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Charleston Tours & Attractions


There are many reasons why Conde Naste Travel Magazine has named Charleson it's Top US City three years running. Charleston is home to superb shrimp and grits, she crab soup, historic homes, blooming gardens, world class women's tennis, glistening harbors and tidal creeks, warm sandy beaches, America's only tea plantation, Darius Rucker, and Bill Murray. We even have an albino aligator. The list goes on and on. It's easy to see why hundreds of thousands of people visit every year, and why some decide to pack up their homes and make Charleston a permanent residence. There are quite a few attractions in Charleston that make the city, well, attractive.


Magnolia Plantation and Gardens House Charleston, SC

The plantation house at Magnolia Gardens in Charleston, SC.                         © 2013 Audra L. Gibson


If you are visiting the Charleston area and want to take in as much of this wonderful city as possible, Traveling Ink wants to help. The Traveling Ink writers regularly go out and visit attractions and take part in the tours on this site. We believe the recommended attractions guests find on the site are quality places and experiences that we'd recommend to our own friends and family looking for things to do in Charleston. We also do our best to try and work with the companies featured to offer guests coming from our website a discount whenever possible.


Kem, a tour guide for Palmetto Carriage Works, drives his carriage along the Charleston Battery.

Tour guide, Kem, gives visitors a historic carriage tour of the city.                     © 2014 Audra L. Gibson


To browse through options by category, simply mouse over the Attractions and Things To Do drop down on the Charleston Attractions menu at the top of the website. Tours and attractions are separated by category, so guests can select and read about aspects of the Lowcountry they are interested in, whether that be a historic look at the city on a carriage tour or walking tour, a look at the landscape of the area at one of the beautiful plantation and gardens, or an outdoor adventure like a kayak tour or surfing lesson. If you'd prefer to take a quick look at some of the most popular attractions, click here.


Old Exchange Building and Customs House in Charleston SC

The Old Exchange Building facade facing the Charleston Harbor.                   © 2013 Audra L. Gibson


Traveling Ink does it's best to try to keep the attraction and tour pages up to date, but advises guests it is always a good idea to double check with the venue in regard to hours of operation or any holiday or weather closures. If a guest has any question about a tour, location, or event on the website, we welcome them to send us a message on our contact form. We will do our best to get back to you within 24 hours.