviews, update your profile and much more.

Claim Your Listing

Questions & Answers

Questions? Get answers from Charleston Area Convention Center staff and past visitors.
Posting guidelines
Typical questions asked:
  • Do I have to buy a ticket for my infant?
  • How do I get there using public transportation?
  • Is there a restaurant or café onsite?