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Boone Hall Plantation: Admission & Day Trip from Charleston

1. Boone Hall Plantation: Admission & Day Trip from Charleston

Tour the historic Boone Hall Plantation, a beautiful gem nestled in the town of Mount Pleasant, just across the harbor from Charleston. Enter through the Avenue of Oaks and take a guided tour of the historic mansion. Enjoy a self-guided tour through the original slave cabins and learn about the experience of enslaved people with a presentation by a knowledgeable guide. Learn the history of the area, tour the grounds and homes with expert storytellers and guides.

From Charleston: Wadmalaw Island Low Country Highlights Tour

2. From Charleston: Wadmalaw Island Low Country Highlights Tour

Set off from Charleston and see some of the highlights of Wadmalaw Island and the low country. Admire the 500-year-old angel oak tree, enjoy some tea at the Charleston Tea Garden, and savor wine at a local vineyard. First, visit Angel Tree Park and see the famous angel oak tree, thought to be one of the oldest organisms east of the Mississippi. At 65 feet high and with a circumference of 25.5 feet, this beautiful 500-year-old tree is an awe-inspiring sight. Stop by the Charleston Tea Garden, with hundreds of thousands of tea bushes stretching as far as the eye can see. Take the trolley ride, which makes a stop at a state-of-the-art greenhouse. Enjoy complimentary tea samples as you stroll the beautiful grounds and learn all about how tea is made. Finally, visit Deep Water Vineyard. They grow and harvest their grapes, as well as bottle their wines directly on site. Explore the vineyard which also includes walking trails, many different animals, a garden, a large pond, and a gift shop. Return to the pickup point at the end of the tour.

Charleston: The Complete Lowcountry Tour. Get Out of Town!

3. Charleston: The Complete Lowcountry Tour. Get Out of Town!

Explore historical sights and see breathtaking views of one of America’s most historic cities, Charleston, and the South Carolina Lowcountry. Make stops at lesser-known parts of the city and snap memorable photos on this day trip. See Drayton Hall, Folly Pier, and many more. Visit some memorable points of interest such as Charlotte Street, a street that encompasses several architectural styles, built in the transitional period between the revolutionary to civil wars. Stop by Old St Andrews Parish Church, the oldest surviving church building in South Carolina. Admire Angel Tree Park, which features a 500-year-old tree. Be surprised at the size of the branches and trunk. Pause for lunch and snack on pre-ordered sandwiches. Enjoy some free time to eat and shop in the market. See the Magnolia Plantation and gardens, the oldest public gardens in America. Gaze at the thousands of plant and flower varieties and relax in the tranquil landscape. Visit one of the darkest spots in American history, Fort Moultrie. See the series of fortifications that witnessed the first shots of both the Revolutionary and Civil Wars. Hear how it temporarily lodged thousands of enslaved Africans transported to the country. Head to the coast and appreciate the Morris Lighthouse, Sullivan’s Lighthouse, and the Charleston Harbor Resort. Finally, embark on a 30-minute water taxi ride across the Charleston Harbor. Complete Itinerary: Charlotte Street, Morris Lighthouse, Folly Pier, Angel Tree, Old St Andrews Parish Church, Drayton Hall, Magnolia Plantation, Sullivan’s Lighthouse, Fort Moultrie, Charleston Harbor Resort, Water Taxi

Charleston: Folly Beach Stand Up Paddleboard Dolphin Safari

4. Charleston: Folly Beach Stand Up Paddleboard Dolphin Safari

Learn the basics of stand up paddleboard surfing on this 2-hour introductory lesson as you explore the peaceful Folly River. Glide alongside beautiful flora and fauna while keeping an eye out for bottlenose dolphins. Following the tides and wind direction, your expert instructor will help you go with the flow for a great beginning paddle. Your instructor will point out all the amazing sights in this truly unique landscape. You can commemorate your experience with a group photo at the end of the tour. Choose your perfect experience with the morning, afternoon, and sunset tour options. Paddleboard, paddle, and a personal floatation device will be provided. Just bring your water shoes or flip flops, swim trunks, and a positive attitude and enjoy two amazing hours on the water.

From Myrtle Beach: Charleston Historic Tour

5. From Myrtle Beach: Charleston Historic Tour

Leave from Myrtle Beach in an air-conditioned motorcoach. Once in Charleston, your all-day itinerary includes Palmetto Carriage Works Tour, Hop on a mule driven carriage for a historic old city tour. Learn about Charleston’s rich history from your knowledgable guide. Relish the sight of magnificent homes and gardens. See the historical sites of the old city on a mule-driven carriage ride. Visit the Charleston harbor. Board the Carolina Belle for a 90-minute tour of the harbor, narrated by your captain. See 75 points of interest including the USS Yorktown and the Battery while enjoying in a delicious deli-style boxed lunch. Explore the Boone Hall Plantation, a 738-acre plantation. See the historic brick slave cabins, a smokehouse, and a cotton gin. Receive a guided tour from a costumed hostess and learn about Southern elegance, strife, and charm. Time permitting, you'll be able to browse the open-air Market as you make your way back to the bus. See where the original settlers purchased their daily needs. Take home a souvenir ranging from hand-woven baskets to one-of-a-kind artwork before heading back to Myrtle Beach.

From Charleston: Iconic Lighthouses Guided Tour

6. From Charleston: Iconic Lighthouses Guided Tour

Join your guide as you travel to see 2 iconic lighthouses in Charleston, South Carolina on a guided sightseeing tour. Get an up close and personal view of the Morris Island lighthouse, visit the Folly Beach Pier, discover one of the most infamous spots in American history, and more. Start your excursion at the Charleston Visitor’s Center and make your way to your first stop for the day, Folly Island. Travel to the edge of the island to view the lighthouse up close. Learn the secrets of this abandoned part of the island and walk down the beach for different views. Then, continue your road trip as you head to Folly Beach Pier, once a premier beach amusement destination and still a fantastic location to breathe in the salty ocean air. Next, visit a military college established in 1842 known as the Citadel. From here, make your way to Sullivan’s Island, home to the Charleston Light. Your final stop for the day is at  Fort Moultrie. Stand in one of the most famous spots in American history, a place that witnessed the first shots of the Revolutionary War and the Civil War. This is also where you’ll get to marvel at some of Charleston’s best views. Finally, make your way back to the Charleston Visitor’s Center where your tour comes to an end. 

Charleston: 3-Hour Amazing Scavenger Hunt Adventure

7. Charleston: 3-Hour Amazing Scavenger Hunt Adventure

Guided from any smartphone, groups make their way among well-known and overlooked gems of the city, solving clues and completing challenges while learning local history. Your adventure begins at the Four Corners of Law and takes you on a well-designed course through historic squares and cobblestone streets, among ancient gravestones and down through the beautiful neighborhoods of this true Southern gem. You’ll visit famous civil war defense installations and experience the beauty of the Charleston Bay. The tour requires approximately 2.5 miles of walking and uses the free trolley at two points during the adventure. Using a smartphone as “the guide” allows participants to start when they want and determine their own pace of play. Stop to enjoy a historic monument, take in the ocean views or grab an ice cream… why not, it’s your schedule right? Offered at a fixed price for a group vs. per person pricing, this city tour/ game offers great value for those on a budget.

Charleston: Folly Beach Stand Up Paddleboard 2-hour Rental

8. Charleston: Folly Beach Stand Up Paddleboard 2-hour Rental

Experience stand up paddleboarding in Folly Beach and enjoy the incredible aquatic landscape with astonishing views of local flora and fauna. It will feel like you're standing on the water while you glide along the Folly River and get a full-body workout. Paddle past beautiful waterside homes and you might even have the opportunity to see dolphins on the way. Renting a paddleboard in Folly Beach is an incredible experience that you will remember for a lifetime – you'll never get closer to the incredible biodiversity of this unique landscape.  Just bring your water shoes or flip flops, swim trunks and a positive attitude and enjoy two amazing hours on the water with a paddleboard, paddle and personal floatation device provided.

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What people are saying about Charleston

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based on 80 reviews

Husband and Wife SUP first adventure to celebrate our tourist in our town town anniversary weekend. We both were a little nervous but after JD went iver all the fun facts and rules we were on our way in them Folly River. JD was very knowledgeable and informative about your domohins here in Charleston and told us some interesting facts. We enjoyed out new adventures and will make sure we send ithera your way. Until next time~ paddle up. Jerri and Bo McNeill

Paddle boarding with dolphins was one of the most fun experiences I've had on the East Coast. Not only did we get to see a great deal of wildlife (including dolphins), but it was great exercise, too! Our guide, Eric, was phenomenal. He was very knowledgeable, encouraging, and a great instructor for first-time paddle boarders. I would highly recommend this experience to anyone looking for something new to do in Folly Beach!

Sebastian and Rebecca were AMAZING tour guides. they were very patient with everyone in the group and gave a great experience.

Had a great time. Enjoyed seeing Charleston in one day. Wish we had more time to see everything. Driver was great!

We had a great time! JD was a wonderful guide, very knowledgeable and funny! Highly recommend.