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Charleston

Founded in 1670, Charleston is known for its rich history, well-preserved architecture, world-class restaurants and polite and hospitable residents. It is the second largest city in South Carolina and located on Charleston Harbor. Known as "The Holy City" or "Chucktown" (as locals like to call it), Charleston offers family-friendly, historic and romantic tours and attractions that are sure to make your must-see list.


Recommended Charleston Tours


Old South Charleston Carriage Tour

Travel along the cobblestone streets in a horse-drawn carriage as you learn about the 300-plus year history of Charleston. You'll be privy to fun facts and humorous tales as your knowledgeable guide (dressed in Confederate uniform) narrates the journey. From landscaped gardens and antebellum mansions to churches and other treasured landmarks, this one-hour tour covering more than two-and-a-half miles and 30 blocks is a fantastic way to see the city.


Charleston Food Tours

The Savor the Flavors tour is the ultimate experience for connoisseurs, gastronomes and pretty much anyone who loves food. This two-and-a-half hour stroll around the city covers approximately one-mile of ground and more than 300 years of a rich culinary history. Sample Lowcountry favorites like stone-ground grits, Charleston Benne Wafers, collard greens and barbecue as you venture from restaurant to restaurant.


The Haunted Jail Tour

A behind-the-scenes look at the infamous Old City Jail, this is easily the most mysterious and macabre tour Charleston has to offer. Follow your tour guide as he or she tells haunting stories of people being branded, drawn and quartered and burned at the stake. From 1802 to 1939, prisoners of the Old City Jail included 19th century buccaneers, Civil War prisoners and horse thieves � some of the South's most heinous criminals. And don't forget your camera. You might just capture the ghost of a long-gone inmate.


Top Rated Charleston Attractions


South Carolina Aquarium

From ring-tailed lemurs and robust redhorse fish to nurse sharks and Nile crocodiles, the South Carolina Aquarium offers a diverse collection of marine inhabitants. And it's located directly on the Charleston Harbor for hours of family-friendly fun. Make sure to check out the Sea Turtle Hospital Tours, South Carolina's only hospital for sick and injured sea turtles, and the aquarium's 4-D Theater.


Middleton Place

Located just outside of downtown Charleston, Middleton Place is home to America's oldest landscaped gardens. This 65-acre National Historic Landmark was once the residence of the Middleton Family. Today, it boasts centuries-old flora and fauna such as camellias, azaleas, crepe myrtles and roses. Middleton Place also features a museum, plantation stableyards and restaurant, so leave plenty of time to explore one of the Lowcountry's most magnificent properties.


The Charleston Museum

Founded in 1773, The Charleston Museum is located downtown and is considered America's first museum. Check out the Lowcountry History Hall and learn about the Native Americans who first inhabited the area as well as the African American and European settles who transformed it into an agricultural empire. There's also the Armory, which houses weaponry dating back to the Revolutionary War. And don't forget the museum's Kidstory exhibit, a hands-on display exploring the rich cultural and natural history of Charleston.

 

The rhythmic beat of hooves will take you back to Charleston's Colonial and antebellum eras. Led by entertaining Confederate uniformed guides, a horse-drawn Old South Charleston Carriage Tour reveals more than three centuries of the Holy City's intriguing history.
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