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Charleston: Historical Downtown Tour by Horse-drawn Carriage

Charleston: Historical Downtown Tour by Horse-drawn Carriage

Ride in a traditional horse-drawn carriage through historic downtown Charleston on a guided tour. Listen to live commentary about the city as you pass by the Charleston Harbor, Rainbow Row, King Street, White Point Gardens, and Charleston Battery. Begin the tour at the activity provider's stables. Board a beautiful custom-built carriage and depart from the barn. Ride toward the city gate, located in the Old City Market. Learn about the city's rich history from a professional guide while traveling aboard a unique vehicle. Gaze at vibrant neighborhoods and elegant buildings from your seat. Experience the highlights of the historic downtown area, such as Charleston Harbor, Rainbow Row, 4 Corners of Law, King Street, White Point Gardens, and the Charleston Battery. Take in informative and entertaining commentary from your guide, before arriving back at the stables.

Charleston: Historic City Highlights Guided Bus Tour

Charleston: Historic City Highlights Guided Bus Tour

Accompanied by a knowledgeable, local guide, pass by 100 of Charleston’s most iconic sights of the past and present whilst listening to amazing tales and anecdotes about the city. On your tour, travel through some of the city’s most historic parts. Visit Charleston’s Historic Homes, The Battery Sea Wall, the Four Corners of Law, and Rainbow Row to name but a few. Other highlights of the tour include several historic churches, old markets, and picturesque neighborhoods.

Charleston: 90-Minute Ghost and Dungeon Walking Tour

Charleston: 90-Minute Ghost and Dungeon Walking Tour

Test your nerve and explore the dark edges of Charleston's haunted historic district, deeply steeped in South Carolina's low country superstition on a guided walking tour. Venture through Charleston's haunted historic district, one of the oldest places in America, and learn about its terrifying history. Continue along the eerie back alleys and churches to find out why Charleston is known as "The Holy City." Visit the Old Exchange and Provost Dungeon to learn about its harrowing past, confining enslaved people, American revolutionaries, and British soldiers.

Charleston: Local History Guided Walking Tour

Charleston: Local History Guided Walking Tour

Experience the chapters of Charleston's history on a guided walking tour and explore the cobblestone streets of the only English, walled city in North America. Glimpse into the city's complicated past, from its colonial roots to many natural disasters. Meet your guide, Al Ray, and set off on a sightseeing walk in the beautiful walled city of Charleston. Stroll along the cobblestone streets, lined with colorful pre- and post-colonial homes, storefronts, churches, and public buildings. Get swept up in Charleston's fascinating and turbulent history as Ray gives meaning to each stop with insider tales and legends. Read the ancient symbols on the tombstones and relive the phases of the city's history, from rapid growth and the age of piracy to the rise of the rice planters. Learn about the numerous disasters that have made their mark on Charleston, including seven major fires, hurricanes, epidemics, sieges, and bombardments, plus a devastating earthquake. Come away with a new understanding of Charleston and the people and events that shaped it.

Charleston: Historic Downtown Food Tour with Tastings

Charleston: Historic Downtown Food Tour with Tastings

Sample southern cuisine from several world-class restaurants located in the heart of Charleston’s Historic District, and learn a little history while you do it. Enjoy VIP access as you skip the line into some of Charleston’s top restaurants while skipping the line. Sample some Charleston's signature plates like: hushpuppies, carrot cake, she-crab soup, oysters, and shrimp and grits. Between restaurant stops, your guide will walk you through Charleston’s beautiful cobblestone streets, passing by iconic landmarks such as the Old Exchange building and the Pineapple fountain at Waterfront Park. Each stop is not a full meal, but by the end of our tour the samples should equal a full portion of food. Each stop at food establishments should be around 20 minutes total with the entirety of the tour coming in at about 2 hours long. Please note, child tickets (ages 0 - 6) do not include food

Charleston Harbor 2-Hour Speedboat Adventure

Charleston Harbor 2-Hour Speedboat Adventure

Take the wheel and become the captain of your very own speed boat with this one-of-a-kind adventure tour. Experience driving your own boat while taking in the views from the Charleston harbor. This fully narrated tour takes you 13 miles through the world-famous Charleston Harbor. See everything while listening to a highly trained and professional guide through a two-way communication system.   You will have a once-in-a-lifetime view of the Battery, USS Yorktown Aircraft Carrier, Arthur Ravenel Jr Bridge, the downtown Charleston skyline, Waterfront Park, South Carolina Aquarium, the cruise ship terminal and all the wildlife that call Charleston Harbor home.  This is a great adventure for all ages.

Charleston: Walking History and Bar Tour

Charleston: Walking History and Bar Tour

Sip your way through 300 years of local history on this guided tour of Downtown Charleston. Meet your guide at the first bar, where you will sample an appetizer and get the chance to purchase some of the area's finest local beers. As you savor your drink, listen to your guide's commentary of the historical roots of the city. From there, stroll through the charming alleyways and cobblestone streets of Charleston to several cultural sights including a dungeon, original city theater, and 300-year-old homes. Stop at a second bar and hear stories of the Prohibition era and its effects on the city's residents. Finish your tour at a local park near the waterfront for one last story.

Charleston: Guided History Walking Tour

Charleston: Guided History Walking Tour

We start by asking you what you want to learn, and what interests you. From Waterfront Park we head south to the famous Charleston Battery. Soak in the vibrant atmosphere of the old Live Oak trees, while listening to the history of the city from your own private historian. This is a discussion, not just a tour, so feel free to ask questions. There is not much we don't know about the city and the role it played in the shaping of our country. From Slavery, the Civil War, Southern Culture, and Santa Claus. You will hear the tales and anecdotes about this amazing city while seeing the most iconic sights. We'll show you the original defensive wall of Charleston, the Pineapple Fountain, and even where the large British Fort stood in the Revolutionary War. When we're done, you will be the proud new owner of the best souvenir you can take back home - knowledge!

Charleston: Death and Depravity Ghost Walking Tour

Charleston: Death and Depravity Ghost Walking Tour

Immerse yourself in Charleston's secret dark past on this walking tour. Explore everything from the city's brothels to gritty true crime stories with your local guide, passing through the walls of Chalmers Street and the Old Exchange and Provost Dungeon. Meet your guide at the Ravenel Waterfront Park and begin your journey into the darker side of human nature. Get a unique look into the horrific, the scandalous, and the just-plain-weird aspects of Charleston's history. Hear stories of brothels, murders, suicides, and demonic entities as you stroll along Chalmers Street and past iconic landmarks such as the Old Exchange and Provost Dungeon.

Charleston: City Tour with Charleston Museum Entry Combo

Charleston: City Tour with Charleston Museum Entry Combo

Feel the past come alive on this combination tour in Charleston. Ride in comfort on a climate-controlled coach and discover Charleston's 300 years of living history with passionate licensed tour guides. Follow your bus tour with a visit to the Charleston Museum, one of the oldest museums in the United States. On your bus tour, experience the Old Market area and admire the historic homes and churches where generations of Charlestonians worked, lived, and worshipped. See and hear about Fort Sumter, the Harbor of History, and the Aircraft Carrier Yorktown at Patriots Point. Make sure to take your camera as you will have the opportunity to stop at the famous Battery Seawall and enjoy the spectacular views. Keep your camera handy when you pass by the colorful houses on Rainbow Row, too. Finally, dive into the history of the Holy City at the Charleston Museum, which was opened to the public nearly 200 years ago. Explore the exhibitions that cover the American Civil War, the natural history in the area, and much, much more.

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4.7
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We thoroughly enjoyed the tour. It was informative and our guide Zack and our horse Garth were wonderful. I, as an animal lover, did have concerns about horses being used as carriage carriers but the guide explained everything about their life, accommodations and how they regulate & monitor the horses' health & well being. Was a pleasant ride and great way to see some of this amazing town and learn a lot about the history of the Charleston. I highly recommend this experience

Janice our guide and Brian the horse work well together and that made for an excellent tour.

The tour guide, John, was excellent - very knowledgeable! Jason, his horse, was great too!

Connor was a great guide. Wonderful knowledge of history and made Charleston come alive.

Our guide was very informative and lots of fun along with the history.