The Best of Charleston SC, 2018 - Things to Do in Charleston

 

By: Tour Management Editor
April 13, 2018

A consistently top-ranked vacation destination, Charleston SC has something for everybody. At the top of the list is history – over 350 years of it. From pirate ships to the Revolution, to the slave trade and the Civil War, Charleston was a focal point in the American story. There’s also a modern side to Charleston. A growing city riding the Tech wave, it has the sights, sounds and activities of any modern American town. And food - don’t get us started on the FOOD!

So, watch this space; Adventure Sightseeing, Charleston Harbor Tours and the Schooner Pride (will be bringing you all of the best Charleston SC has to offer, beginning with this introduction to the many...

Charleston Harbor Tour
Let the Carolina Belle expose you to the beauty and history of Charleston during the city’s top rated Harbor tour. During your 90 minute tour, you will see over 75 landmarks and points of interest as your guide narrates stories recounting nearly 350 years of American history!

Blues and BBQ Cruise
If a little Friday night funky fun is on the agenda, the Carolina Belle is your ticket. Local legend Shrimp City Slim and the band bring the blue notes, while Charleston’s own Swig and Swine Restaurant caters the ‘cue. Join us for final Friday concerts on the water, March thru October.

Jam on the Water Concert Cruises
Live music featuring the classic sounds you love during a twilight Charleston Harbor cruise aboard the Carolina Belle. This season’s lineup of Friday night feel-good jams includes tributes to album-rock faves like the Dead, Zeppelin, Buffett, Tom Petty and more.  Tune in and turn on! A fun-filled Friday night music harbor cruise, March thru November.

Jazz Brunch Riverboat Cruise
You know it when you feel it – that Sunday brunch vibe. A gourmet spread, a Bloody Mary or Mimosa, and some cool jazz set the atmosphere for an early afternoon cruise of Charleston Harbor aboard the Carolina Belle. Live music Charleston Harbor cruises, April thru October.

Sunset Wine Tasting Cruise
A touch of history, a touch of class. Set sail in Charleston’s only touring tall ship, the lovely Schooner Pride.  Our sunset wine tasting cruise features 4 to 5 wines hand selected by your own sailing sommelier, as well as a selection of mouthwatering hors d’oeuvres. A twice-monthly limited event!

The City Market​​

The historic Charleston City Market is a popular stop on any city tour. In fact, it’s the most popular attraction in town! Artwork, jewelry, clothing and all sorts of handmade items abound, including famous Gullah sweet grass baskets. The City Market is vibrant, tasteful, and 100% Charleston!

Gardens and Gates
A highlight of any tour of Historic Downtown Charleston is to peek though the garden gates of fine historic homes. Early Charlestonians imported and maintained the English garden tradition while adding a touch of their own – elaborate filigreed iron gates that many consider works of art unto themselves.  You'll be impressed – and charmed – by these fine examples of Colonial garden design.

Joseph Manigault House
Speaking of fine Colonial homes, the Joseph Manigault House is part of our City & Southern Mansion tour. The Manigault House offers a fascinating look at the lives of one of Charleston's premier families, and of the enslaved African-Americans who served them. The House has been owned and interpreted by the Charleston Museum for over 80 years, and its décor and furnishings reflect the early 1800s in careful detail. 

Angel Oak
A popular stop on our Tea Plantation and Winery Tour, the Angel Oak is believed to be 400-500 years old. It stands over 60 feet high, has a circumference of nearly 30 feet, and produces over 17,000 square feet of shade! This popular tourist attraction was severely damaged in 1989's Hurricane Hugo, but has since recovered.

Plantation Tours
Plantation life was a dominant cultural force in Charleston’s early days. The elaborate homes and grounds that remain today give us a fascinating glimpse into the lives of the wealthy planters and their families, as well as West African slave culture. Magnolia Plantation and Boone Hall Plantation are both popular destinations available through Charleston’s Adventure Sightseeing.

Tune in next time, when we begin looking at these and other Charleston attractions in greater detail. Until then, start exploring on your own – Adventure Sightseeing, Charleston Harbor Tours and the Schooner Pride help! (The Schooner Pride is an 84’ tall ship operating in Charleston Harbor!) 

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