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Best way to see historic area & Ft. Sumter on a day trip?

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Best way to see historic area & Ft. Sumter on a day trip?

We will have a week in Hilton Head very soon and would like to take day trips to both Savannah & Charleston (different days). We are not familiar with these areas.

Where is the best place to go (& park) to take a minibus or trolley tour of the historic areas? (We cannot do extensive walking.)

Any suggestions for best tour to take?

Suggestions for lunch in area (fresh seafood--nothing too fancy)?

We'd also like to see Ft. Sumter if that's not too difficult to do. Info?

Any suggestions, info, or advice will be GREATLY appreciated! TIA--

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1. Re: Best way to see historic area & Ft. Sumter on a day trip?

There is a Combo tour that is available with either Grayline Bus Tours or Adventure Sightseeing Tours~ They will give you a 90 minute tour of Downtown Charleston and then connect you with your boat ride to Ft Sumter. The tours start at 9:15am and run every 30 min until 12:30pm (in order to connect with the last boat of the day)

All tours leave from the Visitors Center and your Discount tickets can be purchased at the Information counters when you arrive.

For lunch~ If you do the combo tour~ will have to be something quick and light. If you are in town for dinner that is when you can take some time and walk to the City Market or East Bay Street and there are plenty of casual restaurants to choose from....

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2. Re: Best way to see historic area & Ft. Sumter on a day trip?

Thanks!

Is there parking at the Visitor's Center?

Is the boat (combo tour) difficult to board for Ft. Sumter? He can do some steps (stairs) with handrail or help. I've e-mailed Adventure Tours about that but no reply yet.

We're thinking of eating at A W Shucks on State St.--seems like it's easy to get to from the V C on Meeting St.

We just want some good local seafood--nothing fancy. Is this place OK?

Better suggestion that's easy to get to in this area?

Is there parking there also?

We have a handicapped permit--can walk short distances or push chair for moderate distances, but don't want to walk long distances iin the heat.

Thanks for your help!

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3. Re: Best way to see historic area & Ft. Sumter on a day trip?

Yes... There is parking at the Visitors Center~ There is lot out front that would be easiest for you. Just keep your handicap sticker visible and you are good to go.

The bus has 2 or 3 steps nothing too bad... You do have to walk from the bus to the Ft. Sumter loading dock which is not far but seems far when you are not the best walker. If there is a problem just have the person take a seat on one of the park benches and someone else run up and get a wheel chair!

I have not been to A W Shucks in years personally... But plenty of people eat there and I heard that they just recently renovated the inside. There is limited parking around the market~ But again if you have a handicap sticker just keep that visible and you should be fine.

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4. Re: Best way to see historic area & Ft. Sumter on a day trip?

Thanks so much for the info--

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5. Re: Best way to see historic area & Ft. Sumter on a day trip?

We took the combo tour and really enjoyed it. Parking easy and they take you right to the boat when the city tour is over. There is one stop (get out) at the waterfront (by rainbow row) for a few minutes. At Ft Sumpter there are places to sit in the shade at the fort if the walking around is too tiring and it's too warm.

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6. Re: Best way to see historic area & Ft. Sumter on a day trip?

Thanks!

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