Top 26 Things to do in Charleston, South Carolina

Charleston, the oldest city in the state of South Carolina, is a fun destination for everyone from those interested in the city's rich history, to people looking to enjoy some of Charleston's exciting attractions. It can be hard to pick which things to do in Charleston, or Chucktown, simply because of the variety of famous sites which call the city home.

A Walk Through History Tour
Hit the pavement for a guided stroll through Charleston's charming neighborhoods, delving into the city's rich history as a knowledgeable guide leads you by iconic landmarks and hidden gardens. Read More

Categories: Land Adventures, Tours & Sightseeing

2 hours

Free cancellation

$25
per adult

Charleston Carriage Tour
Bring Charleston to life on this informative tour through one of America's most historic southern cities. Meander along roads that pre-date the revolution, as your local guide explains the historical context behind some of Charleston's most iconic sites. Read More

Categories: Tours & Sightseeing

1 hour

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$25

$22
per adult

Chef's Kitchen Tour
Immerse yourself in Charleston's vibrant food scene with a behind-the-scenes look at the kitchens and cooks at the helm of the Lowcountry Cuisine Renaissance. Meet the chefs, examine their menus, and learn about their culinary philosophies on this guided tour.... Read More

$60
per adult

Chilling Charleston Macabre Ghost Tour
Roam centuries-old streets weathered by time and tragedy as you walk in the footsteps of Charleston's most notorious criminals—and resident phantoms—on this spooky walking tour through the city's haunted past. Read More

Categories: Tours & Sightseeing

1 hour 30 minutes

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$20

$15
per adult

Full-Day Charleston Tour
See the highlights of Charleston on this day trip from Myrtle Beach. Your full-day tour includes a carriage ride, boat trip around the harbor, lunch, and a tour of Boone Hall Plantation. Read More

Categories: Tickets & Passes

10 hours

Free cancellation

$109
per adult

Ghosts & Dungeons Walking Tour
Delve into the spooky history, chilling mysteries, and supernatural phenomena of Charleston on this guided walking tour. Explore the historic center of town and listen to stories of ghosts, voodoo, and crime in "The Holy City. " Read More

Categories: Land Adventures, Tours & Sightseeing

1 hour 30 minutes

Free cancellation

$22
per adult

Ghosts & Graveyards Walking Tour
Dig into Charleston's storied past as you tour the spooky side of the city's historic center. Then, step through the gates of the oldest cemetery in town to hear the tales of those who found their final resting place in... Read More

Categories: Land Adventures, Tours & Sightseeing

1 hour 30 minutes

Free cancellation

$22
per adult

Harbor of History Cruise
Climb aboard the Carolina Belle for a daytime voyage through Charleston's harbor. This sightseeing cruise covers more than 20 miles (32 km) and 300 years of interesting area history. Read More

Categories: Day Cruises & Water Activities

1 hour 30 minutes

Free cancellation

$24
per adult

Haunted Ghost Tour of the USS Yorktown
Led by your expert guide, listen to mysterious legends as you explore the famous USS Yorktown in Charleston and see areas normally off-limits to the public. This iconic World War II ship is home to many ghost stories and haunting... Read More

Categories: Tours & Sightseeing

1 hour 30 minutes

Free cancellation

$24
per adult

Historic Charleston Walking Tour
Travel back in time as you delve into the colorful past of Charleston on a memorable walking tour. Admire the elegant architecture of grand mansions, the lavish landscaping of mature gardens, and listen to unique tales about events and individuals... Read More

Categories: Land Adventures, Tours & Sightseeing

2 hours

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$25

$20
per adult

Historic City Landmarks Tour & Harbor Cruise
Feel the magic of Charleston on a pair of tours that show you the best of this venerable city. A relaxing ride takes you to the historic homes and landmarks that fill the town, and then a boat cruise on... Read More

Categories: Day Cruises & Water Activities, Tours & Sightseeing

3 hours

Free cancellation

$37
per adult

Historic City Tour & Charleston Museum
Travel back in time to the early days the nation with a tour that immerses you in Charleston's historic sights and centuries-old landmarks. Afterward, peruse the fascinating exhibits of the Charleston Museum—recognized by the American Alliance of Museums as the... Read More

Categories: Land Adventures, Tours & Sightseeing

3 hours

Free cancellation

$29
per adult

Historic City Tour & Southern Mansion Tour
Immerse yourself in the colonial past, American heritage, and pre-war beauty of Charleston on this tour of the city's historic heart. After scoping out landmarks from Rainbow Row to the City Market, visit a restored mansion for a true glimpse... Read More

Categories: Land Adventures, Tours & Sightseeing

2 hours

Free cancellation

$29
per adult

Historic City Walking Tour
Encounter the best that Charleston has to offer on this informative and memorable historic walk. Enjoy the guidance and stories from you expert local guides, as you meander the through the city and garner tons of historical knowledge. Read More

Categories: Land Adventures, Tours & Sightseeing

2 hours

Free cancellation

$18
per adult

Historic Downtown Landmarks Tour
Climb aboard for a trip through Charleston that takes you across 300 years' worth of history in this great American city. With comfortable, spacious seating aboard a minibus designed specifically to navigate narrow downtown streets, you get up-close views of... Read More

Categories: Attractions, Land Adventures, Tours & Sightseeing

1 hour 30 minutes

Free cancellation

$22
per adult

Legends of Charleston's Ghosts Tour
Dare to venture out onto Charleston's haunted streets to walk with ghosts and hear tales of past lifetimes and unfinished business. Visit a cemetery and keep your eyes peeled for anything unusual as your local guide provides gripping narration of... Read More

Categories: Attractions, Land Adventures, Tours & Sightseeing

1 hour 30 minutes

Free cancellation

$18
per adult

Murder Walk: A Murder Mystery Tour
Mayhem, murder, and some good old sleuthing fun await you on this entertaining walking tour. Put on your detective hat and hit the streets of Charleston with your guide, solving clues as you retrace the steps of a killer to... Read More

Categories: Tours & Sightseeing

1 hour 30 minutes

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$20

$15
per adult

Residential Horse-Drawn Carriage Ride
Experience the charm of a horse-drawn carriage ride on this unique tour through historic Charleston. As you hear the gentle sound of your horse's hooves clopping along cobblestone streets, enjoy the ride as your local guide shows you around this... Read More

Categories: Adventures, Tours & Sightseeing

1 hour

$25
per adult

Salt Marsh Adventure Tour
Surround yourself with shimmering water and spartina grass as you coast through the marshland off Folly Beach. On your adventure along the waterways, experience the beauty of South Carolina's natural world as you catch glimpses of wildlife and stroll along... Read More

Categories: Day Cruises & Water Activities

2 hours

Free cancellation

$45
per adult

Savor the Flavor Walking Tour
Taste your way through the flavors, savors, and aromas of Charleston on this guided walking tour of the city's favorite eateries and cuisines. Explore the city's history and culture as you sample grits, pralines, sweet tea, and other delicious Lowcountry... Read More

$60
per adult

Schooner Pride Harbor Cruise
Join an experienced sailing crew as you raise the sails and cruise through the beautiful Charleston Harbor. Enjoy fresh air, a fully-packed cash and snack bar, and even bring a picnic lunch as you take in the many sights and... Read More

Categories: Day Cruises & Water Activities

2 hours

Free cancellation

$37
per adult

South Carolina Aquarium
From the mountain to the sea, take a captivating aquatic journey and discover 60 unique habitats including a 385,000 gallon Great Ocean Tank. Read More

Categories: Attractions

2 hours

Free cancellation

$25
per adult

Southern Rendezvous Tour
Step out into the streets of Charleston to soak up its southern charm as you delve into the colorful history this eclectic and beautiful city. With an expert guide leading the way, weave through gas-lit streets to uncover the secrets... Read More

Categories: Land Adventures, Tours & Sightseeing

1 hour 30 minutes

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$20

$15
per adult

Sunset Cruise on Schooner Pride
Hop off the mainland and onto The Schooner Pride for a sunset cruise through Charleston Harbor. Enjoy a cash bar with beer, wine, soft drinks, and snacks as you admire a variety of area historical attractions at sunset. Read More

Categories: Day Cruises & Water Activities

2 hours

Free cancellation

$48
per adult

The Dark Side of Charleston Walking Tour
Immerse yourself in Charleston's sordid, spooky, and seedy past as you explore the city's darker side, passing by long-shuttered brothels, brutal crime sites, and the locations where the city's most disreputable scandals took place. Read More

Categories: Land Adventures, Tours & Sightseeing

1 hour 30 minutes

Free cancellation

$22
per adult

The Haunted Old City Jail Tour
Step inside the spooky halls of the Old City Jail, built in 1802, which housed the city's most infamous criminals until 1939. Hear the chilling tales of the murderess Lavinia Fisher, Civil War-era prisoners, and even pirates whose ghosts are... Read More

Categories: Land Adventures, Tours & Sightseeing

45 minutes

Free cancellation

$22
per adult

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