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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.


St. Johns Kayaks:

St. John Kayaks Kayak Eco Tours in Kiawah / Seabrook Islands

Offering guided Eco Kayaking Tours, Fishing Tours, Eco Powerboat Excursions, Dolphin watching & shelling tours, and our newest venture; Stand up Paddleboarding. Small & large groups up to 60. Located on the historic Andell Bluff Plantation on Johns Island, just minutes from the entrances of Kiawah Island and Seabrook Island. Tours offer guests an opportunity to explore the Lowcountry's unique tidal marshes, estuaries and beaches, and learn the importance of protecting these areas for future generations. We welcome our Lowcounty neighbors, guests, school & church activities, civic, and conservation groups seeking to experience the natural beauty, unique wildlife, and history of the Lowcountry. Join us and share our love and fascination for our barrier islands, marine life, marshes, sea birds, seashells, beaches and more. No experience necessary and all ages welcomed. Please call (843) 330-2115 for Reservations!


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.


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.


Capt. Jack's Sailing & Dolphin Watching:

Capt. Jack's Sailing & Dolphin Watching Sailing & Dolphin watching near Kiawah Island, SC

Charter your own private, affordable sailing yacht while you vacation near Kiawah Island, Seabrook Island or Charleston, South Carolina. Offering a variety of trips including our very popular Private Island Picnic Shelling Adventure, day sailing charters, family fishing trips, sunset sails and dolphin watching trips. A majestic Low Country sunset sail is the perfect way to relax after a day at the beach, a round of golf at Kiawah Island or a hard day of shopping in Charleston, South Carolina. If you enjoy nature, the Palmetto Tide specializes in personalized dolphin eco tours. There is so much to see here, this is probably the best place on the East Coast to see dolphin. Dolphins play along side while your skipper shares the local sailing lore and natural history of this area. Make your reservation early for your private group of up to six people to set sail aboard the Palmetto Tide.


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.