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

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.
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.
Whirlin’ Waters offers gallons of fun for all ages. Enjoy over 15 acres of island-style water play. Relax on a lazy river or experience the excitement of a 27,000-gallon wave pool. Visit our website for park amenities, fees, and operating schedule.
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.
Saltwater fishing, walking, birding, and breathtaking views of the Atlantic Ocean are just some of the possibilities at this 1,045-ft landmark pier. Visit our website for pier amenities, fees, and hours of operation.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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. $12.
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.
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!
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.
The Spa at Belmond Charleston Place offers a full-service retreat in the heart of Charleston. Renew your spirit and rejuvenate your body with our range of indulgent treatments including massages, body wraps, facials, pedicures, and more.
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.
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.
Experience the beauty of the local waterways with the #1 area tour on TripAdvisor. With kayak and paddleboard rentals and lessons, tours guided by biologists and naturalists, and team building accommodating groups of 100+, we'll be "the highlight of your stay."
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.
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.
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!
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.
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.
Come aboard The USS Yorktown and hear the stories of the American Heroes who lived, died, and are still rumored to be here today.
Explore Charleston’s most prominent Victorian cemetery. Magnolia Cemetery is home to 35,000 permanent residents including generals and soldiers, politicians, and socialites.
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. Visit our website for fees and hours of operation.
Charleston's premier tour company since 1983. Old South offers carriage and walking tours - both historic and haunted - all narrated by certified guides. Public and private tours available, along with transportation for events and weddings.
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.
Freshfields Village is a true town-center offering a unique mix of shopping, dining, service, and lodging establishments all shaped by Lowcountry tradition and high style.
Offering daily city tours, combination tours, plantation tours, specialty tours and private transportation. Let our 30+ years of experience work for you to plan the perfect itinerary or group activity. Roll through Charleston with the best, Adventure Sightseeing!
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.
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.
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!
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.
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 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.
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.
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.
Voted "Charleston's Best Tour Company" for five years running, Bulldog Tours is Charleston’s premier group tour planning company offering historical, culinary, and ghost tours. We have exclusive access to the Pre-Revolutionary Dungeon, the Old City Jail, and Charleston’s oldest graveyard.
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. Visit our website for park amenities, gate fees, and hours of operation.
Come and see why Magnolia is South Carolina's "Most Visited Plantation" and why Magnolia is the only garden in South Carolina selected as one of “America’' Most Beautiful Gardens” by Travel & Leisure, 2014. We welcome you! "If you have one plantation to see, don’t miss Magnolia!"
This Pete Dye masterpiece garnered worldwide attention when it hosted the dramatic 1991 Ryder Cup. In 2012, Rory McIlroy posted a record for the largest margin of victory in a PGA Championship. The walking only course will welcome back the PGA Championship in 2021.
Have your group walk, talk and taste their way through Charleston! Custom tours and events available including private tours of the Lowcountry’s gourmet restaurants, step-on guides and tasting tours. Voted "Top 5 Tours to Take in Charleston" by Southern Living.
Experience coastal sailing in Charleston's historical harbor. The 84-foot, three-masted schooner is USCG certified to carry up to 49 passengers for a two hour harbor sail. Hands on participation welcomed. Private charters and public harbor sails are available for afternoon or sunset cruises.
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.
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.
As Charleston's #1 family destination, the South Carolina Aquarium is home to playful river otters, North America's tallest tank and the state's only Sea Turtle Care Center. The Aquarium's unique location on Charleston Harbor provides the perfect backdrop for corporate and private functions.
Inshore fishing charter - Redfish , Flounder, Speckled Sea Trout, Lady Fish, & Black Drum! Licenses, rods, bait, tackle, ice & water all included. Let's catch some fish!
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.
The Alley offers an entertainment experience unlike anything in Charleston! In addition to 8 retro bowling lanes and arcade games, the venue features private event spaces for groups of 10-450, 150-seat restaurant, 10+ television screens including 2 projectors, classic American menu, and outdoor seating. The Alley has everything for a fun afternoon or evening under one roof!
Escape to a barrier island with miles of undeveloped shoreline and unmatched wildlife opportunities on Bulls Island! Estuary dolphin cruises, beach walks, birding and magnificent Boneyard Beach with naturalist guides. Sea turtles, 293 bird species, alligators, shelling. Groups 2-100.
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.
Experience the true essence of Charleston at South Carolina’s largest distillery. Learn about the distillation process first hand, sample Firefly Spirits in the tasting room and kick back marsh-side with live music and local food trucks.
Get on the water by kayak, paddleboard or boat with Coastal Expeditions! With several waterside locations, new gear and expert guides, you'll have confidence that you will have a safe, fun and memorable experience. Voted Charleston's Best year after year.
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).
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.
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.
Charleston’s premier charter agency since 1987, AquaSafaris has the largest quality fleet for all your fishing, sailing and power adventures. PALMETTO BREEZE Catamaran: 100 guests, corporate, wedding, public, dolphin and pirate sails. All vessels are insured and exceed U.S. Coast Guard safety regulations. We pride ourselves on professional service.
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.
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. Featuring Inspector NoClue's Murder Mystery, Sherlock Holmes & the Charleston History Mystery, The Kris Kross: The Night Inspector NoClue Almost Saved Christmas, and more!
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.
Longest running theater (86 yrs) in the City of Charleston. This year: The Wedding Singer, An Act of God, The Addams Family, Annie, Vanya and Sonia and Singin’ In The Rain.
Original live theater in the heart of Charleston! Whether it's our award-winning comedies and musicals or cheerful holiday show, we invite you to unwind and laugh with friends. Fun drinks and savory bites are standing by. "Completely enchanting" - NYtheatre.com
Quiet luxury defines the space while cypress covered walls envelope and warm you. Immerse yourself in a deeply restorative experience through our signature treatments.
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.
America’s oldest preserved plantation house still open to the public. Admission includes house tour, Connections program, African-American cemetery, nature walks, and more.
Let us custom design a tour for you and your group. The Preservation Society of Charleston has access to the finest private houses and gardens in Charleston and the Lowcountry. Open the door so you can step into our history.
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.
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."
Let our local experts take the hassle out of planning your group's golf outing. We can help you select the best course for your group's specific needs and ensure that no detail is overlooked – all at no cost to you.
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!
Owned & operated by native Charlestonians whose families arrived here in the 1600’s. Location: Carolina Polo & Carriage Co. desk inside the Double Tree Hotel at 181 Church St.
A plantation relic once owned by a Founding Father is a National Park Service site with grounds, historic house, exhibits, film, museum shop, and programs. Free. Open Wed-Sun
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.
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.
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 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.
Celebrating 40 years, Gold Creations, located in the Historic City Market since 1975, provides a unique selection of fine jewelry. Our 14K gold and sterling silver collections include our signature Charleston Charms, elegant Charleston Gates, and timeless Charleston Rice Beads.
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
Quality customized tours, with personalized attention, accurate information, old-fashioned charm, wit, inside secrets, and humor. Step-on guide, strolls, speaking engagements and more. Southern Living Top 5 Tours, CNN, Fodor's. Call 843.556.0664 and we'll chat.
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.”
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.
Corporate Wellness is much more than another step challenge. Raise the bar with a fun, private team-building sweat session for your squad at Rhapsody CrossFit! You are building a healthy culture - we are building healthy people. Let’s work together.
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.
May 24 to June 9, 2019. Filling Charleston's theaters, churches, and outdoor spaces with opera, theater, dance, and music of all kinds, Spoleto Festival USA offers special savings for groups of 10 or more.
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!
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, Thur, Fri and Sat nights. Reservations suggested.