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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

AquaSafaris, Inc. Worldwide Charter Yacht:

AquaSafaris Charters Harbor Tours & Sailing Charters in Charleston, SC

20 years experience owning and operating vessels worldwide - we are your experts! Inshore & Offshore fishing charters, power, & sailing yachts. The PALMETTO BREEZE Custom Catamaran, is built for comfort and ready to set sail into on a Charleston Harbor tour for up to 100 people: Children's Pirate Adventures, Dolphin cruises & Sunset sails. Tuesday-Sunday. Bottled Water & Soft Drinks Free. And any event is a special occasion when you're sailing in Charleston, South Carolina. Choose from executive daysails, tours of historic Charleston, corporate "team building" regattas, sail/golf excursions, family outings, private cruises, sailing lessons, sunset sails and harbor tours or island beach expeditions. THE LARGEST CAPACITY CATAMARAN NORTH OF FT. LAUDERDALE! Palmetto Breeze combines both comfort and speed! To Find out more, click below!


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.


Old South Carriage Company:

Old South Carriage Company Carriage Tours in Charleston, South Carolina

Take a tour of Charleston the best way, with The Old South Carriage Company and our Charleston SC Carriage Tours. Charleston is notably the most historic city in America and has many historic areas and attractions, which are best visited by carriage ride. Clippity clop your way back to Colonial times where a horse-drawn carriage tour will reveal 300 + years of history including antebellum mansions, churches, and cobblestone streets. An Old South Carriage Tour Guide in Confederate uniform will inform and entertain you with historical facts, lore, and humor. Enjoy your visit to Charleston SC and tour with Old South Carriage Company. Look for the Red Sash, our symbol of quality and your assurance of a great tour. We guarantee it!


Bulldog Tours:

Bulldog Tours Ghost & Walking Tours in Charleston, SC

As featured on The Travel Channel, Bulldog Tours is Charleston's premier walking tour company, offering the best history, culinary, and ghost tours in town. Voted "Charleston's Best Tour Company" in 2010, 2011, & 2012, they have exclusive access to Charleston's most haunted locations (Old City Jail, Pre-Revolutionary Dungeon, & oldest cemetery). As featured in Southern Living, Bon Appetit, and Food Network, our culinary tours are a great way to walk, talk and taste your way through Charleston. The "Savor the Flavors of Charleston" tour offers tastings of Lowcountry delicacies such as pralines, stone ground grits, and barbeque. Our "Chef's Kitchen Tour" gives you a behind the scenes look at several gourmet restaurants. Like history, then it's time you take our "Charleston Strolls Walk with History Tour". This two-hour walking tour is the best overview of Charleston's rich past, antebellum homes, architecture, hidden gardens, and culture.

Mention "Carolina Coast Activities" for a $3/adult discount!!


Reel Deal Fishing Charters:

Reel Deal Fishing Charters Fishing Charters in Charleston, SC

Year-round inshore/offshore, deep-sea & big game saltwater fishing. "Best prices in the Lowcountry"! Anglers will enjoy fishing with state of the art equipment, tackle and an expert staff headed by Captain Rich Harris. License included. Targeting RedDrum, SeaTrout, Sheepshead, Snapper, Grouper, Dolphin, Tuna, Wahoo, Shark & many others. We have multiple captains who operate multiple boats for your "Reel" fishing experience. All boats are fully equipped with the latest electronics and tackle to ensure a great day of fishing in the Charleston area. All licenses, baits (live, cut, or artificial) and tackle are included in the price of our charters. We at The Reel Deal Charters take great pride in ensuring you have a productive and enjoyable experience. Our staff are skilled professionals and can teach you all the tricks of the trade.