Activities in Charleston

One Month of Gymnastics Classes for One, Two, or Three Children at East Cooper Gymnastics (Up to 54% Off)

East Cooper Gymnastics

Wando

Instructors guide small groups of children through gymnastics exercises, helping them to develop physical ability and confidence

$60 $30

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$15 for Three Barre-Fitness Classes from Raising the Barre ($30 Value)

Raising the Barre

Charleston

Classes combine Pilates, ballet, and resistance-training techniques to build lean muscles, strengthen cores, and boost flexibility

$10 $5

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One or Two Two-Hour Pole-Dancing Workshops at Charleston Pole Dance (Up to 55% Off)

Charleston Pole Dance

Club NV

Students learn seductive spins, turns, and other basic moves while building core strength in pole-dancing and chair dancing workshops

$50 $25

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"The Nutcracker" at Sottile Theatre at the College of Charleston on December 19 (Up to 40% Off)

"The Nutcracker"

Sottile Theatre at the College of Charleston

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Tchaikovsky’s classic score twirls to life in a holiday classic which sees young Clara venture into a dreamland of snow and ice

$48 $29

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Santa Bar Crawl for One, Two, or Four from Carolina Nightlife on Saturday, December 13 (47% Off)

Carolina Nightlife

Mynt

Downtown Charleston bars host revelers as they crawl from spot to spot dressed in holiday-themed costumes

$15 $8

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Walking Tour for Two or Four from Civil War Walking Tours (Up to 53% Off)

Civil War Walking Tours

Historic Charleston Foundation Bookstore

History expert and reenactor leads Civil War tour of city, sprinkling in first-person narratives and period photographs

$40 $19

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$149 for a Flyboard Lesson with Equipment Rental and Delivery from We Deliver Watersports ($299 Value)

We Deliver Water Sports

Beaches

Attached to a rider's feet, water-propulsion nozzles lift riders into the air to soar over the water and dive beneath the surface

$299 $149

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General Admission for One to The 3rd Charleston NotWedding (50% Off)

The NotWedding

Historic Rice Mill Building

Guests attend a mock wedding complete with ceremony and dinner to sample wedding vendors’ talents and gain inspiration for their own big day

$30 $15

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Two or Four Admissions to the Save the Rhino Party from Project Rhino Charleston (Up to 52% Off)

Project Rhino Charleston

Johns Island

The party helps support efforts to save rhinos from poaching in South Africa

$30 $15

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Zombie Shootout for Two, Four, Six, or Eight at Mount Pleasant Paintball (Up to 75% Off)

Mount Pleasant Paintball

Wando

Armed with all the gear and ammo they need, paintballers repel a massive zombified horde from the back of a moving vehicle

$25 $10

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4th Annual Southern Ground Music & Food Festival Featuring Zac Brown Band, Rodrigo y Gabriela, and More (Up to 41% Off)

4th Annual Southern Ground Music & Food Festival

Blackbaud Stadium Daniel Island

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Zac Brown Band headlines two-day festival featuring Rodrigo y Gabriela, Gov’t Mule, Blues Traveler, and food from Charleston’s top chefs

$114.33 $67

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"Wait Until Dark" at The Footlight Players Theatre, October 9–19 (Up to 50% Off). Eight Performances Available.

"Wait Until Dark"

The Footlight Players Theatre

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A blind woman uses her wits to survive when a trio of thieves invade her home in this classic pulse-pounding thriller

$30 $15

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Nick Carter & Jordan Knight at Charleston Music Hall on October 19 at 8 p.m. (Up to 36% Off)

Nick Carter & Jordan Knight

Charleston Music Hall

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Members of New Kids on the Block and the Backstreet Boys debut a new collaborative album on a tour full of harmonies and choreography

$55 $35

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$49 for One Month of Unlimited Classes at Pivotal Fitness ($188 Value)

Pivotal Fitness

Charleston

Unlimited small-group training classes such as Synergy 360, TRX, barre, boxing, and boot camp

$188 $49

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Admission for Two, Four, or Six to Charleston Oktoberfest, September 19 (Up to 50% Off)

Charleston Oktoberfest

Charleston Visitor's Center

Visit the Samuel Adams beer-tasting tent and sample German wares and fare while local bands play live

$30 $17

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$41 for a Dance-Lesson Package for an Individual or Couple at Arthur Murray ($190 Value)

Arthur Murray

Northbridge Terrace

Highly trained dance instructors guide students through fancy footwork in private lessons; students can hone their skills at group lessons

$190 $41

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Wona Womalan West African Drum & Dance Ensemble for Two on Saturday, September 13, at 8 p.m. (Up to 50% Off)

Wona Womalan West African Drum & Dance Ensemble

Burke Auditorium in Burke High School

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Guinean rhythms, traditional clothes, vibrant choreography, and complicated percussion get feet tapping

$30 $15

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Drayton Hall

When John Drayton broke ground on Drayton Hall in 1738, he had no idea that his estate would survive the American Revolution, the Civil War, an earthquake, and numerous hurricanes. The stories contained in the building?s walls span seven generations of history tied to the Draytons and the Bowens family, an African American family that lived and worked at Drayton Hall before and after emancipation. Since 1974, when Charles and Frank Drayton sold their ancestral home to the National Trust, visitors have been able to transport themselves into the past with more ease than rubbing the beard at the Lincoln Memorial.

The main house, a sweeping example of Georgian Palladian architecture, is the oldest near-original, unrestored colonial home in the United States. Like a helpful ghost, the grand rooms and original fireplaces whisper history into the ears of all visitors, telling tales of British and colonial soldiers who occupied the house during the American Revolution. Views from the portico are filled with drooping trees, spanish moss, and a grand driveway. Surrounding the estate, an undisturbed historic landscape backs up to the Ashley River, and also encompasses A Sacred Place, the oldest African American cemetery in the country still in use.

3380 Ashley River Rd
Charleston,
SC
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Captain John Ward Jr. presides over Affinity Charters’ trio of seaworthy vessels, which slice through Charleston Harbor’s surging whitecaps during boat tours, charters, and fishing trips. Ward Jr. holds a 100-ton Masters License from the U.S. Coast Guard, and his overarching goal is to provide guests with experiences that are safe, exciting, and productive.

During fishing trips, Captain Ward Jr. taps his more than 25 years of experience navigating Charleston's aquatic arteries to usher fisherpeople through the nutrient-rich ecosystem. Attendees cast their lines for numerous seasonal species, including sea bass, Spanish mackerel, and the increasingly rare leather boot.

Dolphin-encounters tours put seafarers face-to-bottlenose with an undulating army of slick-skinned mammals splashing through their natural habitat. Alternatively, information-hungry patrons can climb on board for an eco tour, where Captain Ward Jr. imparts facts about the harbor’s ecological ebb and flow, as well as its vibrant panoply of blacktip sharks, barracudas, and mer-senators. The harbor and sunset cruise allows drifting duos to observe the sun’s incandescent descent into a kaleidoscopic loch of rippling reds, oranges, and yellows, which glint off of downtown Charleston.

1771 Clarks Hill Cir
John's Island,
SC
US

Eric Lavender is one of very few men in the world who can show up for work each day in a pirate costume and expect to keep his job. The licensed guide and professional storyteller, who has been featured on networks such as the Travel Channel and SCETV, also has an unconventional coworker—Captain Bob, a chatty blue and gold macaw who perches on his arm. Sometimes aided by other guides in pirate and colonial garb, he introduces visitors to lesser-known aspects of Charleston's more than 300-year history on walking tours to National Historic Landmark buildings.

During his signature pirate tour, Eric divulges stories of buccaneer revelry and crimes, such as Blackbeard's harbor blockade, or unveils local spooky legends and pieces of Gullah lore on his ghost and pirate tour. Eric also leads custom walking tours and teaches children about pirate lore and city history through his educational programs. And, on pub tours, guides show visitors to some of the city's historic taverns, where they reveal which colonial musicians got their start at open-mic nights.

79 Cumberland Street
Charleston,
SC
US

Though built only in 2011, the nonprofit Redux Contemporary Art Center’s new 12,000-square-foot facility stays bustling all year, hosting six to eight free exhibitions in two galleries. After taking in the artwork, visitors can attend numerous free events, such as artist talks, film screenings, panels, and concerts. More than 100 classes foster artistic inclinations throughout the year as local qualified instructors help students master disciplines such as painting, drawing, and printmaking.

Redux's galleries stay full thanks in part to its 22 private artist studios, which accommodate emerging and mid-career artists with up to 240 square feet of creative space. Twenty-four-hour studio passes grant access to Redux’s darkroom, print studio, and woodshop. To encourage a sense of community, artists can participate in quarterly critiques, attend visiting-artist lectures, and debate their studio neighbors on artistic controversies such as whether Michelangelo’s David is as good as the earlier one he sculpted from Play-Doh.

136 Saint Philip St
Charleston,
SC
US

When the Charleston Museum was founded in 1773, South Carolina was still a British colony. Today, the museum is itself a historical gem, surviving both the American Revolution and Civil War and acquiring an astounding collection of South Carolinian artifacts along the way. Nine permanent exhibits include the Armory, brimming with antique weaponry, and the Lowcountry History Hall, which chronicles the land's metamorphosis from a tribal society into an agricultural empire, telling the story with early trading goods, slave badges, and pottery. Temporary exhibits change regularly, keeping visitors on their toes in the same way changing cell phone numbers every 24 hours does.

The museum extends its history-preserving mission to two area homes: the 19th-century Joseph Manigault House, once home to a wealthy rice plantation owner, and the Heyward-Washington House, where George Washington once stayed during a weeklong visit to the city. Restored rooms, period pieces, and loudly snoring grandfather clocks await guests during scheduled tours.

360 Meeting St
Charleston,
SC
US

To assure fantastic seafaring on Charleston's waterways, Captains Source assembled a team of top-notch captains, each as unique and diverse as the tours they charter. Every captain boasts a U.S. Coast Guard 6-Pack license and is certified by USOBE or Clemson for the specific excursions they lead, assuring expertise piloting the ship and in the field of harbor history, fishing, or wildlife. Captains who are great with kids and families ferry them out onto the bay and estuaries for dolphin sightings and insight into the region's marine life, and harbor history tours reveal Charleston's close connections to the American Revolution and Civil War. Like the captains, the aquatic company's boats are also suited specifically for the tour, including sailboats, yachts, and offshore fishing boats. Wanting to make the glistening waterways available to the public for all occasions, they accommodate charters for business meetings, birthdays, reunions, and searches for runaway sea legs.

10 Wharfside Street
Charleston,
SC
US