Much of Charleston's rich history and heritage has been preserved.   Visitors have so much to choose from to suit their needs regarding interests, time, travel to the sites, etc. that the selection can be overwhelming.  Here is a list of some links and descriptions that can help you plan your itinerary.

In Charleston (historic district)

Tour Type:    Carriage Ride

     Carolina Polo and Carriage Company                      

     Classic Carriage Tours                  

     Old South Carriage Company                              

     Old Towne Carriage Company     

     Palmetto Carriage Company               

 

Tour Type:    Visit of a Historic Home:

      Aiken-Rhett House -

     Calhoun Mansion -

     Nathaniel Russell House -

 

Tour Type:    Walking

     Art and Photography Tours -     Charleston Photo Tours        Old Charleston Walking Tours        

     Civil War Tours -        Bulldog Tours         Ed Grimball's Walking Tours   Old Charleston Walking Tours         The Original Charleston Walks     Tour Charleston             Charleston Strolls Walk with History 

     Food and Drink -   Culinary Tours of Charleston      Old Charleston Walking Tours        Pub Stroll     Pub Tour

     Ghost & Haunted Tours -      Bulldog Tours       Charleston Graveyard Walking Tour    Old Charleston Walking Tours           Tour Charleston         Haunted Jail Tour     Charleston Ghost & Dungeon Walking Tour 

     History, Historic Homes/Gardens -    Charleston Sole       Old Charleston Walking Tours           The Original Charleston Walks       Charleston Strolls 

     Pirate Tours -        Charleston Strolls         Old Charleston Walking Tours            Pirates and Buccaneers       Tour Charleston 

     Slavery/Freedom -   Old Charleston Walking Tours            Slavery and Freedom Tour

     Solo - (printed guide)  -      Walking Tour Books

 

Tour Type:  Museums and Aquarium

     American Military Museum -

     Childrens Museum of the Lowcountry

     Citadel Museum -  

     Gibbes Art Museum -  

     Old Exchange and Provost Dungeon -

     South Carolina Aquarium -      The SC Aquarium represents all of the fish that live in South Carolina - from mountains to sea.  Large  touch-tank program, a  385,000 gallon "Great Ocean Tank" , a  daily interactive "dive show".  Behind-the-scenes tours of the Sea Turtle hospital and of tank areas (jellyfish, etc) are offered but must be pre-arranged by contacting the aquarium.  Gift shop with everything from t-shirts to fine jewelry.   

     The Charleston Museum -

 

Tour Type:  Bus or Minibus

     Adventure Sightseeing

     Charleston by Minibus

     Charleston Tours

     Gray Line Tours

     Gullah Tour -

 

Tour Type:   "On the Water"

     Fort Sumter Tour -

     Harbor  & Dinnner Cruises - this tour is a leisurely, narrated boat ride in the Charleston Harbor, making a loop from the tip of the peninsula towards Ft. Sumter to Patriot's Point and to the Ravenel Bridge before returning to the dock.

     Patriot's Point - Here you will be able to tour an aircraft carrier and have great views of Charleston, Ft. Sumter, etc.

     Thriller Boat Ride -  1 hour 25+ mile tour.   Live narration and rock tunes on a 43-passenger hi-speed power catamaran boat ride.

     Charleston Harbor Tours - Live narrated by the captain, this harbor history tour covers 75 points of interest and over 300 years of history on the beautiful waters of Charleston Harbor.  

     Schooner Pride  - Take a trip back in time aboad this 18th century replica schooner.  The Pride is a 3 masted tall ship with a capacity of 49 passengers + crew.  She sails from the Aquarium downtown - enjoy the breeze and beautiful skyline than on a sunset cruise.  Cash bar on board with beer and wine.

 

Outside of Charleston (can be reached by car or by tour company)

     Boone Hall Plantation

     Charles Pinckney Site -

     Charleston Tea Plantation -

     Cypress Gardens -

     Drayton Hall -

     Ft. Moultrie - There is a nice visitor's center in which you may view a 20-minute video about the history of Ft. Moultrie.  A small museum leads you to the actual fort (on the other side of the street) in which you can tour the underground as well as above-ground features of this reconstructed fort.  Views from the highest points allow you to see Charleston, Ft. Sumter, and the nearby lighthouses.

     Magnolia Plantation and Gardens -

     Mepkin Abbey -

     Middleton Place -

     The Hunley - (open only on Saturdays and Sundays) - this is a working laboratory which is trying to restore the Hunley submarine

    

Tour Companies

    Bulldog Tours

    Charleston Strolls 

    Charleston Tours

    Lowcountry Tours

    Old Charleston Walking Tours        

    Traveler of Charleston