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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
2-Hour Historic Charleston Guided Sightseeing Walking Tour
A wonderful way to see the city and learn about its history!
A wonderful way to see the city and learn about its history! Amy was a GREAT guide! So energetic and knowledgeable. I loved all her maps-they really helped explain the birth and growth of Charleston. Highly recommend this tour as a starting point to a visit to Charleston!
Charleston’s Old South Carriage Historic Horse & Carriage Tour
Go prepared with gloves/coat/ear muffs & blanket for cold winds along the waterfront during winter days.
Excellent! Loved hearing about the history of Charleston. Comfortable seats. Wonderful scenery. "Brian" provided a smooth ride & had a personality to match his size. Go prepared with gloves/coat/ear muffs & blanket for cold winds along the waterfront during winter days.
This tour gives you a good idea of what you would like to see and do in Charleston on your own.
Benji was our tour guide. He is excellent and funny. He drove by all of the major sights. We stopped only once to get out and take pictures. That was at the Battery. This tour gives you a good idea of what you would like to see and do in Charleston on your own.
Haunted Evening Horse and Carriage Tour of Charleston
This is the perfect way to see the city, and learn about some of the more interesting history.
Our guide was outstanding. Knowledgeable, outstanding delivery, friendly. This is the perfect way to see the city, and learn about some of the more interesting history. We were really impressed with our guides breadth of knowledge on Charleston
Charleston Water Taxi Cruise with Dolphin Sighting
We also got to see dolphins, our driver was super nice and even stop a few minutes for us to take pictures.
Water taxi is the best way to go for a quick tour in the water, we started our trip on mount pleasant and ended in downtown Charleston. It was awesome and affordable. We also got to see dolphins, our driver was super nice and even stop a few minutes for us to take pictures.
Historic Charleston Walking Tour: Rainbow Row, Churches, and More
We were able to see parts of the city we wouldn’t have been able to on our own.
This tour was worth every penny. Our tour guide, Sarah, was extremely knowledgeable about everything Charleston! We were able to see parts of the city we wouldn’t have been able to on our own. Sarah was so friendly she made the tour fun and informative! Highly recommend 10/10!