Though a chartered yacht is a comfortable way to tour the seas, it can only navigate city streets with the help of hundreds of unhappy pack goats. Tour Charleston in terra firma style and comfort with this Groupon.
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$20 for a Charleston Old Walled City Walk tour for two (up to a $40 value)
$39 for a Charleston Old Walled City Walk tour for four (up to a $80 value)
Local historian Alfred Ray leads groups on 90- to 120-minute walking tours of some of the city’s oldest neighborhoods, each filled with precolonial and postcolonial homes, churches, and public buildings. Tours depart Wednesday–Sunday at 10 a.m.
Old Walled City Walking Tours
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.
What some people are buzzing about:
“Very nice way to get some great local history.”
“Great tour! Great guide! Great combo of history and a good sense of humor. ”
“The walking tours are well worth it.”