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Charleston Area

Things to do in Charleston, SCCharleston is a historical gem on the Carolina Coast with endless things to do for every vacationer.  Steeped in history, Charleston offers guided walking tours, horse drawn carriage tours and ghostly walking tours of its beautiful streets, alleys and cemeteries.  Carriage rides and walking tours offer enthralling narratives of the antebellum architecture, historical families that built the city, as well as the cities role in America’s history.  And evening ghost tours invite visitors into the seedier history of Charleston, with tales of infamous pirates and spirits both friendly and not, who call Charleston home. And Charleston van and bus tours are a great option for those looking to explore downtown Charleston as well as plantations in nearby towns like James Island and West Ashley.

As a port city, Charleston also has a rich maritime history which visitors can see first hand on scenic tours of the Charleston Harbor and nearby Fort Sumter.  Bicycle rentals in Charleston is another way to get around the city, setting your own pace and allowing easy access to the whole peninsula.  And Segway tours in nearby Mount Pleasant, are a unique way to explore Mount Pleasant and nearby Shem Creek.

And as a peninsula, Charleston is conveniently located near many beaches and watersports outfitters, which offer SUP and kayak rentals, nature tours and jet ski rentals.  Explore creeks and rivers on a guided SUP or kayak tour in nearby Mount Pleasant, or paddle on your own with a kayak or SUP rental.  And jet ski rentals at nearby Folly Beach and Isle of Palms offer the adventurous a chance to crash the waves of the Atlantic, and explore the waters of the Intracoastal Waterway.  And with such a long mariners history, its no wonder that Charleston offers charter fishing trips both inshore/ near shore, fly fishing and offshore fishing launching in nearby Mount Pleasant, Isle of Palms and Folly Beach.

So whether you’re a history buff, explorer, or angler extraordinaire you won’t be disappointed.  With so many things to do in Charleston, SC it’s no wonder that it has become a premiere vacation destination.

 

Below are a Few Things to do in Charleston

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Old Exchange Building:

Old Exchange & Provost Dungeon Historical Building and Museum in Charleston, SC

The Old Exchange is a ‘must-see’ for all Charleston visitors. During your visit, you will discover this building's integral role in our country’s quest for independence and its important service to our young nation. History comes alive as Colonial dressed guides talk about extraordinary events of Charles Town. In 1718 an associate of Blackbeard, Stede Bonnet “The Gentleman Pirate” and his crew were imprisoned at this location. Completed in 1771, the Old Exchange Building is recognized today as South Carolina's most historic building. Where the US Constitution was ratified and George Washington was entertained. While many of the historic buildings in Charleston are residences and focus on prominent families of the city, the Old Exchange began its existence as a public building and remains so today.


Charleston's Original Ghost Hunt:

Charleston's Original Ghost Hunt Tours Ghost Tours in Charleston, SC

Offering two tours daily, The Ghost Hunt Walking Tour and The History of Charleston Walking Tour. The History of Charleston tour will take you around the infamous historic district and end in a private garden with refreshments. Walking with a local, whose family has lived in Charleston for over 300 years, will give you a real sense of Charleston's present and past. The Ghost Hunt is a walk through the Historic district of Charleston, hunting the ghosts that are famous for Haunting this city. This unique tour takes you through historic Charleston's most infamous haunted locations. Join us for an adventure into the unknown! All tours are done by Candle light!


Sailing the Edge of America - Folly Beach:

Sailing the Edge Sailboat Charters Sailing Trips Folly Beach, SC

Offering two and four hour sailing charters from beautiful Folly Beach, SC. Sail down the Folly River and see dolphins sometimes riding the bow wave. Then we head out to the Ocean and have some great sailing on this leg of the tour. It is a great thrill to take the helm of a 15,000 lb boat with the wind filling the sails and carrying us silently through the water. On the four hour tour, we can anchor near the beach on the northern tip of Kiawah Island. Accessible only by boat, it is secluded with white sand beaches. Swim in the surf, lie in the sun and leisurely enjoy your picnic lunch; then it’s back to the boat and off for more sailing. If you have some other ideas in mind, we can customize to suit!


Bulldog Tours:

Bulldog Tours Ghost & Walking Tours in Charleston, SC

As featured on The Travel Channel, Bulldog Tours is Charleston's premier walking tour company, offering the best history, culinary, and ghost tours in town. Voted "Charleston's Best Tour Company" in 2010, 2011, & 2012, they have exclusive access to Charleston's most haunted locations (Old City Jail, Pre-Revolutionary Dungeon, & oldest cemetery). As featured in Southern Living, Bon Appetit, and Food Network, our culinary tours are a great way to walk, talk and taste your way through Charleston. The "Savor the Flavors of Charleston" tour offers tastings of Lowcountry delicacies such as pralines, stone ground grits, and barbeque. Our "Chef's Kitchen Tour" gives you a behind the scenes look at several gourmet restaurants. Like history, then it's time you take our "Charleston Strolls Walk with History Tour". This two-hour walking tour is the best overview of Charleston's rich past, antebellum homes, architecture, hidden gardens, and culture.

Mention "Carolina Coast Activities" for a $3/adult discount!!


Magnolia Plantation & Gardens:

Magnolia Plantation & Gardens Plantations Tours in Charleston, SC

Magnolia Plantation and Gardens, founded in 1676 by the Drayton family, has survived the centuries and witnessed the history of the United States unfold before it from the American Revolution through the Civil War and beyond. It is the oldest public tourist site in the Lowcountry and the oldest public garden in America. Magnolia opened its gates to visitors in 1870 to view the thousands of beautiful flowers and plants in its famous gardens. The plantation also offers a historic house tour, nature tram, nature boat and an award-winning program focusing on plantation slavery. Unlike a formal garden, Magnolia Plantation is the last intact, large-scale picturesque garden in the United States. Come see beautiful Magnolia-on-the-Ashley to experience the beauty of its gardens and its rich history.


Lowcountry Loop Trolley:

Lowcountry Loop Trolley Trolley Tours & Shuttle, Charleston, SC

The Best First Thing to do...! The most convenient way to get from your hotel or vacation rental to Boone Hall Plantation, Patriots Point, Charleston Visitors Center, the Beaches and Wild Dunes Resort to name a few...No Traffic Hassles or Parking Fees! LOW COUNTRY LOOP TROLLEY is locally owned and based in Mt. Pleasant, SC. We are a Hop-On, Hop-off Tour and Special Event Charter. Our staff is dedicated to making your time on our Trolleys fun and informative. Everybody Loves our Trolleys! It's the best way to visit Isle of Palms and Sullivan's Island beaches, Boone Hall Plantation, Patriots Point Naval Maritime Museum, Historic Downtown Charleston, restaurants, shopping and more. So, hop on and off at your own pace and enjoy the best that the lowcountry has to offer!