Charleston Walking Tours
Explore Charleston's food, history, haunted spots and more.
By: Janet Maragioglio
Pirates Once Walked These Streets
Join Eric (a blue-and-gold macaw) and his master, Captain Bob, from Charleston Pirate Tours for a walk that brings Charleston’s pirate past to life. Captain Bob leads every tour in full pirate regalia and shares colorful stories of the real-life pirates who once plundered and partied in Charleston.
Or book a pirate adventure with Old Charleston Walking Tours. Each stop shares an exciting chapter in Charleston’s pirate adventure story, complete with a cliffhanger that makes visitors anxious to reach the next destination. Walks end up at the Old Exchange and Provost Dungeon for a guided tour.
Sample Southern Fare as You Stroll
Architectural Wonders Abound
Charleston Sole leads walkers past the oldest and most historically significant buildings in Charleston, including the Old Exchange Building, St. Michael’s Church and Rainbow Row. Charleston native Brian Simms guides visitors along a memorable 2-hour walk as he provides a unique perspective on the famous landmarks and hidden jewels that make Charleston special.
Old Charleston Walking Tours “History and Homes” explores main roads and hidden alleys, winding past churches, mansions and monuments, as well as offering an inside tour of one of Charleston’s historic homes.
Walk through National Historic Landmarks the Edmonston-Alston House and the Nathaniel Russell House for a glimpse of what life was like for Charleston’s elite on the "Historic Homes of Charleston Tour" with The Original Charleston Walks.
For building buffs, Charleston Footprints guide Michael Trouche, a seventh-generation Charleston native, explains the architectural styles of historic Charleston on his walking tours, including Georgian, Regency, Italianate, Greek Revival, Eastlake and many more.
Troubled Spirits Call this City Home
Historian Mike Brown’s expert research gives the Old Charleston Ghost Tour a particularly authentic feel. These evening tours pass by Charleston’s most haunted spaces, including graveyards, alleys and a few unexpected sites.
Take an adults-only stroll through the seamier side of the Historic District with "The Dark Side of Charleston" from Bulldog Tours. Or explore the spookier side of the “Holy City” with the "Charleston Ghost and Dungeon Walking Tour." Stories of ghosts, haunted houses, voodoo and superstition might make you walk a bit faster.
Historical Sites Beckon
Old Charleston Tours offers a Civil War and Slavery walk that takes foot travelers past the sites where this turbulent period in US history got its start. For a more genteel perspective, try Charleston Strolls from Bulldog Tours. Highlights include Rainbow Row, gardens and courtyards, antebellum mansions and a view of Fort Sumter.
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