Sightseeing in South Carolina


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

Sandlapper Water Tours

Sandlapper Water Tours

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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Learn to Spot Wild Edibles with a Nature Writer

Guided Nature Tour

North Charleston Performing Arts Center

Wild foods writer Langdon Cook meets you outdoors for a tranquil hike through the old growth of Seward Park

$25

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Two or Four All-Day Water-Taxi Passes from Charleston Water Taxi (Up to 40% Off)

Charleston Water Taxi

Multiple Locations

Riders can cruise to their destinations on a fleet of water taxis while catching glimpses of dolphins, the cityscape, and gorgeous sunsets

$20 $12

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Winery Tour with Tasting for Two or Craft Beer Tasting for Two at Morgan Ridge Vineyards (Up to 52% Off)

Morgan Ridge Vineyards

Morgan Ridge Vineyards

Winemakers Tommy and Amie Baudoin welcome guests to newly built winery with views of charming vineyards and tasty cheese plates.

$40 $19

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$84 for a Two-Hour Segway Tour for Two from Greenville Glides ($140 Value)

Greenville Glides

Greenville Glides

Segway tours glide through downtown Greenville, the city’s historic West End, Falls Park, and the Swamp Rabbit Trail

$140 $84

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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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Admission for Two Adults or Two Adults and Two Kids to Hollywild Animal Park (38% Off)

Hollywild Animal Park

Wellford

Visitors interact with more than 500 animals from around the world, including many animals that have appeared in movies and commercials

$24 $15

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Historical Walking Tour for Two or Four from Greenville History Tours (Up to 58% Off)

Greenville History Tours

Greenville

Led by author of A Guide to Historical Greenville, South Carolina, tours stop at landmarks such as Liberty Bridge and assorted statues.

$24 $12

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Admission for Two, Four, or Six at Brookgreen Gardens (Up to 50% Off)

Brookgreen Gardens

Between Murrells Inlet and Pawleys Island

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

$30 $15

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$12 for an Annual Family Membership at Lexington County Museum ($25 Value)

Lexington County Museum

Lexington County Museum

36 buildings, such as an original post office, populate the seven-acre museum, which recreates 19th century life in Lexington County

$25 $12

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Historic Riverwalk Walking Tour for Two, Four, or Six from Palmetto Outdoor Center (Up to 75% Off)

Palmetto Outdoor Center

Palmetto Outdoor Center

During a leisurely 1 mi. stroll along the boardwalks, knowledgeable guides illuminate guests on South Carolina’s history

$20 $6

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Tour, Tasting, and Shot Glass for One, Two, or Four at Copperhead Mountain Distillery (Up to 60% Off)

Copperhead Mountain Distillery

Copperhead Mountain Distillery

Tour facility that produces small copper stills of whiskey, spiced rum, and moonshine before sampling 11-15 types of the finished product

$20 $9

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Distillery-Tour Package for Two at Six and Twenty Distillery (Up to 59% Off). Two Options Available.

Six and Twenty Distillery

Six and Twenty Distillery

Craft distillers show off the hybrid still they use to make whiskey from wheat, not corn; each tour comes with a choice of souvenirs

$20 $9

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Walking Tour for Two or Four at Heyward House Historic Center (Up to 50% Off)

Heyward House Historic Center

Heyward House

90- to 120-minute tour includes not only Heyward House, but also historic Bluffton, a preserved Southern coastal village

$36 $18

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Walking History Tour for Two or Four from Beaufort Tours LLC (Up to 56% Off)

Beaufort Tours LLC

Beaufort Movie Tour

Walk through a 300-year-old town and learn about its history and pre-Civil War–era homes

$40 $19

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Cooking Class for One or Two with Wine Tasting at The Presidential Culinary Museum (Up to 51% Off)

The Presidential Culinary Museum

The Presidential Culinary Museum

Learn how to cook the same meals former presidents enjoyed from former White House chefs

$80 $40

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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

Sail South Carolina

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

$350 $175

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

Crazy Dash Digital Adventures

Crazy Dash Adventures - Greenville

All you need is a smartphone to participate in this scavenger-hunt walking adventure

$39.95 $20

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Visit for Two or Up to Two Adults and Four Kids to the Children's Museum of South Carolina (Up to 50% Off)

Children's Museum of South Carolina

Children's Museum of South Carolina

Interactive exhibits encourage learning through imaginative play and hands-on exploration

$16 $8

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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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Haunted Pub Crawl for One, Two, or Four from Greenville Ghost Tour (Up to 58% Off)

Greenville Ghost Tour

Greenville Ghost Tour

Guide leads tour-goers inside several haunted watering holes to have a few drinks and listen to stories of violence and mayhem

$20 $10

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Admission and Tours at Magnolia Plantation & Gardens (Up to 24% Off). Five Options Available.

Magnolia Plantation & Gardens

Charleston

Visit the splendid gardens of a plantation founded more than 300 years ago, then see local wildlife on a self-guided swamp tour

$30 $24

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Two-hour Photo Walking Tour of Charleston for 2 or 4 from Say Charleston! Photo Walking Tours (Up to 62% 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 $23

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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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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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$19 for a Supernatural Charleston Ghost Tour for Two from Walks in History (Up to $40 Value)

Walks in History

Multiple Locations

Authors of historical books guide tours past haunts including a Revolutionary War graveyard

$40 $19

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$19 for a Supernatural Charleston Ghost Tour for Two from Walks in History (Up to $40 Value)

Walks in History

Multiple Locations

Authors of historical books guide tours past haunts including a Revolutionary War graveyard

$40 $19

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Walking Tour for Two or Four from Civil War Walking Tours (Up to 60% Off)

Civil War Walking Tours

Civil War Walking Tours

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

$40 $16

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$235 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 $235

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Select Local Merchants

  • South Carolina State Museum Foundation
    Though built in 1893 to manufacture textiles, the Columbia Mills’ storied stone halls now weave tapestries of knowledge with exhibits on everything from lasers and space travel to South Carolina's role in the Civil War. Boasting accolades by Columbia Metropolitan magazine and the Smithsonian, South Carolina State Museum devotes each of its four floors and part of its fourth dimension to art, cultural history, natural history, and science and technology represented by more than 70,000 artifacts. Through a series of permanent exhibits, curators lead visitors on a cultural and geological voyage. Guests stroll through years of traditional and contemporary art by state artists, marvel at a 43-foot white shark display and full dinosaur skeletons, or cast imaginations back in exhibits on turn-of-the-century transportation, laser technology, and aviation. The museum also excavates the surrounding landscape to present 14,000 years of local culture in Native American tools and colonial-era lifestyle items. Five galleries also house changing exhibits featuring assemblages of artifacts from Civil War–era Charleston or 300 years of American-made telescopes, each carefully monitored to ensure they contain just the right amount of science. While museum staffers frequently rotate their exhibits, they also host traveling displays and send others on the road through the Traveling Exhibits Program. Various education displays such as interactive children's labs, living-history reenactments, and lectures from visiting scholars further enrich all-ages visitors.
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    301 Gervais St.
    Columbia, SC US
  • Charleston Pirate Tours
    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. Sabrina Lavender and companion Doozer, a yellow-naped Amazon, are also on hand to guide travellers around Charleston, learning about local landmarks and history.
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    79 Cumberland St.
    Charleston, SC US
  • H. L. Hunley
    It was February 17, 1864. The USS Housatonic floated in Charleston Harbor atop calm, cold waters. Below the surface, a group of Confederate soldiers sweated bullets as they cranked the propellers of the H. L. Hunley, speeding toward the Union's Housatonic on a historic mission: they would become the first submarine crew ever to sink an enemy ship. A 135-pound torpedo struck the Housatonic's stern, detonating a fiery explosion that sank the vessel within minutes. The Hunley then surfaced just long enough for the crew to flash a blue magnesium light, signaling to fellow forces on the shore that the mission succeeded and the submarine would return. And it did—but not until almost 140 years later, when it was raised from the harbor's sandy bottom on August 8, 2000, after author Clive Cussler discovered the wreck intact. Today, the leaders of the nonprofit H. L. Hunley Submarine seek to conserve, restore, and ultimately exhibit this historic vessel, as well as solve the mystery of how it completed its mission only to vanish moments later. They welcome visitors to see the submarine in its current condition—within a 90,000-gallon conservation tank—and educate guests on the vessel's many details. Guides walk guests through features such as the manual-propulsion system and automatic moon roof, and illuminate exhibits such as a lifesize model from the TNT movie The Hunley.
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    1250 Supply St.
    North Charleston, SC US
  • Wine and Design Charleston
    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.
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    424 Broadway St
    Mount Pleasant, SC US
  • Culture and Heritage Museums
    Culture & Heritage Museums safeguard the Carolina Piedmont's historical treasures and educate residents and visitors about the region's unique past. Instituted in the 1950's, York County's group of affiliated museums and attractions forms a multi-campus network encompassing a wealth of educational opportunities across various disciplines. Each year, museumgoers view antique documents and photographs at the Historical Center located inside the McCelvey Center. They can get to know more than 1,500 natural specimens at the hands-on Naturalist Center inside the Museum of York County, and march through Historic Brattonsville's 775-acre Revolutionary War site. Locals can volunteer at the museums in fascinating roles, such as specimen preparers, who beautify avian exhibits by helping with taxidermy and surgical beak-lifts.
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    4621 Mount Gallant Rd
    Rock Hill, SC US
  • Bob Jones University Museum & Gallery
    What began as fewer than 30 paintings hanging in two rooms has since grown into the Bob Jones University Museum & Gallery, a collection of more than 400 baroque paintings displayed in 30 galleries. The paintings—works by Rubens, van Dyck, and Murillo that date from the 14th through 19th centuries—are thoughtfully displayed in context, surrounded by furniture, sculptures, tapestries, and popular emoticons from their respective time periods. Architectural elements also add texture to the various galleries, flooding them in colorful light from stained-glass windows or framing their walls with the carved corners of fireplace mantels. At Heritage Green, a satellite location boasts special exhibits of works pulled from the main galleries or on loan from private and public collections. Up on the second floor, interactive exhibits educate visitors of all ages on works by the old masters.
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    25 Heritage Green Place
    Greenville, SC US
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