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Charleston: Historical Downtown Tour by Horse-drawn Carriage

1. Charleston: Historical Downtown Tour by Horse-drawn Carriage

This 60-minute narrated carriage tour covers more than 2.5 miles and 30 blocks of historic downtown Charleston. It really is the best way to see the “Holy City” and learn about its rich and vast history. The tour begins at our stables just one block from the city market, where a number of our horses live. Restrooms and water are available as well as a loading ramp to easily board one of the custom-built carriages.  Departing from the barn, you will continue to the city gate located in the Old City Market. Historic Downtown Charleston is split up into a number of areas that each tour is directed to travel to. Some highlights of these areas are Charleston Harbor, Rainbow Row, 4 Corners of Law, King Street, White Point Gardens, and the Charleston Battery.  A licensed tour guide will be narrating the entire tour with informative and entertaining commentary. At the end of the tour you will arrive back at the stables, where you will get off the carriage using the unloading dock.

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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 culture of voodoo and low country superstitions! This spook-tacular tour includes an exclusive after-dark opportunity to venture into one of the city's oldest graveyards. If you dare, step across the graves and inspect the headstones to unravel the personal histories of the souls buried there. You'll hear fun and chilling stories of Charleston ghosts and haunted houses, as well as tales of voodoo magic and folklore. Visit the Old Exchange and Provost Dungeon to learn about Charleston's terrifying history of piracy on this eerie and entertaining tour.

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Charleston: 1-Hour Carriage Tour of the Historic District

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

This tour begins at the Big Red Barn in downtown Charleston, where you'll meet a knowledgeable driver-guide and settle into a carriage drawn by either horses or mules. 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. Guides combine humor with history for a lighthearted experience of Charleston’s atmospheric center, and you'll cover between 25 and 30 blocks of the downtown district. This tour concludes with drop-off at the Big Red Barn.

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Charleston: 90-Minute Ghost & Graveyard Walking Tour

4. 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.

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Charleston: Haunted Carriage Evening Tour

5. Charleston: Haunted Carriage Evening Tour

Listen to spine-tingling tales of prisoners, rogues, and pirates that make up the history of Charleston. Cover over 300 years of history from the comfort of your carriage. Mysterious alleys and cobblestones await as your expert guide leads you through Historic Charleston on a 40-minute Haunted Carriage Tour. Start the tour at Old South Carriage Company's stables where the tour explores the 15 block core that comprises Historic Charleston. Along the way you will see Old Exchange & Provost Dungeon, Circular Congregational Church and Graveyard, Charleston City Market, and St. Michael's Episcopal Church. All tour guides of this activity are members of the Palmetto Guild, which indicates that they have successfully passed a comprehensive examination of the history of Charleston.

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Charleston: Tour Pass with 40+ Attractions

6. Charleston: Tour Pass with 40+ Attractions

Save 40% or more off of Charleston's top tours and attractions, pay zero to enter, simply show your Mobile Pass! Choose a 1, 2 or 3-day pass. Includes admission to Fort Sumter, Ghost Tours, Plantations, Museums, Carriage and Bus Tours, Historic House Museums, Cultural sites and many more. After purchase we'll send you a text and email to start using the pass on your smartphone where you can choose from a selection of hand-selected tours, attractions, and historic sites. The Mobile Pass provides instant access to over 40 of the city's top tours, attractions and historic sites where admission is included. Reserve tours in advance before arriving. Multi-day passes can be used on non-consecutive days.Choose from: 1-Day pass: Choose 2 featured tours + visit unlimited "Walk-in or Standard" attractions for 1 day. 2-Day Pass: Choose 3 "Featured Tours" + visit unlimited "Walk-in or Standard" attractions for 2 days. 3-Day Pass: Choose 4 "Featured Tours" + visit unlimited "Walk-in or Standard" attractions for 3 days. FEATURED TOURS (requires reservations which can easily made within the mobile pass) Fort Sumter Tour Downtown Carriage Tour Boone Hall Plantation Drayton Hall Charleston Harbor Tour Haunted USS Yorktown Guided Tour Charleston Strolls History Walking Tour Historic Charleston Walking Tour Ghost & Graveyard Walking Tour Ghost & Dungeon Walking Tour Chilling Charleston Walking Tour The Hunley Submarine Tour (Weekends only) Narrated City Bus Tour WALK-IN or STANDARD ATTRACTIONS (no reservation required, can be visited anytime during operating hours): Aiken Rhett House Museum Charles Towne Landing State Historic Site Caw Caw Interpretive Center Nathaniel Russell House Museum Charleston Fun Park ($20 value) Charleston Museum Gibbes Museum of Art Charleston Tea Plantation Charleston Water Taxi (all day ride pass) Confederate Museum Deep Water Vineyard (free tasting + wine glass) McLeod Plantation Old Exchange & Provost Dungeon Slave Mart Museum Powder Magazine South Carolina Historical Society Museum The Grit Counter ($7 lunch voucher per person) Palmetto Brewery (free flight per person) Verde Salads & Wraps ($5 voucher per person)- Glazed Gourmet Doughnuts (free doughnut per person) North Charleston Fire Museum

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Charleston: 90-Minute Historic City Highlights Tour

7. Charleston: 90-Minute Historic City Highlights Tour

The tour departs from Charleston Visitor’s Center where you’ll hop on board a deluxe, climate-controlled shuttle for a 90-minute tour of the city’s historical highlights. Accompanied by a knowledgeable, local guide, visit over 100 of Charleston’s most iconic sights of the past and present whilst listening to amazing tales and anecdotes about the city. On your tour, travel through some of the city’s most historic parts. Visit Charleston’s Historic Homes, The Battery Sea Wall, the Four Corners of Law, and Rainbow Row to name but a few. Other highlights of the tour include several historic churches, old markets, and picturesque neighborhoods.

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Charleston: Small Group Food Tour – Savor the Flavors

8. 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

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Charleston's French Quarter Guided Walking Tour

9. Charleston's French Quarter Guided Walking Tour

The tour highlights include the imposing 4 corners of Law and its four nationally historic registered buildings of St. Michael’s Church (ca.1752), where President George Washington, General Charles Pinckney, and Marquis de Lafayette worshiped, Charleston's Federal building (ca. 1896), Charleston County Courthouse (ca.1790) designed by John Hoban who designed The White House in D.C., and Gabriel Manigault's City Hall (ca. 1800). The tour swings back down Charleston's longest cobblestone road to see a glimpse of the Dock Street Theater (ca.1735), the oldest French Huguenot Church (ca.1681), St. Phillip's Church (congregation's history dating back to 1680), the Bermuda stone-built Pink House (ca.1688-1712),  historic baracoon / slave hotel, Unity Alley, and ends with the breathtaking view of the harbor castle, forts, islands, and Atlantic Ocean. Two Hour Option: Spend an enjoyable 2 hours walking along the old walled city perimeter with its cobblestone roads and alleys in the steps of Charleston's French merchants and other European forefathers. Your native storyteller/guide will show you some of America's earliest architecture and national historic landmarks. Visit the oldest burial grounds to see the final resting place of the signers of the Declaration of Independence and U.S. Constitution, and take in the remains of a 17th-century drawbridge. Admire beautiful parks with historic monuments, and expansive views of Charleston's great harbor with its castles and forts that shaped much of America's maritime and military history. Charleston's French Quarter is home to many fine historic buildings, including: • the Pink House (c. 1688-1712) • the Old Slave Mart baracoon where slaves were confined in the 1850s • many of America's first churches dating back to the 1600s • Dock Street Theater, where the first theatrical performances were held in the U.S. • the imposing 4 Corners of Law with its 1752 St. Michael’s Church attended by George Washington and the Marquis de Lafayette • the headquarters of General Robert E. Lee • the Old Exchange Building • and many more!

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Charleston: Historical Walking Tour

10. Charleston: Historical Walking Tour

An exciting walking tour of the only English walled city in North America - Charleston! Once the leading seaport of the thirteen colonies and later the United States, historical Charleston is waiting to be discovered. On this 2-hour walking tour, you will learn about the intriguing history of Charleston from veteran guide Al Ray. See pre-and-post colonial homes, storefronts, churches and public buildings while Ray recounts the rich tales and legends of Charleston's proud and turbulent past. Learn the meanings of the ancient symbols on the tombstones, the city's history of rapid growth and rampant piracy, and the rise of the rice planters. Listen to your charismatic guide describe the numerous disasters, such as seven major fires, numerous hurricanes, epidemics, sieges and bombardments, plus a major earthquake, that have struck the city over its long and colourful history.

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What people are saying about French Quarter, Charleston

Overall rating

4.8 / 5

based on 777 reviews

This was a wonderful, totally enjoyable and enlightening tour. We learned a lot about the history of Charleston and about South Carolina. We saw numerous important landmarks, architecture, etc. Got all our many questions answered.

Our guide did an exceptional job of rendering the necessary historical facts and adding in a little fun and humor when appropriate. It made the experience a pure pleasure and I’d highly recommend this tour to all visitors.

Mike was our guide and he was both knowledgeable and fun! The ride was VERY enjoyable and I highly recommend it to visitors AND locals.

Alfred is very knowledgeable about Charleston. His love of the city is infectious.

Adam was amazing, very informative, great history and far from boring at all!