Historic Walking Tours

Reservations ARE required. Click the "See Available Times" button to reserve.

We invite you to experience the history of Charleston, on this 2 hour History Walking Tour that will take take you deep into the heart of Charleston.

The tour starts with the founding of the city, reliving the colonial days. Retracing the original city and seeing the progression of wealth and culture.

Then they'll dive deep into the Revolutionary History, where you will experience why Charleston really is the Boston of the South! Did you know the first decisive victory of the Revolutionary War was fought in the harbor of Charleston?

On to the Civil War, Charleston is the birthplace of Secession. Such a complex war, that even decades later, people are still trying to understand it all. Not only will you visit where it all began, but also experience the history that brought us to that moment in time. Also experience the aftermath, reconstruction, and present day Charleston. As the history unfolds, you will see how it took over a century for this city to come back to life.

On this tour you will see:
• Mansions
• Gardens
• Beautiful side streets
• Churches

Seasoned tour guides introduce you to some of the unique stories that have formed Charleston, including the spirit and culture of her and her people.

Discover how with so much tragedy on a tiny peninsula, you will still find the friendliest people in the nation! See how those hardships have rallied Charleston's people around their city, to rebuild her year after year!

What Is Not Included?
Gratuity is not included in your ticket price. While not expected it is greatly appreciated.

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Murder Walk: A "whodunit" Tour

Reservations ARE required. Ages 12 and up only. Click the "See Available Times" button to reserve.

This is a story of a Murder Mystery, clues, photos, and a narrative of a death. Can you figure out "whodunit?" Join us on a 90 minute Mystery with a little History of Charleston. This is a great option for a night time tour that is not a ghost tour but still fun entertainment.

• Interactive Game Tour. You will not be asked to perform.
• Follow the clues and solve a crime
• Alleyways and Side Streets 

Calling all gumshoes for this Murder Tour! A murder in cold blood has occurred on the streets of Charleston, and we need your help to solve it. We have been hired by a very affluent family to solve a murder. We will pick up the trail of a killer and need your help to piece together the clues and bring justice!

This is an interactive tour, but you are not asked to perform. The tour consists of retracing the steps of a crime in the city of Charleston. You will be told the facts of the case and stories of the suspects. Clues and alibis will be given, and you will relive the scene of the crime. A prize will be awarded to the gumshoe who figures out who the true murderer is!

Ages 12 and up only

What Is Not Included?
Gratuity is not included in your ticket price. While not expected it is greatly appreciated.

Meeting Location
Meeting Street (Charleston, SC)(Exact meeting location details will be provided immediately upon purchase of tickets.)

Chilling Charleston Ghost Walking Tour

Reservations ARE required. Click the "See Available Times" button to reserve.

Walk the streets of Charleston weathered by time and tragedy. Follow in the footsteps of Lords and Generals, murderers and thieves, slaves and the free. Take a step back in time when duels were all but law.

During this 90 minute tour, your guide will weave you through the gas lit streets of Charleston, painting another world with their words!

On this tour, you will hear about:
• Tales of the Macabre
• Oddities of history
• Legends of pirates
• The whispers of poets
• Peer into graveyards
• Paranormal Events
• Murders
• Demons
• Root

Experience the history of Charleston, that you won’t find written about in magazines! The Chilling Charleston Macabre Ghost Walking Tour is sure to intrigue everyone in your group. From the believers in the paranormal, to those who need the lights on when watching horror movies.

Find yourself transported back in time! As the sun sets and the otherworldly come out to play, let’s retrace their steps, relive their history, and pray they don’t follow us home!

What Is Not Included?
Gratuity is not included in your ticket price. While not expected it is greatly appreciated.

Meeting Location
Meeting Street (Charleston, SC)(Exact meeting location details will be provided immediately upon purchase of tickets.)

Charleston Speedboat Adventures

NOTICE: Tour may operate seasonally or be unavailable in January/February or on days when weather is not suitable or safe for their boats. 

Bookings with your tour pass require that you have 2 people per boat. Depending on the weight of people in your group, you could also put 3 people in a boat. Select the double boat option when booking. 

Take the wheel and become the captain of your very own speedboat! Tour is fully narrated and by the lead boat tour operator and will take you on a 13 mile journey through Charleston's historic harbor to see sites up-close such as:

  • The Battery
  • USS Yorktown Aircraft Carrier
  • Arthur Ravenel Jr. Bridge
  • Fort Sumter
  • Waterfront Park
  • the Cruise Ship Terminal
  • See dolphins up close and wildlife

The Boats:

  • 13-foot mini speed boats that can hold up to 3 people (restrictions apply).
  • Powered by a 30 horsepower quiet eco-friendly outboard motor. 
  • No boating experience is necessary!

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SC Historical Society Museum

Reservations are NOT required. Present your mobile pass at the gate for entry. Closed at 4 pm. Last ticket is sold at 3:15 pm.


Immerse yourself in the history of South Carolina!


Although founded in 1855 as an archive and private manuscript repository, the South Carolina Historical Society opened its first museum open to the public in September 2018. The new space pairs personal manuscripts, maps, and artifacts with innovative technology as visitors experience illuminating moments in our past.


The newly remodeled, repurposed Fireproof Building is the home of the Historical Society headquarters. The National Historic Landmark houses a new, state-of-the art museum with interactive exhibits that showcase South Carolina history, culture, and arts. Designed by Robert Mills and constructed between 1822 and 1827, the Fireproof Building is believed to be the first of its kind constructed in the United States.


Highlights:

  • Informational exhibits.
  • Self guided tours.
  • Wheelchair accessible.

The museum is closed Easter Sunday, Thanksgiving, Christmas Eve, New Year's Eve and New Year's Day.

 

Pounce Cat Cafe - Charleston

Pounce Cat Cafe

Children under the age of 12 are not allowed. If your group has 8 or more people please call ahead. 

What you receive: 1 hour at the Cat Cafe along with 1 free beverage per person (coffee, beer or wine)

Pounce Cat Cafe + Wine Bar is a place where you can come to enjoy freshly brewed coffee or tea, sip on wine or craft beer, snack on delicious pastries, and cuddle with adorable (and adoptable!) cats. We've teamed up with our local shelter, Charleston Animal Society, to provide our cats, so if at the end of your visit you've fallen in love with your new feline friend, you can take them home with you!

Visits to the cafe are $15 per person and include 1 hour in the cat lounge as well as 1 beverage of your choice to enjoy while you hang out with the kitties. Beverages included with the reservation fee: 1 glass of house wine, 1 craft beer, or bottomless non-alcoholic beverages such as coffee, tea, lemonade, and soda. Fresh, local pastries are also available for purchase at the cafe if you would like a snack. Additional time can be purchased at the cafe if the cat lounge is not fully booked for the next hour.

AGE RESTRICTIONS: The minimum age for visiting Pounce Cat Cafe + Wine Bar is 12 years old. A parent or guardian will need to sign a minor waiver for anyone visiting the cafe between the ages of 12 and 17.

CHANGES/CANCELLATIONS: You can alter your reservation date/time by clicking on "Modify Reservation" link in your confirmation email up to 24 hours prior to your visit. You can cancel your reservation up to 24 hours in advance for a full refund.
 
MAXIMUM GROUP SIZE: Parties larger than 8 people are required to reserve the space as a private event. Not only can large groups be loud and distressing for our cats, they can also be disturbing for other guests who are visiting the cafe during the same hour.

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Center for Birds of Prey | Flight Demo

Reservations ARE Required. Click the 'See Available Times' button to reserve!

NO SHOWS WILL NOT BE REFUNDED

A division of the Avian Conservation Center, the Center for Birds of Prey offers visitors a unique insight into the lives and impressive adaptations of our feathered apex predators, birds of prey. The Center houses one of the largest and most diverse collections of live birds of prey in the nation including eagles, hawks, owls, falcons, kites and vultures. Whether you're a birder, a photographer, or simply want to spend the day outdoors, we invite you to explore the fascinating world of birds with us.

Coordinated programs that include a guided tour and flight demonstration are available at 10:30 am and 2:00 pm on Thursdays, Fridays, and Saturdays. Your ticket also includes access to the grounds for the day (10 am to 5 pm).

Highlights include:

  • Guided Tour: Enjoy a walking tour of the grounds with an experienced guide.
  • Flight Demonstration: Watch as hawks, falcons, owls, eagles, and vultures soar above; learn about their hunting and flying techniques.
  • Exhibit Area: The grounds are designed as a campus where visitors follow paths accentuated with aviaries housing nearly than 50 species of birds of prey.
  • Owl Wood: Owls are universally recognized as some of the most compelling ambassadors for the natural world. The Countess Alicia Paolozzi Owl Wood spans two acres in which visitors experience owls from around the world in a refined & tranquil setting.

Your visit provides operational support for the Center's educational, medical, conservation, and research initiatives. We hope that your experience here will inspire an appreciation for birds of prey and a genuine concern for the diminishing habitat upon which they—and we—depend.

All proceeds from your admission go to support the Avian Conservation Center, a nonprofit 501 (c)3 organization.


Pitt Street Bridge

An amazing locale to see the Charleston Harbor and view evening sunsets

A bridge at the end of Pitt Street used to span Cove Inlet to connect Mount Pleasant to Sullivan's Island. When the newer Ben Sawyer Bridge was constructed, the bridge was no longer used. The city renovated the bridge remains by creating a pedestrian greenway with sodded grass and palmetto trees. The bridge extends to roughly 1/2 of the original length, giving visitors a nice view of the surrounding intracoastal waterway. Locals walk, jog, and fish along the bridge. At the end of the walkway, you can see the remains of the old bridge as it extends toward Sullivan's Island.

Folly Beach

This is a public beach. Swim at your own risk unless, the only lifeguarded beach is at Folly Beach County Park

This barrier island beach has a laid-back atmosphere and is often frequented by locals and surfers. With plenty of restaurants, surf shops, hotels and beach rentals, Folly Beach is a great place to spend some time. Plus, Folly is a short drive from the heart of downtown Charleston with all its attractions and activities. Note, summertime traffic can be extra heavy. If you’re not staying on the beach, plan to arrive by 10 a.m. Also, a beach preservation project is underway; check website listed below for additional information on how this might impact your visit.

Where to park: Limited parking is available at Folly Beach County Park (1100 W. Ashley Ave.), so plan to arrive early to secure a spot. Parking fees vary by season. The most you’ll pay is $10 per vehicle Monday to Friday and $15 on Saturday and Sunday. You can easily access the beach via the park, where you’ll be close to restrooms, outdoor showers, a snack bar and lifeguards.

Best selfie spot: Walk out to the northeast end of the island to see the Morris Island Lighthouse, located about 300 yards off shore.

Rules to know: Alcohol is not allowed on Folly Beach. Dogs are not allowed on the beach from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. through Sept. 30. At other times, dogs much be leashed; pick up after your pet. Surfing without a leash is prohibited. Between 10 a.m. and 6 p.m. May 15 to Sept. 15, surfing is not allow from 2nd Street East to 3rd Street West (known as the swimming zone). More info and complete beach rules: website below

Folly Beach fun fact: One of Folly’s famous visitors was composer and pianist George Gershwin. While staying at Folly, he composed the classic opera “Porgy and Bess.”

Sullivan's Island

The Town of Sullivan’s Island, a barrier island north of the Charleston harbor, has only about 2,000 residents. With its unspoiled views and terrific dining options, Sullivan’s is a favorite among Charleston area locals. The beach has few short-term rentals and no hotels so plan a day trip to this beach, also located just a few minutes from the Isle of Palms. Where to park: Parking can be a problem if you arrive after 10 a.m. There are no public parking lots, and street parking is allowed on one side of the street only. Be sure to obey posted signs and don’t park in any private yards or driveways. Poe's Tavern on Sullivan's IslandLunch break: Poe’s Tavern, 2210 Middle St., is named for Edgar Allan Poe, who, at the age of 18, enlisted in the Army and was stationed at Fort Moultrie. A favorite among locals and visitors, Poe’s menu is filled with gourmet burgers (try the Black Cat with grilled onions, chili, bacon and pimento cheese) and fish tacos (order the citrus-marinated mahi-mahi). Souvenir shopping: Take home a true beach treasure from Sandpiper Gallery, 2201 Middle St., including works of fine art, pottery, jewelry and sculpture – many of which are made by South Carolina artists. Beach beers: Dunleavy’s Pub, 2213 Middle St., is a family owned Irish pub with a long history on Sullivan’s Island. Unwind with a cold beer after a long, hot day on the beach. Dinner by the ocean: The Obstinate Daughter, 2063 Middle St., is a southern restaurant with Spanish, Italian and French influences. The menu is packed with small plates, pasta and gourmet pizzas. Try the Lowcountry shrimp roll or butterbean ravioli topped off with a glass of wine. Sullivan's IslandBest selfie spot: Built in 1962, the modern-looking Sullivan’s Island Lighthouse sits just off the shore adjacent to Fort Moultrie. Access is via Station 18 1/2. Rules to know: Sullivan’s Island has no public restrooms or showers and there are no lifeguards on duty. Alcohol is not permitted on the beach. All dogs visiting the island must have a dog permit and should wear the town-issued collar while on Sullivan’s Island. Permits and collars are available at Town Hall, 2050-B Middle St.; 843-883-3198. Dogs are not allowed on the beach during certain times in the summer season. More info and complete beach rules: sullivansisland-sc.com Sullivan’s Island fun fact: This Island has a long military history of protecting the Charleston harbor from invaders. Visit Fort Moultrie – originally built with palmetto logs in 1776 – to how it has been restored to reflect the story of American seacoast defense up through World War II.