The wife and I have been to Charleston before and we love it. We are taking my mom this time and she has never been so what would be the best "welcome to Charleston" thing to do when we arrive? We'll be getting there this coming Saturday afternoon (24th) and after a 5 hour drive I'm not sure we'll do a lot that day, maybe swing by the Visitor Center and pick up our Heritage Passport's.
So, with us getting there around 3 or 4, what should we do first? Take a carriage tour of the city so my mom can get her bearings of the city and a relatively quick overview? Do we save the tour for the next day when we aren't as tired and just get some good Charleston food instead as our welcome?
Here's our itinerary so far:
Saturday - arrive, get settled in, pick up Heritage Passport's, not sure what else?
Sunday - Hunley tour @ 2, depending on what we do Saturday we might do a carriage tour
Monday - Using Heritage Passport see Drayton and Middleton
Tuesday - Using Heritage Passport see other houses, museums - maybe go see Angel Oak
Wednesday - SC Aquarium, maybe just walk around the Historic area - an easy day, maybe a Ghost tour that night?
Thursday - Cypress Gardens
Friday - Coming home
Since my wife is pregnant and my mom isn't going to be climbing and walking a whole lot, I have tried to leave some downtime in there as I figure how tired they are will dictate a lot of what we do outside those things we've purchased tickets for (Heritage Passport & Hunley). We are staying at Folly Beach in a vacation rental so just relaxing is big too.
With all that said, are there any "must see/do" things I have left out that I should add? This list is pretty flexible with the exception of the Hunley tour. I'd appreciate any feedback or ideas!