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Events & Festivals


The Cooper River Brige Run

The Cooper River Bridge Run provides a world-class 10-K foot race. The race promotes continuous physical activity and a healthy lifestyle through education and opportunity.



Piccolo Spoleto

Focusing primarily on artists of the Southeast region, Piccolo Spoleto is the perfect complement to the international scope of Spoleto Festival USA, its parent festival, and its 500 events in 17 days transforms Charleston into an exhilarating celebration of performing, literary and visual arts.



Spoleto Festival

Charleston fills historic theaters, churches, and outdoor spaces with performances by renowned artists as well as emerging performers in opera; theater; dance; and chamber, symphonic, choral, and jazz music.



Volvo Car Open (formerly Family Circle Cup)

2016 presented a lot of firsts for the Volvo Car Open, but one thing was unchanged: World-class tennis on Daniel Island.



Charleston Wine & Food Festival

Charleston Wine + Food is a celebration of Charleston's culinary excellence and renowned culture. We are a non-profit organization that benefits the next generation of culinary + hospitality talent through local scholarship programs.



The Festival of House and Gardens

Set amid the ambience of the city's Old & Historic District, this series of award-winning tours and educational events showcase Charleston's distinctive architecture, history, gardens and culture.



SEWE Charleston Fall Tour of Homes

The historic beauty and charm of Charleston come alive this October as friends of the Preservation Society of Charleston welcome you inside the private interiors of some of the nation's most exceptional historic houses.



Charleston International Film Festival

The festival provides a premier showcase for all aspects of filmmaking: the art, the filmmaker, talented directors and actors, and the film-lover in all of us.


Museums and Historic Tours



The City of Charleston Museum

America's first museum showcases a variety of cultural and natural history artifacts that tell the story of the Lowcountry. Visitors will be transported back through time, viewing artifacts from ancient fossils and an enormous whale skeleton, to elegant costumes and Charleston silver.




Gibbes Museum of Art

Experience Charleston's history through art! Come face to face with stories of the South Carolina Lowcountry as seen through painting, miniature portraiture, sculpture, photographs and more at Charleston's signature art museum. Complimentary cell phone tour (using your own phone) is offered with paid admission.




Edmondston-Alston House

This beautiful home on Charleston's High Battery affords a glimpse of early 19th century elegance, style and comfort. Built in 1825, the house contains Alston family furniture, silver, books and paintings. Three piazzas offer incredible views of Charleston Harbor. In 1861, General Beauregard watched the bombardment of Ft. Sumter here.





Nathaniel Russell House Museum

The Foundation welcomes visitors to explore daily life in one of Charleston's most exquisite dwellings. Located in Downtown Charleston near High Battery, the Nathaniel Russell House Museum, 51 Meeting Street, is widely recognized as one of America's most important neoclassical dwellings.




Drayton Hall

Founded in 1738, Drayton Hall offers something unique in our modern world: authenticity. It's the nation's earliest example of fully executed Palladian architecture and the oldest preserved plantation house in America still open to the public. It's the real thing. It can't be recreated, reproduced, costumed, or staged.




Middleton Plantation

Built in 1755, the House Museum interprets four generations of the Middleton Family, with extraordinary family furniture, silver, porcelain, rare books and portraits on display. Birthplace of a signer of the Declaration of Independance, Middleton Place and the Middletons have played an important role in American History. The property has miraculously remained under the same family stewardship for some 320 years, and today, successfully preserves history for visitors to enjoy




Magnolia Plantation

Magnolia has been selected as one of "America's Most Beautiful Gardens" (Travel + Leisure Magazine), and is the only garden honored with the distinction in the State of South Carolina ! Founded in 1676 by the Drayton family, Magnolia Plantation survived the centuries and witnessed the history of our nation unfolded before it from the American Revolution through the Civil War and beyond. It is the oldest public tourist site in the lowcountry, and the oldest public gardens in America, opening its doors to visitors in 1870 to view the thousands of beautiful flowers and plants in its famous gardens and its rich history today.




Boone Hall Plantation

Boone Hall Plantation was founded in 1681 when Englishman Major John Boone came to Charleston and established a lucrative plantation and gracious home on the banks of Wampacheone Creek. The family and descendants of Major Boone were influential in the history of SOuth Carolina, the colonies and the nation. The McRae family is proud to present that history, covering over 330 years, on a daily basis.




Heyward-Washington House

Built in 1772, "Charleston's Revolutionary War House" was the town-home of Thomas Heyward, Jr., Revolutionary patriot and signer of the Declaration of Independence. Located in the original walled portion of the city, the house features magnificent Charleston-made furniture and a formal 18th century garden.




Patriots Point Naval & Museum Maritime

Patriots Point Development Authority was established in the mid 1970's to develop a naval and maritime museum on Charleston Harbor with the centerpiece of the museum being the World War II aircraft carrier, the USS YORKTOWN. Patriots Point has become one of the state's major tourist attractions with more than 270,000 visitors each year.




Fort Sumter National Monument

Open daily except New Year's Day, Thanksgiving Day and Christmas Day. Hours vary according to the season. Concessionaire ferries depart from Liberty Square in Charleston and from Patriots Point in Mt. Pleasant. America's most tragic conflict ignited at Fort Sumter on April 12, 1861, when a chain reaction of social, economic and political events exploded into civil war. A powerful symbol to both the South and the North, Fort Sumter remains a memorial to all who fought to hold it. The fort may be visited by private boat or by ferry boat. Correspondences should be sent to park headquarters at 1214 Middle St., Sullivan's Island, SC 29482.




Fort Moultrie - National Park

Fort Moultrie's history covers 171 years of seacoast defense, including the first decisive victory in the American Revolution and the firing onto Fort Sumter during the first battle of the Civil War. The third Fort Moultrie, built in 1809, stands today. By touring the fort, visitors can see how coastal defenses have evolved.





The Dock Street Theatre

Dock Street is a theater in the historic French Quarter neighborhood of downtown Charleston. The structure, which was built as a hotel in 1809 and converted to a theater in 1935, occupies the site of the first building in the Thirteen Colonies designed for use as a theater. It has been on the National Register of Historic Places since 1973.

Specialty Tours and Activities


Adventure Sightseeing

Experience all the charm of Charleston regardless of the weather! Our licenced tour guides present Charleston in our air-conditioned, comfortable buses...and our narrated tours of historic Charleston and plantations include more sights than most other tours! Adventure sightseeing is a sister company of Charleston Harbor and Tours & Schooner Pride.



Charleston Harbor Tours

Climb aboard the Carolina Belle to enjoy the beauty of the Charleston Harbor and learn the rich history of the Holy City. During the scenic and relaxing 90 minute tour, you will see over 75 landmarks and points of interest! Your professional USCG licensed captain will narrate history, sights, and facts about the Charleston Harbor as you pass locations critical to United States history.




Charleston Harbor & Historic City Combo Tours

You get an exciting 90 minute narrated Charleston Harbor Tour on the Carolina Bell  that the whole family will enjoy - Dolphin sightings are common, 75 points of interest including up-close views of historic FORT SUMTER plus Charleston Battery and much more...Air Conditioned in lower level.



Charleston Harbor & Charleston Ghost Tours

You get an exciting 90 minute narrated Charleston Harbor Tour on the Carolina Bell  that the whole family will enjoy - Dolphin sightings are common, 75 points of interest including up-close views of historic FORT SUMTER plus Charleston Battery and much more... Air Conditioned in lower level. And then your choice of a popular Bulldog Tour: Charleston Ghost & Graveyard Walking Tour history of Charleston's graveyards and hear the stories of the individuals who founded their final resting place in the Holy City, Haunted Jail or Charleston Strolls "Walk with History" Tour





Charleston Harbor Tour and Charleston Carriage Tour

Enjoy a unique land and sea excursion combining two of Charleston's most respected and reliable tour companies, Charleston Harbor Tours and Palmetto Carriage Works. These tours reveal two very different sides of our beautiful historic city, an exciting adventure for the whole family. Carriage tour of Charleston's historic district areas is an interesting blend of history combined with the witticism and humor of the tour guides.



Bulldog Tours

Bulldog Tours offers the very best history, culinary, and ghost tours in town. From Charleston's enchanting graveyards and cobblestone streets to its hidden gardens of antebellum mansions, Bulldog Walking Tours helps you experience all the charm the city has to offer. We'll give you a taste of Charleston's best kitchens, a few friendly ghost stories, or a glimpse in time via The Battery, Rainbow Row, and so much more. With a variety of walking tours operating 365 days a year, we have plenty to explore with foodie and history buffs alike




Charleston Strolls Tour

Tour where carriages and motorcoaches are not allowed as we take you on a fascinating, two-hour  walking tour with stories revealing Charleston's rich history, traditions, and colorful past. Beginning at the stunning and historical Mills House Hotel on Meeting Street, we'll take you on adventure through the most essential spots of the Holy City - from the most painted scene in Charleston, Rainbow Row, past the breathtaking waterfront to the Battery's jaw-droppingly beautiful mansions.The historical stories you'll hear about talking points like the Old Exchange Building will leave you remembering Charleston as more than just a pretty place with friendly folks. Come with us while we unearth for you the city's most important stories every single visitor should both hear and experience on foot.



Culinary Tours of Charleston - Dessert Tour, Chef's KItchen Tour

Come join us as we walk, talk and taste our way through Charleston and experience history through our Lowcountry Cuisine. Daily tasting tours introduce guests to tasty bites at many great "food finds". Go behind the scenes and visit with chefs, bakers, artisan food producers, chocolatiers and specialty shops.




Charleston Ghost & Graveyard Tour 

This is the only tour that can take you into Charleston's oldest graveyard at night! Explore the streets and alleyways of our haunted historic district and hear stories of ghosts, haunted houses, voodoo, and Lowcountry superstitions. Reservations Required.



South Carolina Aquarium

Fun, wonder and education come together in one amazing experience when you visit the South Carolina Aquarium and participate in our interactive exhibits and programs. You'll marvel at loggerhead turtles, sharks, otters, moray eels, alligators and more.




Charleston Pirate Tours 

In Authentic costume and accompanied by his parrott, professional storyteller  Eric Lavender brings Charleston's Golden Age of Piracy to life, leading you to the hangouts & "haunts" of pirates like Blackbeard, Stede Bonnet, Anne Bonny & Mary Read. Tours include the Powder Magazine.



Candlelight Ghost Tours- Ghosts of the South

Join this tour company as it takes its guests into the heart of Charleston's "haunted history". Visit well documented sights that have been on the History channel and Discovery Channel. Tours offered year round. Mention this ad and receive $5 off every adult.





An Original Pub Tour of Charleston Lesesne Tour Co. 

Eat, drink and be merry, just as the locals do, on this European-style pub crawl! Come explore history through Charleston's most historic taverns and pubs. Sample traditional appetizers, Southern cocktails, and local micro-brews while hearing tales of Charleston from local guides. Reservations required.




Gullah Tours

Alphonso Brown, owner/guide. Gullah Tours explores the places, history and stories that are relevant to the varied contributions made by black Charlestonians. Adults $18, $15 middle and high school students, $12 elementary students. Reservations suggested.



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