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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

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.


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.


Charleston's Original Ghost Hunt:

Charleston's Original Ghost Hunt Tours Ghost Tours in Charleston, SC

Offering two tours daily, The Ghost Hunt Walking Tour and The History of Charleston Walking Tour. The History of Charleston tour will take you around the infamous historic district and end in a private garden with refreshments. Walking with a local, whose family has lived in Charleston for over 300 years, will give you a real sense of Charleston's present and past. The Ghost Hunt is a walk through the Historic district of Charleston, hunting the ghosts that are famous for Haunting this city. This unique tour takes you through historic Charleston's most infamous haunted locations. Join us for an adventure into the unknown! All tours are done by Candle light!


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.


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.


Absolute Reel Screamer Charters:

Absolute Reel Screamer Charters Dolphin Watching Nature Tours and Fishing Charters in Folly Beach, SC

Join us for a Private, 2 or 4 hour cruise through calm rivers lined with oyster beds and exotic birds, encounter Bottlenose Dolphins and explore Morris Island. Enjoy the dolphins as they swim next to the boat or feeding in the shallows, it's spectacular! Explore a barrier island to look for shells where Civil War soldiers fought, died and are still buried. You'll enjoy all this beauty and history as the 6th oldest lighthouse in the nation, the Morris Island Lighthouse, serves as your backdrop. We have something for everybody on this trip. We also offer Inshore and Near Shore fishing charters and a trip specifically targeting Shark! The dolphins are always here, the beach is always covered in shells. So come on and join us! You never know what washed up the night before...