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Top Beaches in Charleston - page 3

Top Beaches in Charleston

The beach might not be the first thing that comes to mind when planning a trip to historic Charleston, but the shores of South Carolina’s Lowcountry are dotted with beautiful stretches of sand. Here are some of the best options for a day of sun, sand, and sea.

Kiawah Island

Situated about an hour outside of Charleston, Kiawah Island ranks among South Carolina’s top beach resorts. Visitors will find a public beach—considered one of the best in the country—at the southern end of this beautiful barrier island, as well as plenty of bike paths.

Folly Beach

Perhaps the most iconic beach in Lowcountry, Folly Beach has a little bit of everything: waves for surfing, lifeguards for safe swimming, a fishing pier, food vendors, and even a historic lighthouse (Morris Island) at the mouth of Charleston Harbor. Folly Beach is also a popular jumping off point for stand-up paddleboarding trips along the Carolina coast.

Sullivan’s Island

This largely residential barrier island north of downtown Charleston was once the stomping ground of poet Edgar Allan Poe. Today, visitors come for its broad beach where an offshore sandbar creates excellent conditions for swimming and kiteboarding.

Isle of Palms

Located just across an inlet from Sullivan’s Island, Isle of Palms attracts families with its lively beaches and collection of shops and oceanfront restaurants.Those with an interest in angling can head out to fish in the creeks of Charleston Harbor or out to sea to catch flounder and red fish trout.

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Get a Photoshoot and a Tour in Charleston
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Get a Photoshoot and a Tour in Charleston

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Liz Legare Duren is a 10th generation Charlestonian and was an award-winning professional wedding photographer for 17 years. Her work would regularly be featured in Charleston Magazine and The Knot. In 2013 She combined her love of Charleston History with her talents as a portrait artist to create the only walking tour of the city with a photoshoot.
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Chef's Farm-to-Table Challenge and Walking Tour in Charleston
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Chef's Farm-to-Table Challenge and Walking Tour in Charleston

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This 3-hour tour showcases the seasonal bounty of the Lowcountry and the creative prowess of a local chef. - Handpick local seasonal produce at a neighborhood market alongside a Charleston chef. - Explore the historic Cannonborough-Elliotborough neighborhood with a city-certified guide. - Enjoy a one-of-a-kind farm-to-table experience at a local restaurant with a 5+ course feast, created from your seasonal Market selections. This is a great way to explore a beloved local produce shop and historic neighborhood, meet a Charleston chef (or two!), and see their creativity in action. Come enjoy a true Charleston farm-to-table experience, that's unique, local, and not-to-be-missed.
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  • 3 to 4 hours
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The Best of Charleston: History, Culture & Architecture Tour

The Best of Charleston: History, Culture & Architecture Tour

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Your guide brings history to life during this Charleston walking tour of the city's historical downtown. See notable buildings including the Nathaniel Russell House, the Old Exchange and Provost Dungeon, and the Old Slave Mart Museum. As you walk over the flat and easy terrain with your guide, discover the history that occurred right under your feet and around every corner from Rainbow Row to the Battery.
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  • 2 hours
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Small Group Haunted History Walking Tour of Charleston

Small Group Haunted History Walking Tour of Charleston

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Come join Charleston's premier ghost tour company on a 60 minute haunted history adventure. On this small group tour, you will be guided by a history expert familiar with the darker side of Charleston. See why leading publications tout Charleston as one of the most haunted cities in America. Come join us on a journey were memories haunt visions lurk and the impossible and unexplained could be around the next corner.
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  • 1 hour 10 minutes
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Charleston's Historic Residential Horse and Carriage Tour
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Charleston's Historic Residential Horse and Carriage Tour

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This one-hour tour tells the tales of Charleston's most pivotal moments and will have travelers falling in love with the unique culture and beautiful landscapes of this southern city. Your experience begins in the stable opposite Market Street, where you'll interact with horses before riding along in a custom carriage through the landmarks and attractions of this coastal town. The 16-passenger carriages are lighter and more comfortable that most, making them as enjoyable for the horses are they are for travelers!
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Charleston's Best History Walking Tour - 10 AM

Charleston's Best History Walking Tour - 10 AM

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See the historical sights of Charleston on a walking tour with a guide who tells you about the city's long history. You'll wander along narrow streets and alleys, passing by antebellum homes and other attractions as you listen to stories about Charleston's past 300 years.
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2-Hour Marsh Paddleboard Eco Tour
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2-Hour Marsh Paddleboard Eco Tour

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Exploring Charleston’s tidal marshes by stand up paddle board increases your chances of seeing wildlife hiding among the reeds while providing a fun and challenging activity. First-time paddle boarders love the personalized instruction and attention from your guide, while just about everyone appreciates getting close to dolphins, turtles, and more in the wild.
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Charleston’s African-American History & Philip Simmons Walking Tour
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Charleston’s African-American History & Philip Simmons Walking Tour

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This tour is an exploration of Charleston's 350 year old African community. Our experience starts at the Philip Simmons House where one of the greatest African-American artists of the 20th century created a lifetime of beauty. Led by museum docents, witness the humble life of a great Charleston artisan. We continue our experience by walking down America Street, the center of Charleston’s African-American community. Along the way, learn about and witness the trials and tribulations of the past and present. We stop briefly at the edge of the African-American community to give a powerful visualization of class division that still exists in the city today. Finally, we walk to Mother Emanuel AME Church. Learn about how free people of color came together to form flourishing communities and houses of worship. Learn how the Emanuel 9 Shooting brought the entire world together in the fight against racism.
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Small-Group Tour: Charleston Old Walled City Historical Walking Tour

Small-Group Tour: Charleston Old Walled City Historical Walking Tour

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A walking tour of Charleston is especially pleasant when done in a small group of just 15 people or fewer. Avoid overcrowded sidewalks and photo ops as you follow your guide through the historic French Quarter, past the mansions of Broad Street, and down to the Charleston Battery. As you walk, your guide regales you with tales of Charleston's fascinating history, which is all too easy to miss if you forgo a guide.
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  • 2 hours
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Charleston Photography Tours - Half Day Expedition
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Charleston Photography Tours - Half Day Expedition

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Unlike walking tours, this adventure is not only getting you to the hidden gems around Charleston, but we operate on your pace. We never rush you or hurry you along. Take all the time you need at each location to get the best shot, and our guides are always available to answer any questions you might have. We'll pick you up from your hotel or rental and whisk you away to your adventure! Don't miss this complete Charleston experience! UNTIL FURTHER NOTICE: All tours will operate with the guests following in their own vehicle. We will designate a safe and secure meeting location near your place of stay.
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  • 5 hours
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The Dinner Detective Mystery Dinner Show - Charleston, SC

The Dinner Detective Mystery Dinner Show - Charleston, SC

America’s LARGEST interactive comedy murder mystery dinner show is now playing in Charleston, SC! At The Dinner Detective Murder Mystery Dinner Show, you’ll tackle a challenging crime while you feast on a fantastic dinner. Just beware! The criminal is lurking somewhere in the room, and you may find yourself as a Prime Suspect before you know it! Each admission includes our fantastic full dinner, murder mystery entertainment, waitstaff gratuity, prize package for Top Sleuth, and much more! Cash bar and ATM are available throughout the event. PLEASE NOTE: Prop guns, loud simulated gunshots, and short lighting blackouts are used as part of the performance! Mild adult language and adult innuendo may also occur. No one under the age of 12 is allowed to attend. For more information email: chl.info@thedinnerdetective.com.
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Charleston's Most Beautiful Walk Guided Small-Group Walking Tour
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Charleston's Most Beautiful Walk Guided Small-Group Walking Tour

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Travel back in time to discover one of America’s most historic cities—Charleston, South Carolina—on this guided small-group walking tour. Explore some of the city’s most historic neighborhoods on Charleston’s most beautiful walk. Visit the Old Exchange and Provost Dungeon, a colonial building with a 300-year history; Rainbow Row, the longest cluster of Georgian row houses in the United States; plus the private gardens along Tradd Street; White Point Garden at the tip of the peninsula; the mansions along East Battery Street; mysterious Stoll’s Alley and many more.
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  • 2 hours
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90-Minute Historic Walking Tour of Charleston

90-Minute Historic Walking Tour of Charleston

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Charleston’s historic alleyways and pocket gardens can’t be reached by car or carriage, making this Charleston walking tour an excellent option for visiting the Holy City’s enticing nooks and crannies. Follow a guide through the French Quarter, down to the Battery, and right past Rainbow Row as you learn about the city’s 350-year history from a licensed tour guide.
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Drayton Hall Admission Ticket with Interpreter-Guided Tour

Drayton Hall Admission Ticket with Interpreter-Guided Tour

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Discover historic Drayton Hall, the oldest preserved Plantation house in America still open to the public. Founded in 1738, Drayton Hall is the nation’s earliest example of fully executed Palladian architecture. Enjoy a 1-hour interpreter-guided tour of this historic estate and complete your visit with a self-guided tour of the grounds as well as access to two galleries and an 18t-century African-American cemetery. Explore Drayton Hall on this family-friendly excursion from downtown Charleston; guarantee admission to this popular site by booking ahead. Ticket includes admission to all Drayton Hall attractions. Plenty of free parking makes for an easy drive.
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Charleston History and Hops Tour: Bar and History Walk
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Charleston History and Hops Tour: Bar and History Walk

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Come live the Local Life with Captain Bryan or Guide Adam Moore! This experience is for guests who enjoy sipping their way through a new city full of history. This is not a classic "sit there and shut up tour" but an opportunity to engage with a local. The licensed guide will meet guests at the initial bar establishment and receive a small complimentary snack and the opportunity to purchase some of the areas finest beers/ mixed drinks while the guide goes over the historical roots of the city. From there guests will walk the historical alley ways and cobblestone streets of Charleston to several cultural sites included a dungeon, the original city theater, and 300 year old homes. A second bar will be the site of another drink opportunity where the guide will relate stories specifically regarding the Prohibition era in Charleston and its affect on the populace. Towards the end of the experience guests will find themselves in a local park along the waterfront. Come live the local life!
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Drayton Hall Plantation Admission Ticket in Charleston

Drayton Hall Plantation Admission Ticket in Charleston

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One of the most popular plantations in the Charleston Area, Drayton Hall is a top choice among visitors—and tickets can go fast. Guarantee entry by booking ahead, and then visit on your own schedule without having to adhere to a tour. This all-access admission ticket includes a narrated home tour, as well as access to the historic grounds, the Gates Gallery, and an interactive educational program.
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Charleston Chicora 2 Hours Walking Tour

Charleston Chicora 2 Hours Walking Tour

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This is a 2 hour walk through 350 years of the history of the beautiful city of Charleston. We tell an accurate, interesting, sad, tragic, uplifting, dramatic, sometimes funny, tale.
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Charleston Ghosts of Liberty Guided Walking Tour

Charleston Ghosts of Liberty Guided Walking Tour

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Decide for yourself if Charleston’s ghost stories are true on this haunted after-hours tour of the Holy City. Walk to infamously spooky locations—including the Old Exchange and Provost Dungeon—and hear a mix of history and lore from your guide about soldiers who once fought within the city.
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Private Departure Transfer to Charleston Airport (CHS)

Private Departure Transfer to Charleston Airport (CHS)

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Why stress waiting for unreliable taxis or shuttle services to pick you up from your hotel? Ensure peace of mind with a private transfer to the Charleston Airport (CHS). Get to the airport with time to spare for your luggage check in and security clearance. Transfer services are available 24 hours a day, seven days a week. Choose from a luxury or economy sedan transfer for three people or a sport utility vehicle transfer that carries up to five passengers.
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Wild Blue Ropes Adventure Park Admission Ticket

Wild Blue Ropes Adventure Park Admission Ticket

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Step out of the ordinary to experience an exciting, exhilarating outdoor adventure in Charleston, SC. At Wild Blue Ropes Adventure Park, we offer opportunities for personal challenge. Whether you aim to conquer your perceived limitations or move beyond individual comfort zones, we’ve got the experience for you. Our team believes success is what happens when failure is confronted head-on, and ultimately turned upside down. It’s a “challenge by choice” philosophy, encouraging each individual to participate, engage, and grow from the experience. The common theme of all Wild Blue Ropes programs is to promote physical activity, critical thinking, and problem solving skills. Providing visitors with a unique opportunity for personal exploration and gaining self-confidence is what we’re passionate about. But we’re more than just a destination. We strive to provide unparalleled customer service while providing you with the best, most unique, outdoor experience in Charleston, SC!
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French Quarter Historic Charleston Walk
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French Quarter Historic Charleston Walk

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This historical overview of Charleston's French Quarter highlights the Holy City's finest points of interest. Bring a camera to capture the beauty, and enjoy a breathtaking walk through colonial and early American architecture. Your native Charleston guide will show you unique landmarks with intriguing narratives of how these structures originated. The tour includes visits through cobblestone alleys and passages to admire the spectacular historic fabric of the district. The tour also includes an easy stroll along Charleston's majestic harbor with its castle and forts that shaped much of America's maritime and military history.
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Small Group History & Storytelling Tour of Historic Charleston

Small Group History & Storytelling Tour of Historic Charleston

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Most Tours in Charleston will take out 20 people on a tour. I keep my tours smaller and max out at 10 people. By having smaller groups it allows my guests to have a more personalized and unique experience. You get me, an experienced tour guide (Adam Moore) as your tour guide. I do every tour so you can be assured you will be getting the real deal :) So grab a coffee and get your day started off right with a morning history tour of beautiful Charleston, South Carolina. I will provide Intricate and detailed history, plus great storytelling and personality on our tour. Again, I like to keep these tours smaller in size to encourage conversations and questions.
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Sip n’ Shop in Charleston

Sip n’ Shop in Charleston

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This is the only shopping experience you will find in Charleston. You will get complimentary wine throughout the tour and exclusive discounts at each boutique. Also enjoy a complimentary Meade tasting at Savannah Bee Co. This tour is so much fun!
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Charleston’s Strong Women of the South History Tour
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Charleston’s Strong Women of the South History Tour

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The Strong Women of the South History Tour is an exploration of historical Charleston from the perspective of the founding mothers and women of every color who contributed to our Great American Dream. Along the way, you will discover the beautiful truth: Charleston is the matriarchal capital of the western world, a city once owned and controlled by women. Our exploration begins at the alleged execution site of America's First Female Serial Killer. We stand in the spot where she met her fate and hear her story. Then, you get to decide: was she really a serial killer or a woman protecting her rights! Next, we visit the homes and sites of the “Old Maids," Women’s Rights Activists, Printers, Artisans, Madams, Shopkeepers, and Plantation owners while discovering their contributions and conundrums, all written over by modern history. Last, we visit the homes and shops of the women who built this great city.
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