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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

Sandlapper Water Tours:

Sandlapper Water Tours Harbor Tours and Cruises Charleston, South Carolina

Welcome to Sandlapper Tours, a locally owned and operated tour and private boat charter company offering boat charters, history, nature and sunset tours each providing a unique way to experience the beauty and legend of Charleston, SC and all aboard the Palmetto, our 45ft USCG certified catamaran. Our Nature tours and History tours are proud to have a local naturalist and historian aboard who will interpret the sites guests will see. Come aboard for a Haunted Harbor Ghost Tour and explore the sites that cannot be reached on foot and hear the tales of lost fortunes and tragic death while riding Charleston's dark waves, you will never see this seaport the same again after attending one of our Charleston haunted Ghost tours! Experience Charleston, its harbor, and Lowcountry living like never before.


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.


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.


Adventure Harbor Tours:

Adventure Harbor Tours Harbor Tours Charleston, SC

Wanna explore isolated and beautiful Morris Island by yourself (relatively speaking) while picking up shells and sharks teeth? Try our 3 hour shell and sharks tooth expeditions out to Morris Island. Enjoy a 15 minute boat ride out past Ft. Sumter, and on to the beach. After a bit more history, we'll start our search for beach treasure, and you never know what you might find. Or how bout a sunset dolphin cruise, where you can bring your own drinks and snacks, relax and take in the sights. We have something for everyone, and it's all family fun! Adventure Harbor Tours has expanded their fleet, and is now well suited for private charters of any size up to 80 people. We now offer 3 different size boats to fit anything you need!

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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.


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!