Tours & Attractions

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.

Janice Kahn - Your Guide

Your interests & needs are joined to my experience, charm & wit to learn, not just see. Southern Living, CNN & more. Welcome! 843-556-0664

A School Group Tour by Janice

Educational & fun tours designed for your students interests: U.S., SC African-American, Civil, Revolutionary wars, architecture, pirates and more. 843.556.0664 for planning.

Janice's Group Tours

Recognized for personal attention, experience & knowledge for decades. Step on guide, walking tours, intro speaker, corporate & school groups. CNN/Southern Living 843-556-0664

An Original Pub and Brewery Tours of Charleston

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.

An Original Pub Tour of Charleston – Lesesne Tour Co.

Walking historical tour, 2.5 hours with a registered guide, visit pubs & bars & purchase beverages of choice, appetizers included, experience Charleston history, res. required

Charleston Culinary Tours

Learn about food both past and present on Charleston's #1 rated food tour. 6 tours offered: Downtown, Upper King, The Oyster Tour, Farm to Table, Mixology and Chefs' Kitchen.

Chai Y'all Tours

Jewish Charleston from 1695 with a classical city tour. Founder of SC Jewish Historic Society, Southern Living’s “Top 5 City Tours”-A “me-chai-yeh”. 843-556-0664

Above Calhoun Tours

History walking tour in Upper King area. Starts at Kudu Coffee, 4 Vanderhorst. Charleston Museum entry included. Black leaders, educators, churches, slavery, & civil rights.

Adventure Harbor Tours

Barrier island ecology expeditions with hunting shells and sharks teeth, daily Eco/Science trips, pirate & history tours, nightly BYOB sunset cruises & private charters to 80.


Bike across the sky w/ our short guided ride to top of Ravenel Bridge. Saturday and Sunday mornings. Book online at

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.

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.

Avery Research Center for African-American History and Culture

Reading room, archives & walk-in tours. 1990 Carolopolis Award. Beautifully restored facility, site of former Avery School built in 1865. Tour includes exhibits & archives.

Calhoun Mansion

Charleston’s largest private home & house museum, with exquisite gardens and a vast collection of fine and decorative arts. An unequaled, Tiffany decorated, Gilded Age gem.

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!!

Carolina Polo & Carriage Company

Owned & operated by native Charlestonians whose families arrived here in the 1600’s. Location: Carolina Polo & Carriage Co. desk inside the Double Tree Hotel at 181 Church St.

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

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.

Charleston Bicycle Tours

See Charleston by bicycle on roads less traveled - plantations and islands. Three to six day tours, small fun groups, upscale accommodations, memorable meals, van support.

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 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.

Charleston History...Picture Perfect

Customized walking or driving city and plantation tours. History, culture, architecture, gardens. Private car, group strolls. Humor, charm & expertise.

Charleston Native Tours

Charleston Native, Lisa Marie Towne, will ride you through parks, shopping districts, museums, urban development, architectural styles & its buildings that surround the city.

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 Sailing Charters "Fate Sailing Yacht"

Charleston's premiere 50ft private sailing yacht, "Fate". Relax and sail in serene luxury while your captain and crew treat you like royalty around the Charleston harbor.

Charleston Tea Party Private Tour

Charlestonian guide takes visitors by van to her friends’ private historic homes & gardens, and ends with tea at her house served on Cantonware overlooking the Ashley River.

Charleston Tea Party Walking Tour

The 9:30 morning tour of the heart of the historic residential district includes private gardens, hidden nooks and crannies, and ends with tea overlooking the Ashley River.

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.

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.

Chow Down Charleston Food Tours, LLC

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

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

Civil War Tour with Classic Carriage Works

Learn about the Civil War in the city where it began! From Secession to Reconstruction, this tour will focus on Charleston’s role in America’s greatest conflict.

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.

Cooper River Brewing Company

Charleston's newest local brewery and taproom downtown at 2201 Mechanic Street. Brewer Mark Fesche follows time-honored process, come tour and see the process live!

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 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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

Laughing Gull Tours, LLC

History walking tours with flair, covering many subjects - Revolution, Civil War, architecture, arts or any topic you may choose. Truth and insight, with a twist of fun!

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.

Mira Winery Tasting Room

A unique opportunity to experience the best of Napa Valley wines in downtown Charleston. Perfect for pre-dinner drinks, date nights and any & all occasions. Walk-ins welcome.

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

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

Mrs. Whaley's Garden

Tour at your leisure or make an appointment with head gardener, Paul Saylors, the Gentleman Gardener. New York Times bestselling memoir, Mrs. Whaley and Her Charleston Garden.

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.

Nauti Thoughts Charters

Nauti Thoughts Charters is available for sunset cruises, dolphin tours, bachelorette parties, corporate events, and so much more! Custom outings are also available.

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.

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 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 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.

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.

Paul Saylors, Gentleman Gardener

Exclusive tour begins in Mrs. Whaley’s Garden with gardener/preservationist, Paul Saylors. Tailored to guests’ interests: architecture, art, horticulture and preservation.

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.

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

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

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.

Slavery to Freedom Tour with Classic Carriage Works

The city’s most unique carriage tour. Explore the impact of West African culture on the Lowcountry, from the days of slavery to the Civil Rights Movement.

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.

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.

Speedboat Adventures Charleston

Experience the adventure of a lifetime on our guided and narrated speedboat tour. Captain and navigate your own boat through the stunning and historic Charleston Harbor.

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. 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.

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

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 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.

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

Sweetgrass Tours & Charters LLC

Tour guide, Kevin Kane, will help you discover why Charleston has been ranked the #1 place in the US to visit. Call 843-901-2828 to schedule tours today!

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 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.

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 and Moja Arts Festival. Charleston Stage the theatre company in residence presents 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 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.

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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