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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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Charleston Local Businesses

Edisto Watersports:

Edisto Watersports Kayak Tours and Fishing Trips Edisto Island, SC

Offering two-hour guided kayak tours in the creeks and marshes around Edisto, Our guides are naturalists who can help you identify what you see and give you a truly educational experience. A kayaking tour in the ACE Basin is wonderful for bird-watching, dolphin-watching, fresh air and great exercise... a true eco tour. We provide the gear, You provide enthusiasm! We also offer offshore and inshore fishing charters and alligator sightseeing cruises. Fishing trips include everything you need except food & drink including rods, tackle, and bait. Try a shelling excursion to Otter Island! Enjoy three hours on a deserted island in the heart of the ACE Basin where you're likely to see bottle nosed dolphins on the trip over and back. Or get out on a paddleboard rental and cruise on your own.


Affinity Charters:

Affinity Fishing Charters Inshore, Near Shore & Fly Fishing Charters, Charleston, SC

Charleston and surrounding waters provide numerous areas to fish. You can fish the Charleston back water flats, rivers, harbors, bays, creeks, ICW, Charleston Jetties, and numerous near shore reefs. Most areas can be reached within 15 minutes or less to provide more fishing time. The boats draft less than 10 inches of water, which is great for stalking red fish in skinny water. Capt. John is sponsored by Quantum Fishing rods and reels, RipTide Baits, Ross fly-fishing Reels, and Maui Jim Sunglasses, and provides the newest and best available for your fishing pleasure. All tackle, bait, ice, fishing license, and photography are provided. Affinity Charters is Charleston’s finest inshore and fly fishing charter service. All guided trips are private and custom, so they cater to each client’s goals, wants, and skill level.


Segway of Charleston:

Segway of Charleston Segway Tours & Rentals, Charleston, SC

A tour is the perfect way to experience a Segway for the first time and is a great way to see the beauty of the Lowcountry as you glide quietly, producing no exhaust, it's just you and the beauty. Segway of Charleston offers both one and two hour tours through beautiful "Old Village" of Mount Pleasant. The tours are a diversified experience that includes both beautiful scenic views of the Charleston Harbor as well as a look at some of the historic mansions and the interesting history of the area dating back to the 1600's. Take in the beautiful Live Oak trees, along with plenty of water views along the way and join us for an exciting and eco-friendly Segway glide around the Old Village and experience for yourself why George Washington wrote in his journal he that this was one of the most beautiful areas in all of America.


Charleston Harbor Tours:

Charleston Harbor Tours Harbor Tours Charleston, SC

Charleston Harbor Tours is the oldest continually operating harbor sightseeing tour company in Charleston, SC, tracing our roots to 1908. Climb aboard the Carolina Belle and choose between the boat's two decks - a climate controlled Main Salon and an Observation Deck and enjoy the beauty of the Charleston Harbor and learn the rich history of the Holy City. During the scenic and relaxing cruise, you will see over 75 landmarks and points of interest including the Civil War's historic Fort Sumter, Patriot's Point, the Battery, and Saint Michael's Episcopal Church Steeple. Locals and guests agree our guided, fully narrated boat tours and harbor cruises are among the best things to do in Charleston, SC. See the Holy City the way it was meant to be seen, from the shimmering water on a Charleston Harbor cruise.


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 Kayak Company:

Charleston Kayak Company Kayaking in Folly Beach, SC

Charleston Kayak Company is a small kayak outfitter and boat tour operator specializing in creating unique and memorable on water experiences for their guests. Let our professional Guides and USCG certified master captains show you the real low-country. Offerings include regularly scheduled guided nature kayak tours and rentals, private guided tours, group events, and boat charters. Daily kayaking tour options depart from Folly Beach, Mt Pleasant/Sullivan's Island, and from historic Middleton Place. Boat charters are available daily on a spacious 24ft Carolina Skiff for dolphin watching cruises, sunrise / sunset cruises, and Morris Island Lighthouse trips.