Charleston, SC. Experience southern charm.
Charleston has a history easily comparable to cities of New England. Students and visitors may find themselves looking at the cobblestone streets and colonial architecture and think of Boston rather than the “Old South.” Such comparison should come as no surprise, though, as both areas were founded with English charters in the late 17th century. Though students will see horse drown carriages, such historical charm stands in stark contrast to the progressive nature of the city—consistently noted by national magazines including “#1 U.S. City” by Conde Nast and “second best-dressed city” by Travel and Leisure.
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Charleston Harbor Cruise
A tour around the Charleston harbor is a great way to see the city. Boat captains will point out prominent Charleston landmarks, as well as provide information on the city’s rich and captivating history.
Home of the USS Yorktown, Patriot’s Point offers visitors a personal experience with naval history. Once on-deck, guests can tour the aircraft carrier, see a Medal of Honor museum or view 25 naval aircraft.
Ghosts & Legends Walking Tour
Given the age of Charleston–over 350 years–tales of ghosts and mystic legends have delighted travelers for decades. Visitors are lead around town and shared stories dating back to the Revolutionary or Civil War.
A carriage ride around Charleston is one of the most classic ways to experience the city. Tour guides lead visitors down cobblestone pathways while sharing local anecdotes, legends and facts about historical landmarks.
Browse and Shop at Old Market Square
Old Market Square provides a wonderful opportunity for eclectic shopping. From local basket weavers to fine jewelry, there’s something for everyone in Old Market Square.
Fort Moultrie has a 171 year naval history, dating back to the Revolutionary War. When British ships began a bombardment on the fort in 1776, the cannon balls reportedly bounced off the walls made of palmetto logs. Today, visitors can walk among the various citadels on the island and read about the importance of this naval defense.
Boone Hall Plantation
One of America’s oldest working plantations, Boone Hall has been producing crops for over 320 years. Now daily tours give visitors a chance to experience and learn about life in the Lowcountry during the 18th and 19th centuries. The Colonial Revival style home is surrounded by original slave cabins dating back to 1790 and is reached by an awe-inspiring drive down the grand Avenue of Oaks.
Evening Legends Walking Tour
Stroll the sidewalks and cemeteries of downtown Charleston while hearing spine-tingling stories about the dark side of the city’s history.
Since 1676 Magnolia Plantation has survived both the Civil War and Hurricane Hugo and now is home to the oldest public gardens in America. Enjoy a guided tour of the main home full of original antiques and family heirlooms. Then stroll through the sprawling gardens, some sections which are more than 325 years old!