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Charleston: City Tour and Museum Combo

1. Charleston: City Tour and Museum Combo

Feel the past come alive on this combination tour in Charleston. Ride in comfort on a climate-controlled coach and discover Charleston's 300 years of living history with passionate licensed tour guides. Follow your bus tour with a visit to the Charleston Museum, one of the oldest museums in the United States. On your bus tour, experience the Old Market area and admire the historic homes and churches where generations of Charlestonians worked, lived, and worshipped. See and hear about Fort Sumter, the Harbor of History, and the Aircraft Carrier Yorktown at Patriots Point. Make sure to take your camera as you will have the opportunity to stop at the famous Battery Seawall and enjoy the spectacular views. Keep your camera handy when you pass by the colorful houses on Rainbow Row, too. Finally, dive into the history of the Holy City at the Charleston Museum, which was opened to the public nearly 200 years ago. Explore the exhibitions that cover the American Civil War, the natural history in the area, and much, much more.

From Myrtle Beach: Charleston Historic Tour

2. 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 browse the open-air Market as you make your way back to the bus. See where the original settlers purchased their daily needs. Take home a souvenir ranging from hand-woven baskets to one-of-a-kind artwork before heading back to Myrtle Beach.

Charleston: African-American History & Simmons House Tour

3. Charleston: African-American History & Simmons House Tour

Start the tour at the Philip Simmons House where one of the greatest African-American artists of the 20th century created a lifetime of beauty. Led by museum docents, learn more about the humble life of a great Charleston artisan. After the museum visit, walk down America Street, the heart of Charleston’s African-American community. Along the way, learn about and witness the trials and tribulations of the past and present. Briefly stop at the edge of the African-American community where you'll see a powerful visualization of class division. Finally, walk to Mother Emanuel African Methodist Episcopal Church, the oldest AME church in the southern United States. Learn about how free African Americans came together to form flourishing communities and houses of worship.

Charleston: Roaring '20s Walking Tour with Cocktails

4. Charleston: Roaring '20s Walking Tour with Cocktails

Explore one of the finest parts of downtown Charleston with this guided walking tour revolving around the prohibition era. Visit some of the most renowned establishments from the Roaring '20s. Learn about one of the most intense periods in Charleston, when gangsters, speakeasies and signature cocktails ruled the night. This tour takes you to 4 of the most popular venues back in the day. Pay the High Cotton, The Veranda Lounge at Loutrel, among others during this 2-hour tour. Sip on the house specialties and get into the mood from the 1920s as your experienced guide fills you on all you need to know from then.

Charleston: The Edmonston-Alston House Walking Tour

5. Charleston: The Edmonston-Alston House Walking Tour

Charleston's history and unique way of life can be greatly attributed to its location on a small peninsula bounded by two rivers. The southern tip of this peninsula, known as the Battery, has become one of the city's most treasured sites and no visit to Charleston would be complete without touring this historic district. Starting and ending at the Edmondston-Alston House, take an hour-long guided walking tour South of Broad Street, learning not only about the area's rich history, but further about the extended Alston family during the years before the Civil War. Your experience will conclude with a 30-minute tour of the Edmondston-Alston House, which is constructed in lush Greek Revival style, evocative of a classic antebellum architectural trend. Constructed in 1825, the house commands a magnificent view of Charleston Harbor and 90% of the home's furnishings were originally owned by the family.

Charleston: Shem Creek Culture Tour

6. Charleston: Shem Creek Culture Tour

Experience the only publicly available historic walking tour in Mt. Pleasant - an area that dates back just as long as the peninsular of Charleston but that most people never have the opportunity to learn about. Start the tour by meeting your local guide with the City of Charleston. After a brief introduction, take a short walk to the oldest house in Mt. Pleasant to talk about the area's first settlers and a famous revolutionary war battle.  From there, head over to Shem Creek proper to take an insider look at the shrimping industry, a staple of the area for many generations with several seafood markets with a variety of species. Watch as the tour guide shows how to throw a cast net or bring up a crab trap for an up-close view of some blue crab. At the end of the tour, leave with a well-defined sense of the wonderful culture this creek has hosted since the first colonists and well before that.

Charleston: Uptown Morning Walking Tour

7. Charleston: Uptown Morning Walking Tour

Explore some of Charleston’s most charming neighborhoods with the only historic walking tour that starts from the Charleston Museum. Your expert tour guide will take you through more than 300 years of history in just 2-hours. Enjoy the beautiful dwellings, hidden gardens, and holy places as your certified guide shares stories and traditions of a city. Stroll through the beautiful Mazyckborough, Wraggborough, and Ansonborough neighborhoods and see beautiful and moving uptown sites. This 2-hour tour offers a great introduction to Charleston.

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What people are saying about Charleston

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based on 3 reviews

Had a great time. Enjoyed seeing Charleston in one day. Wish we had more time to see everything. Driver was great!

The guide was knowledgeable, personable and enthusiastic. The tour gave us a good insight into old Charleston.

Larry was an amazing tour guide who spoke with such knowledge and passion. I highly recommend this activity!

What a fun tour! We had a blast. Our guide Captain Bryan was wonderful! Super knowledgeable.

Excellent way to see the city and learn additional history.