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Top Beaches in Charleston - page 2

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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Charleston in a Nutshell Private Tours

Charleston in a Nutshell Private Tours

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This private sightseeing tour of Charleston offers a local perspective on the most charming city in the South. Beat the crowds of bus tours and go where carriage rides can’t as your licensed guide drives you around the peninsula in the comfort of a private vehicle. As you drive past top sights like Waterfront Park and the Battery, hear stories of Charleston history and culture in the Holy City.
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Charleston's Alleys & Hidden Passages Guided Small-Group Walking Tour

Charleston's Alleys & Hidden Passages 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 enchanting alleys and hidden passages. 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 historic Philadelphia Alley, and many more.
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Charleston Harbor Speed Boat Adventure Tour

Charleston Harbor Speed Boat Adventure Tour

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Get behind the wheel of an F13 speedboat for a guided tour of Charleston Harbor. Learn the basics of operating the speedboat from your guide, and then follow the guide boat past the Battery, under the Ravenel Bridge, to the USS Yorktown, and more, stopping for photo ops and to optionally change drivers. Small-group tour is limited to eight people or fewer.
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Private Horse-Drawn Carriage Tour of Historic Charleston

Private Horse-Drawn Carriage Tour of Historic Charleston

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Explore Charleston in an intimate horse-drawn carriage during this private tour. Get personalized attention from your guide while riding through the historic streets of the old walled town.
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$325.00
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Lost Stories of Black Charleston Walking Tour

Lost Stories of Black Charleston Walking Tour

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Get an inside perspective on Charleston's lesser-known black history during this 2-hour walking tour. Listen as your guide tells forgotten folktales and facts about important figures in the city's history.
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Historic Carriage Tour of Charleston

Historic Carriage Tour of Charleston

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Travel back to Colonial times aboard a horse-drawn carriage and discover more than 300 years of history on this guided, 1-hour tour of Charleston. See the many mansions, churches and gardens of yesteryear on this narrated tour around historic Charleston. Enjoy the romantic clip-clop sound as this educational adventure winds through the streets and learn about this ‘Holy City’ and its rich history and role in Civil War times. See the Old Exchange and Provost Dungeon, one of the most historic buildings in America, and much more.
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Highlights of Charleston Guided Walking Tour

Highlights of Charleston Guided Walking Tour

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Without a guided walking tour, you might miss some of the eclectic history and hidden nooks and crannies around Charleston that make this city such a gem. This walking tour takes you through the French Quarter and South of Broad neighborhoods to top sights such as the Rainbow Row, the Old Slave Mart Museum, and the Old Exchange, all while your guide shares stories from Charleston history and lore.
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  • 2 hours
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Dark Side of Charleston Guided Night-Time Walking Tour

Dark Side of Charleston Guided Night-Time Walking Tour

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See Charleston through a darker lens on this 90-minute walking tour of the Holy City’s most notorious locations. With an expert guide, learn about the debauchery that lies beneath Charleston’s polished surface. Hear about brothels, scandals, criminals and other wayward behavior as night falls on the city. A great uncensored tour for mature audiences only.
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Charleston History Sightseeing Bus Tour with Joseph Manigault House Option

Charleston History Sightseeing Bus Tour with Joseph Manigault House Option

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Travel back in time to discover one of America’s most historic cities—Charleston, South Carolina—on this guided sightseeing tour. Visit a plethora landmarks including Rainbow Row, the longest cluster of Georgian row houses in the United States; the Old Exchange Building, South Carolina's most historic building; White Point Garden, in the heart of Charleston’s historic district, with a spectacular view of Fort Sumter and many more. Upgrade option available to include a tour of the famous Joseph Manigault House, one of Charleston's most exquisite antebellum structures.
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Charleston's Pleasing Terrors Night-Time Walking Ghost Tour
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Charleston's Pleasing Terrors Night-Time Walking Ghost Tour

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Join Charleston native and host of the popular Pleasing Terrors Podcast, Mike Brown, on this 90-minute Pleasing Terrors Night-Time Walking Ghost Tour. Join Mike as he combines suspenseful storytelling with unparalleled knowledge of the hidden and often frightening stories lurking in Charleston's past and present.
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Historic Charleston Walking Tour: Rainbow Row, Churches, and More

Historic Charleston Walking Tour: Rainbow Row, Churches, and More

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Experience the charm and beauty of Charleston on a morning or afternoon walking tour. With an entertaining guide, take a leisurely stroll through the city’s Historic District, passing antebellum mansions, hidden gardens, historic churches and graveyards, as well as famous sites like Fort Sumter, Rainbow Row, and the Waterfront Battery. Along the way, learn about Charleston’s rich history and contemporary culture.
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  • 2 hours
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Charleston Water Taxi/Dolphin Cruises

Charleston Water Taxi/Dolphin Cruises

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Not your typical Water Taxi. Best value in Charleston! includes dolphin sightings(frequent but not guaranteed). Most affordable and convenient harbor cruise + transportation to 4 point around the Harbor. $12/All Day Pass!
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  • 1 to 13 hours
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Shell Hunting Expedition
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Shell Hunting Expedition

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Depart for this 3 hour shell hunting excursion from Ripley Light Marina situated just less than a half mile outside downtown Charleston. Relax on a short cruise over to beautiful Morris Island while enjoying the sights and sounds of the breathtaking Charleston Harbor. Pass just feet from historical landmarks, wildlife, and natural habitats. Disembark onto this unspoiled barrier island while our naturalist amazes you with historical facts, ecology, tideline critters, and tips on finding wonderful seashells, sharks teeth and more. Departure times and dates may vary as this expedition is low tide dependent so to maximize your experience finding some awesome shoreline treasures.
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Charleston Boo Hag & Brews Walking Ghost and Bar Tour
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Charleston Boo Hag & Brews Walking Ghost and Bar Tour

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Is this a walking brew tour with a side of ghosts or a ghost tour with a side of brews?? While guests will have to decide that for themselves, we can tell you this is not an average "sit there and shut up " tour, but rather an opportunity to engage back and forth with a local Charlestonian. As a combined bar and ghost tour guests will visit two different bars where complimentary appetizers will be served and the guide will provide drink recommendations. As part of the tour guests will also walk by and receive ghost stories near local graveyards and homes, some of which are over 200 years old. The tour will wind down at a hauntingly beautiful local park where one of the first female serial killers was hung. Don't stick around too long after the tour or you may end up a ghost yourself!
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  • 2 hours
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Charleston's Upper King Street Culinary Tour
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Charleston's Upper King Street Culinary Tour

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Get to know Charleston through its food on this walking tour of Upper King Street. Meet with culinary innovators and learn about their edgy and creative styles that have turned this once off-the-beaten-path area into a lively destination for food lovers. Along the way, sample dishes at local restaurants and eateries.
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  • 2 hours 30 minutes
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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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Outer Banks Film Locations Tour
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Outer Banks Film Locations Tour

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Fans of the Netflix series Outer Banks are in for a thrill! As a background actor on the series, I participated in three different film shoots on Season One and share tons of behind-the-scenes stories of the cast, crew, and other fun stuff. Tour includes the cast's favorite snacks, bottled water, and other surprises. Parents will love this tour because as a licensed tour guide, I also share some wonderful history while we're traveling from one site location to the other. It's such a fun and new way to visit Charleston! MINIMUM 2 GUESTS Tour vehicle is fully insured for liability and City Certified. Luxury sedan: BMW 540i/2018
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  • 3 hours
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The Death and Depravity Ghost Tour in Charleston

The Death and Depravity Ghost Tour in Charleston

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You will explore Charleston's seedier history. From the city's brothels to gritty true crime stories, We will open the door to the darker side of human nature. Combining aspects of the truly horrific, the scandalously salacious and the just-plan-weird, this ghost tour is a unique look at a city which largely ignores its dark past. Brothels, murders, suicides, demonic entities - just some of what you'll hear about on this tour. The Death and Depravity Ghost Tour contains mature themes and language. Please call 855-999-9026 for additional availability.
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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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Charleston City Bus Tour with Charleston Museum Admission

Charleston City Bus Tour with Charleston Museum Admission

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Beat the heat while touring Charleston on this minibus tour. Relax and ride in comfort as your driver takes you to top Charleston sights such as Colonial Lake, Rainbow Row, and Whitepoint Gardens. As a bonus, this tour includes admission to the Charleston Museum—visit the downtown location on your own schedule.
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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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Charleston Ghost Tour: Two Bars, One Graveyard, and a Ghost Story

Charleston Ghost Tour: Two Bars, One Graveyard, and a Ghost Story

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It’s a bar crawl, history walk, and paranormal experience with a tarot reading for dessert. Charleston is home of the supernatural, paranormal, and existential: 350 years of graveyards, ghosts, and ghouls in a drinking town with a history problem. Starting at one of Charleston's most notorious watering holes, an upscale dive, we begin our experience at the bar. Listen to ghost stories and tales of Charleston’s darker side while enjoying your favorite beverage. From the bar, we walk to a graveyard. Learn how to see a ghost, and along the way, you may even answer the questions, "Are we alone?," and "Why are we here?" From the graveyard, we walk to another bar. We finish the evening with more history and ghost stories and a tarot reading.
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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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Historic Charleston Supper Club

Historic Charleston Supper Club

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A “tour” of Charleston where you don’t get up from your seat. This activity is unique to the industry, in that the dishes are all authentic to the time period and the courses are done chronologically beginning in the 19th century, and it’s all narrated by a Culinary Historian.
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  • 1 hour 30 minutes
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