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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.


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.


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.


Charleston Sailing School & Power Boat Rental:

Charleston Power Boat Rentals Boat Rentals, Charleston, SC

As an extension of Charleston Sailing School, Charleston Power Boat Rental, has brought the availability to rent, train, or charter aboard a variety of sail and power boats from Downtown Charleston. Our location and fleet of power boats provides an ideal platform for you to Explore Charleston by Water and we are the only operation downtown offering power boat rentals. Boats are launched on demand from the Charleston City Marina with direct access to Charleston Harbor and its tributaries. All boats can comfortably accommodate 6-8 adults each is equipped with a stereo, live well, rod racks, bimini and windshield and a handheld GPS and chart of the permitted cruising grounds will be provided. We also offer private yacht charters and power boat training. Our doors are open 7 days a week at the Charleston City Marina. Welcome Aboard!


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!


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.