A walking tour acquaints you with the city around you, helping you avoid disaster during future scavenger hunts and upcoming bouts of amnesia. Get familiar with your surroundings with today’s Groupon: for $20, you get two tickets to a Charleston History and Photo Tour (a $45 value).
Renowned guide Joyce Aungst, who leads the walking tour, will engage and inform tour-goers exploring the likes of colonial churches and an enchanting harbor. History buffs can revel in viewing the Revolutionary War and the American Civil War sites while Joyce drops knowledge about the culture of the old South and highlights hypothetical future events that may or may not take place in picturesque mansions and gardens. A professional photographer for 20 years, Joyce can help those who want to take pictures create brag-worthy photos of oft-unseen locations. Beginners and lens-eyed pros can absorb tips on locations, angles, and seeing creatively, which subsequently help improve camera skills.
With or without a camera, trekking through cobblestone alleyways and graveyards is an amusing way to experience the city, whether you see it everyday, are visiting from out of town, or have just perfected echo location after spending two years living with bats. Tours run in the morning and afternoon Monday through Saturday and depart at the statue of President Washington behind city hall at the corner of Broad and Meeting Streets. Reservations are required and can be made over the phone. See schedules online.
TripAdvisors give the Charleston History and Photo Tour an average of 4.5 stars and rank it 25th out of 122 attractions in Charleston:
- Joyce is not only a great tour guide for the walking tout, but she is a creative and talented photographer as well. – HomeRentalPro
- Charleston History and Photo tour is a marvelous tour of the city of Charleston. Whether one is an amateur or professional photographer, this tour is for you. – CaliforniaViv
Charleston History Tours… Picture Perfect
Although professional photographer Joyce Weir grew up in Buffalo, New York, lived and worked in San Francisco, and has traveled throughout Europe, it’s the culture and history of Charleston that have kept her—and her camera—captivated for the long haul. Today she leads walking tours through the streets of her beloved Southern home base, sharing her encyclopedic knowledge of the city's landmarks with walkers while also helping them take stunning photographs of the iconic neighborhoods and buildings. Tours generally cover a 1.5-mile course and pass attractions such as colonial churches, Civil War sites, and stately mansions. Armed with home-brought cameras, iPads, tablets, or iPhones, customers learn how to capture images with a photographer's eye for natural lighting and framing.