Add dates

Charleston Meet the locals

Our most recommended Charleston Meet the locals

Charleston: Small Group Food Tour – Savor the Flavors

1. Charleston: Small Group Food Tour – Savor the Flavors

Taste your way through Charleston on a comprehensive food tour. Visit a variety of local eateries, culinary landmarks, restaurants, and bakeries, each with its own story. Experience more than 300 years of history while sampling delicious specialties. Gain a unique perspective on the area and food culture from your guides, each with their own culinary credentials. Enjoy small samples at each location that will equal a large meal. Typical tastings include: Stone ground grits •Charleston benne wafers •Locally-made gourmet chocolates •Southern pralines •Sweet tea •Collard greens •Lowcountry barbeque

Charleston: Walking History and Bar Tour

2. Charleston: Walking History and Bar Tour

Sip your way through 300 years of local history on this guided tour of Downtown Charleston. Meet your guide at the first bar, where you will sample an appetizer and get the chance to purchase some of the area's finest local beers. As you savor your drink, listen to your guide's commentary of the historical roots of the city. From there, stroll through the charming alleyways and cobblestone streets of Charleston to several cultural sights including a dungeon, original city theater, and 300-year-old homes. Stop at a second bar and hear stories of the Prohibition era and its effects on the city's residents. Finish your tour at a local park near the waterfront for one last story.

Charleston: 3-Hour Secret Food Tour

3. Charleston: 3-Hour Secret Food Tour

On this secret food tour, you'll get to sample grits, fried oysters, fried green tomatoes and so much more. Charlestonians are extremely passionate about their local food, city, and its history. You'll get to learn all about the best southern foods and the unique culture behind them. By booking this tour, you'll get to try delicious food all around the beautiful historic district of Charleston. Plus, you'll also be able to discover the best shops and restaurants, and learn many other great local tips to make your experience truly memorable.

Wadmalaw Island Adventure Tour: Wine, Tea and a Tree

4. Wadmalaw Island Adventure Tour: Wine, Tea and a Tree

Set off from Charleston and see some of the highlights of Wadmalaw Island and the low country. Admire the 500-year-old angel oak tree, enjoy some tea at the Charleston Tea Garden, and savor wine at a local vineyard. First, visit Angel Tree Park and see the famous angel oak tree, thought to be one of the oldest organisms east of the Mississippi. At 65 feet high and with a circumference of 25.5 feet, this beautiful 500-year-old tree is an awe-inspiring sight. Stop by the Charleston Tea Garden, with hundreds of thousands of tea bushes stretching as far as the eye can see. Take the trolley ride, which makes a stop at a state-of-the-art greenhouse. Enjoy complimentary tea samples as you stroll the beautiful grounds and learn all about how tea is made. Finally, visit Deep Water Vineyard. They grow and harvest their grapes, as well as bottle their wines directly on site. Explore the vineyard which also includes walking trails, many different animals, a garden, a large pond, and a gift shop. Return to the pickup point at the end of the tour.

Charleston: Boo-Hag and Brews Haunted Bar Hop

5. Charleston: Boo-Hag and Brews Haunted Bar Hop

Take part in a walking brew tour with a side of ghosts and enjoy an opportunity to engage back and forth with a local Charlestonian. As a combined bar and ghost tour, you'll visit 2 different bars where your guide will provide drink recommendations. A complimentary appetizer will also be served at the starting location Walk through historic downtown Charlestonian and hear ghost stories near local graveyards and homes, some of which are over 200 years old. The tour will wind down at a hauntingly beautiful local park where one of the first female serial killers was hung.

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: The Edmonston-Alston House Walking Tour

7. 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: History Walking Tour with a Guide

8. Charleston: History Walking Tour with a Guide

Explore the 300 years old history of Charleston on a private walking tour with a guide. Stroll through the streets and see the Waterfront Park, Charleston battery, the harbor, and other famous sights. You will start the tour at the Waterfront Park and head towards the south to the famous Charleston battery. Soak in the vibrant atmosphere while listening to the history of the city from your historian guide. During the tour, feel free to ask any questions to your guide about the city. You will know the tales and anecdotes about the city while passing by the most iconic sights like the defensive wall of Charleston and the Pineapple Fountain. Finally, you can stop at the colorful shops to buy a souvenir before the end of the tour. 

Charleston: Uptown Morning Walking Tour

9. 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.

Frequently asked questions about Charleston

Other Sightseeing Options in Charleston

Want to discover all there is to do in Charleston? Click here for a full list.

What people are saying about Charleston

Overall rating

4.8 / 5

based on 55 reviews

Faith was our guide and she did a fantastic job. We were a wide age group and she kept all entertained. She had great stories and history about Charleston and the restaurants we went to. The food was great. They were very considerate of dietary needs and likes and dislikes. My granddaughter who is 11 had a great time.

Wonderful history tour while eating small bites at perfectly picked locations. Our guide Jessie explained the connection of the food choices to life in Charleston. I’d recommend this trip to anyone looking for a fun filled and very filling activity .

Jess was nothing short of amazing with her food choices and her vast knowledge of Charleston! Even a tropical storm didn’t spoil this experience. I would highly recommend this tour.

Captain Bryan coordinated an unforgettable night - thoughtful, entertaining, engaging, playful and informative. Thank y’all for sharing your city with us!

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