Top Things To Do - Charleston South Carolina

Top 10 Things To Do in Charleston

March 29, 2021 

Cobblestone streets, antebellum mansions, and historic architecture give Charleston, South Carolina the charm it’s known and loved for. If you’re looking for the best tours & activities in Charleston, make sure you check out these top things to do. From paddling through the harbor to sampling the best food downtown to riding through the city in a horse drawn carriage, you are sure to have an amazing time exploring the best of Charleston.

 Two Bars One Graveyard Ghost Tour
#1 – Ghost Stories of Charleston

Dive deep into the paranormal activity in Charleston as you walk through the city. You’ll visit the spookiest locations in Charleston and hear all about the spirits that still roam the streets. Your tour stops at 2 bars where you can grab a drink to relax your nerves before visiting… the dark graveyard.

Small Group Tour | Ages 21+

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Vis a Vis Carriage Ride
#2 – Take a Carriage Ride to the Top Sights

Touring through Charleston in style is best on a private horse-drawn carriage. You’ll experience the beauty and charm of the city as you visit beautiful gardens, mansions, and historic churches on this hour long tour. Sit back and relax as you trot through the gorgeous streets and see Charleston’s most famous local landmarks.

Private Tour | Famous Landmarks

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Charleston Downtown Culinary Tour
#3 – Sample the Best Food in Downtown Charleston

Explore the oldest and most historic streets in the city, while stopping at the best local restaurants on this amazing food tour. You’ll sample classic Charleston dishes at each of the four restaurants you visit. As you stroll along the cobblestone streets, you’ll learn about the history and culture of Charleston and even visit the oldest public building in the city.

Food & Drink Included | Admission to Charleston Powder Magazine

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Charleston Harbor Tour
#4 – Captain Your Own Boat

Take the wheel and become the captain of your own boat! You’ll cruise through Charleston Harbor on this fully narrated tour. From the water, you’ll have incredible views of the best Charleston sights. Be sure to keep an eye out for local wildlife as you speed through the harbor.

Guided Tour | Drive Your Own Boat

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Charleston's Alleys & Hidden Passages
#5 – Discover Charleston’s Hidden Alleys and Passageways

Looking to discover hidden gems in Charleston? Come join this Walking Tour where you’ll visit hidden passageways and alleys that are often overlooked. You’ll stroll along quaint cobblestone pathways that can’t be accessed by cars and experience the charm of this city in a whole new way.

Local Guide | Small Group Tour

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Historic Trail Ride
#6 – Horseback Ride at Middleton Place

Climb aboard your horse and head out to discover Middleton place in a unique way. You’ll explore the hidden trails and learn about the history of Middleton Place. A scenic Horseback Ride is the perfect way to get outside and explore the Charleston area in a whole new way.

Ages 8+ | No Experience Necessary 

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Harbor Paddle Tour
#7 -Kayak or Paddleboard through the Harbor

For a choose your own paddle adventure, check out this Charleston Paddling Harbor Tour. You’ll choose from a kayak or stand up paddleboard, then choose what type of tour you’d like, for the ultimate Charleston harbor tour. As you paddle through the waters, you’ll learn about the city’s history, and take in the incredible views of Charleston from the water.  

Family-friendly | Kayak or Paddleboard

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Charleston Pirate Tour
#8 – Take a Charleston Pirate Tour

Ahoy, Matey! Looking for a fun way to explore Charleston that the whole family will love? Make sure you check out the Pirate Tour of Charleston. You’ll follow your fully costumed guide and their trusty parrot companion through the city and learn all about pirate culture and Charleston history. You just might want to become a pirate after this tour!

Costumed Guide | Parrot Companion

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Iconic Charleston Scenes Tour
#9 – Photograph Charleston’s Iconic Scenes

Are you looking to put your photography skills to the test? Head out on a Photography Tour around Charleston, visiting the most picturesque spots. You’ll learn all the best tips so you can take incredible photographs. By the end, you’ll have amazing photos to remember your trip by.

Private & Semi-Private Tours | Nonshooting Guest Included

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Sunset Harbor Cruise
#10 – Enjoy a Sunset Harbor Cruise

For the best views of the sunset, cruise through the Charleston Harbor on a private yacht. You’ll sit back and relax as you take in the amazing displays of color, as the sun sets on the water. From the harbor, you’ll also have incredible views of the Charleston landmarks. There’s no better way to end your day than a relaxing  Charleston Sunset Cruise.

If you’re looking for a daytime sail, you can also check out their Two Hour and Three Hour private cruise options.

Private Charter | BYOB

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