The advent of automobiles caused a spike in horse unemployment, forcing steeds to make ends meet by auctioning off hair-braiding sessions to fifth-grade girls. Spend time with gainfully employed quadrupeds with today’s Groupon: for $20, you get two tickets for a one-hour carriage tour of historical Charleston from Olde Towne Carriage Company (up to a $40 value).
For more than 30 years, Olde Towne Carriage Company’s drivers have escorted wide-eyed voyagers along Charleston’s winding 250-year-old streets in a fleet of well-appointed horse-drawn carriages. Licensed, knowledgeable tour guides spirit up to 16 visitors on 25- to 30-block tours, passing the Old Market, historical homes with elegant wrought-iron gates, and picturesque gardens populated by vacationing garden gnomes. The company's stable of horses, including doe-eyed beauties Chief, Jake, and Big John, clip-clop down cobblestone streets with carriages in tow as the tour guide imparts facts about Charleston's rich history and bustling industry of stone cobblers.