Smack in the middle of historic Charleston, the Charleston City Market is a central landmark for Holy City visitors. In addition to being one of the most visited historic attractions in town, the City Market—opened in 1807—is also one of the oldest continuously operating public markets in the United States.More
Waterfront porch swings, a giant pineapple fountain, and grassy areas perfect for lazing the day away make Waterfront Park feel like Charleston’s personal backyard. Watch the boats float by on the river, snap photos, and enjoy the park’s family-friendly amenities—they keep this park a favorite hangout spot for locals and visitors alike.More
This street of brightly colored homes in Charleston is easily the most photographed spot in the city, and it’s easy to see why. The 14 colorful Georgian row houses along East Bay Street date back to 1730, when they were built as merchant stores.More
Towering above surrounding Charleston, the nearly 200-foot tall white steeple of St. Michael’s signals the site of the city’s oldest church. Inside, visitors and parishioners are transported back to the colonial era: alcoves shine with Tiffany stained glass windows, the original 1768 organ still pipes tunes and creaky wooden pews have seated centuries of worshipers including notables George Washington and Robert E. Lee. The central chandelier once blazed with candles, but has since been retrofitted with bulbs. Otherwise little altered, the church has survived tornadoes, an earthquake and even civil war bombings. The pulpit still bears battle wounds suffered in the 1865 Siege of Charleston Harbor. A table in the main vestibule along the western wall details the building’s long and storied history.Choral music still emanates from St Michael’s on Sundays, and, as a still-functioning Episcopal Church, it can be sometimes challenging to tour the inside. Still, the exterior is a highlight of many historic downtown tours. It's still possible to see the old colonial clock— though minute hands weren’t added until the mid-1800s—and tour the adjacent cemetery, the final resting place of, among several other notables, two signers of the US Constitution.More
A top historic attraction in South Carolina, Fort Sumter National Monument is famous for being the site where the Civil War began. Today, the sea fort, accessible only by boat, retains much of its original stone structure—plus a few lodged cannonballs—letting visitors experience a piece of American history firsthand.More
As the last large-scale Romantic garden left in the United States, Magnolia Plantation and Gardens seek to provide an escape from the struggles and stresses of everyday life. Unlike a formal garden that seeks to “control” nature, a Romantic garden cooperates with nature to create a peaceful landscape where people and nature exist in harmony. Magnolia’s are also the oldest unrestored gardens in the United States, and the historic house is one of the oldest in the South.More
The Battery wraps around the edge of Charleston’s peninsula, providing an elegant buffer between the city and the Ashley and Cooper rivers. Stroll and sightsee along the wide pedestrian paths, which pass by antebellum homes and historic sights, or perch beneath the live oaks in White Point Garden and watch the world go by.More
The Old Exchange is one of the oldest structures in Charleston, a famous city landmark, and one of the most historically significant buildings in the United States. Once the site of important political events, the building is now open to the public for fascinating tours, including a walk-through of its haunted Provost Dungeon.More
Located in the historic French Quarter, St. Philip’s Church is home to Charleston’s oldest congregation and was the first Anglican church established south of Virginia. A National Historic Landmark, the beautiful stuccoed brick building features an impressive steeple, three Tuscan porticoes, and Corinthian columns.More
The 65-acre (26-hectare) Middleton Place is a former rice plantation along the Ashley River. Visitors to this National Historic Landmark home—built in 1755 by the father of Arthur Middleton, who signed the Declaration of Independence—can explore the Middleton Place house, landscaped gardens, and the stable yards, where staff dressed in period clothing demonstrate weaving, blacksmithing, carpentry, and more.More
Charleston’s historic Aiken-Rhett House offers a rare glimpse into antebellum plantation life in South Carolina. The only surviving urban plantation, the 1818 townhouse complex remains largely intact, its rooms decorated with original wallpaper, fine art, and antique furnishings purchased by the owners more than 150 years ago.More
Founded in 1681 by an eclectic group of English Congregationalists, Scots Presbyterians, and French Huguenots, the Circular Congregational Church of Charleston is the oldest, continuously-operating house of worship in the United States. The unique meeting hall was designed and built in a circular shape to reflect the spaces’ open and free-flowing exchange of ideas.More
At 2.5 miles (4 kilometers) long, the Arthur Ravenel Jr. Bridge is one of the longest cable-stayed bridges in the United States. It connects downtown Charleston to the city of Mount Pleasant and the beaches beyond, plus it provides bike and pedestrian paths that lead to unobstructed views of Charleston Harbor and the city skyline.More
The two-story brick Heyward-Washington House takes its name from its original owner, Thomas Heyward Jr., whose signature appears on the Declaration of Independence, and George Washington, who stayed at the home in 1791. The Georgian-style double house offers a veritable portal into 1700s Charleston.More
Located in the beautiful Charleston Harbor, Patriots Point Naval & Maritime Museum is one of Charleston’s most popular museums for hands-on learning. Climb aboard the USS Yorktown (an aircraft carrier), the USS Laffey (a destroyer), and the USS Clamagore (a submarine) as you learn about American naval and maritime history first-hand.More
Loved this tour. Hopefully you can have Kay as your guide!
Karen_K, Jun 2022
Charleston's Alleys & Hidden Passages Guided Small-Group Walking Tour
She was very informative and had great tips on what to do and see in Charleston.
Kay was an excellent guide. It was clear that she loves Charleston and it’s history. She was very informative and had great tips on what to do and see in Charleston. She made the tour very enjoyable despite the rain.
He really showed us parts of Charleston we wouldn't have been able to see on other tours.
Jeff was a wealth of knowledge. He was great with his communication and always quick to reply prior to our meeting. He really showed us parts of Charleston we wouldn't have been able to see on other tours. I highly recommend his tour. It is worth it.
Small-Group Tour: Charleston Old Walled City Historical Walking Tour
We saw a combination of the larger obvious attractions as well as some gems off the beaten path.
Eric was incredibly knowledgeable on Charleston history and early American history as a whole. We saw a combination of the larger obvious attractions as well as some gems off the beaten path. We definitely enjoyed our experience!
Excellent way to see and learn about Charleston's interesting history.
Excellent way to see and learn about Charleston's interesting history. Comfortable and clean, air conditioned bus. Left the meeting place and returned at the exact scheduled time. Our driver/tour guide, Rodney, was extremely knowledgeable, accommodating, pleasant, funny and hospitable. Would definitely recommend to others.
I was visiting my son who had lived in Charleston for several years, and I finally put together a trip with 3 of my girlfriends to visit Charleston.
I was visiting my son who had lived in Charleston for several years, and I finally put together a trip with 3 of my girlfriends to visit Charleston. This sunset cruise in the harbor was really fun and the views were amazing.We had a lovely 2 hour cruise.
Undiscovered Charleston: Half Day Food, Wine & History Tour with Cooking Class
We'd live in Charleston and we learned so much and I'm going to reboot with every guest that comes to visit me I'm also going to place information on this tour in our airbnb
My husband and I thoroughly enjoyed ourselves. We'd live in Charleston and we learned so much and I'm going to reboot with every guest that comes to visit me I'm also going to place information on this tour in our airbnb
The Best of Charleston: History, Culture & Architecture Tour
Really valuable because this gave us a real understanding of the layout of the city and helped us figure out where in the city to visit next
We really enjoyed this tour. Very Glad that we did this early on in our visit. It provided a comprehensive view the history of how Charleston was settled and grew. Really valuable because this gave us a real understanding of the layout of the city and helped us figure out where in the city to visit next
Without him we would have never seen the Citadel, learned about it and gotten to see all the various communities around Charleston.
Jeff was great! He took us all around the city and gave us a great overview of the history and the various communities. Without him we would have never seen the Citadel, learned about it and gotten to see all the various communities around Charleston. He was a great guide--knowledgeable, informative and fun! Highly recommend this tour!