Historic Charleston City Market

Historic Charleston City Market: Our most recommended tours and activities

Charleston: Historic City Tour and Harbor Cruise

1. Charleston: Historic City Tour and Harbor Cruise

Discover 300 years of Charleston history from land and sea with passionate licensed tour guides. Experience a 90-minute narrated tour of Charleston in a climate-controlled luxury coach and then head to the water for another perspective of the city from Charleston Harbor. Learn fascinating historical facts about Charleston while you cruise the gentle waves of her harbor. Knowledgeable and entertaining tour guides are licensed by the City of Charleston and are eager to share their knowledge with all guests aboard the cruise. Don't forget your camera as you will see all that the Holy City has to offer: Charleston's Historic Homes and Churches, the Old Market, Rainbow Row, Fort Sumter, USS Yorktown, and incredible views from Charleston Harbor.

Charleston: Magnolia Plantation & Historic City Tour

2. Charleston: Magnolia Plantation & Historic City Tour

Begin your half-day tour by boarding a climate-controlled coach in Charleston. Meet your professional guide and ride to Magnolia Plantation, dating from 1676 and the time of the British colony. Witness a slice of living history at Magnolia Plantation and Gardens and get an amazing perspective on Charleston's past and present. The Magnolia Plantation and its world-famous gardens have been owned by the Drayton family for 12 generations. Enjoy your visit to one of America's first tourist attractions and first public gardens, which have been open to the public since 1870. Take a guided walk through America's last large-scale Romantic garden, and experience history on a 45-minute narrated nature tram ride through the Audobon swamp gardens. Step out among the Romantic gardens and Spanish moss to see wildlife such as alligators, egrets, herons, and turtles on the nearly 600-acre plantation. Cap it all off with a 30-minute tour of the Magnolia Plantation Home before boarding your bus back to Charleston. Back in the Holy City, your deluxe, climate-controlled shuttle will take you for a 1.5-hour tour of the city’s historical highlights. Accompanied by a knowledgeable, local guide, visit over 100 of Charleston’s most iconic sights of the past and present whilst listening to amazing tales and anecdotes about the city. On your tour, travel through some of the most historic parts of the city and visit Charleston’s historic homes, The Battery Sea Wall, the Four Corners of Law, and Rainbow Row to name but a few. Other highlights of the tour include a number of historic churches, old markets, and picturesque neighborhoods.

Charleston: African-American History Guided Walking Tour

3. Charleston: African-American History Guided Walking Tour

Discover the stories of the enslaved Africans that were brought to the Carolina colony on this guided walking tour in Charleston. Stop at some of the most well-preserved historical landmarks in Charleston with African-American ties.  Meet your guide outside of the 19th-century St. Philip's Church and begin your journey into the city's past. Hear about the culture of the Gullah-Geechee people. Liste as your guide paints a vivid picture of historic events from the early-1700s to the present day. Enjoy a walk through colorful Charleston while you visit significant sites such as the Charleston City Market, the Old Slave Market, and the Old City Jail. Dig deeper into the background of these sites with help from your guide. Uncover some of the colorful art and music produced by Charleston’s African-American community along the way.

Charleston: Self-Guided Highlights Walking Audio Tour

4. Charleston: Self-Guided Highlights Walking Audio Tour

Experience the beauty of the city of Charleston on a self-guided walking tour. See the famous places like Aiken-Rhett House Museum, Marion Square, Old Charleston Jail, and more with the magic of an audio guide. Start your tour at the Charleston Visitor Center and proceed towards the Aiken-Rhett House Museum, a beautifully-preserved antebellum home. Visit the Charleston Museum, Marion Square, and the famous Liberty Square where you will hear about how the American Revolution rocked Charleston. Up next is the Grimke Sisters’ Home, where two women risked their life and limb to fight for the cause of abolition. Make your way to the Historic Charleston City Market and learn more about the underdog abolitionist movement in the south. See the marvelous frim structure of the Old Charleston Jail.  Visit the Miles Brewton House which was used as a military headquarters during both the Revolutionary and Civil wars. Continue to see the White Point Garden, Edmondston-Alston House, and the Nathaniel Russell House. Admire the enormous Saint Michael’s Church, Washington Square Park, the Heyward-Washington House, Rainbow Row, and the Old Exchange. Finally, you’ll arrive at Joe Riley Waterfront Park, the perfect place to relax and unwind at the end of your trip.

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What people are saying about Historic Charleston City Market

Overall rating

4.5 / 5

based on 240 reviews

All aspects of the tour were excellent. The van ride was very comfortable and offered some sightseeing. The tours offered at the plantation were great! The Nature tour was so interesting and the guide was really excellent, sharing in-depth information about the animals and habitats that we drove through on the open sided bus. The plantation tour was also excellent, with a very knowledgeable guide that was entertaining as well as informative. She said she loved here job and it clearly showed. We also explored the zoo but ran out of time to take a tour of the outer buildings on the property. The Historic City tour was also amazing...learned so much about the history and architecture of beautiful downtown Charleston, giving us a great perspective on the life and times of those who lived through the Civil War and following Restoration period. We took both tours our fist full day in Charleston and it gave us the perfect perspective for planning the rest of our time in the City.

Tour guides, beginning with van driver were exceptionally knowledgeable and helpful in referring other activities, restaurants etc. The Magnolia tour was just what we were hoping. Prompt pickup, easy loading and comfortable ride.

Well worth the time. Scott, our driver, was as good as it gets. Knowledgeable and friendly. Everyone liked him. Tours were great and history is not only fascinating but needed.

Lovely grounds and interesting tour of the house and cabins

Beautiful property! Our tour guide Beverly was awesome!