Things To Do In Charleston

94% Off MetaBody Yoga & Fitness Pass

Multiple Locations

$350 $20

Instructors encourage full-body results in a variety of fitness classes supplemented by a success guide and nutritional coaching

57% Off Aquatic Memberships at Charleston JCC

Charleston

$250 $109

Individuals and families can splash around in the pool, play tennis and basketball, and work out in group classes at the renovated center

Up to 56% Off at AMF Bowling Co.

AMF Triangle Lanes

$28 $17

Bowling at over 250 locations across the country hosts groups of two, four, or six for two hours of bowling

Bikram Yoga Charleston – Up to 71% Off

Multiple Locations

$120 $35

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Physically challenging yoga classes meet in 105-degree practice spaces with 40% humidity, promoting healthy bodies and focused minds

Up to 81% Off Paintball Package

Mt. Pleasant Paintball

$40 $10

Paintball Promos packages includes admission to area field and all necessary equipment

Up to 53% Off Sailboat Outings

Harleston Village

$350 $175

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

Up to 76% Off at Masters Studios

Multiple Locations

$70 $25

Masters Studios trains students to achieve goals, whether to get in shape, train, or to become a martial arts master

67% Off Zumba

Charleston

$15 $5

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50% Off Flyboard Lesson

Beaches

$299 $149

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

Up to 57% Off from Old Charleston Walking Tours

Charleston

$37 $17

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

Up to 51% Off Beginner Dance Lessons

Multiple Locations

$70 $35

Experienced instructors lead individuals or pairs through private, personalized lessons and group practice sessions designed for beginners

Up to 58% Off Low-Country Walking Tour

Multiple Locations

$40 $19

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Knowledgeable guides weave tales of Charleston's history during 90-minute walking tours of downtown and two-hour tours of historic areas

Up to 53% Off Pirate and Ghost Walking Tours

Multiple Locations

$40 $19

Mediums and authors of historical books guide tours past former pirate hideaways and current haunts including a Revolutionary War graveyard

Up to 50% Off Walking Photo Tour

Historic District

$49.60 $27.99

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Walking tours explore Charleston gardens, mansions, and Civil War sites, with historical narration and photography tips along the way

Half Off Disc Golf at Trophy Lakes

Charleston

$20 $9.99

Players toss rental disc on 18-hole course with two tee boxes per hole

Up to 53% Off Yoga Classes at Arts For Fitness

Charleston

$55 $28

Students of all levels improve their balance, strength, and flexibility in a serene, supportive environment

Up to 51% Off BYOB Sailing Excursions

Charleston

$120 $66

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27-foot Stiletto catamaran seating up to six takes guests on sunset or dolphin eco tours or daytime private charters, all of which are BYOB

50% Off Walking-Adventure Tour for 2 or 4

Multiple Locations

$39.95 $20

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

Up to 54% Off Children's Gymnastics Classes

Wando

$60 $30

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

Up to 60% Off Private Tennis Lessons

Arthur B. Schirmer Jr. Tennis Center

$50 $25

USPTA/PTR-certified coach teaches lessons customized toward students’ playing styles & weaknesses

Up to 63% Off Boot Camp

Multiple Locations

$80 $33

Exercisers sweat through combinations of cardio, interval, and CrossFit techniques to boost metabolism, tone muscle, and burn fat

Up to 77% Off Boot Camp at J Nichols Fitness

Multiple Locations

$150 $49

Outdoor boot camps focus on subjects like flexibility training, strength training, aerobic conditioning, and core work

Up to 53% Off from Civil War Walking Tours

Historic Charleston Foundation Bookstore

$40 $19

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

Up to 58% Off Riding Lessons or Trail Ride

Johns Island

$45 $25

Equestrians lead guests down scenic paths on horseback or teach beginning riders the basics of horsemanship during private lessons

Up to 51% Off Kayak Tour

James Island

$49 $24

Side creeks, marshes & winding waters along Folly River take kayakers & guides into habitats of bottlenose dolphins & shore birds

Captain Dan's Water Tours – Up to Half Off Boat Tour

Shen Creek Marina

$350 $189

Glimpse dolphins and a seaside view of Charleston and the harbor aboard the vessel of an experienced captain licensed by the US Coast Guard

65% Off Martial-Arts Lessons

Mount Pleasant

$240 $84

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Up to 69% Off at Capital Karate

Mount Pleasant

$174 $69.99

Classes teach American freestyle karate with elements of other martial-arts styles

Up to 55% Off Sailing Lesson

Mount Pleasant

$95 $47

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Afternoon or sunset lessons sail through the harbor year-round as US Sailing–certified instructors teach sailing basics to students

50% Off Music Lessons

Mount Pleasant

$120 $60

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Up to 50% Off Sailing Trip for Up to Four

Mount Pleasant

$240 $119

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Captains certified in marine life and harbor history set sail in search of dolphins or to disperse historical knowledge

Up to 53% Off Soccer Training Sessions

Mount Pleasant

$40 $19

Players work on footwork and ball control through futsal, an indoor soccer variant with a smaller ball

50% Off Music Equipment

Mount Pleasant

$20 $10

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Up to 58% Off Tennis Lesson for Two or Four

Mount Pleasant

$75 $35

USPTA–certified tennis instructors help hone players' skills during one-hour private lessons, followed by an hour of court time

51% Off Guitar Lessons at Music Unlimited

Mount Pleasant

$120 $59

Guitar lessons taught by John Madden, an instructor who has worked with hundreds of students in rock, blues, jazz, and classical styles

Up to 52% Off Boat Cruises

Charleston Harbor Resort and Marina

$295 $145

Passengers can kick back and enjoy the beauty of the waterfront, and keep an eye out for local wildlife such as dolphins and pelicans

Up to 57% Off Sunset Dolphin Cruise

Mount Pleasant

$110 $49

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Bottlenose dolphins occasionally appear as groups glide past Charleston Harbor sites including Ravenel Bridge and USS Yorktown

55% Off Martial Arts

Mount Pleasant

$29 $13

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Up to 52% Off Youth Dance Classes

Mount Pleasant

$60 $29

All experience levels are welcome in youth recreational classes that teach styles such as ballet, tap, hip-hop, and jazz

Up to 59% Off Cruises from Centerline Charters

Charleston Harbor Marina

$200 $99

Kick back and coast around Charleston's waterways during daytime or sunset cruises that explore rivers and pass sites such as Fort Sumter

Up to 56% Off a Guided Paddleboard Tour for Two, Four, or Six

Mount Pleasant

$150 $75

Groups stand atop paddleboards for a scenic two-hour tour that departs from Shem Creek boat landing

50% Off Standup Paddleboarding

Mount Pleasant

$30 $15

Clients of all skill levels explore local surf atop rental standup paddleboards; customers can also purchase paddleboards or surfboards

Up to 62% Off CrossFit Classes

North Charleston

$65 $29

Members shed calories and build muscle through group classes, a fully stocked cardio center, free weights, and functional training

50% Off Flight-Simulator Flying Lesson

Charleston International Airport

$125 $62

Take to imitation skies inside a full-motion flight simulator that features wrap-around visuals and a realistic motion platform

55% Off Boot Camp

North Charleston

$119 $54

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Up to 52% Off Group Fitness Classes

North Charleston

$60 $29

Passionate, licensed fitness trainer uses her own experience at weight loss to lead people of all fitness levels in entertaining classes

Up to 50% Off Bowling at Royal Lanes

Goose Creek

$58 $29

36-lane bowling alley with automatic scoring, more than 20 TVs, a sports bar, an arcade, and billiards

Up to 53% Off VIP Membership Packages at Legend Oaks Golf Club

Summerville

$169 $79

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Golfers launch drives through the wetlands, fragrant pines, and 300-year-old oak trees of an 18-hole golf course

75% Off CrossFit

Summerville

$125 $31

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Up to 57% Off Boot Camp or Personal Training

Summerville

$80 $39

Students can work out as a group in boot-camp classes, or meet one-on-one with a personal trainer for in-depth coaching

55% Off a Dolphin Tour via Kayak

Edisto Beach

$88 $40

Experienced biologist leads kayaker groups through the marshes of Edisto Beach to catch glimpses of dolphins, snowy egrets, and bald eagles

45% Off One-Hour Flight Tour for Three at Fidelis Aviation

Multiple Locations

$290 $159

Experienced commercial pilots take up to three guests soaring through the air over sea islands, marshlands, and Atlantic coastline

50% Off Mini Golf at Legendary Golf

Multiple Locations

$30 $15

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Players can traverse three courses and challenge their skills as they encounter curved tracks, water hazards, trees, and other obstacles

Up to 52% Off Kayak Rental for One or Two

Hilton Head Island

$30 $15

Paddle through calm waters of Pinckney Island while keeping an eye out for dolphins, manatees, and shorebirds

Up to 60% Off Private Golf Lessons

Bluffton

$90 $39

Instructor with more than a 10 years of teaching experience helps golfers perfect their short game or overcome other issues

Up to 53% Off Standup-Paddleboarding Tour

Bluffton

$100 $49

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Knowledgeable guides lead two-hour paddleboarding expeditions through Hilton Head Island waterways in search of dolphins, fish, and birds

Up to 63% Off Shooting-Range Packages

Ridgeland

$55 $25

Air-conditioned range at an outfitter staffed by experts in all manner of firearms

51% Off Guided Hand-Crabbing Trip in Bluffton

Bluffton

$200 $99

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On 24-foot Carolina Skiff, captains ferry private parties of up to six to Bluffton's back creeks in search of blue crab to catch by hand.

Up to Half Off at Old Carolina Golf Club

Bluffton

$48 $24

9-hole course designed by course architect Clyde Johnston set on the site of a former horse farm features palms, pines, and waterways

Up to 56% Off Kayaking and Paddleboarding

Bluffton

$130 $65

Steer a kayak or paddleboard through the estuaries and blackwater rivers of Hilton Head Island and Bluffton, following a guide the whole way

Up to 49% Off Golf at Calhoun Country Club

St. Matthews

$68 $35

Relatively open fairways are juxtaposed by towering pines and hardwoods, intersecting waterways, and elevation changes throughout

55% Off

Shaw AFB-Horatio

$110 $49

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49% Off Martial-Arts Lessons

Sumter

$45 $23

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Up to 55% Off Visit at Brookgreen Gardens

Pawleys Island

$28 $14

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Admission to first U.S. sculpture garden replete with exhibits, a film, and zoo

Up to 56% Off from Savannah Tour Walks LLC

Savannah

$40 $19

Guides lead guests through the city, focusing on its haunted past or its beautiful parks and architecture

Up to 66% Off Classes at Savannah Yoga Room

Whitemarsh Island

$75 $30

Dedicated instructors teaches Hatha Yoga Flow techniques; host heated and unheated sessions for a range of skill levels

Up to 44% Off Boutique Shopping Tour from 'Tiques

Savannah

$37.50 $21

Follow your style host as they lead you to nine of Savannah's hottest boutiques while shopping and spotting historic landmarks along the way

Up to 53% Off Folklore and Ghost Tour

Savannah Visitors Center

$40 $19

Tourists go on a journey to explore local folklore, history, and culture with a special focus on ghosts and spirits

48% Off Paddleboard Rental and Lesson

Tybee Island

$75 $39

Students embark onto the flat waters surrounding Tybee Island to learn standup paddleboarding techniques during one-hour tutorials

Up to 63% Off Spooky Tales Ghost Tour

Downtown Savannah

$40 $16

Guides share Savannah’s haunted history with a guided walking tour filled with stories and spooky happenings

Up to 56% Off Savannah Hauntings Ghost Tour

Wright Square

$20 $10

Experienced guides lead walking tour groups between haunted sites, recounting paranormal events and stories of hauntings

Up to 60% Off Historical or Ghost Tour from The Savannah Walks

Downtown Savannah

$36 $18

Guides shepherd groups through Savannah’s historical sites and induce shivers with tales of hauntings, exorcisms, and Gullah superstitions

Up to 67% Off Adult or Youth Wing Chun Classes

Savannah

$150 $49

Wing chun fitness classes teach a self-defense art while whipping bodies into physical specimens

Up to 52% Off at Fitness on Broughton

Downtown Savannah

$79.99 $39

Burn fat and build muscle with the gym's weights and cardio and strength equipment, then relax in the hot tubs, dry saunas, and steam rooms

42% Off Trolley Tours

City of Savannah Visitors Center

$26 $15

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Narrated tours explore historic Savannah & its waterfront for 90 uninterrupted minutes; includes entrance to Massie Heritage Center

Up to 64% Off at Spotlight Theatres Eisenhower 6

Savannah

$14 $5

Six screens with digital sound and 3-D-ready projectors show first-run films while audiences fill plush seats

Up to 53% Off Ghost Tour or Historical Cemetery Tour

Multiple Locations

$60 $29

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Get a taste of Southern Gothic horror with tours to spooky Savannah neighborhoods, cemeteries, and historic sites

55% Off Boot Camp and Cardio Kickboxing

Champions Training Center

$96 $43

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Up to 51% Off Ghost-Themed Pub Crawl

Downtown Savannah

$20 $10

Learn about Savannah's spooky history during a pub crawl with stops at three to five watering holes

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Trees draped in spanish moss catch the wind along the edges of the fairways at Shadowmoss Plantation Golf Club, where designer Russell Breeden sculpted a 6,701-yard course into the verdant grounds of a former plantation. Throughout the par-72 layout, ponds and streams ripple on the borders of nearly every hole, often forcing golfers to choose from taking a conservative line, challenging the hazard with a big swing, or releasing their golf ball to a family of catfish. Breeden's artful use of waterways is most noticeable at the par-5 eighth hole, where a stream splits to cut across the center of the fairway and wraps two watery prongs around both sides of the hole to add pressure as golfers contemplate their approach to the green. Bermuda-grass fairways and greens await golf balls that steer clear of the course's water hazards and the various sand traps occasionally populated by disoriented sunbathers.

Before taking to the first tee, clubbers can warm up their swings and rehearse their putter-twirling routine at a practice complex that includes a driving range and a putting green. To keep golfers fresh during rounds, the club offers on-course beverage service and a full-service snack bar and lounge.

Course at a Glance:

  • 18-hole, par-72 course
  • Length of 6,701 yards from the farthest tees
  • Course rating of 72.3 from the farthest tees
  • Slope rating of 131 from the farthest tees
  • Five tee options
  • Scorecard

20 Dunvegan Dr
Charleston,
SC
US

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
US

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.

Tranquil Dr. and Folly Rd.
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

Physicians Weight Loss Centers' team of physicians, nurses, and counselors works together to help customers attain their personal weight loss goals. Counselors meet with the client for a complimentary consultation to discuss the center's various diet programs, including diet plans with Mediterranean, low-carb, low-fat, and balanced-diet options or a meal-replacement program. They then recommend a custom weight management plan to help clients shed pounds. They can also use DNA testing to determine a client's specific nutritional needs, predisposition to low B12 levels, how they react to certain foods, what exercises are effective for them, and if they stole the cookie from the cookie jar. Physicians Weight Loss Centers offers complimentary consultations for Venus Freeze body sculpting treatments, which offers non-invasive, pain-free treatments that may help with skin tightening, wrinkle and cellulite reduction, and inch loss.

1611 Savannah Hwy
Charleston,
SC
US

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