Things to do in Charleston in September

This post covers the best things to do in Charleston in September and has been updated for 2019. It includes a top 10 list, nighttime activities, free and family-friendly things to do.

Be sure to check out our master post, Things to Do in Charleston for even more ideas.

 

Charleston in September

TOP 10 THINGS TO DO IN CHARLESTON IN SEPTEMBER

This section features our top 10 activities to enjoy in Charleston throughout September. Whenever possible, we will make note of attractions and events that are free, family-friendly or great after dark.

For tips on the most popular activities in Charleston, check out our schedule of pay-what-you-like walking tours, our bus tours, and boat cruise pages.

Several of the items below are already included for free with the purchase of a tourist discount pass.

 

 

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Charleston Ghost Tours

The Best Charleston Ghost Tours Reviewed

This post reviews and compares the various Charleston ghost tours to help you decide which one is best for you.  

Ghost tours are a great alternative to traditional history tours as they offer insight into the city’s darker history and supernatural legends. Whether you believe in the afterlife or not, ghost tours can be a fun way to explore Charleston’s city center.

Tour types include walking tours, but also carriage, prison, pirate the true crime tours.  For the 21+ crowd, there are even ghost pub crawls.  

Below, we’ve broken down the various types of ghost tours available in Charleston and compared each by price and availability so that you can decide… which is the best ghost tour in Charleston?

The Best, Scariest, most Educational, and Family-Friendly Charleston Ghost Tours

 


GHOST TOURS

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Charleston in the Fall

23+ Fall Events to See in Charleston (2019)

Charleston is a fun and family-friendly city to visit this fall. There are plenty of fun and free things to do all around the city, and this is your guide to enjoying the best of Charleston this fall.

 

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TOP 10 THINGS TO DO IN CHARLESTON IN FALL

This is a Top 10 list of things to do in Charleston this Fall. For more ideas on popular things to do in Charleston, check out our posts on bus tours and walking tours of the city.

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Charleston Harbor Tours

This post compares and reviews all of the different cruise companies operating around Charleston Harbor.

We hope that this post encourages you to visit and helps you decide which cruise company to use.

 

Charlston Harbor Cruises

 


Boat tours offer guests visiting Charleston a unique perspective of the city, as well as give visitors the chance to learn more about the famous sites dotting Charleston Harbor.

There are many companies leading both group and private cruises of the area. We decided to research Charleston harbor tours to help you decide which is the best one to take on your next visit to Charleston. 

Don’t forget that you could also explore Charleston’s Historic District on one of our pay-what-you-wish walking tours.

 

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Things to do in Charleston in August (2019)

This post covers the best things to do in Charleston in August and has been updated for 2019. It includes a top 10 list, nighttime activities, free and family-friendly things to do.

Be sure to check out our master post, Things to Do in Charleston for even more ideas.

 

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TOP 10 THINGS TO DO IN CHARLESTON IN AUGUST

This section features our top 10 activities to enjoy in Charleston throughout August. Whenever possible, we will make note of attractions and events that are free, family-friendly or great after dark.

For tips on the most popular activities in Charleston, check out our schedule of pay-what-you-like walking tours, our bus tours, and boat cruise pages.

Several of the items below are already included for free with the purchase of a tourist discount pass.

 

 

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Charleston Carriage

Charleston Carriage Tours and Rides

This post compares and reviews all of the different Charleston carriage tour companies operating throughout this beautiful city.  Carriage tours are a relaxing way for visitors to learn more about the city’s rich history — all from the comfort of a beautiful horse-drawn carriage!


CARRIAGE TOUR COMPANIES

There are many companies leading both group and private carriage tours of Charleston, as well as night tours and the occasional haunted carriage tour. We hope that this post encourages you to visit and helps you decide which carriage company to use. Don’t forget that you could also explore Charleston’s Historic District on one of our pay-what-you-wish walking tours.

 

 


DAYTIME TOURS

There are several different tour companies offering daytime carriage tours of Charleston. In order to avoid overcrowding of certain areas, the City of Charleston randomly awards one of four routes to each carriage operating in the historic district of Charleston. This means that the route that each tour takes is predetermined and selected by City officials, rather than the individual companies. What distinguishes one company from another is the quality of their guides and the types of tours they offer. For example, in addition to their daytime tours, Palmetto Carriage Works and Old South Carriage Company also offer night tours of the historic district. Classic Carriage Works is the only company to also offer a Civil War Tour and Slavery to Freedom Tour.

For those planning on visiting other tourist attractions, consider buying your carriage tour ticket as part of a combo deal. Carolina Polo & Carriage and Old South Carriage Company both offer special discounts on combo packages. Finally, Old South Carriage Company also runs a Haunted Carriage Tour for those hoping to learn more about Charleston’s darker history. 

 


Palmetto Carriage Works

Palmetto Carriage Works is the oldest carriage tour company in Charleston. During their 60 minute tour, you will visit 25-30 blocks in Charleston’s historic downtown district. Tours run continuously 9 am – 5:00 pm typically departing every 15 minutes. As Palmetto Carriage Works offers several different tour routes which are assigned by lottery upon arrival, guests have the option of doing multiple tours with this company. All tours are family friendly and feature guides who are reputed for artfully blending humor with history. In addition to their day tours, this company also offers private tours and night tours.   TIP: Get $2 off with promo code FreeByFoot.

 

Palmetto Carriage Works

 

  • Adults – $28
  • Children – $18
  • More info or to book.  TIP: Get $2 off with promo code FreeByFoot.

Reviews of Palmetto Carriage Works

Reviews for this company are extremely positive, with an average of 4.5 of 5 stars on TripAdvisor (read some of the reviews), with most guests raving about the merit of the guides. As guests can choose from multiple routes, many are return customers happy to explore another part of Charleston – which in itself speaks volumes about the quality of these tours. The carriages themselves also receive excellent reviews for being very comfortable and clean. A handful of guests report being disappointed with their guide. However, reviews such as these are uncommon. 

 


Carolina Polo & Carriage

All Carolina Polo & Carriage’s public tours begin in the Historic City Market. Like Palmetto Carriage Works, this company also offers several different tour routes covering a wide range of sites. Each is approximately 1 hour and fully narrated by licensed guides who bring guests through the quaint and charming streets of Charleston. Tours depart approximately every 30 minutes daily between 9:30 am – 5 pm (March – Nov) and 9:30 am-4 pm (Nov – Feb). Additionally, they also offer private tours and special combo deals. 

 

Carolina Polo & Carriage

 


Reviews of Carolina and Polo Carriage 

Carolina Polo & Carriage also receives extremely positive reviews from most guests, averaging 4.5 of 5 stars on TripAdvisor. Several guests reported that their experience was fun, interesting, and relaxing, thanks in large part to the wonderful guides who work for this company. The only common complaint comes from guests who did not enjoy their tour route. However, all carriage tour companies must adhere to whatever tour route the City of Charleston doles out to them, so it is not a fault of the company.  

 


Classic Carriage Works

Like the other companies, Classic Carriage Works also offers 1-hour narrated history tours of Charleston’s historic district. Their guides are especially highly reputed as each averages more than 10 years experience. Though Classic Carriage Works is one of the smallest carriage tour companies, they are the only one to offer both a Charleston History Tour as well as a Civil War Tour and a Slavery to Freedom Tour. Tours depart approximately every 30 minutes from 9 am – 5 pm. Additionally, they offer Adults-only and No Young Children (NYC) tours for those seeking a more relaxed atmosphere. Private tours are also available. 

  • Adults – $28
  • Children – $18
  • Early Bird (from March 1st- January 1st):
    • Adults (9:30 am) – $23
    •  Children (9:30 am) – $13
  • More info or to book.

Reviews of Classic Carriage Works 

Classic Carriage Works also comes highly rated on TripAdvisor, average 4.5 of 5 stars, with many guests describing it as “amazing”, “entertaining”, and “a must-do.” Their most recent reviews are especially positive, which suggests that the company has worked out any kinks that were plaguing it. Though their Charleston History Tour is more popular, the Civil War and Slavery to Freedom Tours also come highly recommended. 

 


Old South Carriage Company

 

 

Perhaps the most well known of all the carriage tour companies, Old South Carriage Company offers a Historic Residential Tour which reveals 300 years of Charleston’s history in just 1 hour. Guests travel through 2.5 miles and 30 blocks of historic Charleston learning about the city’s most significant sites. There are no booking fees and guests are required to arrive at least 10 minutes before departure. This company also offers night tours and combo deals

(save $2/Adult and $1.25/child through Trusted Tours)


Reviews of Old South Carriage

Like the other companies, Old South Carriage Company also boasts very positive reviews for their tours, averaging 4.5 of 5 stars on TripAdvisor. Guests describe their experience as “fun” and “very informative.” History lovers seem especially impressed with the quality of their guides. Negative reviews are fairly rare, which suggests that any issues reported by guests were not reoccurring. 

 


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NIGHT CARRIAGE TOURS OF CHARLESTON

Evening carriage tours are a great way to see Charleston at night. Some carriage companies offer evening versions of their tours, which tend to be more limited in availability and shorter, typically only run for 30 minutes rather than a full hour. Many guests prefer night tours over day tours due to Charleston’s warm weather, especially during the summer months. Evening tours also prove to be popular with those hoping to explore the city as the sun is setting for some spectacular pictures. 

 


Palmetto Carriage Works 

In addition to their daytime tours, Palmetto Carriage Works offers an Evening Tour of the Commercial District, which departs every day at 5:30 pm, 5:45 pm, and 6 pm. These tours typically sell out, so it’s best to book a spot well in advance. The tours visit many historic sites in the old Walled City, including the Old Exchange Building, Four Corners of Law, and the Waterfront Park on the Cooper River. Unlike their daytime tour, the evening tour is only 35 minutes long. 

 


Old South Carriage Company

The Old South Carriage Company also runs 40 minute tours through the Walled City. Evening tours start from 5:30 pm and are subject to availability. Like Palmetto Carriage Works’s Evening Tour of the Commercial District, this company’s night tours tend to sell out in advance so be sure to book ahead. 

  • Adults – $26
  • Children (4-11) – $15
  • 3 and under – Free

They also offer a Haunted Charleston Tour which runs in the evenings and is featured in the ghost tours section. 

 


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GHOST TOUR CARRIAGE RIDES

There are many ghost tours running in Charleston. However, only one carriage company offers a Haunted Carriage Tour of the city, which is Old South Carriage Company.  Be sure to read our post comparing the various ghost tours in Charleston.

 


Old South Carriage Company

Old South Carriage Company’s ghost tour shares the darker history of Charleston. Tours last approximately 40 minutes and are available seasonally. All guides are licensed and eager to regale guests with eerie tales as they take you by haunted alleys, graveyards, churches, hotels, and even a dungeon! 


Reviews of the Haunted Carriage Tour 

Like their regular tours, the Haunted Carriage Tour offered by Old South Carriage Company also comes highly rated, averaging 4.5 of 5 stars on TripAdvisor. Though their TripAdvisor Rating covers all the tours they offer, reviews written specifically about their ghost tour is almost unanimously positive. Guests describe their experience as “fun” and “spooky.”  This is a great option for families.

 


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PRIVATE CHARLESTON CARRIAGE TOURS

All of the companies listed above also offer private carriage tours around Charleston. Prices vary depending on the length of the tour and whether the guest requests a customized pickup location, but they typically start from approximately $150-$200. Private tours are subject to guide availability and must adhere to the regulations imposed by the City of Charleston. Contact each individual company to learn more or we could create a package for you that would include our pay-what-you-wish tours

 


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COMBINATION TICKETS (Harbor/Walking/Plantation)

Several different cruise companies offer combo packages featuring other popular tourist attractions. Guests hoping to take a carriage tour of historic Charleston as well as enjoy a cruise around Charleston Harbor, for example, should consider buying the two as a package to save money and avoid the extra hassle. 

 


Palmetto Carriage Works

Palmetto Carriage Works offers 2 different combo packages. In addition to their standard carriage tour of Charleston, they combo with a boat tour of Charleston Harbor, and they have the triple combo package that is those two plus a plantation tour of Boone Hall Plantation. 

 


Carolina Polo & Carriage

Carolina Polo & Carriage has partnered with Walks of Charleston and Charleston Culinary Tours to offer a combo deal that saves guests $5 on any tour with either of those other tour companies when you book any tour with Carolina Polo & Carriage.

Charleston Culinary Tours offers 8 unique food tours around the city as well as a private tour you can choose from, while Walks of Charleston‘s popular History Walking Tour is approximately 2 hours and begins from just outside City Hall. Sites featured during the walking tour include St Michael’s Church, the French Quarter, St Philip’s Church, Hayward Washington House, and the famous Battery. Guests can choose to take both tours on the same day or split them into 2 different days. 

 


Old South Carriage Company

Old South Carriage Company offers 2 different package tour deals. The first combines their carriage tour with a tour of Charleston Harbor with SpiritLine Cruise, entertaining guests on both land and sea. The second package deal also takes guests on the water as it combines a ticket to visit Fort Sumter with their standard carriage tour. You are advised to first schedule your carriage tour, then arrange your trip to Fort Sumter. 

  • Carriage Tour + SpiritLine Harbor Cruise: $49 per adult; $32 per child
  • Carriage Tour + Fort Sumter: $49 per adult; $30 per child
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Things to do in Charleston in July

This post covers the best things to do in Charleston in July and has been updated for 2019. It includes a top 10 list, nighttime activities, free and family-friendly things to do.

Be sure to check out our master post, Things to Do in Charleston for even more ideas.

 

TOP 10 THINGS TO DO IN CHARLESTON IN JULY

This section features our top 10 activities to enjoy in Charleston throughout July. Whenever possible, we will make note of attractions and events that are free, family-friendly or great after dark.

For tips on the most popular activities in Charleston, check out our schedule of pay-what-you-like walking tours, our bus tours, and boat cruise pages.

Several of the items below are already included for free with the purchase of a tourist discount pass.

 

 

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The Best Charleston Bus Tours

This post reviews and compares the various bus tour options available to you in Charleston.  This post aims to make the decision process a little easier so that you can finally choose… which Charleston bus tour is the best for you?

TIP: Many of the bus tours mentioned below are included in one form or another with the Charleston tourist passes.



FULLY GUIDED BUS TOURS

There are (8) companies offering bus tours of Charleston and the surrounding area:

Prices range from $20-$30 per person and each last approximately 90 minutes. In addition, each company also offers trips to nearby plantations such as Magnolia Plantation and Boone Hall Plantation.

Gullah Tours and Sites & Insights Tours of Charleston specialize in tours highlighting Charleston’s Gullah culture and African American history. These tours are also slightly less expensive than those listed above, though not by a huge margin. All three tours feature charismatic guides who share a personal connection with Charleston’s unique Gullah culture, and do an excellent job of sharing their enthusiasm with visitors!

 


Gray Line

Gray Line Tours offer 3 daily tours, in addition to several other combo tours. Their Historic City Tour is a 1.5 hour bus tour that covers important sites such as Charleston’s Historic Homes, Battery Sea Wall, Old Market Area, Rainbow Row, and many others. Additionally, they also offer tours to Magnolia Plantation and Boone Hall Plantation, each of which last approximately 4-4.5 hours. Overall, Gray Line is very similar to companies like Adventure Sightseeing in terms of length, price, and itinerary.

 

 

  • Magnolia Plantation Tour 
    • From $54
    • Departs daily at 9:30 am
  • Boone Hall Plantation 
    • From $50
    • Departs daily at 11:15 am

Reviews of Gray Line

Gray Line receives mostly positive reviews for their informative and convenient tours around Charleston and the surrounding area (read the reviews). Many note that this is a great alternative to a carriage tour in the winter, as the Gray Line buses are warm and enclosed. Their combination tours are especially popular, so be sure to review them if you want to see as much as possible in one day! TripAdvisor Rating: 4 stars. 

 


Adventure Sightseeing

Adventure Sightseeing is a family-run tour company that has been operating since 1984. They offer a wide range of popular tours including the “See It All” City Tour, Magnolia Plantation Tour, Boone Hall Plantation Tour, and a range of combination tours. Most run multiple times a day, though spaces tend to fill up during high season. At $25 for the city tour and approximately $50 for the half day tours to nearby plantations, these provide excellent value for the price. Adventure Sightseeing can drop off guests at most hotels in the city after the tour. 

  • “See It All” City Tour
    • Adults – $25
    • Children – $15
  • Boone Hall Plantation Tour 
    • Adults – $52
    • Children – $28
  • Magnolia Plantation Tour 
    • Adults – $59
    • Children $30

Reviews of Adventure Sightseeing

Adventure Sightseeing is the highest rated bus tour company in Charleston. Though some guests found their buses to be too warm and stuffy, those complaints are few and far between. A majority of guests were very happy with their experience, writing that the guides were informative and personable. Additionally, most praise the excellent value that this company ensures. TripAdvisor Rating: 4.5 stars. 


Southern Accent Tours

Like Gray Line and Adventure Sightseeing, Southern Accent Tours offer a similar 1.5 hour Historic City Tour. At $22 per adult, this is a slightly cheaper option, though only by a $1 margin. The real value of this company is in their diverse selection of plantation tours. In addition to offering tours of Magnolia and Boone Hall Plantation like most of the other companies, they also offer trips to McLeod Plantation, Drayton Hall Plantation, and Middleton Place, as well as a Winery, Distillery, and Tea Plantation Tour. However, these are tours are not led by a Southern Accent Tours guide, and instead just include transportation and the entrance fee. Free hotel pick-up is available 30 minutes prior to any of their tours.

  • Historical City Tour 
    • Adults – $23
    • Children – $14
  • Boone Hall Plantation Tour 
    • Adults – $49
    • Children – $26
  • Drayton Hall Plantation Tour 
    • Adults – $53
    • Children – $29
  • Magnolia Plantation Tour 
    • Adults – $53
    • Children $26
  • Middleton Place Tour 
    • Adults – $69
    • Children – $29

Reviews of Southern Accent Tours

Though reviews from a few years ago were critical of the company’s lack of organization, more recent reviews suggest that they’ve since improved tremendously as most praise Southern Accent Tours for being so punctual. Additionally, many compliment the guides for being knowledgeable and entertaining, all the while providing good ol’ southern hospitality! TripAdvisor Rating: 4.5 stars. 


Charms of Charleston

Charms of Charleston is a small and relatively new tour company that offers a Historic City Tour of Charleston with the option of adding on a visit to the Aiken-Rhett House as well. The latter is a nice follow up to the city tour as it brings to life some of the history that was shared throughout the tour. Free pick-up from any hotels located downtown is also provided. As a younger company, Charms of Charleston doesn’t attract quite as many visitors as some of the others. However, this is perfect if you’re looking for a more intimate experience as they often cater to fewer than 10 guests!

  • Historic City Tour 
    • Adults – $22
    • Children – $13
    • Departs Tuesday – Saturday at 11:15am & 2pm
  • Historic City Tour with Aiken-Rhett House 
    • Adults – $33
    • Children – $18
    • Departs Tuesday – Saturday at 11:15am & 2pm

Reviews of Charms of Charleston

Despite being the smallest tour company of this list, Charms of Charleston maintains the highest rating on TripAdvisor with 5 stars. Guests write that “this was the best tour I’ve ever been on” and “worth every dollar”. The guides also receive lots of praise for being so knowledgeable and well organized. In fact, as of Spring 2017, this company has only ever received 4 or 5 star reviews. TripAdvisor Rating: 5 stars. 


Pineapple Tour Group

Pineapple Tour Group is newer to the scene and prides themselves on a “luxury” tour experience. Their city bus tours are offered usually 3 times a day, at 10:15 am, 1 pm, and 3:15 pm and last 90 minutes. They also have exclusive rights to provide an all-inclusive Middleton Place experience. This means an all-day tour that includes lunch, round-trip from downtown Charleston, and even an introductory video to get an overview of the place before you arrive.

  • City Bus Tour
    • Adults – $30
    • Children – $28
    • Senior- $28
  • Middleton Place Day Tour
    • $94 per person

They are ranked #12 for bus tours in Charleston with over 400 reviews, 399 of which rate the tour as ‘Excellent’. Lots of reviews mention plenty of information being shared on this tour and stops with plenty of time to explore and take pictures. The president of the tour group replies to each and every one of the reviews either to simply acknowledge or to assure guests that their concerns/recommendations will be implemented. This one seems very personable and a great experience. TripAdvisor Rating: 5 stars. 


Gullah Tours

Gullah Tours specialize in Charleston’s African American history and Gullah heritage. As their website states, Gullah is “the language spoken by the Lowcountry’s first black inhabitants.” Gullah Tours aim to share that language and culture with visitors to Charleston by bringing you to important historic sites such as Denmark Vesey’s home, catfish Row, the Old Slave Mart and the Market, the Aiken-Rhett House slave quarters, and many more. All tours are led by Alphonso Brown, a passionate historian and licensed tour guide who speaks Gullah fluently. Gullah Tours are very unique in their approach to Charleston’s history, and so we highly recommend them to those interested in learning more about Gullah’s role and influence in the city.

  • Gullah Tour
    • $20 per person
    • Monday – Friday 11:00 A.M. and 1:00 P.M.
    • Saturdays 11:00 A.M., 1:00 P.M., and 3:00 P.M.

Reviews of Gullah Tours 

Gullah Tours is a very popular company that receives excellent reviews. Alphonso Brown is especially highly regarded by many visitors who describe him as both charming and funny, but also hugely knowledgeable. Some visitors wished that there was even more Gullah history included in the tour. However, compared to any of the other companies featured here, this one definitely dedicates the most time to sharing Gullah culture and discussing African American history. TripAdvisor Rating: 4.5 stars. 


Sites and Insights Tours

Sites and Insights Tours of Charleston is another smaller company that also specializes in African American history, like Gullah Tours. Their most popular tour is the Black History / Porgy & Bess Tour, which can be done in 1 or 2 hours, depending on if you would like to visit the Hanging Tree Site as well. This is the most affordable bus tour on the list, costing only $13 per adult for the 1 hour option or $18 per adult for 2 hours. Additionally, Sites and Insights Tours of Charleston also offer a Sea Island Tour, which is a 2 hour motorized tour that visits both James and Johns Islands. Stops include the Angel Oak Tree on Johns Island, Ft. Lamar Civil War Battleground, and Burn Churchyard Memorial, as well as a drive past McLeod Plantation.

  • Black History / Porgy & Bess Tours 
    • Adults (1 hour) – $15
    • Children (1 hour) – $12
    • Adults (2 hours) – $20
    • Children ( 2 hours) – $15
  • Sea Island Tours 
    • Adults – $25
    • Children – $20

Reviews of Sites and Insights Tours of Charleston 

Reviews for this company are generally very positive. Their guides are especially well regarded and described as “personable, engaging, and funny,” as well as extremely knowledgeable. Many guests write that one of the guides, Al, tends to break into beautiful song! The buses themselves are also praised for being very clean and comfortable. There are a few less than stellar reviews, but these are uncommon and usually due to extenuating circumstances. TripAdvisor Rating: 4.5 stars. 


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FREE TROLLEY

Though there are no traditional hop-on, hop-off bus tours in Charleston, they do have a free city trolley called the CARTA DASH Trolley. These travel through the historic part of Charleston, allowing you to to see much of what you would on the other guided tours, though without any commentary. However, if you use our Self-Guided Tour of Historic Charleston during your ride, you’ll never know the difference!

There are 3 different routes that the trolley takes:

  • Route 210 (Orange) drives from College of Charleston to the Aquarium.
  • Route 211 (Green) will take you to the waterfront, Old Exchange & Provost Dungeon, and City Market
  • Route 213 (Purple) connects Brittlebank Park and Riley Stadium to the historic city center.

Each of these routes meet at the Visitors Center, Marion Park and Charleston Museum. Maps are available at each of these locations. Learn more about the CARTA DASH Trolley.


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COMBO BUS TOURS

Combo Bus Tours are a great way to maximize your time in the city and save the most on tours. Gray Line offers the largest number of package tours, though each must be combined with their Historic City Tour. Adventure Sightseeing is a close runner-up, though they have different packages such as the Combo: Boone Hall & Charleston Harbor Tour.

Sights and Insights of Charleston Tours offer the fewest options with just one package tour that combines an abbreviated city tour with a visit to John and James Islands. However, at just $25 for 2.5 hours, this package perhaps guarantees the best value as most companies charge just that amount for a 1.5 hour city tour alone. Southern Accent Tours offers the most extensive package, which blends together their Historic City Tour, Fort Sumter Tour, and a visit to any plantation!


Gray Line  

Gray Line offers the largest number of package tour options, each of which is combined with their standard Historic City Tour. In addition to tours of Magnolia Plantation and Boone Hall Plantation, Gray Line’s Historic City Tour can also be combined with a trip to Fort Sumter, a Charleston Harbor Cruise, a visit to the Charleston Museum, and tickets to the S.C. aquarium, among a few others. Like Adventure Sightseeing’s package tours, these are a very budget friendly way to maximize your time in Charleston!

  • Historic City Tour and Fort Sumter Tour 
    • From $44
  • Historic City Tour and Live Narrated Harbor Cruise 
    • From $45
  • Historic City Tour and Charleston Museum 
    • From $32
  • Historic City Tour & Southern Mansion Combo 
    • From $32
  • Historic City Tour & Magnolia Plantation 
    • From $64
  • Historic City Tour & Boone Hall Plantation
    • From $66
  • Historic City, Fort Sumter, & Mansion Tour 
    • From $55
  • Historic City Tour & S.C. Aquarium Combo 
    • From $48

Reviews of Gray Line

Though reviews for Gray Line are generally very positive, their combo packages are especially well reviewed. Many seem very appreciative of how easy Gray Line made it for them to visit the sites they were most interested in seeing. The Historic City Tour and Fort Sumter package is an especially popular option! TripAdvisor Rating: 4 stars. 


Adventure Sightseeing  

Adventure Sightseeing offers a wide selection of package tours, which allow you to combine 2 different attractions at a discounted rate! In addition to combo options featuring their Historic City Tour with a visit to Boone Hall Plantation, Magnolia Plantation, or Southern Mansion, they also offer package tours of Charleston Harbor. Additionally, a Combo: Ghost Tour & Harbor Tour is available during certain times of the year. By purchasing a package rather than 2 individual tours, you can save a lot of cash — especially if traveling as a family!

  • Combo: Boone Hall & Charleston Harbor Tour 
    • Adults – $68
    • Children – $44
  • Combo: City & Boone Hall Plantation Tour 
    • Adults – $65
    • Children – $40
  • Combo: City & Charleston Harbor Tour 
    • Adults – $45
    • Children – $32
  • Combo: City & Magnolia Plantation 
    • Adults – $72
    • Children – $40
  • Combo: City & Southern Mansion 
    • Adults – $34
    • Children – $19

Reviews of Adventure Sightseeing 

Their combo packages seem to be just as popular as their standard Historic City Tour and Plantation Tours, as many guests write positive reviews about their experiences. Those who opted for a package option emphasize the added value of purchasing 2 tours together, in addition to complimenting the company for being so well organized and the guides for being so informative. TripAdvisor Rating: 4.5 stars. 


Southern Accent Tours

Southern Accent Tours is the only company to offer a full day tour package that incorporates their Historic City Tour, Fort Sumter Tour, and a trip to any plantation. At $89 per person, this is a very budget-friendly way to see as much as possible in just 1 day. Keep in mind that the trip can be a bit exhausting. However, if you only have one day to spare, this tour will allow you to make the most of it! Additionally, they also offer $10 offer the listed price of any of their plantation tours if combined with their Historic City Tour.

  • Ultimate Combo (Historic City Tour, Fort Sumter Tour, and ANY Plantation Tour) 
    • Adults – $89
    • Children – $49

Reviews of Southern Accent Tours 

Though there is only one review that specifically refers to the Ultimate Combo, it is very positive and describes the experience as “outstanding” and “nicely priced.” Reviews of their other tours are all highly rated, so any combination of them will likely be excellent. TripAdvisor Rating: 4 stars.


Sites and Insights of Charleston Tours

Sites and Insights Tours of Charleston offer 1 package tour that incorporates an abbreviated tour of Charleston with a visit to John and James Islands to see the Burn Churchyard Cemetery and the Angel Oak Tree. This 2.5 hour package tour is their best seller, and at just $23 per adult, it is an extremely cheap way to do both trips.

  • City/Island Tours 
    • Adults – $25
    • Children – $20

Reviews of Sites and Insights Tours of Charleston

Guests who have attended this package tour describe their experience as an “amazing, historical day” that features the very best of Charleston. Though there aren’t many reviews, those who have written about it are all very complimentary. TripAdvisor Rating: 4.5 stars. 


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Top 10 Things to Do in Charleston in June (2019)

This post covers the best things to do in Charleston in June and has been updated for 2019. It includes a top 10 list, nighttime activities, free and family-friendly things to do.

Be sure to check out our master post, Things to Do in Charleston for even more ideas.

 

TOP 10 THINGS TO DO IN CHARLESTON IN JUNE

This section features our top 10 activities to enjoy in Charleston throughout June. Whenever possible, we will make note of attractions and events that are free, family-friendly or great after dark.

For tips on the most popular activities in Charleston, check out our schedule of pay-what-you-like walking tours, our bus tours, and boat cruise pages.

Several of the items below are already included for free with the purchase of a tourist discount pass.

 

 

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