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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

Affordabike Bike Shop & Rentals:

Affordabike Bike Rentals Bicycle Rentals Charleston, SC

Affordabike understands that people need an affordable activity for the whole family. With operating costs substantially lower than the other local bicycle shops, we offer bike rentals at considerably lower rates than other Charleston bike rental companies. Our daily bike rentals start at an unbelievable $20 per bicycle and our weekly rentals at $45 per bicycle. We are proud to offer six different bicycles to accommodate all types of riders and with 10,000 sqft of space; we are never out of rental bikes. Located in downtown Charleston, we are convenient to hotels in the historic district and an excellent alternative to touring the town. Affordabike is also well known for its friendly and professional staff and we have a reputation for giving customers the personal attention they deserve. Reserve your Charleston bike rental 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.


Old Walled City Walking Tours:

Old Walled City Walking Tours Tours Walking Tour in Charleston, SC

As we amble down narrow alleyways, cobblestone streets and peek through grilled ironwork gateways at gardens both serene and glorious, I will share with you the history and the legends of that have shaped this remarkable community. Charleston, SC is a city as proud and noble as the people who created her, making any separation of the city and the people, or the past and today, an impossibility. This is the only historic city in America where people still live as they used to live, where life continues as it was in the time of our forefathers. I hope that after a walking tour through the streets of Charleston with me that you will share my love for America's Most Historic City.


Charleston SUP Safaris:

Charleston SUP Safaris Stand Up Paddleboarding in Folly Beach, SC

Voted the Best Stand-Up Paddle company in Charleston for two years running, Come experience paddleboarding on Folly Beach's relaxed creeks, where our professional guides will help you find dolphins and local wildlife. We offer Stand-Up Paddleboard eco-safari tours, river and surf lessons, rentals, SUP yoga, fitness, paddle board sales, summer camps, and wedding parties. Our passion and sole focus is paddleboarding. Before your trip, our professional guides conduct proper ground school instruction and in-water paddle training, ensuring safe, fun, and exciting trips. Whether you're looking for an invigorating flat water paddle through our estuaries or are interested in catching ocean waves, our professionally certified guides have got you covered. All levels and group sizes welcome. Life is better on the water!


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.


Nature Adventures Outfitters:

Nature Adventures Outfitters Kayak Nature tours in Charleston, SC

Take a Kayak Nature Adventure tour to coastal barrier islands, rivers, rice plantations and beautiful cypress swamps in and around the Charleston, South Carolina area. Kayak or Canoe rentals are available for those who want to explore on their own, while guided kayaking tours are just right for a memorable family vacation. Canoe and Kayak Blackwater and Swamp & creek tours are offered daily, as are our Saltwater Kayaking trips, by ACA Certified & Master Naturalist Guides! Come see dolphin & pelicans at eye level! Absolutely, the best kayak nature tours outfitter in Charleston, SC! Recommended by National Geographic.