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Top Beaches in Charleston - page 3

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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Sip n’ Shop Charleston; Sip Wine and Shop at the Finest Boutiques in Charleston

Sip n’ Shop Charleston; Sip Wine and Shop at the Finest Boutiques in Charleston

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This is the only shopping experience you will find in Charleston. You will get complimentary wine throughout the tour and exclusive discounts at each boutique. Also enjoy a complimentary Meade tasting at Savannah Bee Co. This tour is so much fun!
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  • 2 hours
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$60.00
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Charleston History and Hops Tour: Bar and History Walk
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Charleston History and Hops Tour: Bar and History Walk

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Come live the Local Life with Captain Bryan or Guide Adam Moore! This experience is for guests who enjoy sipping their way through a new city full of history. This is not a classic "sit there and shut up tour" but an opportunity to engage with a local. The licensed guide will meet guests at the initial bar establishment and receive a small complimentary snack and the opportunity to purchase some of the areas finest beers/ mixed drinks while the guide goes over the historical roots of the city. From there guests will walk the historical alley ways and cobblestone streets of Charleston to several cultural sites included a dungeon, the original city theater, and 300 year old homes. A second bar will be the site of another drink opportunity where the guide will relate stories specifically regarding the Prohibition era in Charleston and its affect on the populace. Towards the end of the experience guests will find themselves in a local park along the waterfront. Come live the local life!
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  • 2 hours
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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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  • 2 hours
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The Best of Charleston: History, Culture & Architecture Tour

The Best of Charleston: History, Culture & Architecture Tour

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Your guide brings history to life during this Charleston walking tour of the city's historical downtown. See notable buildings including the Nathaniel Russell House, the Old Exchange and Provost Dungeon, and the Old Slave Mart Museum. As you walk over the flat and easy terrain with your guide, discover the history that occurred right under your feet and around every corner from Rainbow Row to the Battery.
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  • 2 hours
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90-Minute Historic Walking Tour of Charleston

90-Minute Historic Walking Tour of Charleston

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Charleston’s historic alleyways and pocket gardens can’t be reached by car or carriage, making this Charleston walking tour an excellent option for visiting the Holy City’s enticing nooks and crannies. Follow a guide through the French Quarter, down to the Battery, and right past Rainbow Row as you learn about the city’s 350-year history from a licensed tour guide.
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  • 1 hour 30 minutes
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French Quarter Historic Charleston Walk

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French Quarter Historic Charleston Walk

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This historical overview of Charleston's French Quarter highlights the Holy City's finest points of interest. Bring a camera to capture the beauty, and enjoy a breathtaking walk through colonial and early American architecture. Your native Charleston guide will show you unique landmarks with intriguing narratives of how these structures originated. The tour includes visits through cobblestone alleys and passages to admire the spectacular historic fabric of the district. The tour also includes an easy stroll along Charleston's majestic harbor with its castle and forts that shaped much of America's maritime and military history.
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  • 2 hours
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Outer Banks Film Locations Tour

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 surprised. 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!
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  • 3 hours
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Charleston Terrors Walking Ghost Tour

Charleston Terrors Walking Ghost Tour

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Charleston Terrors ghost tour visits the most haunted locations in the city. On your tour, you’ll discover both the dark and historical sides of each of our carefully selected tour stops. There are many “ghost stories” surrounding Charleston, but what you’ll hear from our experienced tour guides is nothing but the most researched, up-to-date, and authentic tales of the city's twisted past.
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  • 1 hour
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Charleston Historical Walking Tour: Pirates, Patriots, and More

Charleston Historical Walking Tour: Pirates, Patriots, and More

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Discover the "Holy City" with a professional Guide on this comprehensive Walking Tour through the popular sites of Charleston, South Carolina. Follow your guide on a leisurely stroll down cobbled alleyways and boulevards lined with grand antebellum homes as you listen to a highlight reel of Charleston history. Stop long enough to snap photos at top landmarks like the Battery, Rainbow Row, Waterfront Park, Old Customs Exchange, Nathaniel Russell House, Whitepoint Garden, and St. Michael's Church. Walk with us and learn about bawdy taverns & pirates, heroic patriots, the grandeur of antebellum architecture, the devastation of the Civil War, and much more! History will come alive as we stroll through the historic streets and gardens of the “Holy City.”
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  • 1 hour 30 minutes
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Get a Photoshoot and a Tour in Charleston

Get a Photoshoot and a Tour in Charleston

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Liz Legare Duren is a 10th generation Charlestonian and was an award-winning professional wedding photographer for 17 years. Her work would regularly be featured in Charleston Magazine and The Knot. In 2013 She combined her love of Charleston History with her talents as a portrait artist to create the only walking tour of the city with a photoshoot.
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  • 1 hour 30 minutes
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Charleston Harbor Stand up Paddleboard Tour

Charleston Harbor Stand up Paddleboard Tour

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Explore Charleston’s harbor and historic sights on a 2-hour stand-up paddleboard tour with an experienced guide and instructor. Learn to steer your board, then paddle alongside a small group on a route that changes with the season. Cruise past island forts that saw decisive battles in the Civil War, and take in views of the stunning Ravenel Bridge’s diamond-shaped towers. Experience stand-up paddleboarding for the first time, or brush up your skills with help from an instructor on a tour that combines the best of Charleston’s culture and natural beauty.
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  • 2 hours
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Private Arrival Transfer from Charleston Airport (CHS)

Private Arrival Transfer from Charleston Airport (CHS)

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Why stress waiting for unreliable taxis or shuttle services from the Charleston (CHS) Airport? Ensure peace of mind with a private transfer to your hotel in Downtown Charleston and surrounding areas. Get to your hotel relaxed and ready to enjoy your stay in this great vacation area. Transfer services are available 24 hours a day, seven days a week. Choose from a Luxury Sedan transfer for 3 passengers or a sport utility vehicle transfer that carries up to 5 passengers.
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  • 30 minutes to 1 hour
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2-Hour Charleston Historic Downtown Guided Walking Tour

2-Hour Charleston Historic Downtown Guided 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, 2-hour walking tour. Visit points of interest including Chalmers Street and the Old Slave Mart; the Dock Street Theatre in the historic French Quarter neighborhood; Rainbow Row, the longest cluster of Georgian row houses in the United States; the Old Exchange Building, South Carolina's most historic building; plus St. Michael's Alley, Washington Square and White Point Garden, in the heart of Charleston’s historic district, with a spectacular view of Fort Sumter and many more.
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  • 2 hours
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Priate Charleston BYOB City Tour with Luxury Transport

Priate Charleston BYOB City Tour with Luxury Transport

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Enjoy a Private 2 hour Historic Charleston Driving Tour with a Certified Charleston Tour Guide.  Enjoy Luxury Transportation with a Certified Tour Guide with our unique Door-to-Door Service from your home or hotel.  Feel free to bring your cooler and beverages as it is highly encouraged.  We are proud of show off Charleston and give guests a deeper insight into Charleston's rich historic past.  Our Certified Tour Guides and Limousine vehicles make the difference.
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  • 2 hours
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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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  • 2 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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Charleston’s African-American History & Philip Simmons House Tour

Charleston’s African-American History & Philip Simmons House Tour

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This tour is an exploration of Charleston's 350 year old African community. Our experience starts at the Philip Simmons House where one of the greatest African-American artists of the 20th century created a lifetime of beauty. Led by museum docents, witness the humble life of a great Charleston artisan. We continue our experience by walking down America Street, the center of Charleston’s African-American community. Along the way, learn about and witness the trials and tribulations of the past and present. We stop briefly at the edge of the African-American community to give a powerful visualization of class division that still exists in the city today. Finally, we walk to Mother Emanuel AME Church. Learn about how free people of color came together to form flourishing communities and houses of worship. Learn how the Emanuel 9 Shooting brought the entire world together in the fight against racism.
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  • 2 hours
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2-Hour Marsh Paddleboard Eco Tour
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2-Hour Marsh Paddleboard Eco Tour

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Exploring Charleston’s tidal marshes by stand up paddle board increases your chances of seeing wildlife hiding among the reeds while providing a fun and challenging activity. First-time paddle boarders love the personalized instruction and attention from your guide, while just about everyone appreciates getting close to dolphins, turtles, and more in the wild.
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  • 2 hours
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Charleston Chicora 2 Hours Walking Tour

Charleston Chicora 2 Hours Walking Tour

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This is a 2 hour walk through 350 years of the history of the beautiful city of Charleston. We tell an accurate, interesting, sad, tragic, uplifting, dramatic, sometimes funny, tale.
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  • 2 hours
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Charleston City Walking Tour with Edmondston-Alston House Admission
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Charleston City Walking Tour with Edmondston-Alston House Admission

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This Charleston walking tour not only takes you to top sights around downtown Charleston such as the Battery and South of Broad Street, but also includes access to the Edmondston-Alston House, a gorgeous 19th century home with unobstructed views of the Charleston Harbor. After learning about Charleston history on a guided walking tour, visit the house for a peek inside the lives of Charleston’s elite class—and an unforgettable view.
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  • 1 hour 30 minutes
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Private Charleston Walking Tour

Private Charleston Walking Tour

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Take a private tour of Charleston on this exclusive walking tour. After meeting your guide, wander through the South of Broad area to visit the Charleston highlights like Waterfront Park, the Battery, and Saint Philips Church. Stroll through historic alleyways, admire architecture and scenery, and enjoy commentary from your licensed guide. Because this is a private tour, you can customize your itinerary to suit your interests.
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  • 2 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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Drayton Hall Plantation Admission Ticket in Charleston

Drayton Hall Plantation Admission Ticket in Charleston

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One of the most popular plantations in the Charleston Area, Drayton Hall is a top choice among visitors—and tickets can go fast. Guarantee entry by booking ahead, and then visit on your own schedule without having to adhere to a tour. This all-access admission ticket includes a narrated home tour, as well as access to the historic grounds, the Gates Gallery, and an interactive educational program.
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  • 1 to 2 hours
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Charleston Walking Tours with Ann

Charleston Walking Tours with Ann

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"Private" Charleston Walking Tour with a certified/licensed guide who grew up in Charleston and will relate personal experiences as well as the city's history. This is your tour and I want our time together to be meaningful, memorable, and fun. Let me know if you have special needs.
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  • 2 to 3 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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Charleston Wildlife Stand up Paddleboard Tour

Charleston Wildlife Stand up Paddleboard Tour

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Watch for turtles, dolphins and egrets on a 2-hour, stand-up paddleboard tour of Charleston with a local guide. Learn to steer your board, then paddle along low country coastlines that shelters a thriving population of birds and mammals. Identify pelicans and blue-winged teal with your knowledgeable guide, connect with North Carolina’s vibrant nature, and escape the city for Charleston's most perfect paddling.
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  • 2 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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