Area Information

Charleston, South Carolina, a port city founded in 1670, is defined by its cobblestone streets, horse-drawn carriages and pastel antebellum houses, particularly in the elegant French Quarter and Battery districts. The Battery promenade and Waterfront Park both overlook Charleston Harbor, while Fort Sumter, a federal stronghold where the first shots of the Civil War rang out, lies across the water in the harbor.

Things to see and do …

Charleston has famous golf courses, top-rated tennis courts, pristine beaches, monumental battleships, and beautifully preserved architecture. You can be as adventurous or as tame as you like. Best of all, the mild climate means you can enjoy most of Charleston’s sights year-round, especially in January.  There are aquariums, charter boats, motorized tours, museums, nature/kayak tours, and walking tours. There are many theatres and events in January as well, and Charleston has many fine restaurants.

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African American Tours

Nature/Eco Tours

Aquariums and Parks

Plantation Tours

Carriage Tours

Plantations and Gardens

Culinary Tours

Private Guides

Distillery and Brewery Tours

Special Interest Tours

Historic Houses of Worship

Water Tours

Historic Sites

Walking Tours