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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

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.


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!


Boone Hall Plantation & Gardens:

Boone Hall Plantation Plantation Tours in Charleston, SC

Boone Hall Plantation cherishes its position as one of our nation's most recognized historic sites and as one of the most popular tourist attractions in the Charleston, SC Lowcountry and touted as a must see stop on any trip to Charleston, SC by NBC Daytime television. See why Boone Hall is America's Most Photographed Plantation. Stroll the famous Avenue Of Oaks. Explore the Gullah Culture through live presentations. See our newest exhibit Black History In America presented in nine original slave cabins, tour the Plantation Home, and more. Enjoy one of America's oldest working, living Plantations and the setting where television shows and movies have been filmed. And for that special event or Wedding, our staff looks forward to assisting you in any way we can to plan the perfect event for your perfect day!


Charleston History Tours...Picture Perfect:

Charleston History Tours...Picture Perfect! Walking History Tours, Charleston, SC

Experience Charleston's incomparable beauty, unique history and flourishing preservation with your renowned guide, Joyce Aungst, whose knowledge of Charleston heritage, culture, and architecture is unmatched. Points of interest will include but are not limited to; magnificent mansions, colonial churches and graveyards, hidden & flourishing gardens, old wharves famed for pirates & Indians, Revolutionary and Civil War sites, wrought iron gates, architectural details, cobblestone streets, the Four Corners of Law, confederate parks with cannons and artillery, incredible views to photograph and the stories that accompany them. Routes will vary depending on the day and cover 12 to 15 blocks at the High Battery, South of Broad and the French Quarter. Capture unique photos with a professional photographer's eye! Your satisfaction is our guarantee!


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.


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!