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What to See & Do

Hoist a sail or hear a ghost tale. Barrier island recreation or tour a plantation? The number of activities unique to the Charleston area is incredible. Your guests will be thanking you for such a fun, authentic and memorable meeting, so go ahead-take a bow.

Things to Do

SpiritLine Cruises, locally grown and owned since 1961, offers the only tour of Charleston's harbor that features a licensed tour guide. Step aboard for our 90 minute tour cruising past landmarks such as Fort Sumter, the Battery and Castle Pinckney. Charleston is a city with a rich maritime history-what better way to explore her than from the water!
The history, nature and water of Charleston all in one! Kayak & paddleboard tours, rentals & lessons. Great for groups with first timers and serious paddlers alike. Reservations required.
The 36-acre McLeod Plantation Historic Site is located on James Island was established in 1851. It is an important Gullah/Geechee heritage site carefully preserved in recognition of generations of enslaved people and its cultural and historical significance in American history.
This Forbes Five-Star Spa is a balm for body, mind and spirit. Signature treatments derived from botanical extracts, nourishing seaweed, rich mud and natural enzymes are provided in a setting inspired by the piazzas and gardens found throughout historic Charleston.
Reach new heights at the Lowcountry’s tallest outdoor climbing facility. Our 50-foot wall, with 4,500 sq. ft. of climbing space, 14 top ropes, and 2 lead climbing walls, will challenge climbers of all skill levels. Also on site is the Challenge Course, which offers group initiatives, low elements, and high elements designed to encourage your group to work together to solve problems. Visit our website for fees and hours of operation.
Featuring two world-renowned Fazio courses with dramatic finishing holes on the Atlantic Ocean. The Links Course is ranked among the world’s best and The Harbor Course will test your skills with water coming into play on nearly every hole. Located minutes from downtown Charleston.
Rhodes Boutique is a locally owned specialty store offering a curated collection of ladies apparel, accessories, and gifts for men, featuring local designers. From women’s everyday wear to formal gowns, we have an outfit for every occasion.
This 738-acre park offers miles of wooded trails for equestrians, walkers and runners; serves as host site for competitive horse shows at its Mullet Hall Equestrian Center; and offers a 6 target and a 3D archery range (equipment rental not available).
COA's location offers convenient access to pristine Lowcountry tidal creeks hosting rich wildlife. Explore scenic salt marsh via guided kayak tour, rental, or boat charter!
Enjoy your tour of Charleston's rich history from the comfort of our fleet of specially designed, air-conditioned buses. Every tour is led by one of our licensed, knowledgeable, friendly guides. Special group tours and rates are available. Just be sure to ask!
This 943-acre park offers a variety of recreational opportunities, including crabbing and fishing along tidal creeks and lagoons, biking, paddle boats, playground and picnic sites with grills. Covered shelters are available for reservation. Visit our website for park amenities, fees, and hours of operation.
Our team of licensed guides represent the most knowledgeable and experienced tour professionals in the Charleston area. Contact our friendly staff today for step-on guide service, walking tours, educational programs, or customized packages. Bilingual guides available; Member NTA & ABA
The Pete Dye masterpiece garnered worldwide attention when it hosted the 1991 Ryder Cup. In 2012, Rory McIlroy posted the largest margin of victory in a PGA Championship, and Phil Mickelson made history in 2021 as the oldest person to win a major when the PGA Championship returned.
Tour Charleston by land with Adventure Sightseeing minibus tours. We offer city tours, plantation tours, custom tours and transportation. Showcasing the beauty and history of Charleston for over 35 years!
The IAAM tells the unvarnished stories of the African American experience across generations, the trauma and triumph that gave rise to a resilient people.
Inspired by the South Carolina coastline, The Spa is a gathering place to de-stress from life on the go; to restore physical and emotional balance; to detoxify while increasing energy; to improve sleep; and to boost vitality and immunity.
Charleston's MOST EXCLUSIVE Food and Wine Tour provides door-to-door service in a brand-new luxurious limo party bus. Visit two wineries (tastings included), enjoy hand-crafted charcuterie, photo sightseeing, and a full Texas-Southern Style BBQ meal. $295 per guest, all inclusive!
Cool down during the hot summer months. Tucked deep within the tropical vegetation of Palmetto Islands County Park, Splash Island provides hours of fun for toddlers to pre-teen children. Visit our website for park amenities, fees, and operating schedule.
Stretching over 1,000 feet into the Atlantic Ocean, the Folly Beach Pier offers fishing, spectacular views, beach access, gift shop, the Pier 101 Restaurant and much more.
Rich in natural, cultural, and historical resources, Caw Caw offers miles of trails, with trailside exhibits and elevated boardwalks through wetlands. It’s a favored habitat for rare wildlife. Arrange natural and historical tours and programs for your group.
Whirlin’ Waters offers gallons of fun for all ages. Enjoy over 15 acres of island-style water play. Relax on a lazy river, experience the excitement of a 27,000-gallon wave pool, or plunge down a number of thrilling slides. Visit our website for park amenities, fees, and operating schedule.
Magnolia Plantation and Gardens is a historic rice plantation, a stunning 19th-century Romantic-style garden, and a site of remarkable natural diversity and beauty.
Newly renovated in 2019. Enjoy an adventurous boat ride on our beautiful, natural water swamp; explore the butterfly house and heritage garden; take a stroll along scenic paths and bridges. Picnic shelters, double gazebos, meeting rooms, free Wi-fi.
Take your Corporate, family Reunion or Bachelor/Bachelorette party to the next level with a custom fishing tournament designed just for your group with trophies and prizes for up to 60 people.
The hotel’s signature spa is an urban oasis in the heart of Downtown Charleston. Balance the mind, body and soul as you disconnect, unwind and rejuvenate.
Folly Beach County Park is located on the west end of Folly Island. Lifeguards are on duty seasonally along a beautiful beachfront designated swimming area. The park features the rentable 1200-square-foot Pelican Watch Pavilion, as well as the beautiful new Dunes House building. Visit our website for park amenities, gate fees, and hours of operation.
Engage with a movement of women empowering women. Ibu partners with women artisans globally, celebrating their imagination and skill and putting money in their hands in life-changing ways. Schedule a private event at our showroom, design studio, and rooftop terrace. Customize with global menus and live performances, while learning about the Ibu's mission and foundation.
Enjoy the beautiful views of the Arthur Ravenel, Jr. Bridge and Charleston Harbor from bench swings and shade structures located on the 1,250-ft Mount Pleasant Pier. Visit our website for pier amenities, fishing fees, and hours of operation.
Experts in engagement & experiential team building & bonding. 100% mobile & unique. Groups of 4 - 500. App-based fully customized scavenger hunts. "After meeting in Charleston, we now take OPA to all of our events throughout the US" - VP of People, Goodway Group.
Discover. Inspire. Grow. There is no boardroom, classroom, or conference room that so aptly and intensely energizes groups to explore the depths of their capabilities as the Challenge Course at James Island County Park.
The Gibbes Museum of Art is home to a premier collection of American art that connect Charleston's rich cultural heritage with the city's vibrant contemporary arts scene. The museum also hosts 6 - 8 special exhibitions each year.
Palmetto Carriage Works is the oldest carriage company in Charleston, SC. Still family owned and operated, the company offers guided horse and mule-drawn tours of Charleston's historic district for visitors hoping to take in the charm and history of the city in a more authentic way.
The popular tour where history meets hospitality! Explore the historic downtown by carriage with a friendly, certified guide & draft horse to reveal the charm of Charleston.
Come aboard The USS Yorktown and hear the stories of the American Heroes who lived, died, and are still rumored to be here today.
Charleston's top rated harbor tour. Enjoy over 75 points of interest including The Battery and Fort Sumter. Dolphin sightings are quite common and fun for everyone! Full bar and snacks on board too! Operates Feb - December.
America’s oldest preserved plantation house still open to the public. Admission includes house tour, Connections program, African-American cemetery, nature walks, and more.
The mansion that exists on Boone Hall Plantation today was built in 1936 as part of the Second Wave Of Reconstruction. This Georgian designed home blends recovered materials and antique furnishings to recreate an atmosphere that would have surrounded a Coastal Carolina planter's family and his guests.
With a par of 70, this challenging 6,359 yard course requires accurate shot making and a thoughtful plan of attack. Considered by Tom Fazio as one of his favorites.
Kiawah Beachwalker Park offers the only public beach access on Kiawah Island. Voted a Top Ten Beach in America by Dr. Beach, it's a spot not to be missed. Lifeguards on duty seasonally. Visit our website for park amenities, fees, and hours of operation.
Charleston Strolls is the leader in educational & group tour planning services. Offering step-on guides, walking tours, plantation tours, special events, private homes & garden tours, specialty tours, and scavenger hunts. Charleston’s premier tour service company since 1979.
Visit Charleston’s ONLY National Park! Fort Sumter Tours, the official concessionaire for the National Park Service, offers the only tour to stop at historic Fort Sumter. Enjoy a harbor cruise on your way to the island fort. Step back in time as your walk the in the footsteps of Confederate and Union soldiers.
This nature-oriented park, designed for group and family use, provides guests with a variety of recreational opportunities. Located within the park are covered shelters and a meeting/reception facility. Visit our website for park amenities, fees, and hours of operation.
Let Charleston Harbor Tours plan the perfect event for you! Choose from one of our 3 beautiful and unique vessels to host your group. With capacities from 49-300, we can provide an unforgettable experience on harbor!
On Charleston Harbor, Patriots Point offers a chance to walk in the steps of heroes. From tours to events, we offer a variety of memorable experiences. Special rates are available for groups of 10 or more.
Grand Federal townhouse completed in 1808. Restored interior with elaborate ornamentation and a magnificent free-flying staircase. Set amid spacious gardens and furnished with period antiques, the house evokes the gracious lifestyle of the city’s elite.
Voted "Charleston's Best Tour Company" since 2010, Bulldog Tours is Charleston’s premier walking tour company offering history, food and ghost tours. We have exclusive access to the Pre-Revolutionary Dungeon, the Old City Jail, and Charleston’s oldest and most notable graveyards. We also specialize in custom and special interest tours. Let us help you make the most of your Charleston experience.
When temperatures start rising, visitors of all ages will enjoy this favorite summer playground located within James Island County Park. Splash Zone provides hours of fun for the entire family. Visit our website for park amenities, fees, and operating schedule.
The park provides your group with a variety of recreational opportunities, facilities, and services. Meeting venues range from a small conference center to a large, fully-equipped meeting space. Visit our website for park amenities, fees, and hours of operation.
The RiverDogs are a Rays affiliate known for fun, affordable, family-friendly entertainment. Food choices have been featured in Esquire, Man v. Food, Rachael Ray and more.
The city's most intact antebellum urban complex (c. 1820). Historic interiors, surviving virtually unaltered since 1858, have been conserved and stabilized. Many family objects are still found in the rooms for which they were purchased.
A National Historic Landmark, encompassing 65 acres of America's oldest landscaped gardens. The House Museum highlights family collections and the role of the Middleton family in American history. Artisans in the Stableyards demonstrate the work and lives of enslaved Africans.
With rolling fairways and picturesque finishing holes along the Atlantic, to challenging greens along the marshes of the Intracoastal Waterway.
Invite your group to walk, talk and taste their way through Charleston! In addition to our daily food tours, we offer private, custom tours to immerse your group in the story of the Lowcountry's culinary history, bountiful ingredients and the talented chef's who bring it all together. Voted "Top 5 Tours to Take in Charleston" by Southern Living.
Join us aboard Charleston’s only, 3 mast tall ship. Perfect for team building, relaxing sunset charters and dolphin sails. Modeled after 18th century coastal trading ships, the Pride is a truly unique experience. Groups up to 49.
Explore Charleston’s most prominent Victorian cemetery. Magnolia Cemetery is home to 35,000 permanent residents including generals and soldiers, politicians, and socialites.
Conveniently located at the foot of the Isle of Palms Connector. Enjoy 600 feet of ocean-frontage, with lifeguards on duty seasonally along a designated swimming area. Visit our website for park amenities, gate fees, and hours of operation.
Make waves with your one-of-a-kind event in front of the Great Ocean Tank or overlooking the picturesque Charleston Harbor. Work with our team to create a customized event with animal encounters, personalized messages from scuba divers and amazing photo opportunities.
Corporate gifts from Croghan's Jewel Box – we make your job easy by providing traditional, personalized Charleston gifts with stories about the lowcountry. Enhance your clients visit to this wonderful city! We'll help you select gifts that will be enjoyed for years to come.
Award-winning floral design studio, serving groups and couples in the Charleston area. Plan your entire celebration, or stop by our shop for a fresh bouquet of blooms.
Discover Charleston’s storied past and tideland treasures aboard Sandlapper Tours 45-foot catamaran (max 49 passengers). Personalized tours scheduled daily with group rates include history and nature tours, sunset cruises, beach parties, haunted harbor ghost tours, and popular Lowcountry Boil. For smaller groups, our skiff (max 11 passengers) offers a variety of customizable charters.
Holistic, therapeutic practices and products made to alleviate and rejuvenate. Restore and rebalance. Soothe and satisfy. Your individualized journey of self-reflection, wellness, and well-being begins now.
Joyful, meaningful jewelry that empowers a woman to feel her highest sense of self. Visit us to design Custom Charm Jewelry & shop collection. Book group shopping experiences.
Tours of Charleston and the Carolina Lowcountry are "exclusively" designed to meet the special interests of individuals and/or groups. Tours include the historic city, plantations, culinary, and Civil War. All guides are licensed with the Arts and History Commission of this city.
Commemorate your visit to Charleston with Permanent Jewelry- custom fit jewelry without a claspless that is painlessly welded on. An intimate experience to celebrate life’s special moments and occasions. Book your group during shop hours or for a private event.
In 1864 the Hunley became the world’s first successful combat sub and then vanished. Found over a century later, you can see this amazing artifact during weekend tours.
Let All In One Charters take the stress off your plate and help coordinate your fully customized trip to your parties liking. We offer trips for all large group types; large families, birthday parties, team building for employees, you name it! Kendra makes it easy by setting up all the boats needed, at a pickup location convenient to your group.
Experience the beauty and charm of America's only tea garden...View acres of breathtaking tea plants, learn how tea is made during an informative factory tour, take a trolley ride through the tea fields and drink American Classic Tea as you browse the unique Shoppe.
Charleston’s largest pontoon pedal boat with ample space to wow your group for fun team-building activities on the water (up to 26 guests!) Host a memorable event aboard our state-of-the-art vessel and see Charleston's abundant marine life and gorgeous scenery. Bring your team and let's hit the water!
Offering daily public harbor tours perfect for groups and parties. Learn the 300+ years of history that has helped shaped one of the busiest ports on the east coast. Stunning views of Fort Sumter and the Ravenel Bridge. Private tours available too!
Sunset cruise, harbor tour, booze cruise – bring your family, work team or that special someone & let us introduce you to the sights & sounds of the harbor!
America's first museum showcases a variety of fascinating artifacts that tell the story of Lowcountry cultural and natural history. Whether you have an interest in early Southern furniture, historic textiles or the Civil War, the Charleston Museum has something for everyone in your group!
The Sound of Charleston presents the music of Charleston's history from Gospel to Gershwin, Jazz to light classics, and music of the Civil War. Presented in historic Circular Congregational Church. Weekly 75 minute concerts. Additional shows can be added. Call Bill at 843.270.4903.
Madison Mathews is a resort wear brand designed in Charleston, South Carolina and made in India using traditional artisan techniques. We create limited numbers in each style. Our cotton, linen and block print dresses are classic and timeless.
Enjoy a guided tea tasting and sip the world’s most prized teas. Discover the rich history of tea from Charleston to ancient China with your friends, family, or colleagues. Conveniently held at a venue of your choice
This Clyde Johnston masterpiece offers a variety of challenges from holes set in windswept tracts alongside salt marshes to fairways carved out of thick forest.
Experience the Lowcountry's natural beauty by boat & kayak. Dolphins, wildlife & local history with Charleston’s most established ecotour company. Waterside locations on Shem Creek, Isle of Palms, Bulls Island & Kiawah River. All ages & group sizes.
Live comedy theatre in a cozy setting -- clean comic whodunit shows, volunteer audience participation and a la carte appetizers, drinks, and desserts – great for group entertainment and team-building. One-half block off the City Market. Featuring Inspector NoClue's Murder Mystery, Murder at the Redneck Reunion, Mack Black: Ghost Detective, and Help! I Think My Characters Are Trying to Kill Me!
Explore Charleston Harbor's majestic waters on an AquaSafaris adventure. Charleston's premier charter agency since 1987, our crew prides itself on professional service for all your fishing, sailing and power adventures. With our prized Palmetto Breeze Catamaran, AquaSafaris is Charleston's largest quality fleet offering corporate, wedding, public, dolphin and pirate sails. All vessels are insured and exceed U.S. Coast Guard safety regulations.
This Gary Player design (and the island's first course) remains a players' favorite as it winds through maritime forest, stands of mature live oak and along the marsh bordering the Kiawah River.
Original live theater in the heart of Charleston! Presenting high-energy musicals and innovative comedies throughout the year, we invite you to relax, unwind and laugh with friends. Fun drinks and savory bites are standing by. “Simply delightful” NYtheatre.com
Built on a historic Lexington Plantation, Dunes West is an Arthur Hills masterpiece, and one of the best you will ever play. A beautiful antebellum clubhouse, set amid Bermuda-covered dunes and 200 year old oaks blends an historically rich environment with great hospitality.
Whether it's a rejuvenating massage, relaxing pedicure, or refreshing facial, you'll experience a tranquil, transformational environment that's both memorable and healthful.
Experience the true essence of Charleston at Firefly Distillery, home of the world's first Sweet Tea Vodka! With a product line that now includes over 30 spirits, enjoy a spirited tasting flight of six samples or kick back with a cocktail from the rustic, copper Tasting Room bar. Private meeting space, 5 acre field for lawn games or team building activities, and group tours and tastings also available.
Give your guests the ultimate Charleston experience! With rave reviews in NYC, and appearances on NBC, FOX, and ABC, the sisters dazzle audiences with powerhouse vocals, tap dancing, and fascinating history. Your CEO might leave dancing The Charleston!
Owned & operated by native Charlestonians whose families arrived here in the 1600’s. Sights that will leave you breathless and tours that will leave you speechless.
From crabbing, casting, and fishing, we’re here to offer you a true Charleston experience and the chance to build an unbreakable bond with the saltwater. Our experience is accessible to anyone young or old. See you out on the dock!
Discover the influences of Charles Pinckney on Charleston, the African people he enslaved, plantation operations and his legacy. The Park features a film, museum shop, walking trails, exhibits and special programs.
Site of the first permanent English settlement in South Carolina. Walk in the footsteps of the first settlers and experience history up-close. Park experiences include a museum, the History Trail with audio tour, a replica of a 17th-century trading vessel, the Animal Forest zoo, settlement-era house, breathtaking vistas and gardens, picnic areas and more. Scheduled group tours are available.
Take your taste buds for a stroll to discover the food, history, & culture behind Charleston's storied cuisine. Innovative tours led by passionate locals for lasting memories.
From walking tours to all-day, motorized excursions, we customize tours to cover your interests. Appearances: Today Show, Travel Channel, A&E, Lifetime, Syfy, Fox Network, NPR, and PBS. Group clients say: "Solid historical information with great fun" "Best tour guides I have ever had."
Home of the Family Circle Cup, Volvo Car Open and Credit One Tennis tournaments and two world-class tennis facilities - Charleston Tennis LLC and LTP Mount Pleasant, and the Randy Pete Tennis Academy.
The Edmondston-Alston House is one of the first dwellings built on Charleston's High Battery. Enjoy views of Charleston Harbor from the same piazzas where General Beauregard watched the bombardment of Ft. Sumter. Family furniture, books, silver and paintings adorn the high-ceiling rooms.
At Fort Moultrie you can experience 171 years of coastal military history. The fort defended Charleston's harbor from the Revolutionary War through World War II. The Park features a film, museum shops, path to beach, exhibits and special programs.
Fort Sumter National Monument
Ruins of historic Fort Sumter, where the Civil War began. Hours vary throughout the year. Please call Fort Sumter National Monument for departure times, location and ticket prices. 843-883-3123
This state-of-the-art facility is the primary ferry departure point for visitors to Fort Sumter, serving as an interpretive education center for the National Park Service to communicate the significance of Fort Sumter and its history. Exhibits provide an overview of the events leading up to the Civil War. Additional ferry departs from Patriots Point.
Explore the sites relevant to the culture & traditions of the African-Americans history in Charleston. Given by a Gullah speaking Charlestonian whose relatives were slaves.
Charleston's Revolutionary War house was the townhome of Thomas Heyward, Jr., signer of the Declaration of Independence, and now features remarkable Charleston-made furniture.
Charleston's only hands - on cooking classes with a celebrity chef! Learn, dine & laugh while cooking with the best products Charleston has to offer (wines included). Charleston's only 1600 sq ft showroom kitchen is the perfect setting for intimate private dinners, corporate or social events. www.chefbobwaggoner.com
Built in 1803, the Joseph Manigault House is an exceptional example of Federal period architecture with a remarkable collection of early 19th century furnishings.
At Osprey Point, Tom Fazio created a stunning par-72 layout onto a superb natural canvas that features four natural lakes, fingers of saltwater marsh, and dense maritime forests of live oaks, pines, palmettos and magnolias.
This course has hosted several championships, including the Carolina 1987, 1992 & 2006 Amateur and the 1990 PGA Cup Matches, the club professionals' version of the Ryder Cup. The layout exemplifies Jack Nicklaus’ guiding design philosophy to “make the player use his mind ahead of his muscles.”
Boat, Science, and Culinary Tour packed into one! See what it takes to be an oyster farmer in the Lowcountry. Learn about the lifecycle of an oyster from start to finish- boat ride included! Thursdays and Fridays year-round. Private tours are available.
No parking fee. Boasting the longest fishing pier in the southeast, the park also features a snack and gift shop, Sweetgrass Cultural Arts Pavilion, War Memorial and Visitors Center. Visit www.ComeOnOverMP.com to view the calendar of events.
Overlooking the Cooper River, featuring performance pavilion, expansive lawn, picnic shelter, acres of walking paths, playground, fishing pier, dog park, and play fountain.
Discover (AND KEEP) fossilized bones and teeth of ancient creatures while exploring the great outdoors on a Palmetto adventure today! 35 minutes from Charleston. Fun for all ages. Corporate/ large groups welcome. Guaranteed unique experience! Book online or call today!
An Arnold Palmer Masterpiece, awarded 4.5 stars by Golf Digest, featuring the best in coastal Carolina golf. Miles of marsh views, beautiful landscape & lowcountry wildlife.
Explore Charleston's Black history and Gullah/Geechee culture from a Black perspective in our 1, 2 & 2 1/2 hour motorized Black History, Porgy & Bess and Sea Islands tours. Group rates. Al Miller, owner/guide.
Bargain hunting is always in style at Tanger Outlets. Shop and save at brand name stores including Ann Taylor, Allen Edmonds, Banana Republic, Brooks Brothers, Chico's, J Crew/Crewcuts, Nine West, Polo Ralph Lauren, Saks Fifth Avenue OFF 5TH and more!
One of the largest collections of birds of prey in the country with educational programs and flight demonstrations, offered Thursday, Friday and Saturdays at 10:30am. 16 miles from downtown.
Rated 4 stars by Golf Digest’s Best Places to Play, Stono Ferry offers 18 incredible holes nestled along Charleston’s Intracoastal waters. This Ron Garl design will test every shot in the bag including the short iron approach to the island green 18th!
The North Charleston Fire Museum, conveniently located minutes from Charleston International Airport and adjacent to Tanger Outlet Mall, blends history with hands-on, interactive learning to form an unforgettable destination the entire family will love and remember for years.
No Scripts! All Improv! Charleston's home for improv comedy is guaranteed to make you laugh. Each high energy show is based on audience suggestions, making every show different from the last. There are shows every Wed, Fri and Sat nights. Reservations suggested.
Meet the Lid Lady at the Hat Man for a walking tour! History and historic gossip unfolds as we dive into the stories of Charleston’s past and present in the historic district.