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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

Sandlapper Water Tours:

Sandlapper Water Tours Harbor Tours and Cruises Charleston, South Carolina

Welcome to Sandlapper Tours, a locally owned and operated tour and private boat charter company offering boat charters, history, nature and sunset tours each providing a unique way to experience the beauty and legend of Charleston, SC and all aboard the Palmetto, our 45ft USCG certified catamaran. Our Nature tours and History tours are proud to have a local naturalist and historian aboard who will interpret the sites guests will see. Come aboard for a Haunted Harbor Ghost Tour and explore the sites that cannot be reached on foot and hear the tales of lost fortunes and tragic death while riding Charleston's dark waves, you will never see this seaport the same again after attending one of our Charleston haunted Ghost tours! Experience Charleston, its harbor, and Lowcountry living like never before.


Heart Marsh Outfitters:

Heart Marsh Outfitters Nature Boat Tours, Charleston, SC

We offer access to some of Charleston's wildlife and history rich salt-marsh estuaries, come explore this backyard wilderness with Captain Luke! All of our trips are private custom experience aboard our spacious and versatile 24ft Carolina skiff. Our passion for environmental education, conservation, history, and everything outdoors is the guiding force behind Heart Marsh Outfitters. Have a personal encounter with bottlenose dolphin, throw a cast net, and search an undeveloped beach island for shells, are just a few of the experiences to expect on your private charter- Guaranteed to be an experience you won’t forget! And of course we can customize your trip to fit your needs and interests, whether its photography, birding, shelling, dolphin watching, romantic cruises, or just a relaxing day on an undeveloped beach!


Sailing the Edge of America - Folly Beach:

Sailing the Edge Sailboat Charters Sailing Trips Folly Beach, SC

Offering two and four hour sailing charters from beautiful Folly Beach, SC. Sail down the Folly River and see dolphins sometimes riding the bow wave. Then we head out to the Ocean and have some great sailing on this leg of the tour. It is a great thrill to take the helm of a 15,000 lb boat with the wind filling the sails and carrying us silently through the water. On the four hour tour, we can anchor near the beach on the northern tip of Kiawah Island. Accessible only by boat, it is secluded with white sand beaches. Swim in the surf, lie in the sun and leisurely enjoy your picnic lunch; then it’s back to the boat and off for more sailing. If you have some other ideas in mind, we can customize to suit!


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!


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.


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!