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3 Charleston History Tours You Need to Take
From historic homes to palatial plantations, Charleston offers dozens of ways for visitors to explore our vast history. Visitors interested in learning more about our 300-year history won’t have to search far for a fascinating and informative tour. Whether you’d prefer to go by land, by water, or in a horse-drawn carriage, there’s a Charleston history tour for you!
Travel Back in Time on a Charleston History Tour
There are a couple of things that are a “must” for first-time visitors to Charleston, and a carriage tour tops the list. It’s a great way to get oriented to our beautiful city all while learning about the fascinating history of the downtown district. There are a handful of fantastic companies that offer tours, and we’re happy to recommend our favorites as part of our concierge service! If you’re hoping to add a carriage tour to your next romantic getaway, consider adding our Couples Retreat Package to your stay. It includes a private couples’ massage at your rental, a quiet carriage tour, and a gift certificate to one of the top restaurants in Charleston.
If you’d prefer to explore downtown Charleston on foot, we know just the thing! Old Walled City Walking Tours has some of the best guides around. They keep each walking tour to under 14 guests, meaning that you’ll be able to ask questions and engage in meaningful discussions about Charleston’s history. You’ll explore famous sites like the Dock Street Theater, St. Michael’s Church, and Rainbow Row, and delve into topics like Charleston’s part in the Revolutionary and Civil Wars.
You’ll have no trouble finding a relaxing and informative boat tour in Charleston. One of our favorites comes from Charleston Harbor Tours, which combines sightseeing and history in one excellent package. This is a must for guests hoping to visit the famous Fort Sumter. Their standard 90-minute daily tour includes over 75 of the most iconic landmarks and points of interest along the harbor.
The Annual Festival of Houses and Gardens
The Annual Festival of Houses and Gardens provides a unique, exclusive glimpse into magnificent historic homes that are usually closed to the public. While you can easily appreciate their beauty from the outside, getting a chance to muse through their interiors is an awe-inducing experience.
Throughout four days, you can enjoy walking tours through iconic establishments such as the Nathaniel Russell House. You’ll also have the opportunity to take a peek inside the Heyward-Washington House, a stunning Georgian-style home built in 1772.
However, it’s not just houses that open their doors to visitors. Historic Lowcountry plantations such as Middleton Place and Drayton Hall also allow a special viewing into their private gardens. Middleton Place has been named “America’s oldest landscaped gardens,” while Drayton Hall is known to be the oldest example of Palladian architecture in America.
Charleston history tours can be quite tiring after walking around in the warm Carolina sun. Return to the serenity of one of our many vacation rentals in the heart of the historic district or on the shores of Folly Beach. You’ll appreciate the refined touches that provide you with complete relaxation such as plush, fine linens, large sitting areas filled with plenty of seats to unwind in, and a spacious kitchen for your dining needs.