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
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
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
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
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
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
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
This historical church is home to the oldest religious congregation in South Carolina. The first St. Philips Church was a small wooden structure built in 1681, where St. Michael's Episcopal Church stands today. The church withstood hurricane damage in 1710, was reconstructed, burned to the ground in 1835, and finally rebuilt to the present day church in 1836. Before it burned completely, it was saved from one fire by a slave who was granted his freedom for the act. Notable South Carolinians such as John C. Calhoun are buried in the old cemetery on the grounds.Architect Joseph Hyde incorporated some design elements from the previous structures as well as adding in new features to the stuccoed brick exterior, such as the three Tuscan porticoes and Corinthian columns. The church’s impressive steeple that towers over Church Street was added over a decade later. Today it is recognized as a National Historic Landmark.More
The 65-acre (26-hectare) Middleton Place is a former rice plantation along the Ashley River. Visitors to this National Historic Landmark home—built in 1755 by the father of Arthur Middleton, who signed the Declaration of Independence—can explore the Middleton Place house, landscaped gardens, and the stable yards, where staff dressed in period clothing demonstrate weaving, blacksmithing, carpentry, and more.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
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
2-Hour Historic Charleston Guided Sightseeing Walking Tour
We got to see more of Charleston than I ever expected.
I loved hearing the back story on the architecture and city’s efforts to keep Charleston authentic. Our guide, Dennis, was very knowledgeable and funny. We got to see more of Charleston than I ever expected.
Charleston's Alleys & Hidden Passages Guided Small-Group Walking Tour
You get to see things off the beaten path while learning some cool facts and history at the same time.
You get to see things off the beaten path while learning some cool facts and history at the same time. Steve was a walking encyclopedia and did a great job, and I think everyone in Charleston knew who he was. Very enjoyable tour.
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!
Would tour this again, and recommend it to visitors.
Alan was an excellent Charleston Docent. Our family was engaged and interested in all of his tidbits about the city’s history architecture and culture. Was easy to follow and he kept his cool back n a couple transept traffic situations, not of his making! Would tour this again, and recommend it to visitors.
Who better to tell you what to do and what to see.
Very quick to load and great history. Our tour guide told us the backstory to Charleston and made sure we knew the history. After all he was a history teacher!! Who better to tell you what to do and what to see.
Fun to see the beautiful town of Charleston from the water.
Perfect morning celebrating our anniversary on your beautiful boat.! Fun to see the beautiful town of Charleston from the water. Champagne and sunshine and great crew… what a great way to start the day. Thanks Glen and Fransi!!