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.
  • The selections below are an example. You can choose whatever you want from the available tours.

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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.
  • The selections below are an example. You can choose whatever you want from the available tours.

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3-Day per Person Savings = $159

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  • 100% full admission to the top tours and attractions.
  • Over 40 attractions to choose from (view included tours below).
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  • Easily make reservations for tours in advance after purchase with the Mobile Pass you’ll receive.
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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.
  • View tour availabilities before purchasing a pass. Visit this page and search the dates you’ll be visiting: Featured Tour Availability Search
  • Only certain Featured Tours require reservations. Standard attractions do not require reservations. Just show your pass for entry!
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  • The more you do the more you save.
  •  It’s easy to visit more since Charleston attractions are close to each other.

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  • No research needed. Only the top tours are allowed on Tour Pass.
  • Stay organized with the Mobile Pass you’ll receive where you can make reservations, includes maps and detailed info.

Tour times can fill up fast. With Tour Pass you can make tour reservations now for when you’re visiting.

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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.

 

Self-guided tours. Last tour begins at 4:15 p.m.

History of the House

Built in 1820 by merchant John Robinson, the Aiken-Rhett House is nationally significant as one of the best-preserved townhouse complexes in the nation. Vastly expanded by Governor and Mrs. William Aiken, Jr. in the 1830s and again in the 1850s, the house and its outbuildings include a kitchen, the original slave quarters, carriage block and back lot. The house and its surviving furnishings offer a compelling portrait of urban life in antebellum Charleston, as well as a Southern politician, slaveholder and industrialist. The house spent 142 years in the Aiken family’s hands before being sold to the Charleston Museum and opened as a museum house in 1975.

When the Foundation assumed ownership in 1995, we adopted a preserved-as-found preservation approach, meaning the structure and contents are left in an “as-found” state, including furniture, architecture and finishes that have not been altered since the mid 19th century. The only restored room in the house, the art gallery, showcases paintings and sculpture the Aiken family acquired on their European Grand Tour.

While many dependency buildings in Charleston have been demolished or adapted, the Aiken-Rhett slave quarters – with their original paint, floors and fixtures – survive virtually untouched since the 1850s, allowing visitors the unique chance to better comprehend the every-day realities of the enslaved Africans who lived on-site, maintained the household and catered to the needs of the Aiken family and their guests.

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.
$7 per Child without Tour Pass. (Pay $0 at the gate! Tour Pass includes full admission)

Journey from the past to the present and heritage to habitat at the Caw Caw Interpretive Center. Rich in natural, cultural and historical resources, Caw Caw was once part of several rice plantations and home to enslaved Africans who applied their technology and skills in agriculture to carve the series of rice fields out of cypress swamps. Caw Caw Interpretive Center is managed as a low-impact wildlife preserve. Pets and bicycles are not permitted.

Features

  • Over 6 miles of trails with trail-side exhibits
  • Elevated boardwalks through wetlands
  • Environmental and social studies education programs from preschool through college level
  • Interpretive exhibits, displays, and programs
  • Former 18th and 19th century rice fields and one of the important sites of the Stono Rebellion
  • Thousands of naturalized tea plants from a 20th century tea farm
  • Noted for its rich bird life, Caw Caw is a birding hotspot for coastal South Carolina.
  • Areas managed for wildlife including waterfowl, songbirds, otters, deer, and more
  • Favored habitats for rare wildlife: American Alligators, Swallow-tailed Kites, Bald Eagles, and others

Address:
5200 Savannah Hwy
Ravennel, SC

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.
$2 per Child without Tour Pass. (Pay $0 at the gate! Tour Pass includes full admission)

The birthplace of the Carolinas, Established in 1670!

Charles Towne Landing State Historic Site sits on a marshy point, located off of the Ashley River, where a group of English settlers landed in 1670 and established what would become the birthplace of the Carolina colony. Charles Towne Landing introduces visitors to the earliest colonial history of Charleston. Interact with hands-on exhibits in the Visitor Center, talk to knowledgeable staff members, and take an audio tour on the self-guided history trail.

Highlights:

  • Guests can step aboard and tour the Adventure, Charleston’s only 17th-century replica sailing ship.
  • Natural habitat zoo (the only zoo in Charleston area): See otters, bears, big cats, bison and more at the Animal Forest natural habitat zoo.
  • Fireable cannons that are fired on the 1st Saturday of each month.
  • 80 acres of gardens, with an elegant live oak alley and the Legare-Waring House.
  • Miles of trails for walking, biking and exploring.
  • Bicycles welcome or you can rent them on-site.
  • Pets welcome if leashed.



Park is closed on Christmas Eve and Christmas Day.

Address:
1500 Old Towne Road
Charleston, SC 29407

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: Receive 2 Premium Attraction Tickets per Person, a $20 per Person Value.

Charleston Fun Park is the go-to place for family and date-night fun! Located just 10 minutes from downtown Charleston in Mount Pleasant.

Premium Attractions Include:

  • Go-Karts
  • Two miniture golf courses – 36 holes
  • Bumper cars
  • Virtual Reality Coaster

They also have over 40 arcade games that give out tickets and prizes along mini-bowling, air hockey, skee-ball

Please visit their website to confirm hours of operation, they have summer and winter hours. We have summer hours listed below

Address:
3255 N Hwy 17
Charleston, SC 29464

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.
$20 per Child without Tour Pass. (Pay $0 at the gate! Tour Pass includes full admission)

The South Carolina Lowcountry has always been home to a cast of eclectic, unconventional characters – scholars, scientists, scribes, and socialites, revolutionaries and world travelers, collectors, curators. They have been lovers of the established and experimental, the rare, beautiful, odd and unusual. Our history is a blend of beauty and pain, grace and war, great storms and calm seas.

We are a melting pot of cultures and customs, remade with each changing tide. We are writers of a never-ending story that asks life’s most essential question: Who are we?

The search for the answer is our reason for being. So, we dig into attics and archives. We pore over ancient artifacts, journals, and albums. We study, document, preserve, interpret, and share.

We do it for the electric joy of discovery. The stories and humanity revealed. But perhaps even more, we do it for what it inspires within us. The thoughts that ask us to rethink our past and our place in the world. The thoughts that spark a conversation not just about who we were, but who we are – and who we can be.

We are all a story. And our story starts here.

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)

The only tea production facility in North America where you can see hundreds of thousands of tea bushes stretching out acre after acre for almost as far as the eye can see.

The Bigelow family, William Barclay Hall and the staff of the tea garden stand ready to bring you the tea experience of your life. They are located on picturesque Wadmalaw Island in the heart of the lowcountry just a few miles south of the historic city of Charleston.

In addition to their many acres of tea plants, they offer a very educational tour of our tea factory. You get to walk the entire length of our tea production building where you can see all the equipment it takes to make tea. Large TV screens along the glassed in gallery describe the entire process.

Included with Tour Pass is a 45 minute trolley ride, which makes a stop at their state of the art greenhouse.

Last but not least is the gift shop, stocked with more tea related items than you can possibly imagine. Last year some sixty five thousand people from all over the world came to visit. There are many hundreds of tea production facilities in the world. With the exception of the Charleston Tea Garden, they’re all located in Asia, Africa and South America, many thousands of miles from our shores.

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.
$8 per Child without Tour Pass. (Pay $0 at the gate! Tour Pass includes full admission)

Tastings offered Tuesdays-Saturdays from 10 am – 5 pm.

You’ll go on a “choose your own adventure” tour, weaving your way through their current wine list choosing 6 samples to try. And, since they value their employees being able to be spontaneous, you may receive some surprise tastes as well (especially if you come during the week when they’re not so busy). At the end you will receive a complimentary wine glass to remember your time at the vineyard. Guests are welcome to stroll through the 7 miles of vines on the vineyard as a self-guided tour.

Highlights:

  • Tour Pass: Receive a free wine tasting & souvenir wine glass which includes six wines.
  • They grow four types of muscadine grape – carlos, ison, noble and tara. From the grapes, they make five different wines – Low Tide, Magnolia, Deep Water Blend and High Tide. They also have chardonnay and cabernet sauvignon from California that they vint and bottle onsite and blend with their muscadines, for a total of six wines available.
  • Every Saturday from 12 – 4 pm they host a Weekend Wine Down event where food and music are present. Enjoy the tranquil surroundings, bring family, friends and have a great time. See calendar for upcoming events

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.
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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