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Tours & Attractions in Charleston, SC

Looking for things to do in Charleston? Why not 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. Please look for those tour companies that are members of the Palmetto Guild Association to ensure you are exploring with a certified tour guide.

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Tiki Tours

We offer a variety of private and public tours on our 32 passenger party boat, the Friki Tiki. Romantic sunset cruises, groups & corporate parties and more! Welcome aboard.

Charleston Tea Garden

Visit for a fun and educational one-of-a-kind experience. See & hear how tea is grown and made. Free Factory Tour, unique Gift Shop, great views and all the tea you can drink!

Historic Charleston Supper Club

Eat like our Founding Fathers and even Pirates did at the Colonial Tavern Table, all at a National Historic Landmark with a museum visit. Pair with your favorite walking tour.

Center for Birds of Prey

Educational programs and flight demonstrations, followed by walking tours. Programs offered Thursday, Friday and Saturdays at 10:30am. 16 miles from downtown.

Crafted Travel

Make it epic in Charleston with a drinking tour like no other! Create lasting memories in a one-of-a-kind luxury limo party bus with door-to-door transportation throughout.

Exclusively Charleston

The best private tours custom tailored to meet your individual or group's needs. Plantations, historic city, culinary, Civil War - we will design to meet your expectations!

For All The Tea In Charleston

Enjoy a guided tea tasting & sip the world’s most prized teas. Discover the rich history of tea from Charleston to ancient China. Conveniently held at a venue of your choice.

Ghost City Tours

Starting in the heart of Charleston's Historic District, Ghost City Tours will help uncover the unique ghost stories that make it one of the most haunted city's in America.

Nature Adventures, LLC

The history, nature and water of Charleston all in one! Kayak & paddleboard tours, rentals & lessons. Great for first timers and serious paddlers alike. Reservations required.

108 Elemental Tours

Join Charleston’s Best Storytellers for the history & hauntings of one of America’s oldest cities. Night tours include City of the Dead, Myths & Legends, & Spirits Pub Crawl.

Angel Oak

The Angel Oak is a Live Oak tree, estimated to be 1,400 years old. It stands 65ft. high and provides a 17,000 square foot area of shade. No admission charge.

Avery Research Center for African-American History and Culture

Reading room, archives & scheduled tours. 1990 Carolopolis Award. Beautifully restored facility, site of former Avery School built in 1865. Includes art, historical exhibits.

Barrier Island EcoTours

Naturalist guided boat excursions to Capers Island Preserve. Sunset dolphin cruise, family fun day & beachside cookouts aboard our 6, 16, or 49 passenger boats.

Bespoke Experiences

Bespoke Experiences create and curate exquisitely crafted, truly bespoke luxury travel experiences for you, our discerning clientele.

Blueberry Tours

Not all tours are created equal. Blueberry Walking Tours uses only certified guides. Our guides are actual Historians who provide a factual look at the story of Charleston.

Bulls Island Ferry

Explore the "Galapagos of the Eastern Seaboard" on this boat ecotour & island adventure! Dolphins, alligators, sea turtles, hiking, shelling. Don't miss this hidden gem.

Carolina Belle

Climb aboard the Carolina Belle to enjoy the beauty of the Charleston Harbor & learn the rich history of the Holy City. On this 90-minute tour, you will see over 75 landmarks!

Carolina Polo & Carriage Company

Owned & operated by native Charlestonians whose families arrived here in the 1600’s. Sights that will leave you breathless and tours that will leave you speechless.

Casual Crabbing with Tia

Rated one of the top Airbnb experiences IN THE WORLD. Try crabbing different ways with native Tia Clark, throw cast nets & fish while learning about our Lowcountry estuaries.

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

Charles Pinckney National Historic Site

A plantation relic once owned by a Founding Father is a National Park Service site with grounds, historic house, exhibits, film, museum shop, and programs. Free. Open Wed-Sun.

Charles Towne Landing State Historic Site

Begin your Charleston experience where English settlers established the first permanent European colony in Carolina. See a 17th-century tall ship replica, cannons and a zoo!

Charleston African American Tour

A Gullah Geechee Tour showcasing Charleston's rich Black History. Immerse yourself in the culture with a certified native born Gullah speaking historian. Bin yah not come yah.

Charleston Brews Cruise

Experience a taste of Charleston’s flourishing craft beer scene with a Professionally Guided tour of breweries. Hop on the rollicking Brews Cruiser and enjoy the ride!

Charleston Carriage Works

Get ready for an awesome experience! Licensed guides that entertain as well as they educate with beautiful horses and outstanding customer service. Dogs are welcome here!

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.

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.

Charleston Culinary Tours

Take your taste buds for a stroll to discover the food, history, & culture behind Charleston's storied cuisine. Innovative tours led by passionate locals for lasting memories.

Charleston Tea Party Private Tour

Historian takes guests by van to her friends’ private gardens; ends with High Tea served on Cantonware at Charlestonian's home overlooking the Ashley River. 843.708.2228

Charleston TourPass

One pass, one price, where admission is included for 30+ top attractions. Includes helpful mobile pass and guide. Choose either a 1, 2, 3, 4 or 5-day pass.

Charleston Tours and Events, LC

Outstanding Private driving tours of Charleston & plantations with Susan C. Lee; certified guide & driver of her spacious SUV. Tours from 1 hr to 5 days, 1-6 ppl. Great value!

Charleston Water Taxi

On your way to your destination, enjoy Charleston's beautiful harbor. From dolphin sightings to a WWII Aircraft Carrier. Rides leave hourly 9am-8pm

Charleston Yacht Tours

Sunset cruise, harbor tour, booze cruise – bring your family, work team or that special someone & let us introduce you to the sights & sounds of the harbor!

CharlestonTours.com

CharlestonTours.com is your one stop web portal for the best tours & events. Harbor tours, sailing excursions, plantation tours and Charleston's best value combination tours.

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.

Chicora Tours

Charleston’s most upscale plantation tour experience for the history connoisseur. Two beautiful plantation venues are offered. Private tours are available. Book Soon!

Children's Museum of the Lowcountry

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

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

Coastal Carolina Fair

Giant midway rides & kiddieland; grand outdoor dining variety; cultural, commercial, agricultural exhibits; & free parking around the fair, meeting, and reception facilities.

Colonial Dorchester State Historic Site

Settled in 1696 on a high bluff of the Ashley River. Visit the ruins of Fort Dorchester, old St. George’s Church, and interesting archaeological excavations & more!

Deep Water Vineyard

Deepwater Vineyard is Charleston’s only domestic vineyard and winery. Open every Tuesday through Saturday. Enjoy delicious wine tastings with a souvenir glass.

Don't Tread on Me: The Patriots Fight for Liberty in Charleston

From taverns to the Liberty Tree, explore Charleston during the American Revolution & how this “royal city” with its divided loyalties would shape the future of this country.

Edmund's Oast Brewing Co.

Edmund's Oast Brewing Co. is a 20,000 square foot brewery, restaurant, and taproom produces a variety of beers packaged in cans, bottles, and kegs for wide-reaching wholesale.

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

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.

Fort Moultrie

The National Park Service explains and preserves the evolution of seacoast defense from one of the first decisive victories in the American Revolution through World War II.

Fort Sumter Visitor Education Center at Liberty Square

This National Park Service site is the primary departure point for visitors to Fort Sumter. Exhibits provide an overview of events leading up to the Civil War. Free admission.

Francis Marion National Forest

250-thousand-acre forest located in the Coastal Plains north of Charleston. Offering wide variety of recreation activities including picnicking & camping sites, fishing ponds.

Frankly Charleston BHT

Come experience the African Americans contributions to Charleston. A top 6 standout Black History Tour in the US from California to Charleston by Conde Nast Traveler.

Friends of Charleston National Parks

As the official philanthropic partner, the Friends group works to provide support for the National Parks in Charleston through education, advocacy, and preservation.

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.

Grimké Sisters Tour

The Grimké Sisters turned their backs on Charleston to fight the injustices to women & those enslaved in the 19th century. Discover how these 2 women influenced these issues.

Gullah Geechee Tours

Native Gullah historian teaching Unspoken Black African American Slave History "da Root" of Charleston’s politics, religion & Slavery.

Gullah Tours

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

Gullah/Geechee Richness Visit

Explore Gullah/Geechee Richness by way of history, art, culture & tradition! Learn oral history of unsung heroes. Cum Jine We! Elder Carlie Towne 843.330.5480.

Hampton Park

A historic park with camellias and azaleas in bloom in spring, roses bloom in the summer; 1-mile nature trail.

Hampton Plantation State Historic Site

Visit one of the oldest, preserved plantations in South Carolina. Located between Charleston and Myrtle Beach. Tours daily.

Harbor Bar Pedal Tours

Ahoy there! We invite you aboard Charleston’s premier boat cruise! We supply beautiful water views, abundant wildlife, music, & a 90-minute boat cruise that you won't forget!

Heyward-Washington House

Charleston's Revolutionary War house was the townhome of Thomas Heyward, Jr., signer of the Declaration of Independence, and now features remarkable Charleston-made furniture.

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.

Historic Charleston Battery/Whitepoint Gardens

This peaceful park offers unprecedented views of Charleston Harbor and Fort Sumter. A look back across the street promises fantastic images of beautiful Charleston mansions.

Holy City History Tours

Our storytelling walking tours showcase Charlestonians who endured enormous hardships, overcame nearly impossible circumstances, and helped propel society into the future.

HS Shows

HS Shows presents Charleston’s only comedy hypnosis shows, “The Imagination Destination” and TVs favorites with “Game Show Mania Events”. Enjoy unique and memorable fun times.

In the Kitchen With Chef Bob Waggoner

Charleston's only hands - on cooking classes with a celebrity chef! Learn, dine & laugh while cooking with the best products Charleston has to offer (wines included)!

International African American Museum

The International African American Museum explores the history, culture, and impact of the African American journey on Charleston, South Carolina, the nation, and the world.

Joseph Manigault House

Built in 1803, the Joseph Manigault House is an exceptional example of Federal period architecture with a remarkable collection of early 19th century furnishings.

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.

Keelforce, LLC

Private sailing charter for up to 6 passengers aboard the 40' performance cruiser. View a unique perspective of the peninsula and the surrounding area with a beverage.

Lowcountry History Strolls

Walk back through time where history lives and every step tells a story. Take an insider’s tour of what makes Charleston unique! Call Karen 843-327-3319 to curate your visit.

Lowcountry Oyster Co.

Lowcountry Oyster Company is South Carolina's number one source for sustainable shellfish and the best shuckin' oysters on the Atlantic Coast!

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.

Magnolia Plantation & Gardens

Come see why Travel and Leisure called Magnolia “One of America’s Most Beautiful Gardens” and why we’re consistently ranked among the top attractions in Charleston!

Manta

Enjoy the Charleston harbor on the only luxury megayacht cruise in town! Available for private events or by the ticket for catered sunset cruises with 12 people or less.

Morris Brown AME Church

Morris Brown was a pastor who escaped hanging from the Denmark Vessey slave rebellion. Continues a tradition of community involvement & social action. Sunday 8am service

Morris Island Lighthouse

Located off of Folly Beach and an ecologically and historically sensitive barrier island. Recognized as a top 100 cultural site in SC by the Heritage Trust Program Board.

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

Mount Pleasant Memorial Waterfront Park

Located at the foot of the Ravenel Bridge & Mt. Pleasant Pier. Offering a visitor center/reception facility, Sweetgrass Cultural Arts Pavilion, war memorial & playground.

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

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.

North Charleston Riverfront Park

Overlooking the Cooper River, featuring performance pavilion, expansive lawn, picnic shelter, acres of walking paths, playground, fishing pier, dog park, and play fountain.

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.

Old Santee Canal Park

Old Santee Canal is a 195 acre park located on the first true canal in America.

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.

Palmetto Fossil Excursions

Fun for all ages! Come dig for treasures of South Carolina’s ancient past in the only Fossil Quarry on the Eastern Seaboard of the USA!! Megalodon teeth, Whale bones & more!

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.

Pineapple Tour Group

Expert Guides; Luxury Bus with AC: In Charleston, hospitality is our custom & history is our culture. Our tours create moments that become the memories that will last forever.

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.

Preservation Society - The Fall Tours

Enjoy the rare opportunity to visit private houses and historic neighborhoods throughout the city. Learn about and experience Charleston's architecture, history, and gardens.

Revelry Tours

Are you thirsty? Are you looking for the most unique, highest quality Cocktail Tours in Charleston? Join Revelry Tours Charleston to learn more about Prohibition & True Crime!

Revolutionary Charleston Ghost & History Tours

Come walk with us on our daily Historic Walking Tours to discover the iconic sights that make up our city. Or join us on a nightly Ghost Tour and hear about our sinister side.

Saint 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.

Saint Mark's Episcopal Church

Founded Easter Day, 1865 WEEKLY SERVICE: Sunday Holy Eucharist 10:00 a.m.

Saint Mary of the Annunciation Catholic Church

Oldest Catholic Parish in the southeastern United States. Established in 1789. Sunday Mass - 9am | Weekday Masses are 8am Mon-Th.

Saltwater Cycle Party Boats

Experience the most fun way to get out and enjoy the water’s of the Lowcountry on Charleston’s best Cycle boat and Tiki boat.

Sandlapper Water Tours

Come and explore Morris Island and go shelling with our naturalist. Learn while exploring Charleston’s Harbor marine life. 45 ft. Catamaran, USCG-certified for 49 people.

Sculpture in the South

Sculpture in the South promotes the appreciation of sculpture through education and the creation of an accessible public sculpture collection enhancing our community.

Shem Creek Park

In Mt. Pleasant on Shem Creek. A float dock is available for mooring day trippers or board a water taxi. Take a leisurely stroll & view shrimp Trawlers along the boardwalk.

Sites & Insights Tours

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.

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 from anywhere downtown.

Spirit of South Carolina

Spirit of South Carolina is a 140-foot, traditional sailing vessel called a schooner, a type of sailing vessel of archetypal American design dating to approximately the 1800s.

St. Andrew's Episcopal Church

Founded in 1835. After the War Between the States, it reopened in 1866 and was the only current open place of public. Services- Sun. 9am 10:45am Wed. 6:30pm.

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.

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.

St. Michael's 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.

St. Philip’s Church

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

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

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.

The Citadel Museum

Museum portrays the history of the school from 1842 to present with photographs, uniforms and archival documents. Dress Parade at 3:45pm every Friday during the academic year.

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.

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 memorabilia.

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

The Historic Dock Street Theatre

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

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.

The Old St. Andrews Parish Church

The oldest surviving church in the Carolinas, founded and built in 1706; a number of historic tombs are located in the church yard. Four services on Sundays.

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.

The Second Presbyterian Church

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

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.

Tour Charleston LLC

History, mystery and wonder. Local family operated history/ghost/private walking tours for 20 years. Headquarters located at Buxton Books on corner of Concord and Cumberland.

Town of Kiawah Island - Wildlife

From the wooded uplands to the beaches, animals thrive in the rich natural environment of Kiawah Island.

Town of Kiawah Island Self Guided Tours

Discover stories unique to Kiawah as you enjoy our self-guided Naturally Kiawah Pathways tours of the Island's scenic pathways. Download the free TravelStorys App.

Trident Tours

Experience a relaxing escape from the crowd and explore the coastal islands around Charleston County on a private boat charter.

Triple Combo Tour (Charleston Harbor Tours, Carriage & Boone Hall Plantation)

Charleston's most inclusive combination tour! Save time and money when booking the triple combo tour. 90 minute harbor tour, Carriage Tours and Boone Hall Plantation.

Walk and Talk Charleston

Meet the Lid Lady at the Hat Man for a walking tour! History and historic gossip unfolds as we dive into the stories of Charleston’s past and present in the historic district.

Walk It! Charleston

Steve Bailey & Kay Abrams, proud Charlestonian licensed guides give walking tours of America’s most historic city! From Ghosts to Groups contact us for a true "Locals" touch!

WalknTours The Self Guided Walking Tour App

$6.99/tour Explore Charleston at your own pace, anytime on our Historic French Quarter or Haunted History smartphone-guided (GPS/App) audio walking tours on the WalknTours app

Walks of Charleston

Owned by native Charlestonians. Our local guides are excited to share their knowledge with you for a memorable experience on every tour. Private & combo tours available.

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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