CHARLESTON SC THINGS TO DO

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Day #1 Example Itinerary

  • Choose a total of 2 Featured Tours + Visit as Many Standard Attractions as You Wish for 1-Day.
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1-Day per Person Savings = $64

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  • Choose a total of 3 Featured Tours + Visit as Many Standard Attractions as You Wish for 2-Days.
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2-Day per Person Savings = $111

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Day #3 Example Itinerary

  • Choose a total of 4 Featured Tours + Visit as Many Standard Attractions as You Wish for 3-Days.
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3-Day per Person Savings = $159

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  • Over 40 attractions to choose from (view included tours below).
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  • There are 2 categories of tours, Featured and Standard:
    • Featured: The number of feature tour reservations per person allowed is determined by the number of day pass you purchase (1 day – 5 days). Number allowed is in total…not per day. (For example: 3-Day Pass choose a total of 4 featured…not 4 per day)
    • Standard: Visit as many as you wish (no limit) for the number of day pass you purchase (1 day – 5 days).
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  • It’s best to make reservations as early as possible to secure the most desirable tour times which can fill up fast. Instantly after purchase you can make tour reservations for when you’re visiting.
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  • Only certain Featured Tours require reservations. Standard attractions do not require reservations. Just show your pass for entry!
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  • Visit as many Standard Attractions as you wish for the number of day pass purchased (see image below).
  • Standard Attractions do not require reservations…just walk-in and show your pass.
 
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  • Transportation is not provided. You can use the free trolley bus in the historic district.

 

Included with Tour Pass: Half off Tour & Tasting and Souvenir Shot Glass. Reservations are NOT required, go when they are open. Simply present your Mobile Pass to redeem.

During Prohibition, bootleggers made their own booze by burying grapes underground or catching moonbeams in a jar of water. Taste booze made professionally with Firefly Distilleries.

Proud of its southern roots and famous for its sweet tea vodka, Firefly Distillery delivers quality spirits, most of which are distilled four times and sweetened exclusively with Louisiana sugar cane. At the Distillery, Visitors can learn more about the hands-on distilling process and the scores of industrious tea-swilling worker elves behind it. All ages are welcome to the property, but only those 21 and over are eligible for the tasting.

Featured Attractions:
  • Number of Featured allowed is determined by pass duration purchased more info
  • Reservations are typically required for Featured Attractions.
  • You can make reservations  in advance of arriving which are easily made from within the Mobile Pass you’ll receive after purchase.
  • View tour availability before purchasing TourPass

Standard Attractions:
  • No reservation is required, just show up and present your Mobile Pass for entry.
  • Visit as many as you wish 1x.
Transportation to attractions is not provided. In the Historic District you can use the Trolley.

A bustling seaport in the 1700s, Charleston was a melting pot of cultures, religions, and traditions. Powered by the rice and indigo trade, and slavery, it was the 4th largest city in America in 1790 – and the wealthiest. Like Philadelphia, Boston and New York, what distinguished Charleston then – was art.

While we were home to some of Americas earliest art, collectors, artists, who made the City both muse and subject – and taken our turn as one of the nations richest cities – in money and culture – so were we also home to Americas original sin, slavery – and a war that divided our nation.

In 1888, when Charleston was financially and culturally on its knees, benefactor James Gibbes left a bequest to the City to build an art museum.When the Gibbes Museum opened in 1905, the nation celebrated what Charleston has always understood: the power of art – to inspire our imagination, heal our hurt, revel in our experience, rebuild what’s broken, nourish our souls, and release all that holds us back. Through our complicated history, through light and shadow, we have persevered – humanity intact. Art is the reason

Charleston will endure. In Charleston, we believe art is the difference between merely existing and being truly alive. That’s why we immerse ourselves in every part of it – from fine art to craft – from nurturing its creation and celebrating its multicultural presentation – to inviting its interpretation and ensuring its preservation. Because when we open ourselves to art, we open ourselves to the world – to people and ideas, to beauty, craft, process and detail, to different cultures, to pain and pleasure, to questions, expression and emotion, to truth and transcendence.

In the presence of art, we have the opportunity to see inside someone’s heart, mind, and soul and feel what they felt. That understanding and compassion make us more understanding, compassionate people, who, in turn, create a more compassionate, understanding world. That is art’s gift.

Featured Attractions:
  • Number of Featured allowed is determined by pass duration purchased more info
  • Reservations are typically required for Featured Attractions.
  • You can make reservations  in advance of arriving which are easily made from within the Mobile Pass you’ll receive after purchase.
  • View tour availability before purchasing TourPass

Standard Attractions:
  • No reservation is required, just show up and present your Mobile Pass for entry.
  • Visit as many as you wish 1x.
Transportation to attractions is not provided. In the Historic District you can use the Trolley.
$6 per Child without Tour Pass. (Pay $0 at the gate! Tour Pass includes full admission)

INCLUDED WITH TOUR PASS: 1 Free Doughnut per Person up to $5 in value. To redeem, simply present your Tour Pass ID at the register. Featured by the Food Network, Cooking with Paula Dean, BuzzFeed (33 Doughnuts You Have to Try Before You Die), Traveler of Charleston Magazine, Zagat, Delish, USA Today and countless others….Glazed Gourmet Doughnuts is recognized as a leader in this tasty pastry worldwide

Their ingredients are natural, the glaze, filling and pastries are homemade. Their dough is made in house. They don’t use any frozen or premade dough. There are no preservatives or additives whatsoever. Espresso drinks are also offered.

Featured Attractions:
  • Number of Featured allowed is determined by pass duration purchased more info
  • Reservations are typically required for Featured Attractions.
  • You can make reservations  in advance of arriving which are easily made from within the Mobile Pass you’ll receive after purchase.
  • View tour availability before purchasing TourPass

Standard Attractions:
  • No reservation is required, just show up and present your Mobile Pass for entry.
  • Visit as many as you wish 1x.
Transportation to attractions is not provided. In the Historic District you can use the Trolley.
$5 per Child without Tour Pass. (Pay $0 at the gate! Tour Pass includes full admission)

A quick-casual Southern lunch spot putting a twist on the average by introducing our Grit Bowls amongst other more traditional Southern lunch offerings.

The Grit Counter, brought to you by Grace & Grit Restaurant, focuses on fresh local seafood while keeping the menu familiar and approachable. Guests enjoy an abundance of fresh local fish and shrimp, bacon smoked in house, and seasonal produce. With flavor packed into every dish, southern staples like cornbread, collards, butterbeans, fried chicken, and of course grits, take center stage as a reminder of the Lowcountry’s roots.

Charleston Tour Pass is accepted for lunch only. 

Featured Attractions:
  • Number of Featured allowed is determined by pass duration purchased more info
  • Reservations are typically required for Featured Attractions.
  • You can make reservations  in advance of arriving which are easily made from within the Mobile Pass you’ll receive after purchase.
  • View tour availability before purchasing TourPass

Standard Attractions:
  • No reservation is required, just show up and present your Mobile Pass for entry.
  • Visit as many as you wish 1x.
Transportation to attractions is not provided. In the Historic District you can use the Trolley.
$4 per Child without Tour Pass. (Pay $0 at the gate! Tour Pass includes full admission)

Charleston’s Revolutionary War House


Built in 1772, this Georgian-style double house was the town home of Thomas Heyward, Jr., one of four South Carolina signers of the Declaration of Independence. A patriot leader and artillery officer with the South Carolina militia during the American Revolution, Heyward was captured when the British took Charleston in 1780. He was exiled to St. Augustine, Florida, but was exchanged in 1781. The City rented this house for George Washington’s use during the President’s week-long Charleston stay, in May 1791, and it has traditionally been called the “Heyward-Washington House.” Heyward sold the house in 1794 to John F. Grimke, also a Revolutionary War officer and father of Sarah and Angeline Grimke, the famous abolitionists and suffragettes. It was acquired by the Museum in 1929, opened the following year as Charleston’s first historic house museum, and was recognized as a National Historic Landmark in 1978. Here you will see a superb collection of historic Charleston-made furniture including the priceless Holmes Bookcase, considered one of the finest examples of American-made colonial furniture. The property also features the only 1740s kitchen building open to the public in Charleston as well as formal gardens featuring plants commonly used in the South Carolina Lowcountry in the late 18th century.
Featured Attractions:
  • Number of Featured allowed is determined by pass duration purchased more info
  • Reservations are typically required for Featured Attractions.
  • You can make reservations  in advance of arriving which are easily made from within the Mobile Pass you’ll receive after purchase.
  • View tour availability before purchasing TourPass

Standard Attractions:
  • No reservation is required, just show up and present your Mobile Pass for entry.
  • Visit as many as you wish 1x.
Transportation to attractions is not provided. In the Historic District you can use the Trolley.
$5 per Child without Tour Pass. (Pay $0 at the gate! Tour Pass includes full admission)

On February 17th, 1864, the H. L. Hunley became the first successful combat submarine in world history with the sinking of the USS Housatonic. After completing her mission, she mysteriously vanished and remained lost at sea for over a century. For decades, adventurers searched for the legendary submarine. On February 17th, 1864, the H. L. Hunley became the first successful combat submarine in world history with the sinking of the USS Housatonic. After completing her mission, she mysteriously vanished and remained lost at sea for over a century. For decades, adventurers searched for the legendary submarine.


Over a century later, the National Underwater and Marine Agency (NUMA), led by New York Times-bestselling author Clive Cussler, finally found the Hunley in 1995. News of the discovery traveled quickly around the world. A ground breaking effort began to retrieve the fragile submarine from the sea. The Hunley Commission and Friends of the Hunley, a non-profit group charged with raising funds in support of the vessel, led an effort with the United States Navy that culminated on August 8th, 2000 with the Hunley’s safe recovery.


She was then delivered to the Warren Lasch Conservation Center, a high-tech lab specifically designed to conserve the vessel and unlock the mystery of her disappearance. The Hunley has since been excavated and proved to be a time capsule, holding a wide array of artifacts that can teach us about life during the American Civil War. The submarine and the hundreds of artifacts found onboard are currently undergoing preservation work while archaeologists use the historical clues they have found to piece together the final moments of the Hunley and her crew.


The Hunley’s journey through time has been marked by innovation, courage and tragedy. Her against-all-odds tale has spanned the centuries and is one of the greatest maritime mysteries in recent history. This website follows the pioneering vessel from her inception during the American Civil War to the modern-day efforts surrounding her preservation and study.


Featured Attractions:
  • Number of Featured allowed is determined by pass duration purchased more info
  • Reservations are typically required for Featured Attractions.
  • You can make reservations  in advance of arriving which are easily made from within the Mobile Pass you’ll receive after purchase.
  • View tour availability before purchasing TourPass

Standard Attractions:
  • No reservation is required, just show up and present your Mobile Pass for entry.
  • Visit as many as you wish 1x.
Transportation to attractions is not provided. In the Historic District you can use the Trolley.
$12.26 per Child without Tour Pass. (Pay $0 at the gate! Tour Pass includes full admission)

Charleston’s Huguenot House

A striking spiral staircase accents the impressive central hall, and many of the rooms are restored to their original color schemes. All feature historic pieces from the Museum’s collections including a selection of American, English and French furniture dating to the early 19th century. Outside, a classical Gate Temple overlooks a period garden, and the locations of adjacent historical outbuildings (e.g., kitchen and slave quarters, stable, and privy) are marked with interpretive signs. Descending from French Huguenots who fled religious persecution in Europe in the late 1600s, the Manigaults prospered as rice planters and merchants during the 18th century and became one of South Carolina’s leading families. Joseph Manigault inherited several rice plantations and over two hundred slaves from his grandfather in 1788, and also married well. Arthur Middleton, father of his first wife, Maria Henrietta Middleton, was a signer of the Declaration of Independence. Following Henrietta’s death, he married Charlotte Drayton, with whom he had eight children. The Charleston Museum purchased the house in 1933, and has preserved and interpreted it ever since.
Featured Attractions:
  • Number of Featured allowed is determined by pass duration purchased more info
  • Reservations are typically required for Featured Attractions.
  • You can make reservations  in advance of arriving which are easily made from within the Mobile Pass you’ll receive after purchase.
  • View tour availability before purchasing TourPass

Standard Attractions:
  • No reservation is required, just show up and present your Mobile Pass for entry.
  • Visit as many as you wish 1x.
Transportation to attractions is not provided. In the Historic District you can use the Trolley.
$5 per Child without Tour Pass. (Pay $0 at the gate! Tour Pass includes full admission)
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Day #1 Example Itinerary

  • Choose a total of 2 Featured Tours + Visit as Many Standard Attractions as You Wish for 1-Day.
  • The selections below are an example. You can choose whatever you want from the available tours.

Price w/o Tour Pass

Totals

1-Day per Person Savings = $64

Save 41% Off of Retail Ticket Prices

Day #2 Example Itinerary

  • Choose a total of 3 Featured Tours + Visit as Many Standard Attractions as You Wish for 2-Days.
  • The selections below are an example. You can choose whatever you want from the available tours.

Price w/o Tour Pass

Totals

2-Day per Person Savings = $111

Save 44% Off of Retail Ticket Prices

Day #3 Example Itinerary

  • Choose a total of 4 Featured Tours + Visit as Many Standard Attractions as You Wish for 3-Days.
  • The selections below are an example. You can choose whatever you want from the available tours.

Price w/o Tour Pass

Totals

3-Day per Person Savings = $159

Save 48% Off of Retail Ticket Prices

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Charleston Frequently Asked Questions

There is never a bad time to visit Charleston, however it is much more hot and humid in the summer season of course.

Most consider spring (March – May) and fall seasons (September – November) to be the best because of the more temperate climate.

Charleston, SC is known for many things such as: 

  • History: from Colonial times to Revolutionary War, the Civil War and Fort Sumter along with it’s unfortunate connection to the Slave trade.
  • Food, culinary experiences.
  • Amazing tours
  • Beaches (Isle of Palms, Sullivans Island, Folly Beach and Kiawah)
  • Kiawah Island and the championship golf course.
  • Amazing weather and climate
  • Charleston Harbor and water activities
  • Manners: Charleston has won awards for the most mannerly city in the U.S. 
  • The Ports: Charleston has one of the busiest ports on the east coast. 

You can certainly visit a handful of Charleston’s famous sites in 1-day, however the general consensus is that a minimum 3-days is the optimal time to really experience the city.

Yes Charleston is walkable. We recommend parking near the historic district in Charleston or at this parking garage (25 Prioleau St, Charleston, SC 29401). Start walking east, towards the Battery. There you’ll find antebellum mansions, rainbow row and a network of very walkable historic streets.

TV Shows & Movies filmed in the Charleston, SC area:

  • The Notebook
  • North & South
  • The Patriots (featuring Mel Gibson)
  • Ace Ventura
  • Cold Mountain
  • Halloween
  • Outer Banks
  • Army Wives
  • Southern Charm
  •  Vice Principals
  • The Righteous Gemstones
  • Die Hard with a Vengance
  • The Legend of Bagger Vance
  • The Inspectors

That all depends on what your budget allows. If budget or cost is not an issue then we recommend the following in order: 

  1. Downtown Historic District: This area allows for easy walking to all the top attractions, restaurants and nightlife. (20 minute drive from airport).
  2. The Beaches: There’s nothing better than staying on or near the beaches. There are 4 beaches to choose from: Isle of Palms, Folly, Sullivans and Kiawah, with Kiawah being the furthest away from downtown. 
  3. Mount Pleasant: safe area just minutes away by driving across the picutresque harbor to downtown…and close to the Isle of Palms and Sullivans Island beaches.
  4. West Ashley: safe area as well that’s closer to Folly Beach.
  5. North Charleston: fairly safe and located within minutes of the airport. We recommend staying near Tanger Outlets in this area. 
  6. Summerville: safe and newer properties, however almost 30 minutes away from downtown and the beaches.

Yes, Charleston is known as a safe city. The historic district is extremely safe along with Mount Pleasant and the beach area. As in every metropolitan area there are areas that are not recommended for Visitors, however you would have no reason to visit since attractions and hotels are not located in those area. 

It’s always best to be “street-smart” and be aware of your surroundings no matter where you are in an unfamiliar city. Don’t get overly intoxicated or walk alone at night and ask hotel staff of areas to avoid if concerns persist.

Yes, Charleston has the following beaches nearby: 

  • Isle of Palms: 15 minutes from downtown.
  • Sullivans Island: 10 minutes from downtown.
  • Folly Beach: 25 minutes from downtown.
  • Kiawah Island: 40 minutes from downtown.

Not necessarily since downtown Charleston has a free trolley that transports visitors around the Historic District. If you would like to visit the beaches or plantations then transportation will be needed. Charleston does have Uber and Lyft service.

For more information read this article which includes printable maps

Charleston, SC isn’t more or less expensive than most other popular tourist destinations such as Myrtle Beach, Hilton Head or Savannah. To save money on the top tours and attractions, buy a Charleston TourPass which includes the best Charleston SC things to do