Captain Jason Jenkins knows some of the best fishing spots in Charleston—not only has he sailed the waters his entire life, but his dad was a marine biologist, giving him scientific insight into the local species. His trips, which are all-inclusive, troll the area channels for some of his favorite catches, which include species such as sharks, huge red, tarpon, black sea bass, and spadefish. He also leads special low-tide charters that hunt for shells, teeth, and fossils, as well as dolphin-watching tours and tours of Charleston Harbor. A US Coast Guard–certified charter captain, Captain Jason is also trained in first aid and CPR and is a certified first responder.
The guides at Free Tours by Foot offer their expertise to visitors on free group tours for a simple reason: they love to share their city's history and quirks with others—and if they get a tip from thoroughly entertained tour-goers, all the better. They've curated a handful of tours for about nine cities, including a roundup of public art in New York City's subway system, a colonial jaunt featuring Revolutionary War sites in Boston, and visits to architectural feats in Chicago's Loop and the hospital where the first Chicago-style hot dog was born. Tour guides can also be commissioned for private, fixed-price tours of the same spots.
Paul Mitchell plied American and European waters for over thirty years, nestling yachts into such ports as Annapolis, Bermuda, Gibraltar, and Lisbon. Now, as a US Coast Guard-certified captain, he puts his expertise to work showing of the 20-miles of waters and hundreds of years of history in Charleston Harbor. He leads sunset tours to soak up the waning light and sea breezes whilst enhancing the experience with stories of the sea and ships. He also plans two-day coastal voyages past Kiawah Island and up the ?Edisto River to Bohicket Marina, which offers glimpses of a unique marine environment.
During the day, the Charleston Charter and Yacht fleet can be seen navigating the Atlantic ocean, racing to sites like Klawah Island, Fripp Island, Hilton Head Island, McClellanville, or Georgetown. But during the evening, the boats rock gently in the harbor, while inside their cabins, guests enjoy the amenities of staying in these unique, on-the-water suites. Beds, showers, living rooms, and entertainment centers can all be found in the galleys of the luxury boats, providing guests with an alternative to staying in land-bound hotels or learning how to sleep-float.
The faculty of local artists at Wine and Design in West Ashley and Mt. Pleasant helps students create works of art in a social, supportive setting with lessons designed for people with no artistic experience. After uncorking bottles of wine and kegs of paint, budding artists spend two hours imitating pros stroke for stroke as they transform canvases into paintings of colorful landscapes and vibrant still lifes. Guests of any experience level are welcome and Wine and Design provides all necessary materials, including paint, brushes, and corkscrews.
In addition to regular classes, Wine and Design offers private parties and Art Buzz summer camp for kids at both Mt. Pleasant and West Ashley. In an effort to paint it forward (Mt. Pleasant and West Ashley), they also donate funds to causes, such as Relay For Life and the MUSC Children's Hospital.
There's more than one way to explore Charleston, and the folks at Hydrofly Watersports want to make sure they outfit every curious visitor who aims to venture across the city's picturesque waterways. Every day of the week, they curate aquatic adventures for adults and children. Adventurous visitors can rent jet skis and flyboards, while more low-key clients can go for stand-up paddle boards or kayaks. Still, others kick back during relaxing jaunts through the harbor on one of the chartered boat tours, or cast a line toward fresh catches during chartered fishing tours.