Tours & Attractions in Charleston/Downtown

Charleston: adventures of historic proportions.

Stand on the site of the first shot in the Civil War. Come face to face with a giant sea turtle. Take a tour of an antebellum mansion. Climb aboard a WWII aircraft carrier. There are so many blossoming gardens, so many photo opportunities and so many reasons to come back to see us again.

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Friends of the Hunley

In 1864 the Hunley became the world’s first successful combat sub & then suddenly vanished. Found over a century later, you can see this amazing artifact during weekend tours.

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African American Charleston

Charleston is an important place to learn more about African-American history and culture. Key events have shaped the city's growth and development.

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Alan's Talk of the Towne

Historic City tour features the Market, Rainbow Row, the mansions South of Broad, Edmondston-Alston House and the Battery with the most experienced guide in the industry.

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All About Charleston

Our private-guided tours of Charleston are second to none! Experience one of America's most beautiful and historic city. All About Charleston has just the guided tour for you.

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An Original Pub and Brewery Tours ofCharleston

Explore Charleston's craft beer scene:visit 3 local breweries while enjoying a flight at each stop along with a licensed guide on this motorized tour! Reservations required.

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Battery Park/Whitepoint Gardens

The Battery is a landmark promenade in Charleston. Stretching along the shores of the Charleston peninsula. From it view Ft. Sumter, Castle Pinckney, Ft, Moultrie & more!

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Candlelight Ghost Tours - Ghosts of the South

Expert guides take you into Charleston's haunted history. Scary sights that have been on the History and Discovery Channels. Highly ranked on Trip Advisor/AAA. $5 off adults!!

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Carolina Marine Group

See Charleston from the water on a private 36’ Hatteras yacht with accommodations for up to 6 people. Bachelor/bachelorette parties, sunset cruises & romantic getaways.

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Carolina Polo & Carriage Company

Locations: inside the Doubletree Hotel (181 Church St.,) & our stables (45 Pinckey St.,). Owned & operated by native Charlestonians whose families arrived here in the 1600’s.

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Cathedral of St. John The Baptist

Built between 1890 and 1907. Sat. 5:30pm Vigil Mass | Sun. 9am-Family Mass 11:15am-Solemn Mass with Choir 6pm-Mass | Daily Mass (Mon-Fri) 12:05pm

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Charleston 101, LLC

4th-generation Charlestonian and author Mary Coy guides you through the city’s history, architecture and culture! Featured in Fodor’s. Walking, driving or plantation tours.

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Charleston Carriage Works

Get ready for an awesome experience. Our guides will entertain and educate you. We are here to provide a perfect experience. Weddings, groups, specialty tours and more.

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Charleston City Market

Open M-Su. Built in 1841 to sell produce and meats, it features small shops, restaurants and flea market with everything from produce to antiques.

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Charleston Convention & Group Services, Inc.

Licensed & most experienced professional guides in Charleston. Step-on guide service, walking tours, educational programs or customized packages. Bilingual guides available.

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Charleston Culinary Tours

Charleston Culinary Tours combine the best of lowcountry cuisine, cocktails & history with five tours including Culinary, Chef Showcase, Chefs' Kitchen, Distillery & Mixology.

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Charleston Distilling Co.

Small batch distillery making award winning handcrafted spirits using local grains.Tours and tastings: Monday - Saturday 11am to 7pm. Reservations recommended via the website.

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Charleston Heritage Passport

Discover Charleston’s “must see” historic and cultural sites while saving nearly 40% off regular admission – with the Heritage Passport! Available ONLY at the Visitor Center.

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Charleston History...Picture Perfect

Explore Charleston's history,architecture,gardens,mansions,harbor,preservation.Cameras? Photo tips provided!Reservations required.$20 Daily 10am & 2pm. Private,Motorized tours

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Charleston Sailing Adventures

Sail through the harbor aboard Prevailing Winds, a fast and ultra-stable Stiletto catamaran. See historic sights & playful dolphins. 1.5 hour trips available for up to 6. BYOB

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Charleston Sole

Charleston native, Brian Simms, takes you on a two hour tour covering our remarkable history, fascinating stories and hidden gems, making this such a special place to visit!

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Charleston Steeplechase Tours

Originating from Marion Square, this 90 minute tour covers approximately 3.5 miles of the historic district, and includes 10-12 stops at pertinent landmarks along the way.

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Charleston Walking Tours With Steve

Steve Bailey, a licensed and registered tour guide and native Charlestonian, gives a two-hour walking tour of America's most historic city!

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Charleston's Best Tours, LLC

Get spooked with our nighttime ghost tour as seen in AAA Magazine! Your guide will share site-specific, well-documented stories & other recent sightings. Operating since 1999.

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Charleston's Finest Historic Tours

We have been living SC history since 1690 and we’d like to share it! Combine our historic city tour with the Magnolia Plantation. Downtown Pickup at Hotels & Visitors Center.

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Charms of Charleston Tours

A locally owned tour service with guides who are Charlestonians that have a great love of this city. Let us show you this beautiful flower that we are so proud of.

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Children's Museum of the Lowcountry

Nine hands-on exhibits, including a two-story medieval castle, a pirate ship and an art room, allow your children to explore the arts, sciences and humanities through play.

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Chow Down Charleston Food Tours, LLC

Chow down through Chucktown with us as we expose Charleston's hidden gems. Our food tours allow you to enjoy both the rich history and amazing food found off the beaten path.

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Circular Congregation Church

Open to visitors when tour guides available. Organized in 1681. The Circular Church established the first Sunday School in South Carolina. Sunday services: 8:30am, 11am

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Civil War Walking Tours

2-hour walking tour of Confederate Charleston starting at 108 Meeting St. Historic Charleston Shop, with 1865 Photos of this city. 9am Daily, 7 Days a week Mar-Dec.

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Classic Carriage Works, LLC

Experience Charleston's rich history with our knowledgeable licensed tour guides as they take you on a residential tour through historic downtown Charleston.

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First (Scots) Presbyterian Church

Organized in 1731 by Caledonian immigrants. Present church built in 1841, displaying the seal of the Church of Scotland in window over main entrance. Sunday 8:45am and 11:15am

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First Baptist Church

Sunday services: 8:45am worship 9:45am Bible school 11am worship 6:30pm vesper service. First Baptist Church is the oldest Baptist Church in the South, founded in 1682.

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Gibbes Museum of Art

Experience Charleston's history through art! Come face-to-face with stories of the Lowcountry as seen through painting, miniature portraiture, sculpture, photography & more!

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Grace Church Cathedral (Episcopal)

Built in 1846, Grace Church Cathedral has one of the four English Changing Ringing (bell ringing) towers in the city. Tours may be arranged in advance.

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Gullah Tours

Explore the sites relevant to the culture & traditions of the African-Americans history in Charleston. Given by a Gullah speaking Charlestonian whose relatives were slaves.

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Halsey Institute of Contemporary Art

On the campus of the College of Charleston, the Halsey Institute presents innovative and adventurous art from all over the world in an accessible and engaging setting.

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Hampton Park

A historic park with camellias and azaleas in bloom in spring, roses bloom in the summer; 1-mile nature trail; Charleston's mounted horse patrol stables nearby.

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Harborview Charters

Explore Charleston from the water! Dolphin watching, eco excursions, fishing, harbor tours, sunset cruises, shelling. Choose from scheduled tours or private tour boat.

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High Wire Distilling

We make premium, handcrafted, small batch spirits including gins, rums, whiskeys and vodkas using premium, specialized ingredients. Tours and tastings Wednesday-Saturday.

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Historic Charleston Foundation Special Tours

Connoisseur Tours are custom-designed, exclusive tours of Charleston and the Lowcountry for small, private groups. For example: architecture, antiques, history, gardens.

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Kahal Kadosh Beth Elohim Synagogue

Offering tours, Judaic gift shop and museum. The fourth oldest synagogue in the US and the oldest in continuous use. The birthplace of American Reform Judaism in 1824.

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Karpeles Manuscript Museum

Housing the largest private collection of historically significant manuscripts in the world (more than 1 million). Philanthropist David Karpeles supported museum. Free.

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Magnolia Cemetery

Oldest cemetery in Charleston, founded in 1849 on the banks of the Cooper River, inhabited by generations of southern leaders. On the National Register of Historic Places.

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Mother Emanuel A.M.E. Church

In 1791, the Free African Society was formed as the Bethel Circuit. Reorganized in 1865 and present building erected in 1891. Oldest AME church in the south. Sunday 9:30am

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Mt. Zion A.M.E. Church

First brick church building owned by Blacks in Charleston. The 54th & 55th Massachusetts regiments worshiped here while stationed in Charleston. Service: Sun-10am 843.722.8118

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Museum Mile

Mile long corridor stretches along Meeting Street from Visitor Center to the Nathaniel Russell House. Comprehensive array of historical and cultural attractions in Charleston.

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Old Charleston Walking Tours, LLC

The most intimate and sophisticated tours in the city with highly experienced guides. History, ghost, Civil War and slavery walks. Tours start in Washington Square Park.

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Old Exchange and Provost Dungeon

Built in 1771, American Patriots were held prisoner here during the War of Americas' Independence. One of the 3 most historically significant buildings of colonial America.

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Old Slave Mart Museum

Learn the story of Charleston's role in this inter-state slave trade by focusing on the history of this particular building & site and the slave sales that occurred here.

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Old South Student Tour

It's educational & it's fun! Give us an hour, and we'll give your students the most memorable part of their trip. Carriage tour aligns with S.C. Social Studies Standards.

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Old Walled City Walking Tours

Tour Charleston at 10 AM and 1:30 PM with Al Ray and his cadre of seasoned guides. Walking and driving themed tours like Slavery and Freedom or Ghost Walk are a specialty.

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Palmetto Brewing Company

Opened in the 1850’s & operated through War, earthquakes & hurricanes only to close for Prohibition. We reopen in 1993. Today our beer is truly handcrafted in small batches.

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Palmetto Tours

The premier tour company servicing Charleston. Our expert tour guides combine the beauty & excitement of Charleston while sharing the most historic areas & it's rich history.

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Philip Simmons Foundation, Inc.

Established in 1991 by the Vestry of St. John’s Reformed Episcopal Church to develop and maintain a commemorative garden and preserve the legacy of the master craftsman.

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Postal Museum

Charleston’s postal history. The Post Office Building circa 1896 at Meeting & Broad is the oldest continuously operated post office in the Carolinas.

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Preservation Society - The Fall Tours

Tour the interiors of privately owned homes & gardens. Trained docents explain each home's important architectural, historical & cultural contribution to our city's past.

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Sites & Insights Tours, Inc.

Explore Charleston's Black history and Gullah/Geechee culture from a Black perspective in our 1, 2 & 2 1/2 hour motorized Black History, Porgy & Bess and Sea Islands Tours.

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South Carolina Historical Society

Founded in 1855, the state’s oldest and largest historical society invites researchers to explore its vast research library and nationally renowned archival collections.

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Southern Accent Tours

All tours conducted by the owner. We offer the BEST prices in town. FREE pickup at Mt. Pleasant & Isle of Palms and for parties of 10 or more. Tours depart the Visitor Center.

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St. Johannes Lutheran Church

Open to visitors M-Th 10-4. “An architectural gem in the heart of historic Ansonborough”, built in 1842. Current congregation was founded in 1878 and conducted worship in German until 1910. In 1913 the Art Memorial Stained Glass Windows were dedicated.

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St. John's Lutheran Church

Mother church of Lutherans in SC. Founded by German immigrants in 1734. Originally built in 1759 and replaced in 1817. Handicapped accessible on Sunday, weekdays by request.

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St. Mary's Roman Catholic Church

Oldest Roman Catholic Church in South Carolina. Established in 1789. Sunday mass - 9:30am | Daily mass (Mon-Fri)- 7am

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St. Matthew's Lutheran Church

Founded in 1840. Open for tours from 11am - 3pm every weekday with a trained docent. Services - Sunday 8:30am and 11am.

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St. Michael's Episcopal Church

Oldest church built in the city. Built in 1761. George Washington worshipped here during his tour of the South in 1791. Different services all week.

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St. Philip's Episcopal Church

Estab. in 1670. Mother Church of the Province and known as the lighthouse. Famous historical figures buried here. Services Su 8:15am 9:15am 10:30am | Morning Prayer: Wed. 8am

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The Cathedral of St. Luke and St. Paul

One of oldest two Episcopal / Anglican Cathedrals in US. Su 7:45am-Holy Eucharist 9:15am-Contemporary Eucharist 11am-Choral Eucharist | M-F 8:30am-Morning Prayer

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The Charleston Library Society

Paved the way for the founding of the College of Charleston in 1770. Providing core collection of artifacts for the founding of the Charleston Museum.

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The Citadel Museum

Museum portrays the history of The Military College of South Carolina & Corps of Cadets from 1842-present. Dress Parade at 3:45 almost every Friday during the academic year.

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The City Hall Gallery

Located in the Council Chamber of Charleston City Hall (1801), the gallery contains portraits of many important leaders, including one of George Washington by John Trumbull.

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The College of Charleston

Founded in 1770, the first municipal college in America was built in 1724. Present main building designed by eminent Philadelphia architect William Strickland, built 1828.

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The Confederate Museum

Market Hall was built in 1841. Since 1898, the Daughters of the Confederacy has operated the Confederate Museum, which contains flags, uniforms, swords and other Confederate memorabilia.

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The French Protestant (Huguenot) Church

Current church built in 1844-45. French Huguenots, starting in 1687, fleeing France to avoid religious persecution, were worshipping in a church on this site. Sunday- 10:30am

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The Historic Dock Street Theatre

“America’s First Theatre,” home to Spoleto Festival USA and Moja Arts Festival. Charleston Stage the theatre company in residence presents a full season of plays each year.

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The Old Bethel Methodist Church

Formerly Bethel Methodist Church. Dedicated in 1798 to accommodate the expanding congregation of the Blue Meeting House. Present church built in 1852. Open to public.

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The Powder Magazine

Oldest public building in the Carolinas. Replaced by a newer magazine in 1748, it served effectively until the American Revolution. Now open as a National Historic Landmark.

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The Second Presbyterian Church

Oldest building of this faith in historic section of Charleston. Built in 1809. Services- Sun. 10am 11:15am

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The Unitarian Church

Founded in 1772. Services- Sanctuary 11am | Forums- begin at 10am, Gage Hall. Tours available mid September - mid June, Saturday 10am-1pm and 2nd Sunday of each month 12-3pm.

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Tour Charleston LLC

History, mystery and wonder. Local family operated history/ghost/private walking tours for 19 years. Headquarters/gift shop on corner of Concord and Cumberland.

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Waterfront Park

This park is an eight-acre linear park and pier along the Charleston Harbor entry. The park masterfully combines spectacular fountains, spacious lawns, intimate gardens.

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