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Charleston Solo travelers' tours

Our most recommended Charleston Solo travelers' tours

Charleston: 1-Hour Carriage Tour of the Historic District

1. Charleston: 1-Hour Carriage Tour of the Historic District

Explore Charleston's historic district on a horse or mule-drawn carriage tour. Listen to your guide tell you local stories and anecdotes as you go past iconic landmarks, buildings, churches, and more. Begin your tour at the Big Red Barn in downtown Charleston and meet your local driver/guide. Then, settle into a carriage drawn by either horses or mules for your guided tour. Follow a route that takes in some of the historic downtown district’s most elegant mansions and gardens, learning about the architecture of each place as you drive along. Catch the scent of jasmine flowers from deep, shady porches, and pass by rows of bristling palmetto trees. Get an overview of Charleston’s dramatic history, from long-ago pirate raids to plantations, Revolutionary battles, the Civil War, and Reconstruction. The city was founded in 1670, and Charleston's historic buildings have been meticulously preserved and restored. Conclude your tour with drop-off at the Big Red Barn.

Charleston: 90-Minute Ghost and Dungeon Walking Tour

2. Charleston: 90-Minute Ghost and Dungeon Walking Tour

Test your nerve and explore the dark edges of Charleston's haunted historic district, deeply steeped in South Carolina's low country superstition on a guided walking tour. Venture through Charleston's haunted historic district, one of the oldest places in America, and learn about its terrifying history. Continue along the eerie back alleys and churches to find out why Charleston is known as "The Holy City." Visit the Old Exchange and Provost Dungeon to learn about its harrowing past, confining enslaved people, American revolutionaries, and British soldiers.

Charleston: 90-Minute Ghost & Graveyard Walking Tour

3. Charleston: 90-Minute Ghost & Graveyard Walking Tour

Take an up close and personal look at the spooky history of Charleston, known as the Holy City. On this 1.5-hour walking tour, allow your guide to take you where others don't dare to tred. With this exclusive opportunity, you will walk inside the gates of one of Charleston's oldest graveyards after dark. Explore its corners, check out the headstones, and take a moment to step across the graves, if you dare. Listen as your experienced guide gives you a full history of Charleston’s graveyards, focusing on the stories of the famous individuals who found their final resting place in the Holy City.

Charleston: Downtown Evening Carriage Tour

4. Charleston: Downtown Evening Carriage Tour

Palmetto Carriage Works, family owned and operated, has been leading tours since 1972.   They are the oldest and largest carriage company in town and boast the most experienced guides.  Their 35-minute evening tour is great way to get in a quick overview of Charleston's world famous history and charm.  Sights include the Charleston City Market, The Old Walled City, Waterfront Park and The Forner Corners of Law. Tours start and end in The Big Red Barn at 8 Guignard street where all are invited to visit with the animals and learn about their world class animal welfare program.   Carriages are easy loading and handicap accessible.  

Charleston: Dark Side of Charleston 1.5-Hour Walking Tour

5. Charleston: Dark Side of Charleston 1.5-Hour Walking Tour

Explore the dark side of Charleston, South Carolina, on a 1.5-hour walking tour through the streets of the Holy City. You will see the city in a different light, as you learn the truth hiding just beneath the surface, and new meaning is attached to places of historical significance. Charleston has long been a place where high society life is shadowed by scandals, temptations, and unruly behavior. Listen as your guide shares the side of the city that is not talked about often. Learn its complicated history of brothels, prostitutes, corruption, crime, scandal, and sordid affairs. You will emerge at the end of your tour with a deeper understanding of the two complex and conflicting sides of the city.

From Myrtle Beach: Charleston Historic Tour

6. 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.

The French Quarter: GPS Guided Walking Tour with Audio Guide

7. The French Quarter: GPS Guided Walking Tour with Audio Guide

Experience the beauty of the French Quarter of Charleston on a self-guided audio tour. You will receive the downloading instructions on your voucher after booking. Explore the area with an audio guide and visit famous attractions like Church Street, churches, and the Pineapple Fountain. Hear the stories of its alleys, old buildings, the Old Slave Market, Charleston Green, the Civil War, and more. Soak in the vibrant atmosphere while listening to the history of the town. During the tour, choose to pause the app at any time to take a break or spend some more time to see the sights. Feel free to stop in the shops or restaurants and try the local products of the place. Embark on a step-by-step tour through the picturesque alleyways and hidden treasures of the French Quarter by following a GPS audio guide on your smartphone.

Charleston: Folly Beach Stand Up Paddleboard 2-hour Rental

8. Charleston: Folly Beach Stand Up Paddleboard 2-hour Rental

Experience stand up paddleboarding in Folly Beach and enjoy the incredible aquatic landscape with astonishing views of local flora and fauna. It will feel like you're standing on the water while you glide along the Folly River and get a full-body workout. Paddle past beautiful waterside homes and you might even have the opportunity to see dolphins on the way. Renting a paddleboard in Folly Beach is an incredible experience that you will remember for a lifetime – you'll never get closer to the incredible biodiversity of this unique landscape.  Just bring your water shoes or flip flops, swim trunks and a positive attitude and enjoy two amazing hours on the water with a paddleboard, paddle and personal floatation device provided.

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What people are saying about Charleston

Overall rating

4.5 / 5

based on 261 reviews

Excellent family run business. Their personnel communicate local knowledge as the carriage passes through the various neighborhoods. As for time, I suggest you arrive on time as the departure is critical to a non-rushed trip.

This was a fun activity. The tour guide was energetic and told the stories with knowledge and enthusiasm. I loved having a tour we could do at night.

Beau was our tour guide. He was very nice and helpful. The tour was fun and interesting.

The carriage ride was very informative and was a good way to get a feel of the town

Enjoyed learning about the town. Barn is very clean.