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Two or Four Tickets to a Guided Walking Tour of Your Choice from Charleston in a Nutshell (Up to 56% Off)

Charleston In a Nutshell

Multiple Locations

Walking tours of Charleston explore the city’s architecture, history, and personal stories

$44 $22

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Crazy Dash Walking-Adventure Tour for Two or Four from Crazy Dash Digital Adventures (50% Off)

Crazy Dash Digital Adventures

Multiple Locations

The digital game requires a smartphone and takes you on a tour of the sights

$39.95 $20

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Walking Tour for Two or Four from Civil War Walking Tours (Up to 48% 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 $21

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Ghost or Civil War Walking Tour of Charleston for Two or Four from Old Charleston Walking Tours (Up to 57% Off)

Old Charleston Walking Tours

Charleston

Guides spend up to two hours leading groups through Charleston’s historic and haunted sites, such as old graveyards and battlegrounds

$37 $17

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Two-hour Photo Walking Tour of Charleston for 2 or 4 from Say Charleston! Photo Walking Tours (Up to 52% Off)

Say Charleston! Photo Walking Tours

Washington Square Park

Photojournalist leads tour groups on a 2-mile stroll through Charleston while taking their pictures; access to an online gallery of shots

$60 $29

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Nature, Sunset, or History Boat Tour for Two or Four from Sandlapper Water Tours (Up to 46% Off)

Sandlapper Water Tours

Charleston

Watch pelicans and herons soar overheard, float past a sunlit skyline and silhouetted steeples, or view historic sites such as Fort Sumter

$64 $35

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Two-Hour BYOB Cocktail Cruise or Three-Hour Afternoon Sail for Up to Six at Sail South Carolina (Up to 53% Off)

Sail South Carolina

Harleston Village

Expert captain mans a 43-foot sailboat during customized expeditions at sunset or during the day

$350 $175

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$206 for a Half-Day Private Eco Tour Sail for Up to Six from Charleston Sail ($380 value)

Charleston Sail

Charleston Sail

Yacht powered by the wind takes up to six guests on a three-hour voyage around the harbor

$380 $206

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A Walk About Charleston’s history-heavy guides boast more than a decade of experience navigating the city’s most notable landmarks. The 90-minute daytime tours visit vintage locales, including the site of the Civil War’s first shots, the East Battery Street sea wall, and a selection of pre-Revolutionary War residences. Sightseers will spot some of Charleston’s mansions and manicured gardens, where green thumbs can admire arrangements while guides keep their ears open for cars pulling into the driveway. Walkers will also visit the filming locations of several well-known movies including The Notebook and The Patriot.
84 North Market Street
Charleston,
SC
US
Charleston Culinary Tours’ guides introduce visitors and locals to the cuisine of a city rich with Southern charm, grace, and history. Their tours explore the historic districts of downtown and King Street, allowing visitors to gain knowledge of the area, taste innovative cuisines, and meet the owners and chefs responsible for crafting the meals. They also offer a farmer’s market tour, which allows guests to pick out their own ingredients, venture to a partner restaurant as a group, and watch as a chef creates a customized meal from the ingredients.
40 N Market St
Charleston,
SC
US
It's safe to say that when it comes to Charleston's history, Tricia Goron knows her stuff. A native Charlestonian, she used her studies of local lore and training with veteran tour guides to delight passengers as a rickshaw and carriage driver before moving to walking tours in 2008. Now, she peppers her historical and haunted tours with facts previously known only by locals or well-studied ghosts. During daytime or nighttime strolls, she shares the stories of local figures and landmarks with attentive and wide-eyed visitors. From revealing the origin of the city's famous nickname to revealing interesting tidbits hidden along Rainbow Row, her tours expose the city's history through easy-going, engaging anecdotes. Tricia also contributes a little local color of her own; in addition to her job as a tour guide, she once wrangles spirits on a ghost-packed episode of A&E's Flip This House set just up the road in Georgetown.
160 Church St
Charleston,
SC
US
Check out our one-of-a-kind Original Pub Tour of Charleston! Based upon similar pub tours in Europe, it has been featured in the Atlanta Journal Constitution and the Wall Street Journal. The Pub Tour is a fun and unique tour, which includes visits to many historic pubs (some with rooftop views of the city), old taverns freq
40 N Market St
Charleston,
SC
US
Alfred Ray enthusiasm for Charleston's history is infectious. This passion carried him through the rough-going early days of his tour-guiding career, which started in 1980, he says, “with a pitchfork atop a pile of hose dung in a carriage barn on State Street.” Today, the Charleston native—whose forefathers arrived in the city in 1792—shares his deep knowledge during three themed tours through Charleston's walled landscape: the Old Walled City Walk, the Home and Garden Walk, and the Slavery and Freedom Walk. Tours casually wind down the city's cobblestone streets, past precolonial and postcolonial buildings that display a confluence of architectural styles, from Georgian to Greek Revival. As tourists snap pictures of wrought-iron gates, classical columns, and carbonite-encased cotton gins, Ray shares stories about the people and events—such as the approximately 40% of slaves who entered the United States through Charleston—that transformed a 1670 pioneer settlement into a cultural hub of the South by the mid-1800s.
151 Meeting Street
Charleston,
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 St.
Charleston,
SC
US
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