Charleston Activities & Things to Do: Outdoor Attractions, Harbor Cruises & City Tours

Downtown Charleston
This historic part of the city is perhaps the most popular. Just a few of the most notable attractions that you may want to see during your trip include places such as the historical Fort Sumter and The Battery. Visitors will also be able to picnic at Waterfront Park or grab a bite to eat at the Historic Charleston City Market or the farmers market after visiting all the marine life at the South Carolina Aquarium or another interesting Charleston museum. The downtown area of Charleston is brimming with an array of activities and fun attractions. Be sure to also see the beauty along the Charleston Harbor in this historic district.

Historic Tours
For history buffs, there really is no better place to visit than Charletson, SC. Here, visitors can explore the Civil War era through real historic sites. Visit places such as the Magnolia Plantation, Fort Moultrie, Boone Hall Plantation, and the French Quarter. There are also famous homes located throughout the city including those of North Charleston and places such as the Nathaniel Russell House, Edmondston-Alston House, Joseph Manigault House, Heyward-Washington House, Aiken-Rhett House, and various plantation mansions including that of a Charleston Tea Plantation.

Sightseeing Tours
There are also many awesome ways to see the city. Explore the cobblestone streets on a horse-drawn carriage tour such as Charleston Carriage Tour of Antebellum Mansions, Churches & Gardens, which showcases the best of the best in this holy city. Guests can even embark upon fun culinary endeavors such as Charleston Culinary Tours to explore the unique flavors and cuisine of the city or embark upon the Charleston Old Walled City Walking Tour to enjoy some amazing fun and sightseeing opportunities.

Attractions
There are so many awesome things to see and do in Charleston, SC! The South Carolina Aquarium allows visitors of all ages to get to know marine life in a brand new way. Educate yourself about these creatures through various exhibits including hands-on interactive displays. Guests will also have a blast visiting places such as the Children’s Museum, or even go shopping at one of the amazing shopping malls and venues located within the city and along historic district areas such as King Street or the beautiful Mount Pleasant or White Point Gardens.

The things to do in Charleston, SC are practically unlimited! Experience a historic adventure at one of the many historic homes, plantations or Fort Sumter National Monument, visit the cobblestone street landscape and explore some of the lowcountry areas. Visit Charleston for an amazing time during your next vacation. There is so much fun to be had in this gorgeous and entertaining Southern city!  

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The Charleston Water Taxi is a scenic way to get around town with your family and friends. If you're visiting Charleston for the first time, this is one of those things that should be a great addition to your getaway! See some of the best sights while enjoying a marvelous view on this brilliant cruise.
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Historical Charleston, dating back to the American Revolution, along with important Civil War events has a comfortable, chartered guided, tour ride with numerous historical landmarks, beautiful gardens, even a Colonial Plantation (if, selected) for you to join in for fun.
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A group of passengers is enjoying a scenic boat tour on a green and white riverboat flying the American flag.
Explore the astounding and rich history of Charleston, SC on this Charleston Harbor of History Tour, an incredible look at the city's most fascinating aspects.
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While driving and sailing tours certainly have their place on a vacation itinerary, this historic walking tour of Charleston should not be left out, since getting some leg movement in is a great way to stay healthy while traveling.
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A horse-drawn carriage transports a group of tourists on a sunny day through a street lined with houses.
Learn about the history of the area on the Historic Carriage Tour of Charleston, in which you meet your guide at the Historic City Market, all before boarding a horse-drawn carriage that has been in operated by residents for centuries.
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A private historic carriage tour of Charleston provides an elegant way to enjoy the history-rich South Carolinian city; the experience provides a personal and memorable way to enjoy the sights of the area.
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A horse-drawn carriage is carrying passengers on a sunny day past residential buildings, guided by a coachman.
The Carriage Tour Of Historic Charleston is the perfect way to see the old town by real historians, and the tour is held about ten different times a day, so people will have the luxury of seeing the modern city, too.
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While all the other ghost tours in Charleston are peering through the iron fences of the many graveyards sprinkled throughout the city, your journey will head right in to learn the tales of horror that took place for the ghostly residents.
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Charleston South Carolina has it's own unique flavor and when people come to visit they love the food that is served there and now people can get a chance to taste some of the great food and have a tour guide take them to the hottest locations.
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A group of five people is cheerfully toasting with drinks at a dining table scattered with finished plates and glasses.
Join a culinary guide, through the streets of downtown Charleston, who will share historic landmarks and cultural stories as you stop at several restaurants and dine on some simply delicious food.
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