Charleston Historic District

Exploring Historic Charleston

Consistently ranked among the country’s favorite cities, Charleston delights visitors who appreciate Southern charm, warm hospitality, and historic settings that effortlessly blend old and new. From breathtaking landmarks to trendy boutiques, world-class gardens to cobblestone alleyways, this vibrant seaside city offers up a world of fun for foodies, history buffs, beach lovers, and other adventurers.  

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History Buffs

Carriage rides

8 Guignard St. | .8 mi | (843) 853-6125

Take in Charleston’s legends and lore on a horse-drawn carriage ride through the city’s Historic District with Palmetto Carriage Works.

Charleston Walking Tour

(843) 345-1130

For a more detailed tour, enjoy a private tour with one of the Holy City's best guides. Please contact the concierge to make a reservation.

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Circa 1886

Voted #9 Best Fine Dining Restaurant in the U.S. by TripAdvisor.
149 Wentworth St. | 154 ft. (843) 853-7828

Enjoy a romantic, exquisitely prepared dinner at our own Circa 1886, set in the mansion’s former carriage house.

Leon’s Oyster Shop

698 King St. | 1.7 mi. | (843) 531-6500

Savor raw oysters, fried chicken, and hush puppies in the casual, come-as-you-are atmosphere of Leon’s, a one-time auto body shop.

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Beach lovers

Isle of Palms

18.1 mi.

A sea turtle nesting habitat, this pencil-thin barrier island is known for its beautiful beaches and oceanfront park, complete with picnic spots and a playground. 

Folly Beach

11 mi.

Fun and family-friendly, Folly Beach is a fave for surfing, fishing and socializing. Added bonus: It’s the beach to downtown Charleston.

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Ghost hunters

Ghost and Graveyard walking tour

18 Anson St. | .8 mi. | (843) 722-8687

Slip into one of Charleston’s oldest graveyards after dark for a Bulldog Tours walking tour accompanied by spine-tingling tales of the city’s restless spirits.

The Haunted Jail tour

18 Anson St. | .8 mi. | (843) 722-8687

Take a behind-the-scenes tour of the Old City Jail, Charleston’s most haunted building, and enjoy a look at still-intact prison cells.

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Style icons

Charleston City Market

188 Meeting St. | 0.7 mi. | (843) 937-0920

Explore the epicenter of Charleston’s sweetgrass basket industry in this sprawling open-air market housing more than 50 resident weavers and artisans. 

J. McLaughlin

212 King St. | 0.5 mi. | (843) 723-8840

Check out this clothing chain stocking classic fashions for men & women, plus accessories such as belts & bags.

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Intercoastal adventurers

Sunset sail on the Schooner Pride

360 Concord St. 1.4 mi. | (843) 722-1112

Enjoy awe-inspiring views on a sunset sail aboard the Schooner Pride, a replica of an 18th century coastal trading schooner and Charleston’s only three-mast tall ship.

Kayaking tours

514 Mill St., Mount Pleasant | 6.3 mi. | (843) 884-7684

Explore Charleston’s saltwater estuaries on a half-day kayak tour with an ACA-certified naturalist guide from Coastal Expeditions.

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