Charleston
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Our most recommended Charleston Seasonal & Holiday Activities

  • Charleston Harbor: Luxury Dinner Cruise

    1. Charleston Harbor: Luxury Dinner Cruise

    Embark on a true Charleston Harbor dining experience aboard the Spirit of Carolina. Enjoy a three-course dinner, made to order from local seasonal ingredients. As you dine on a delicious multi-course plated dinner, cruise through the beautiful Charleston Harbor, past Fort Sumter, along the Battery and beneath the Ravenel Bridge. Take in the views from the large enclosed air-conditioned dining decks or the open-air observation deck. Enjoy music throughout the cruise, as well as a full-service bar.

    It was a great tour but I would pay extra for my own table. The shared tables were very small.

  • Charleston: Haunted Carriage Evening Tour

    2. Charleston: Haunted Carriage Evening Tour

    Listen to spine-tingling tales of prisoners, rogues, and pirates that make up the history of Charleston. Cover over 300 years of history from the comfort of your carriage. Mysterious alleys and cobblestones await as your expert guide leads you through Historic Charleston on a 40-minute Haunted Carriage Tour. Start the tour at Old South Carriage Company's stables where the tour explores the 15 block core that comprises Historic Charleston. Along the way you will see Old Exchange & Provost Dungeon, Circular Congregational Church and Graveyard, Charleston City Market, and St. Michael's Episcopal Church. All tour guides of this activity are members of the Palmetto Guild, which indicates that they have successfully passed a comprehensive examination of the history of Charleston.

    We loved every minute! Jessica & Mac were outstanding. We will definitely do this again.

  • Charleston: Supernatural 90-Minute Ghost Tour

    3. Charleston: Supernatural 90-Minute Ghost Tour

    "There is only one essential ingredient in a ghost story: death." So say Charlestonians Ed Macy and Geordie Buxton in their introduction to their book about the haunted streets of Charleston. By rambling through the oft-forgotten enclaves of the Holy City, the paranormal authors bring guests face to face with a group of orphans who haunt a dorm of a Charleston College, a Citadel cadet who haunts a local hotel, and an angelic spirit in a Freedman Methodist graveyard, to name just a few. We will hear tales of a bookstore phantom, notorious for rearranging books in perfect vertical stacks, and a gruesome 19th century amputation taking place in a medical student’s apartment. This tour is not for the faint-hearted! Based on historical events and specific details that are often lost in our general notion of ghosts, each haunting encounter will send chills down your spine.

    Very informative. Guide was very knowledgeable about local history. Tour was educational about historical hauntings.

  • Charleston: Haunted Bar Crawl with Tarot Reading

    4. Charleston: Haunted Bar Crawl with Tarot Reading

    Get an insider's view of Charleston's paranormal history on a walking tour with an expert local guide.

    Begin your urban walking adventure by meeting your guide on the steps of the US Customs House. Make your way to one of Charleston's most notorious bars and listen to ghost stories and tales of Charleston’s darker side while enjoying your favorite beverage.

    From the bar, walk towards a graveyard where you will learn how to spot a ghost and the spirits of those who still roam the streets.

    Turn the corner and walk towards a very different, but equally spooky bar. Finish the evening with more history and ghost stories and a tarot reading.

    What an experience! Larry is energetic, passionate, and excited about Charleston. He is knowledgable about the past snd circumstances of the stories he tells. He is interested in the lives of the group and uses the tatot reading as a way to link the group and plays games with the cards to provide humor and light. Met amazing people, laughed a lot and learned some interesting facts about Charleston! Highly recommend!

  • Charleston: Haunted History Walking Ghost Tour

    5. Charleston: Haunted History Walking Ghost Tour

    Explore the most haunted places in Charleston on this guided walking tour. The tour offers a raw look at the festering underworld of the jewel of South Carolina. You will experience Charleston’s truly horrifying history; like the waters of the Cooper River, history runs deep and dark around here. From pirates, native Americans, and a host of invading nations, this old shipping town is full of conflict, disease, and the finest hauntings west of the Mississippi.  This unique collection of captivating and unnerving historical stories reveals what makes Charleston one of the most compelling haunted locations on the East coast.

    We enjoyed the stories told and the bits of history and information about each stop. We were in town just 2 nights for this first visit and we appreciated being able to book same day and on a Th. When we saw we were only 2 on the tour, it was a nice touch that it was not canceled or asked to join other tours getting started.

  • Charleston: Tour Pass with 40+ Attractions

    6. Charleston: Tour Pass with 40+ Attractions

    Save 40% or more off of Charleston's top tours and attractions, pay zero to enter, simply show your Mobile Pass! Choose a 1, 2 or 3-day pass. Includes admission to Fort Sumter, Ghost Tours, Plantations, Museums, Carriage and Bus Tours, Historic House Museums, Cultural sites and many more. After purchase we'll send you a text and email to start using the pass on your smartphone where you can choose from a selection of hand-selected tours, attractions, and historic sites. The Mobile Pass provides instant access to over 40 of the city's top tours, attractions and historic sites where admission is included. Reserve tours in advance before arriving. Multi-day passes can be used on non-consecutive days.Choose from: 1-Day pass: Choose 2 featured tours + visit unlimited "Walk-in or Standard" attractions for 1 day. 2-Day Pass: Choose 3 "Featured Tours" + visit unlimited "Walk-in or Standard" at...

    Walking was extremely difficult on the rough sidewalks. Airport was grat. Uber was great. Hotel was OK. people were very friendly. History was everywhere, which is why we made the trip. Friends and family were all well. Made for a grat Vacation. Citadel was very impressive.

  • Charleston: Downtown Evening Carriage Tour

    7. Charleston: Downtown Evening Carriage Tour

    Palmetto Carriage Works, family owned and operated, has been leading tours since 1972.   They are the oldest and largest carriage company in town and boast the most experienced guides.  Their 35-minute evening tour is great way to get in a quick overview of Charleston's world famous history and charm.  Sights include the Charleston City Market, The Old Walled City, Waterfront Park and The Forner Corners of Law. Tours start and end in The Big Red Barn at 8 Guignard street where all are invited to visit with the animals and learn about their world class animal welfare program.   Carriages are easy loading and handicap accessible.  

    Excellent way to get acquainted with Charleston. I suggest doing this very early in your visit. This tour introduces you to the city and will help you decide what to do during your visit. Our guide (Scott) was very knowledgeable and passionate about the city of Charleston. This is a “must do” for every trip to Charleston!

  • From Myrtle Beach: Charleston Historic Tour

    8. From Myrtle Beach: Charleston Historic Tour

    Leave from Myrtle Beach in an air-conditioned motorcoach. Once in Charleston, your all-day itinerary includes Palmetto Carriage Works Tour, Hop on a mule driven carriage for a historic old city tour. Learn about Charleston’s rich history from your knowledgable guide. Relish the sight of magnificent homes and gardens. See the historical sites of the old city on a mule-driven carriage ride. Visit the Charleston harbor. Board the Carolina Belle for a 90-minute tour of the harbor, narrated by your captain. See 75 points of interest including the USS Yorktown and the Battery while enjoying in a delicious deli-style boxed lunch. Explore the Boone Hall Plantation, a 738-acre plantation. See the historic brick slave cabins, a smokehouse, and a cotton gin. Receive a guided tour from a costumed hostess and learn about Southern elegance, strife, and charm. Time permitting, you'll be able to brows...

    Just wish there was a lil more time at the shops and plantation other then that it was great and loved it

  • Charleston: Holiday Decorations and History Walking Tour

    9. Charleston: Holiday Decorations and History Walking Tour

    Ring in the holiday season with a unique and festive guided walking tour around Charleston’s historical city center. View marvelous seasonal decorations as you learn about the city’s fascinating history. Walk past landmarks like the Four Corners of Law and The Battery and stroll through prominent neighborhoods dressed in their holiday best.  Get historic highlights and facts from your expert guide. Hear about old Charlestowne from 1670 through the Civil War to the present.  Enjoy magnificent views of Charleston Harbor as you visit the Edmondston-Alston House museum. Admire the mansion’s Christmas splendor and see a glimpse of 19th century Charleston.

  • Charleston: Magnolia Cemetery Nighttime Tour

    10. Charleston: Magnolia Cemetery Nighttime Tour

    With an expert guide, enjoy a 90-minute walking tour to uncover the best of Magnolia Cemetery’s history, mystery, and spirits. Hear startling stories such as the unsolved murdered socialite, an outraged politician that ordered his butler’s execution, and scandalous tragedies that are never told in history books. Originally a 1790’s rice plantation, Magnolia Cemetery was founded in 1849 on the banks of the Cooper River in Downtown Charleston. Home to 35,000 permanent residents, including authors and poets, artists, Confederate generals and soldiers, prominent politicians, bootleggers, prostitutes, and socialites. Magnolia Cemetery served as a Confederate encampment to defend the city from the Union bombardment during the Civil War. Over 2,000 Confederate soldiers lay at rest in Magnolia, including the eight-man Hunley crew, eighty-four soldiers who fought in the battle at Gettysburg, and...

    My husband and I went on the 9:30 tour. It was alot of fun and kind of spooky.Thr guide was knowledgeable and entertaining..I would recommend

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What people are saying about Charleston

Drudge is an absolutely beautiful horse and Tyler an excellent guide. We thoroughly enjoyed our private carriage ride through Historic Charleston!!

My husband and I went on the 9:30 tour. It was alot of fun and kind of spooky.Thr guide was knowledgeable and entertaining..I would recommend

Wonderfully creepy history cemetery tour. Ben was nice, honest and very knowledgeable with a sense of humor..

We loved the night time tour! Our guide was an excellent guide!

We had a great time! Food, service and cruise was excellent.