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
Ghosts of Charleston Night-Time Walking Tour with Unitarian Church Graveyard
This was a super, fun, easy way to see the history and popular areas of Charleston.
This was a super, fun, easy way to see the history and popular areas of Charleston. Our tour guide, Joe, was not only a knowledgeable guide but an incredible storyteller. He brought the ghostly stories to life with theatrics, sound effects, and silliness. The hour and a half went by quickly! I highly recommend it.
Daytime Horse-Drawn Carriage Sightseeing Tour of Historic Charleston
We were able to see the horses in the barn prior to the ride.
Jeremy was an excellent tour guide! He knew so much about the history of Charleston and he had a great sense of humor. We were able to see the horses in the barn prior to the ride. We took our 8 year-old grandson and he enjoyed it very much. It was comfortable and we were allowed to bring a snack and drink.
It was great to see the downtown area of Charleston and not have to drive or navigate, just sit back and enjoy.
We enjoying the tour. Our guide was extremely knowledgeable, friendly and fun. The historical sites and extra little details were appreciated. It was great to see the downtown area of Charleston and not have to drive or navigate, just sit back and enjoy.
Downtown Charleston Culinary Walking Food Tour of French Quarter & City Market
Not only did we get to visit 4 places for food, but our tour guide, John, also gave us so much information.
This was a great tour. Not only did we get to visit 4 places for food, but our tour guide, John, also gave us so much information. We stopped at other places and he knew so much about Charleston. We finished off with a nice sandwich in the park by the water.
We got to see several of the highlights of Charleston and hear a lot of history as well.
Our guide was entertaining and knowledge. We got to see several of the highlights of Charleston and hear a lot of history as well. Would definitely recommend this to someone new to Charleston, like we were. Definitely worth the effort, even on a bad knee.