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1. Charleston’s Old South Carriage Historic Horse & Carriage Tour

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2. Historic Charleston Guided Sightseeing Walking Tour

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3. Magnolia Plantation Admission & Tour with Transportation from Charleston

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4. Charleston Food Tour

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5. Fort Sumter Admission and Self-Guided Tour with Roundtrip Ferry

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6. 90-Minute Charleston City Sightseeing Bus Tour

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7. Real Hauntings of Charleston! (Small Group Ghost Tour)

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8. Charleston Harbor History Day-Time or Sunset Boat Cruise

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9. Charleston Walking Food Tour With Secret Food Tours

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10. Boone Hall Plantation All-Access Admission Ticket

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11. Historic Walking Tour in Charleston

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12. Haunted Evening Horse and Carriage Tour of Charleston

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13. Charleston Harbor Luxury Dinner Cruise with Live Music

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14. Charleston City Sightseeing Bus Tour

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15. Charleston historical walking tour with a Professor of History at The Citadel

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16. Afternoon Schooner Sightseeing Dolphin Cruise on Charleston Harbor

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17. Hidden Alleyways and Historic Sites Small-Group Walking Tour

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18. Charleston See-It-All Sightseeing Bus Tour

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19. Ghosts of Charleston Night-Time Walking Tour with Unitarian Church Graveyard

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20. Charleston's Hidden History Walking Tour

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21. Charleston Marsh Eco Boat Cruise with stop at Morris Island Lighthouse

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22. Charleston Pirates and Ghosts Tour

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23. Charleston's Pleasing Terrors Night-Time Walking Ghost Tour

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24. Downtown Charleston Food Tour

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25. Middleton Place Guided Tour with Lunch and Transportation

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26. Daytime Horse-Drawn Carriage Sightseeing Tour of Historic Charleston

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27. Middleton Place Admission with Self Guided Tour and Lunch

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28. Boone Hall Plantation Admission & Tour with Transportation from Charleston

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29. Charleston Harbor Sunset Cruise

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30. Undiscovered Charleston: Half Day Food, Wine & History Tour with Cooking Class

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  • Kathy Manchester, IA 1 contribution 0 5.0 of 5 bubbles Can’t go wrong with Grey Line tours. Great tour. Excellent guide. So informative. Comfortable ride on a warm humid day. We then did the Boone Hall tour right after this. Excellent. Read more Review of: 90-Minute Charleston City Sightseeing Bus Tour Written May 16, 2024 This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of Tripadvisor LLC. Tripadvisor performs checks on reviews.

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The best way to experience all of the beauty, history, and romantic appeal of the largest and most storied city in South Carolina is with Charleston Tours & Events. Offering a wide variety of cruise options on Charleston Harbor to an array of sightseeing tours and carriage rides on land, Charleston Tours & Events shows you all of the best of Charleston.

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Enjoy the beauty of the Charleston Harbor and learn the rich history of the Holy City on one of our relaxing Sightseeing Tours.

Take in all the incredible sights and sounds of Charleston from a comfortable and climate-controlled bus.

We make it fun and easy for vacationers to see and experience the best that South Carolina has to offer with day trips between Myrtle Beach and Charleston.

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Save time and money with Charleston Tours & Events Combination Tours! With so many historical landmarks and places of interest, it’s impossible to take in everything Charleston has to offer on just one tour. That’s why we offer a variety of combination tours that let you pick and choose what you want to see when you want to see it.

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Get the ultimate close-up look at the history and grandeur of the holy city on Adventure Sightseeing Bus tours in Charleston. Our tour guides will take you through the best Charleston sightseeing in our air-conditioned, comfortable buses. Offering more sights than any other tour, we offer the top sightseeing in Charleston!

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Exploring the historic and beautiful city of Charleston is the perfect group activity! Take your group—school class, senior home, church group, book club, or any social group and experience Charleston in an up-close-and-personal way that the group will cherish forever. We offer a variety of group tours to choose from.

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Whatever your private event is, make it the party of the year by hosting it aboard The Carolina Belle or The Charleston Princess on the scenic Charleston Harbor and enjoy a Sunset Buffet Dinner. What better way to WOW your guests than taking them out for dinner on one of America’s most amazing harbors. See the skyline of the “Holy City” and dine and dance under the stars. Whether you’re celebrating a wedding event, hosting a corporate outing, or hosting a private celebration with family and friends, give it the extravagance and touch of class it deserves with a private cruise.

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Plan the perfect day trip from Myrtle Beach to Charleston—the gem of a city that readers of both Travel + Leisure and Conde Nast voted the #1 destination in the U.S.! We’ll pick you up at your hotel, bring you to Charleston and bring you back after you experience the best of the city on tours including Palmetto Carriage Works, Boone Hall Plantation, and more.

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Historic Walking Tours of Charleston, SC

Walks of Charleston offers the best behind-the-scenes cultural history tours. Our walking tours take you to the Holy City’s most intriguing destinations.


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From its well-preserved architecture to its rich history, vibrant culture and breathtaking views, you can’t help but fall in love with Charleston, South Carolina’s oldest city.

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Discover the essentials of historic Charleston on this leisurely walking tour with our knowledgeable tour guides.

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Our walking tours feature some of the best tour guides in Charleston , and they can’t wait to share the stories that date back as far as the city’s 1670 birth. Our tours feature stops such as Rainbow Row, the French Quarter, and the Battery. We also delve a little deeper into the city’s history, divulging information you won’t find in many history books.

All of our tour guides at Walks of Charleston have taken the rigorous Charleston Tour Guide Exam and are licensed by the City of Charleston and are extremely passionate about the past. They’re experienced storytellers who make the lore ripe in your imagination. Our guides are one of the best sources you can find in the city for history — and the best in the city for a guided walking tour of the Lowcountry.

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"The historic tour of Charleston was an enjoyable, informative experience. The guide was very knowledgeable on the area and was able to show us some of the more quirky parts of Charleston. She also made a strong effort to ensure there was plenty of opportunity to ask questions and answered all of the questions asked. I would recommend this tour!"

"Our walk started at the beautiful city hall building. Amy, our tour guide, was adorably sweet, dressed in all shades of pink and beige from her hat to her boots. She's very very knowledgeable and friendly and answered all of our questions with grace and authority. You can tell she really loves her city and loves sharing it with visitors. My husband is so convinced that he now wants to move here. Great job Amy! Thank you for an amazingly insiteful tour."

"Second walking tour of Charleston and I would say amazing. Our guide, Evans, is a born and raised Charleston guy. He knows everything, I actually took notes so I could take my husband on the walk the next day. Good stories. Only one thing is 2 hours is enough by then everyone is brain dead. I would highly recommend this tour, plus he guided several of us to a restaurant with a fabulous lunch, Poogan’s porch."

"I have been on several tours of Charleston, but Amy walked us by and through places I had never been as well as a few of the places other tours include. After finding out where your members were from and their interests, she included information in her tour that touched on those. She also provided a list of favorite places both downtown and in nearby areas. Though we saw many places, I didn’t feel like I was rushed from one place to the next."

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There’s no better way to sightsee in the historic and captivating Holy City than on an Adventure Sightseeing tour! Experience the charm of Charleston, including historic mansions, Rainbow Row, the historic city market, gardens, churches, and more! Enjoy a comfortable journey on our air-conditioned, climate-controlled busses. Each city tour includes a knowledgeable and engaging narrator who will inform and entertain you as you take in the best sights in Charleston. Browse our tours below and book your tickets online today!

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See It All Charleston City Bus Tour

Our professional and knowledgeable guides share 350 years of Charleston history with you while you cruise through the city’s historic district in cool, air-conditioned comfort.

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Take a trip through history as you explore one of America’s oldest working, living plantations: Boone Hall Plantation.

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Get the true Lowcountry experience on this guided tour of one of America’s first tourist attractions and America’s first public gardens.

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Combo: See It All City Bus Tour & Boone Hall Plantation Tour

Take a trip through the history of America’s oldest working, living plantation, Boone Hall, then enjoy our top-rated city bus tour!

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Combo: City Bus Tour & Charleston Harbor Tour

Join us for our See It All half-day city tour by minibus followed by a harbor history tour aboard the Carolina Belle. See the best of Charleston!

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Join us for a combination tour of the Boone Hall Plantation and Charleston’s top-rated Harbor of History Tour!

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Join Adventure Sightseeing for a historic Charleston city tour. Then, choose from the Charleston Museum or the Joseph Manigault House tour.

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Combo: Magnolia Plantation & Harbor Tour

See some of the best historic sights in Charleston! Embark on a Charleston Harbor Tour aboard the Carolina Belle, then visit Magnolia Plantation and Gardens.

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Explore one of America’s first tourist attractions, the Magnolia Plantation and Gardens, then embark on a city bus tour!

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Exclusively Charleston has provided quality private tours in Charleston since 1990. We specialize in historic city, plantations, culinary and special interest tours to provide you with a knowledgeable and memorable experience. Our guides are insured and licensed with the Arts and History Commission of Charleston. They have worked extensively in the history and tourism field. Let Exclusively Charleston ensure a pleasant experience when visiting Charleston, SC.


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27 Best Things To Do in Charleston, SC

Charleston, South Carolina, abounds with museums, restaurants, beaches and boating excursions. This living port city with a deep and complicated past presents endless opportunities for combining fun and frolic with educational – even sobering –

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The Battery The Battery free

Many travelers say you can't leave Charleston without strolling this historic seawall along the city's southern tip, which they call both beautiful and what makes Charleston special. Across the street from the waterfront promenade is Rainbow Row . This clutch of Georgian-style row houses overlooking Charleston Harbor was formerly the heart and soul of the city's merchant and maritime activity. Today, the 13 brightly colored homes attract camera-toting tourists from all over the country.

As you explore this picturesque neighborhood, save time for a break beneath the old live oaks in nearby White Point Garden where several Civil War relics and memorials commemorate the city's role in the battle. Start your tour of the Battery at the 8-acre Waterfront Park (home to the giant pineapple fountain featured on many Charleston postcards), then follow the walking paths on East Battery Street for the nearly mile-long stroll to White Point Garden.

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Charleston Walking Tours Charleston Walking Tours

With its centuries-old mansions and cobblestone streets, Charleston is a living museum. One of the best ways to learn about its history (and its ghosts) and the significance of its best-known landmarks is on a walking tour. There are a variety of options available, ranging from broad tours of the city's historic downtown district to more niche tours that explore the city's  paranormal presence , pirates and art galleries.

Recent visitors praised operators like  Charleston Footprints ,  Walks of Charleston  and  Two Sisters Historic Walking Tours . To see a more complete directory of available walking tours, check out our list of the Best Charleston Walking Tours .

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Waterfront Park Waterfront Park free

U.S. News Insider Tip: After visiting Waterfront Park, cross East Bay Street to the corner of Broad Street for a late lunch or glass of wine at Brasserie La Banque , an elegant French restaurant inside a former bank dating to the 1700s. – Lauren Mowery, Contributor

Spanning over 8 acres and located less than a mile north of The Battery , Waterfront Park has become a beloved Charleston fixture since opening in May 1990. It is home to one of the city's most photographed sites: the pineapple fountain. In Charleston's scorching summer months, visitors (especially children) can be found cooling off in the shallow water of the fountain.

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Charleston’s Old South Carriage Historic Horse & Carriage Tour

Charleston’s Old South Carriage Historic Horse & Carriage Tour

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Charleston Harbor Luxury Dinner Cruise with Live Music

Charleston Harbor Luxury Dinner Cruise with Live Music

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Fort Sumter Admission and Self-Guided Tour with Roundtrip Ferry

Fort Sumter Admission and Self-Guided Tour with Roundtrip Ferry

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Rainbow Row Rainbow Row free

One of Charleston's most iconic points of interest, Rainbow Row comprises more than a dozen brightly painted historic homes perched along The Battery 's East Bay Street, near Waterfront Park . Dating back to the mid-1700s, the structures hold an important place in Charleston's history. After the Civil War, the previously dilapidated area underwent a significant revitalization, starting with the homes of Rainbow Row. Initially, Susan Pringle Frost, founder of the Preservation Society of Charleston, bought six homes to restore. Though financially incapable of completing the project, she fostered the initiative to reinvigorate the area, an undertaking later accomplished by Dorothy Porcher Legge. In the 1930s, Dorothy and her husband, Judge Lionel Legge, bought a section of the houses and painted them pastel pink to attract people back to the area. Soon enough, other homeowners began painting their properties in bright colors as well, transforming the neighborhood into a premier locale as some of Charleston's most expensive real estate.

Today, these homes mostly serve as an ideal Instagram opportunity for Charleston vacationers. Many recent travelers say a trip to the quaint South Carolina city would be incomplete without a visit to Rainbow Row, but others felt underwhelmed by a visit and wondered what all the hype was about. To add value to your time here, some recommend walking by at sunset to enjoy views along the water after or stopping for a drink in one of Charleston's oldest bars: the Tavern at Rainbow Row which dates to 1686. If you choose to explore by foot, you can head to the area on your own or sign up for a Charleston walking tour that includes a stop at these colorful structures. The homes are also easy to spot by car, if you'd prefer to drive by for a quick peek.

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Charleston Boat Tours Charleston Boat Tours

To get a better view of the Charleston harbor (and maybe even spot some dolphins), consider signing up for a boat tour. Not only will you enjoy some time on the water, you'll also have the chance to learn more about the city's maritime history (many boat captains provide historical commentary throughout their tours). Along the way, you'll likely see some of Charleston's top landmarks, including The Battery , Waterfront Park , the Arthur Ravenel Jr. Bridge and  Fort Sumter .

There are a variety of tours and operators in Charleston that offer a bevy of experiences for all types of travelers. Adventure Harbor Tours receives high praise from previous visitors for its Morris Island tours and sunset cruises. If you're looking for a narrated experience, sign up for a Charleston Harbor Tour : its daily harbor tours pass more than 75 sights while the captain shares stories and facts about the area. For an intimate experience, Boatsetter , a mobile app for on-demand boat rentals, lets you book a slew of options whether skippered or bareboat sailboats, fishing boats or catamarans.

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Charleston City Market Charleston City Market free

While some may say that the Charleston City Market is a bit of a tourist trap, others call it a great glimpse into life in the Old South. It has been a shopping hub since the 1800s and is one of the country's oldest city markets. The market buzzes with residents and visitors alike, perusing stalls loaded with toys, clothes, art, leather goods and regional souvenirs. There are plenty of locally made products for sale at the market, which you can distinguish by a "Certified Authentic: Handmade in Charleston" tile displayed on vendor stations.

Visitors to the market will also observe a noticeable African American influence reflected through the different food and product vendors. Past visitors recommend heading straight to the "basket ladies." These Gullah artisans have been weaving baskets for centuries – this craft originated in West Africa and has been passed down through the generations – using local materials, such as sweetgrass and palmetto leaves.

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Angel Oak Angel Oak free

Visitors will find one of Charleston's most photographed icons on Johns Island: the Angel Oak. It is said to be the largest live oak east of the Mississippi. The gorgeous tree is 65 feet high, with a circumference of 25.5 feet. It's estimated that the tree shades an area of nearly 20,000 square feet and is between 300 and 400 years old. Visitors in the hundreds of thousands flock to the tree to pose next to its long limbs.

Recent visitors said the tree is worth a quick stop to take a photo of the magnificent natural wonder. Others warned that there are lots of rules to be observed and noted that you'll want to make sure to keep a sharp eye on your kids, who will naturally be tempted to climb the tree.

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Sullivan's Island Sullivan's Island free

U.S. News Insider Tip: If food is a priority, Sullivan's Island offers the widest and best assortment of restaurants of Charleston's three main beaches. For Caribbean vibes, try The Longboard ; for local seafood, catch Sullivan's Fish Camp ; and for wine slushies and kid-friendly bites, stop by Co-Op Frosé and Eatery . – Lauren Mowery, Contributor

Comprising only 3.3 square miles, Sullivan's Island may not seem like a must-see for Charleston visitors. But this beachfront town proves that good things come in small packages. Sitting at the mouth of the Charleston harbor – a little less than 10 miles east of the downtown area – Sullivan's Island boasts beaches, tasty restaurants and unique shops. Many visitors say the beach is ideal for families. You'll also find a bevy of vacation rental properties here – a worthy alternative if you want a little more seclusion than some of downtown Charleston's hotels and bed-and-breakfasts can provide.

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Charleston Harbor History Day-Time or Sunset Boat Cruise

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Haunted Evening Horse and Carriage Tour of Charleston

Haunted Evening Horse and Carriage Tour of Charleston

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Downtown Charleston Food Tour

Downtown Charleston Food Tour

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Isle of Palms County Park Isle of Palms County Park free

If several days in Charleston proper have you longing for a do-nothing day at the beach, Isle of Palms might be just the ticket. Located just 16 miles east of the city, visitors will find about 7 miles of shoreline, ideal for swimming, sailing, windsurfing or sunbathing. If you're having trouble deciding between Charleston's two closest shorelines (don't forget about Folly Beach ), your fellow beach bums might help you decide: Isle of Palms is known to attract more families than Folly Beach.

Recent beachgoers praised the wide, clean beach and said it's a beautiful place to relax. Isle of Palms also boasts a few more beachfront vacation rentals, plus the sprawling Wild Dunes Resort . What's more, you don't have to be a guest to enjoy the two Tom Fazio-designed golf courses at Wild Dunes: both courses are open to the public. However, keep in mind Isle of Palms doesn't offer as many bars or restaurants compared to Folly Beach.

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Magnolia Plantation & Gardens Magnolia Plantation & Gardens

While Middleton Place 's gardens attract visitors who appreciate manicured order, Magnolia Plantation and Gardens appeals to lovers of wilder spaces and romantic-style gardens. Visitors come to enjoy camellia and azalea season in early spring and wildlife throughout the year. Observe the gators, herons and turtles in the Audubon Swamp Garden, look for local birds at the waterfowl refuge, don your helmet and bike one of the several trails, or stroll the Ashley river path shaded by graceful live oak trees. The house is worth an hour of your time to see its interior. Recent travelers agreed that the Wildlife Center and nature center make this a great place to bring the kids.

Despite its aesthetic appeal, the plantation has a deep-rooted history in slavery. It was once home to many enslaved families, who resided in the property's four cabins from 1850 until the late 20th century. The cabins have been preserved, and each illustrates a significant period in history. The plantation offers a 45-minute "From Slavery to Freedom" tour where travelers can visit the cabins and learn more about the people who were forced to live and work on the property. Recent visitors said the tour guides were well-versed and knowledgeable about African American history. Plus, the tour is included in the cost of a general admission ticket.

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Charleston Food Tours Charleston Food Tours

Considered one of the best foodie cities in the USA , Charleston is famous for its Lowcountry cuisine and bevy of trendy restaurants. For a crash course in the city's best eats, consider spending a few hours on a Charleston food tour. Popular tour companies include Undiscovered Charleston , Bulldog Tours , Secret Food Tours Charleston and Charleston Culinary Tours .

Past visitors raved about the city's food tours and noted that most of the guides were friendly and knowledgeable. According to reviewers, this is a great activity if you're interested in the Holy City's food scene as well as its history. Just make sure you go hungry – Lowcountry cuisine can be quite heavy, and a few travelers have made the mistake of eating before their tour and walked away stuffed.

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Folly Beach Folly Beach free

After a few days exploring Charleston's historic sites, take some time to kick back, relax and enjoy the Southern sun. Overlooking the Atlantic – less than 15 miles south of downtown Charleston – this 6-mile stretch of coastline makes for a great daytrip away from the hustle and bustle of city life. Come here for the nature and the surfing, or head to the pier to sit and fish. Folly Beach's friendly atmosphere attracts a variety of travelers: most of the families stick to the shore, while adults traveling sans kids tend to congregate in the many bars nearby. If you're hoping to lay claim to some fine beach real estate, you better get here early: Past visitors said the beach can get crowded as the afternoon progresses, though crowds diminish the further you go from Center Street. If you didn't bring your own beach chair, you can rent one near the beach, along with umbrellas and nonmotorized water sports equipment.

Along with the casual beachfront bars and eateries, you'll also find a few hotels near the shore, as well as restrooms and foot showers for cleaning off sandy toes. Away from the beach sit several casual eateries, including traveler favorites like Taco Boy and Lost Dog Cafe. Surfers and locals hit Chico Feo for beer and tacos or Lowlife for tasty cocktails and shrimp rolls seasoned with Old Bay.

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Boone Hall Plantation & Gardens Boone Hall Plantation & Gardens

U.S. News Insider Tip: Boone Hall Plantation & Gardens holds festivals throughout the year. Check its calendar for events like the Lowcountry Oyster Festival in January, the Lowcountry Strawberry Festival in March and April, the Christmas Tree Festival in November and Wine Under the Oaks in December. – Lauren Mowery, Contributor

Founded in 1681, Boone Hall Plantation & Gardens is one of six plantations in the Charleston area. Considerably larger than Magnolia Plantation & Gardens , this 738-acre property is best known for its Avenue of the Oaks: a lengthy corridor of 1700s-era live oak trees that form a picturesque canopy over the path leading up to the historic mansion. If the grounds look familiar, it's probably because they've been featured in a number of films and TV shows, including "The Notebook" and the long-running soap opera "Days of our Lives."

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Ghosts of Charleston Night-Time Walking Tour with Unitarian Church Graveyard

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Charleston Walking Food Tour With Secret Food Tours

Charleston Walking Food Tour With Secret Food Tours

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Historic Charleston Guided Sightseeing Walking Tour

Historic Charleston Guided Sightseeing Walking Tour

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Middleton Place Middleton Place

U.S. News Insider Tip: Historically, Charleston's famous azaleas blossom between late March and early April. However, with shorter, warmer winters, flowers peak earlier in spring. If you time your trip right, Middleton Place offers the most glorious spectacle of synchronous blooms, notably along the "azalea hillside," a bank rising from the rice mill pond that was planted almost a century ago with around 35,000 bushes. – Lauren Mowery, Contributor

If there were ever a place to stop and smell the roses, this house would be it. Built in 1755, this mansion was once the home of Arthur Middleton, one of the signers of the Declaration of Independence. Today, Middleton Place houses an impressive collection of historic furniture and portraits (all originally owned by the Middleton family), plus a stable with heritage-bred animals. The gardens are a highlight of Middleton Place, according to visitors. Modeled after traditional English and European gardens, the 65-acre grounds are peppered with camellias, azaleas, magnolias and myrtle throughout the year. The property also boasts a full-service restaurant serving seasonal Lowcountry fare for lunch, dinner and Sunday brunch. But aside from its photogenic landscaping, Middleton Place also serves as a sobering reminder of Charleston's connection to slavery.

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White Point Garden White Point Garden free

White Point Garden, also known as White Point Park, is a nearly 6-acre historic public park located at the tip of the Charleston Peninsula overlooking Charleston Harbor and Cooper River. The park entrances visitors with its beautiful water views, graceful live oak trees, and historic monuments. The park dates to 1837 when the land was acquired by the City of Charleston. Originally, the park was used as a fortification during the Revolutionary and Civil Wars, and several cannons from both eras remain o-site as a reminder of the city's military past. The park was also used as a public garden during the 19th century and was the site of many social events and gatherings. Today, White Point Garden attracts both locals and tourists to its historic monuments and markers, shaded benches and its gazebo, which hosts weddings and other events.

Recent visitors welcomed the park as a respite from the sun on a hot summer day, while others felt bewitched by the setting after dusk. Many felt White Point Park provided a focal point for their walking tours downtown and a good place to rest or have a picnic after walking all afternoon.

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The Aiken-Rhett House Museum The Aiken-Rhett House Museum

According to many, the Aiken-Rhett House Museum is a unique and educational place to learn about life in Charleston during the 19th century. Originally built in the early 1800s and then expanded by Gov. William Aiken Jr. and his wife in the 1830s and 1850s, much of the house's original style has been preserved.

Before touring the house, spend some time exploring the grounds, which host the stables, the kitchens and the slave quarters. The slave quarters, which feature original paint and flooring, have remained untouched over time and serve to illustrate the harsh living conditions for at least 14 of the property's enslaved workers. Past visitors appreciated seeing the quarters first, so they could better understand how the house operated.

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Drayton Hall Drayton Hall

Dating back to 1738, Drayton Hall is one of the oldest surviving plantation houses left in the South and remains an exquisite example of Palladian architecture. In fact, Drayton Hall was America's first and best example of the style. Wander the red-brick main house, noting details like decorative windows and doors added for symmetry.  The house hasn't changed much from when it was originally built, including a lack of air conditioning, electricity and heat. After watching the orientation video, guests can opt for a 45-minute audio tour – at no additional cost – that helps explain the role enslaved people played on the plantation. Past visitors said the stories they heard on the audio tour, as well as the information from the knowledgeable staff members, helped paint a picture of the day-to-day realities enslaved workers faced on the plantation.

After touring, you can wander along the walking trails that follow the Ashley River and the marsh, or pay your respects at the on-site African American Cemetery. Archaeological artifacts and objects from the Drayton family are also on display in the on-site Gates Gallery.

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McLeod Plantation Historic Site McLeod Plantation Historic Site

At the McLeod Plantation Historic Site, visitors can learn important information about Gullah and Geechee heritage. This plantation was established in 1851, and by 1860, it was home to 74 enslaved people housed in 23 cabins. It operated mainly as a cotton plantation until the last crop was planted in 1922. The property has been restored to reflect its original form, and visitors can tour the McLeod family home as well as the slaves' living quarters. They will also learn about the relationships between those who lived on the plantation and the property's importance in the Civil War. The plantation stretches for 37 acres and features a dairy and kitchen area, a worship center, a cemetery, a cotton gin house, a riverside outdoor pavilion and a tree known as the McLeod Oak, which is believed to be more than 600 years old.

Past visitors praised McLeod Plantation for its accuracy in conveying the true history of enslaved people in the South. Reviewers appreciated that the tour guides didn't shy away from the grim realities of slavery nor try to cover up the difficult details; they also said the guides were open to answering their questions. Many went as far as to say McLeod is the most educational and precise plantation tour in the area.

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90-Minute Charleston City Sightseeing Bus Tour

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Daytime Horse-Drawn Carriage Sightseeing Tour of Historic Charleston

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Charleston Marsh Eco Boat Cruise with stop at Morris Island Lighthouse

Charleston Marsh Eco Boat Cruise with stop at Morris Island Lighthouse

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Heyward-Washington House Heyward-Washington House

Built in 1772, the Heyward-Washington House earned its moniker for two men who figured prominently in its history, Thomas Heyward Jr. and President George Washington. Heyward, a Revolutionary War officer and South Carolina delegate to the Continental Congress in 1776, is best known for contributing his signature to the Declaration of Independence. In 1791, the city of Charleston rented Heyward's home for President George Washington's weeklong stay in the city. The association with America's first president has persisted ever since. The architecture of the three-story red brick double reflects the Georgian style that spread widely through English colonies for its order and symmetry. The Charleston Museum acquired the property in 1929 and opened it to the public a year later as the city's first historic home museum. 

Recent travelers enjoyed the home's collection of antique Charleston-made furnishings and formal gardens, as well as the chance to see an original kitchen from the 1740s. The kitchen and carriage shed are relics from the Milner family who developed the lot before Heyward purchased it in 1770. Furniture buffs appreciated the 1770 Chippendale-style Holmes Bookcase, considered a stunning example of American craftsmanship.

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Fort Sumter National Monument Fort Sumter National Monument free

You probably remember Fort Sumter as the place where the first shot of the Civil War was fired back in 1861. Today, you can see for yourself where all the action happened by taking a ferry to the actual fort. Take your time exploring the thick stone caverns, which still house several Civil War-era cannons. You should also stop by Fort Sumter's small, yet informative museum, which provides more in-depth information about the fort's role in the war. According to most Charleston visitors, Fort Sumter is a must-see, especially for kids and history buffs.

Fort Sumter National Monument is perched on a small island in Charleston Harbor several miles southwest of the city. Ferries to the monument depart from the Fort Sumter visitor center (in Charleston) and from Patriot's Point , which sits just opposite of the harbor in USS Yorktown State Park (parking is available at both departure points). Though the ferry ride is not the main attraction, most enjoyed it, calling it relaxing and a great way to see some of the area's dolphins. Both ferries to the fort and ranger talks take place daily, but hours vary depending on the season. Guided tours aren't available at Fort Sumter, but you can listen to a 10-minute, ranger-led history discussion before heading out on your own self-guided tour; rangers and volunteers are available to answer any questions you may have.

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South Carolina Aquarium South Carolina Aquarium

Home to more than 5,000 animals, the South Carolina Aquarium is a fun attraction for those traveling with young children. The aquarium is located on the Charleston Harbor downtown and boasts views of the Arthur Ravenel Jr. Bridge. It is accredited by the Association of Zoos and Aquariums, meaning it must pass a rigorous animal welfare check annually. Therefore, visitors can rest assured that the aquarium's many residents – ranging from alligators to eels to otters – are treated with the utmost care. Keep in mind that the South Carolina Aquarium does not house any dolphins, whales or manatees in accordance with the Marine Resources Act of 2000, which bans facilities from placing marine mammals on display in South and North Carolina.

Although the aquarium is on the smaller side, recent travelers reported it was chock-full of interactive exhibits and interesting things to see and do. Most reported getting through the full attraction in about 60 to 90 minutes. Highlights for visitors include the Sea Turtle Care Center – where injured and sick turtles are rehabbed then released back into the wild – and the "touch" exhibit, where travelers can get up close and personal with select wildlife like hermit crabs and Atlantic stingrays.

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The Charleston Museum The Charleston Museum

Founded in 1773, the Charleston Museum is said to be the country's first museum, and with a focus on the South Carolina Lowcountry, it's a perfect place to learn about the area. There's a gallery devoted to natural history, a Civil War exhibition, a historic textiles gallery, and the interactive "Kidstory" area. There's also the "Lowcountry History Hall" exhibit, which displays materials related to the Native Americans who inhabited the South Carolina coast prior to colonization, as well as the enslaved African Americans responsible for the region's agricultural wealth.

Recent visitors were impressed with the museum's historical overview and said it is definitely worth a few hours of your time (especially if you're visiting in the summer and need a place to cool off). Reviewers were particularly impressed with the artifacts on display from the Revolutionary and Civil wars.

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Patriots Point Naval & Maritime Museum Patriots Point Naval & Maritime Museum

Opened in 1976, Patriots Point Naval & Maritime Museum serves to educate visitors on war history. The USS Yorktown aircraft carrier – which was used by the United States Navy in World War II, then again in the Vietnam War – sits in the harbor as the attraction's centerpiece. Other notable artifacts and exhibits at this Mount Pleasant, South Carolina, museum include two historic ships, a Medal of Honor Museum, 28 aircraft and a 2.5-acre "Vietnam Experience," which recreates a Navy base complete with a mess hall, a fire control bunker and a river patrol boat to simulate what it was like for soldiers during the Vietnam War.

Recent travelers said visiting Patriots Point Naval & Maritime Museum was both educational and fun. They said American history buffs will love seeing the warships, submarines and aircraft, and many highly recommended taking the captain's tour aboard the USS Yorktown for a more in-depth experience. Almost all visitors agreed the attraction was worth the cost of admission. 

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Afternoon Schooner Sightseeing Dolphin Cruise on Charleston Harbor

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Boone Hall Plantation All-Access Admission Ticket

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The Nathaniel Russell House Museum The Nathaniel Russell House Museum

Constructed at the turn of the 19th century by Nathaniel Russell – a wealthy Southern merchant – this historic home is known for its spiraling staircase, detailed furnishings and landscaped gardens. In fact, The Nathaniel Russell House has the only 3-story, free-flying cantilever staircase on the Charleston Peninsula. Unlike the Aiken-Rhett House , parts of the Nathaniel Russell House Museum has undergone architectural and interior restoration. Recent visitors were impressed with the detailed restoration and said the house helped them gain insight into the daily proceedings of Russell and his family. The family brought nearly 20 enslaved men and women with them to the property, and the house was constructed at the hands of the enslaved people. The kitchen area and slave quarters are in the process of being restored, so visitors can eventually get a better understanding of the house's enslaved men and women. Travelers are welcome to walk over to the site during restoration.

Previous visitors said they learned a lot thanks to the self-guided audio tours, which are available via smartphone app. They also complimented the knowledgeable staff members who were on hand to bring the house's history to life.

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Edmondston-Alston House Edmondston-Alston House

Fans of Charleston's 19th historical homes will enjoy visiting the Edmonston-Alston House. Located in a favored spot on the High Battery , it's one of the sea wall's oldest residences dating to 1825. Built in late Federal style by Charles Edmondston, the home changed hands a mere decade later when the Scottish shipping merchant suffered financial woes. Charles Alston, a wealthy Lowcountry rice planter, acquired the home and updated its architecture in Greek Revival style. Today, the well-preserved property remains in the Alston family. Visitors can see this blend of design styles in the home's public rooms and outdoor piazzas, as well as the extensive collection of period pieces from furniture and mirrors to portraits and Alston family silver. Integral to the story of the home and the fortunes of the Alstons is the story of the enslaved people who lived and labored in the home. You'll learn more about these men and women during the tour. 

Previous visitors said the Edmondston-Alston House was a highlight of their trip for its architectural details, waterfront location, and knowledgeable docents who shared insights into 19th-century life for both the families and enslaved in Charleston. Some travelers felt it expensive, however, for the handful of rooms they could visit, as the family occupies the top floor.

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Spoleto Festival USA Spoleto Festival USA

U.S. News Insider Tip: If your interests fall closer to the culinary arts than the performing arts, book a trip for the Charleston Wine & Food in early March. The festival packs dinners, seminars, workshops, brunches, street fairs and interactive experiences (like boat trips to working oyster farms) into five days. Local and international food, wine and cocktail talent host the events.  – Lauren Mowery, Contributor

Founded in 1977 by Pulitzer Prize-winning composer Gian Carlo Menotti, Charleston's annual Spoleto Festival USA showcases music, theater, dance and opera performances. The festival draws its name from the city of Spoleto in Italy where Menotti previously founded an arts festival. This 17-day annual event (which runs from late May through early June) draws tens of thousands of visitors, both domestic and international, who come for the festival's unique blend of world-class performances and Southern charm.

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H.L. Hunley Submarine H.L. Hunley Submarine

Originally built in 1863 for the Confederate Army, the H.L. Hunley became the world's first successful combat submarine. It was suddenly lost at sea in 1864 and remained so until 1995 when it was discovered off the coast of Sullivan's Island with the help of thriller author Clive Cussler. In 2000, the Hunley and the remains of its crew were brought to the surface for a detailed restoration at the old Charleston Naval Base.

Today, you can visit the base and tour the submarine; an experience that many recent visitors said is well worth your time, especially if you're interested in naval history. The experience features interactive exhibits and activities, which recent visitors found fascinating. Many also praised the expert guides. After a 20-minute overview, visitors can explore on their own.

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Embrace the leisurely pace and charming allure of America’s southeast as you explore cobblestone streets, historic homes and unspoiled coastline. Discover antebellum Charleston and the history of Savannah with 2-night stays in each city. Visit Charleston’s City Market, one of the oldest public markets in America. Enjoy a trolley or walking tour of Savannah's sprawling Historic District. Spend two nights at the exclusive Jekyll Island Club, once described as “the richest, most exclusive club in the world.” See sea turtle rehabilitation in action at Jekyll Island’s Georgia Sea Turtle Center. Experience the unique charm and singular hospitality of America’s “Low Country” in South Carolina and Georgia.

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In Charleston, you have the choice between two activities. Your first option is to stroll through the historic center with a local guide, exploring hidden alleyways and quaint areas that are only accessible by foot. Your second option is to take a harbor cruise to Fort Sumter, where the first shots of the Civil War were fired. Meet with a ranger to learn about the history and then enjoy time to explore on your own. You will return to the mainland later in the afternoon. During the cruise portion, enjoy views of Battery Park, the Arthur Ravenel Jr. Bridge and Fort Moultrie.

In Savannah, you have the choice between two activities. Your first option is to stroll through the historic center with a local guide, exploring the city's beautiful squares and stunning antebellum arcitecture up close as your guide provides you with stories of Savannah's past and present. Your second option is to take a guided trolley tour covering a larger portion of the city from the comfort of an openair vehicle.

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Discover beautiful Charleston on a horse-drawn carriage ride through the Historic District. Settle into a relaxed pace of life as you absorb the timeless charm of this enchanting city. Your carriage driver will make the stories of Charleston come alive with commentary throughout your journey. Complete your Charleston experience with lunch at a local restaurant.

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GrayLine of Charleston

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Historic City Tour

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  • Hour Glass Duration: 1.5 hours
  • Map Marker Departure Location: 375 Meeting St. Charleston SC

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Discover Over 300 Years of City History

Take a journey through Charleston’s 300 years of living history with our licensed tour guides. Experience the Old Market area and the historic homes and churches where generations of Charlestonians worked, lived, and worshiped. Step out of the air-conditioned minibus onto the famous Battery Seawall.

  • Charleston’s Historic Homes
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  • The Four Corners of Law
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Explore Charleston's Black History & Gullah Geechee Culture

Explore Charleston’s ubiquitous African American History & Gullah Geechee Culture with Sites and Insights Tours, Inc., departing daily from the Charleston Visitor Center. Let’s travel through the streets of downtown Charleston, or venture off the Charleston peninsula to visit two of our nearby Sea Islands – James & Johns – or perhaps you’d enjoy the unique blend of taking in both downtown & the two Sea Islands. Whichever  tour  you select, you’ll see, hear & experience an inclusive look at one of America’s premier destinations with emphasis on area African American history & culture. Private tours, group tours and lectures are also available.

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1 Hr. Charleston Black History, Gullah Geechee & Porgy & Bess Tour

Take to the streets of downtown Charleston with veteran certified tour guide, author, realtor, & lecturer, Al Miller aboard a plush, 25 passenger, air conditioned tour bus . This tour covers Black and Gullah historic sites and insights in downtown Charleston. See Sites and gain Insight on: Mother Emanuel AME Church, Denmark Vesey Slave Insurrection Plot, The East Side, Aiken-Rhett House, Gullah Geechee Culture, Free Blacks, Catfish Row, Porgy & Bess, Civil War, Slave Auction Sites, Philip Simmons Ironwork, The Battery, Old City Jail, Avery School and more. This tour stops at Mother Emanuel Church, Philip Simmons Statue, The Battery.


Adults: $20, Children: $15 (Ages 6-12)

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2 Hr. Charleston Black History, Gullah Geechee & Porgy & Bess Tour

Take to the streets of downtown Charleston with veteran certified tour guide, author, realtor, & lecturer, Al Miller aboard a plush, 25 passenger, air conditioned tour bus . This tour covers most of downtown Charleston's Historic District (more than what is offered by most other tour companies). This tour includes all sites and insights from the 1-Hour tour plus: Site of the Hanging Tree, The West Side, Burke High School, Hampton Park, Wagener Terrace Neighborhood, Lowndes Grove Plantation House and much more.

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2.5 Hr. Charleston Black History, Gullah Geechee and Porgy & Bess , Sea Island Tour (City/ Island Tour)

Explore Gullah Geechee and Black History found in the city of Charleston and neighboring sea islands with veteran certified tour guide, author, realtor, & lecturer, Al Miller aboard a plush, 25 passenger,  air conditioned tour bus . This combination City/Island Tour offers a dual experience: a condensed tour of Charleston and James and Johns Islands, covering over 38 miles roundtrip.

This tour covers most of the City of Charleston and Island Sites listed except Wagener Terrace Neighborhood, Hampton Park, Lowndes Grove Plantation House and Seashore Farmers' Lodge.

Adults: $40, Children: $25 (Ages 6-12)

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2 Hr. Sea Island Tour (James & Johns Island)

Explore the rich Gullah Geechee culture found on the sea islands with veteran certified tour guide, author, realtor, & lecturer, Al Miller aboard a plush, 25 passenger,  air conditioned tour bus . This tour covers approximately 38 miles round trip departing Visitor Center. See and hear about James and Johns Island History, Gullah Geechee Culture, Gullah Geechee communities, McLeod Plantation, Massachusetts 54th Regiment, Stono River Slave Rebellion, Seashore Farmers' Lodge, Porgy's Memorial at Burn Churchyard Cemetery (James Island Presbyterian Church), Angel Oak Tree and more.

Stops are made at Angel Oak Tree, Johns Island; James Island Presbyterian Church and Seashore Farmers' Lodge in Sol Legare, James Island, and much more.

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2 Hr. Charleston Amen Church Tour

Take to the streets of downtown Charleston with veteran certified tour guide, author, realtor, & lecturer, Al Miller aboard a plush, 25 passenger,  air conditioned tour bus . See and Hear: Explore history & stories of Charleston's Black & White Houses of Worship from slavery to the present which declared Charleston as The Holy City. Your guide will entertain you with Hymns, Spirituals and Gospel. After this experience, who knows, you might say, "Amen!" Tour stops at some sites.

Adults: $25, Children: $20 (Ages 6-12)

Charleston's #1 Black History, Gullah Geechee, & Sea Island Tour

"I found Al's tour to be the most entertaining and informative tour I have ever taken. It was great to see the standard tourists spots like The Battery District and others, but I was most impressed in visiting areas of historical significance to the black community. Kudos to Al and his tour service!" Gastonia, NC
"I have taken Al's tour three times and it is hands down my favorite tour in Charleston. He not only provides you with a wealth of knowledge on so many of the hidden gems when it comes to Charleston's Black history...but provides you with an incredible inclusive history of Charleston and the sea Islands which you truly can not get anywhere else. I also love the fact that he offers a variety of tour options and is flexible. I highly recommend all of his tours but the City/Island tour is my absolute favorite. You will not be disappointed with your experience. Al is simply the best! " Atlanta, GA
"The tour was not only enlightening but entertaining as well. A performance was put on for our benefit while telling the history of Porgy and Bess." Nettles, NY
"Slave stories are told plainly on Charleston plantation tours. Al Miller doesn't shy away from exploding conventional Charleston historic wisdom if it leads to truths." The Charlotte Observer
"We enjoyed the tour and will recommend it to any of our friends." Chester, CT

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Sites and Insights Tours owner Al Miller shares over 34 years worth of thoughtful, zany, clever & mouth-dropping remarks that visitors have made while touring Charleston.

In his first book entitled, Tourists Can Say the Darndest Things! : Exploring Historic Charleston, South Carolina, veteran licensed tour guide Al Miller escorts you through sections of the Charleston peninsula such as the Eastside, The Battery, and the French Quarter; he introduces you to the area’s vibrant Gullah Geechee culture; and he shares reflections on his personal loss resulting from the 2015 tragedy at Mother Emanuel AME Church.

Humorous comments & candid observations made over the years by Miller’s sightseeing guests along with vintage & modern photos, historical documents, discussions of historical figures, events & landmark sites create a very unique view of a very fascinating city.

Future editions will cover other areas in and near Charleston spiked with more of those darndest things that tourists can say!

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See Charleston’s history from a new perspective on this tour of the Holy City’s Gullah people and culture!

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Gullah Geechee Tours offers a one-of-a-kind experience for locals, tourists, and anyone interested in true slave history. There is no other tour offered in the city of Charleston that comes close to giving such a unique and genuine experience about the city’s history. Our tour is the most talked about tour in the city and it’s the only tour that gives the most accurate understanding of the world-famous slave trade which was championed right here in the Holy City of Charleston, SC. Charleston tourism does not talk about its hugely successful slave trade although our city was #1 in America for slavery.

Your certified tour guide Godfrey Gullah Jac is the only Charleston Gullah historian. He a is full blooded Gullah Geechee. Godfrey Gullah Jac speaks in great detail about African American history and slave history right here in Charleston, SC. Come have a look and take a listen to an ancient history about the mysterious people descending from way across da water. The Gullah Geechee people broke the chains of slavery into freedom. Come and hear our true history.

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Learn an often overlooked aspect of Charleston’s history and culture of the Gullah people on this driving night tour through the city!

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I would recommend this tour to anyone who has a desire to experience an in-depth and nuanced education on Charleston and southern life including its global influences. This tour gets 5 stars! For those visiting the area, you can find the tour at the Charleston visiting center on Market Street. You won't regret it!

We did this tour because of fantastic reviews, the enthusiastic recommendation of our host, and our interest in African American history and culture. It was even better than we expected. We especially appreciated his introduction to the Gullah language and people: fascinating, and not easy to find. Easy to do--mostly sitting in a comfortable van.

This is a tour about the Gullah's role in the history of Charleston. You will see parts of Charleston that are not on the conventional tours, which gives you a better appreciation of the city - past and present - and all its inhabitants.

The tour focuses on the lives of African Americans of Charleston: slaves, craftsmen, wealthy landowners, and the Gullah culture and language. You'll learn more stories about African Americans than you'll hear anywhere else and see some of their homes, churches, crafts. The guide's animated way of telling the stories kept us enthralled.

The tour guides has a wealth of information about Charleston and its history. He has a sense of humor and although he must have told the stories a million times they still seemed to be fresh. Great tour if you want to sit in the air-conditioning (as opposed to walking or carriage tours) and still see a lot of interesting homes and buildings.

I loved this tour almost as much as I loved the openness and kindness and perspective of the guide. We saw a lot of the sites from Sue Monk Kidd's book, The Invention of Wings, and a nationally celebrated blacksmith artist, Philip Simmons.

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