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Rainbow Row

Rainbow Row

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6,514 Reviews
83 to 107 East Bay Street, Charleston, South Carolina

The Basics

Situated in near Waterfront Park in the heart of Charleston’s historic district, Rainbow Row features on just about every Charleston walking tour and carriage ride, along with other popular points of interest like the Dock Street Theatre, White Point Gardens, St. Philip’s Episcopal Church, and the Waterfront Battery. Once commercial buildings, the houses today have all been converted to private residences—meaning you can only gawk at them from the outside.

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Recent reviews from experiences in Charleston

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Here’s a great tour!
Dace_M, Jun 2021
Historic Charleston Walking Tour: Rainbow Row, Churches, and More
Great tour! Great guide! The guide knew her facts! This is a great tour of the jistoricsitees in Charlestom
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Walking Tour of Charleston SC
Renee_R, Jun 2021
Historic Charleston Walking Tour: Rainbow Row, Churches, and More
Knowledge of our tour guide David Romein of the city of Charleston SC. David made the walk enjoyable.
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Very informative and enjoyable morning tour!
Suzie_S, Mar 2021
Historic Charleston Walking Tour: Rainbow Row, Churches, and More
Sarah was a wonderful and very knowledgeable tour guide! Loved hearing and seeing Washington park, Rainbow Row and the Battery.
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Excellent Tour Guide
Donald_T, Jun 2021
Historic Charleston Walking Tour: Rainbow Row, Churches, and More
Nancy was an experienced and exceptional tour guide. The weather was beautiful and the tour was interesting.
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A little of evrerything
Maren_P, May 2021
Historic Charleston Walking Tour: Rainbow Row, Churches, and More
The homes and cemeteries. The organizations that were started and still going on today were very interesting.
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Best tour!
Bre, May 2021
Historic Charleston Walking Tour: Rainbow Row, Churches, and More
The best historical tour I have taken in Charleston! Linda was absolutely amazing! I would definitely recommend this tour to anyone!
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Maria_L, May 2021
Historic Charleston Walking Tour: Rainbow Row, Churches, and More
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Great Guide
Sara_P, May 2021
Historic Charleston Walking Tour: Rainbow Row, Churches, and More
Our guide, Sarah, was very knowledgeable and kept us wanting to hear more. We were lucky to be in Charleston in late April and the weather was perfect for a walking tour. We will make a trip back to see more.
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Great walking toyr
Debbie, Apr 2021
Historic Charleston Walking Tour: Rainbow Row, Churches, and More
We lived our walking tour, learned so much history. Loved seeing all the best mansions in the Battery, that is the area where all the bey mansions are. There were also small side streets that were interesting, also with beautiful mansions. We also walked by the waterfront, parks, historical buildings etc. I would Reccommend this tour. There is a parking garage right by where we met which made it convenient.
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Fantastic guide and trip
Mahesh_K, Apr 2021
Historic Charleston Walking Tour: Rainbow Row, Churches, and More
Excellent guide. Very detailed. Engaging the folks. Questioning kids about history etc. fun trip. Really good guide - David!
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Great time spent!
Cathleen_R, Mar 2021
Historic Charleston Walking Tour: Rainbow Row, Churches, and More
John was a great host on our walk through the historical downtown of Charleston. He was the perfect mix of knowledge, humor, and kindness! Would definitely recommend this tour!!!
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Wonderful walking tour
Jonathan_F, Mar 2021
Historic Charleston Walking Tour: Rainbow Row, Churches, and More
Excellent historic walking tour of Charleston! Do not go it alone. You will get a real taste of this charming city.

Things to Know Before You Go

  • Rainbow Row is a must-see for architecture lovers and first-time visitors.

  • Don’t forget your camera; Rainbow Row make for one of Charleston’s best photo ops.

  • Wear comfortable walking shoes, especially if you’re visiting as part of a walking tour.

  • Guided tours that stop at Rainbow Row last anywhere from 80 minutes to three hours, depending which you’ve chosen.

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How to Get There

Rainbow Row is located on the stretch of East Bay Street between Tradd and Elliot streets in Charleston. It’s located a short walk from Waterfront Park, and it’s easily accessible on foot from just about anywhere in the historic district.

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When to Get There

For the best light for your photo—and sparser crowds to interfere with shot—plan to visit early in the morning or around sunset. In summer, expect hot, humid weather with highs in the upper 80s.

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Why the Pastel Colors?

No one’s sure just why the Rainbow Row houses got their signature sherbet-hued paint job. One theory posits that the houses were painted like this so drunken sailors returning from the port could easily find the right one. Another suggests the colors once indicated the type of goods sold within each house, making it easier to attract illiterate shoppers.

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