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Top Things To Do In Charleston

The Holy City earned its name from the high churches that adorn the skyline. Centuries-old mansions, cobblestone walkways, and lamp-lit streets make Charleston feel like a city lost in time. Its rich heritage influences everything from the smallest establishments to the most culturally significant points of interest in Charleston.

Admission for Two, Four or Eight with Optional Swamp Tour at Magnolia Plantation and Gardens (Up to 25% Off)
Admission for Two, Four or Eight with Optional Swamp Tour at Magnolia Plantation and Gardens (Up to 25% Off)
Charleston
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$40.00 $32.00
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General Admission for Two
$315 for Charter of Charleston Harbor for Up to Six from Odyssey Sail & Power Charters ($450 Value)
$315 for Charter of Charleston Harbor for Up to Six from Odyssey Sail & Power Charters ($450 Value)
Charleston
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$450.00 $315.00
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Private Charter of Charleston Harbor for Up to Six
Guided Tour of the Calhoun Mansion in Charleston
Guided Tour of the Calhoun Mansion in Charleston
Charleston
$17.00
Guided Tour of the Calhoun Mansion in Charleston
20+ bought
Carriage Tour for One, Two, or Four on a Group Carriage from Carolina Polo and Carriage Company (Up to 10% Off)
Carriage Tour for One, Two, or Four on a Group Carriage from Carolina Polo and Carriage Company (Up to 10% Off)
Charleston
4.6
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$30.00 $26.99
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One-Hour Historic Carriage Tour of Charleston for One
$40 for Admission for Two to Patriots Point ($48 Value)
$40 for Admission for Two to Patriots Point ($48 Value)
Mount Pleasant
4.9
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$48.00 $40.00
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Interactive Ghost Hunting Experience for One or Two with Charleston Cavalier Tour (Up to 20% Off)
Interactive Ghost Hunting Experience for One or Two with Charleston Cavalier Tour (Up to 20% Off)
Charleston
5.0
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$27.00 $22.00
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Interactive Ghost Hunting Experience for One
90-Minute Historical Slavery Walking Tour for Two or Four from Journey By Faith (Up to 50% Off)
90-Minute Historical Slavery Walking Tour for Two or Four from Journey By Faith (Up to 50% Off)
Savannah
4.9
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$50.00 $25.00
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90-Minute Walking Tour for Two
Kayak, Paddleboard, or Boat Tour from St. John's Kayak Tours (Up to 21% Off). 12 Options Available.
Kayak, Paddleboard, or Boat Tour from St. John's Kayak Tours (Up to 21% Off). 12 Options Available.
Johns Island
5.0
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Two-Hour Kayak Tour for One
$384 for Charleston Harbor Private Sailboat Tour for Up to 6 - Charleston Sailboat Charters ($495 Value)
$384 for Charleston Harbor Private Sailboat Tour for Up to 6 - Charleston Sailboat Charters ($495 Value)
Charleston
4.9
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$495.00 $384.00
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2.5–3-Hour Private Sailboat Tour of Charleston Harbor for Up to Six

This southern port city booms with more than just The Battery. Restaurants, boutiques, bars, distilleries, and local barbecue add modern charms to the historic city of Charleston. The best things to do near Charleston include:

  • City Market, a landmark 4-block city market
  • Waterfront Park, which is filled with walkways fountains
  • The Ravenel Bridge, to feel on top of the world
  • The Charleston City Marina will give you chills
  • Folly Beach, which boasts loads of surfing options

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The Dinner Detective Charleston Murder Mystery Dinner for Two (Through August 30)
The Dinner Detective Charleston Murder Mystery Dinner for Two (Through August 30)
North Charleston
$159.88 $110.00
31% discount_off
10/19/19-08/30/20: Two General-Admission Tickets to a Murder-Mystery Show, Plus Two Commemorative Mouse Pads
60+ bought
Chris Mitchell Virtual Jazz Concert (Through August 1)
Chris Mitchell Virtual Jazz Concert (Through August 1)
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$19.98 $10.00
49% discount_off
Through 08/01/20: One General-Admission Ticket to Any Virtual Show with a Digital Download of the album I Found Forever
40+ bought
"One Woman Sex and the City: A Parody of Love, Friendship, and Shoes" Through July 31
"One Woman Sex and the City: A Parody of Love, Friendship, and Shoes" Through July 31
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$19.95 $12.00
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Through 07/31/20: One Viewing
10+ bought
Gaylarious Virtual LGBT Stand-Up Comedy Show (June 25–August 20)
Gaylarious Virtual LGBT Stand-Up Comedy Show (June 25–August 20)
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$10.00 $5.00
50% discount_off
06/25/20 at 9 p.m. ET: One General-Admission Ticket
10+ bought
Livestream Name that Tune, Dueling Pianos, or Piano Bar Bingo (Through August 29)
Livestream Name that Tune, Dueling Pianos, or Piano Bar Bingo (Through August 29)
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$5.00
Name that Tune
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Virtual Stand-Up: Comedy's Best Kept Secret Tour 2020 featuring Dan Frigolette (May 22–July 31)
Virtual Stand-Up: Comedy's Best Kept Secret Tour 2020 featuring Dan Frigolette (May 22–July 31)
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$41.49 $6.00
85% discount_off
7/17/20 at 12 a.m. EST: One General-Admission Ticket
1 bought
Jazz Age Jeopardy: Virtual Interactive Murder Mystery Experience
Jazz Age Jeopardy: Virtual Interactive Murder Mystery Experience
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$275.00
Through 07/31/2020: Admission to Virtual Show for Up to 10 People
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Chippendales@Home! Virtual Party
Chippendales@Home! Virtual Party
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$200.00 $150.00
25% discount_off
30-Minute Party for Up to 9 Guests + Souvenir Video
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Ben Seidman: Camera Tricks Live Interactive Virtual Magic Show (July 10–July 22)
Ben Seidman: Camera Tricks Live Interactive Virtual Magic Show (July 10–July 22)
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$40.00 $28.00
30% discount_off
07/17/20 at 8 p.m. ET / 5 p.m.: One General-Admission Ticket

If you find yourself this side of the Mason-Dixon line, swing into Charleston to experience some of the best the South has to offer. Put on your Sunday best, arm yourself with a mint julep and strut down the cobblestone streets. Charleston has several popular attractions:

  • Book a walking tour through centuries-old mansions and cobblestone streets
  • Start a tour of the city from The Battery overlooking the Charleston Harbor
  • Sign up for a boat tour for a view of Charleston Harbor from the water
  • Visit The Charleston City Market’s many boutiques for local goods  
  • Swing dance through the crowd at King Street’s Prohibition bar

There’s plenty of things to do in Charleston on a rainy day or gloomy night – explore historic buildings or grab a cozy cup of coffee. Here are more ideas on things to do indoors:

  • Marvel at antique furnishings at Aiken-Rhett House Museum, originally built in the 19th century
  • Explore the historic home of Nathaniel Russell, now immortalized as a museum
  • Give Edmund’s Oasts many beer selections a try
  • Try the evolving sandwich menu at Butcher & Bee

Charleston’s foodie culture creates a better-than-average craft burger scene. Round out your trip with gamete pretzels and laidback local hangouts. Here’s a few must-see places near Charleston:

  • Enjoy a lavender latte at Black Tap
  • Stop by The Mezz on King Street, a hidden-to-the-naked-eye second-floor jazz club and lounge
  • Try the okonomiaki, a Japanese cabbage pancake found at Xiao Bar Biscuit
  • Visit Cypress Gardens, a swan-filled park located just outside of Charleston city limits
  • Hit up the beach then grab a meal at The Obstinate Daughter

Charleston is defined by its waterways — it bridges the Ashley River, Cooper River, and the Atlantic Ocean. South Carolina’s Colonial port city boasts gorgeous views and scrumptious seafood. From historic tours to fun on the water, there’s many things to do in Charleston. Here are a few ideas for exciting activities :

  • Get your hands dirty and shuck oysters at Charleston Oyster Roasts
  • Reserve a table at Sean Brock’s flagship restaurant, Husk
  • Sample a meat plate at Spring Street’s Artisan Meat Share
  • Keep it low-key at Closed for Business, a Charleston beer haven
  • Relax at King Street Grille with 36 flat-screen TVs and gametime menu options

 

Charleston and its surrounding area has a variety of adventure for the whole family. Whether your kids have a green thumb or they if they are interested by an interactive history lesson, Charleston has a lot to offer. Here’s a sample of family-friendly things to do near Charleston:

  • Young thrill-seekers will get a kick out of Charleston Zip Line Adventures
  • Tom’s Toys has lots of room for kids to play
  • Treat yourself to the menu at Kaminsky’s Dessert Cafe
  • Cool off with gelato from Paolo’s
  • Visit Republic Ice cream for a homemade cone