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Guide to Local Boat Tours & Eco Tours, Ghost Tours, Carriage Tours, Tasting Tours and Tour Companies in Charleston, Mt. Pleasant and Isle of Palms, SC.



The Isle of Palms is a perfect place to Explore the outdoors by taking a boat tour or eco tour of the coastal wetlands and waterways. Nearby Charleston is steeped in history and there are numerous ways to see and learn about this charmed city. The historic architecture can tell many tales and the city's history is preserved and narrated by various tour agencies who offer ghost tours, walking tours and the renowned carriage tours that take you on a leisurely horse-drawn stroll through the city while guides provide interesting anecdotes and historic points of interest along the way. For those who like to let their stomach lead the way, Charleston is known as a food-lovers' paradise and there are plenty of award-winning restaurants and eateries to choose from. Since there is never enough time to take them all in, why not take a tasting tour and experience all the highlights of local cuisine in the company of experienced guides and other like-minded foodies.
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Boat Tours & Eco Tours

Barrier Island Ecotours

2669, 50 41st Ave C-6
Isle of Palms, SC 29451
843.886.5000

Our goal is to promote awareness, conservation, and enjoyment of South Carolina's coastal resources. Barrier Island Eco Tours offers naturalist-guided tours to Capers Island Heritage Preserve. Our trips depart from the Isle of Palms Marina and take you through winding salt marsh, tidal creeks, and the Intracoastal Waterway to Capers Island.

Along the way, you learn about this amazing ecosystem and the plants and animals that call it home. Bottlenose dolphins, loggerhead sea turtles, and numerous birds are common sightings. Your guide pulls crab traps and throws cast nets to bring marine life onboard to put in our touch tank for closer examination.

The majority of our scheduled trips are aboard our covered 49-passenger pontoon boat equipped with a restroom and beaching ramp. We also offer inshore fishing and private eco tours on our 6-passenger and 16-passenger boats. Welcome aboard!

Charleston Outdoor Adventures

1871 Bowens Island Rd
Charleston, SC 29412
843.795.0330

Joe Lotts spent 16 years in the outdoor guiding industry before founding Charleston Outdoor Adventures. With more than a decade of experience on local waters, Joe possesses a deep understanding of the region's stunning wildlife. Along with his degree in wilderness leadership and experiential education, Joe's knowledge feeds COA's dedication to environmental education and stewardship. Our collective passion and experience inspire guests to value the natural wonders of coastal South Carolina. COA stays open year round, offering all adventures at least once each day. We are here and ready to show you a Lowcountry adventure to remember.

Operating out of Folly Creek, our trips take place in natural, scenic areas not impacted by industrial tourism or development. As a result, Folly Creek and surrounding waterways are rich in biodiversity- hosting a healthy, active population of dolphins. While safety and fun are top priorities, we believe that spreading environmental education and awareness is our most important job. This belief guides us as we strive to deliver informative, interactive tours that will resonate in the hearts and minds of all of our adventurers. Our goal is to enrich your appreciation of South Carolina's wild and special places while you enjoy the thrill of engaging outdoor activities.

Our private location and launching site gives us direct access to marshes, creeks, tidal flats, and barrier islands where you can see a plethora of wildlife including dolphins, osprey, wading birds, and sea turtles.

Coastal Expeditions

50 41st Ave
Isle of Palms, SC 29451
843.886.9590

514 Mill St
Mt Pleasant, SC 29464
843.884.7684

2223 Folly Rd
Charleston, SC 29412
843.406.0640

Since 1992, we've been on a mission to put people safely and securely in the path of beauty to experience meaningful things. As guides and storytellers, we delight in sharing all that we know about the Lowcountry – its lands and waters, its plants and animals and people, and its history and culture – with everyone we meet. Outdoor adventure outlet offering kayak tours, kayak & paddleboard rentals, lessons and boat charters. Explore the Kiawah River, Bulls Island, Shem Creek, Isle of Palms and Folly Beach.

Sandlapper Water Tours

10 Wharfside St
Charleston, SC 29401
843.849.8687

Our Charleston Nature Tours and Charleston Historic Tours are proud to have a local naturalist, as well as a local historian aboard our tours who will interpret the sites your guests will see during the cruise. The Palmetto, a versatile catamaran, allows our Captain to smoothly handle the harbor's waters. You guests can now experience Charleston, its harbor, and Lowcountry living like never before.
Ghost Tours

Black Cat Tours

1323 Jackwood Ct
Charleston, SC 29407
843.568.2285

Husband & wife MARK JONES and REBEL SINCLAIR are full time professional tour guides, authors, historians and paranormal investigators who have given more than 10,000 tours. Their goal is to offer every customer a professional and fun experience with each tour. By day, they conduct horse-drawn carriage tours and historic walking tours but at night, they show their customers Charleston's other side.

Most Charleston tour companies take 20 people on each tour. Often, tourists are being herded around the city in a large group with screaming kids and a tour guide who has been working for six months or less. BLACK CAT limits their tours to no more than 12 people, and NO YOUNG CHILDREN.

Bulldog Tours

18 Anson St
Charleston, SC 29401
843.722.8687

Our Charleston Nature Tours and Charleston Historic Tours are proud to have a local naturalist, as well as a local historian aboard our tours who will interpret the sites your guests will see during the cruise. The Palmetto, a versatile catamaran, allows our Captain to smoothly handle the harbor's waters. You guests can now experience Charleston, its harbor, and Lowcountry living like never before.

Buxton Books & Tour Charleston Headquarters

160 King St
Charleston, SC 29401
843.723.1670

Tour Charleston, LLC is the only company in Charleston providing ghost and history tours based exclusively on published books by knowledgeable locals and historians. Our founder, Julian T. Buxton III, and his wife Polly are native Charlestonians with deep roots in South Carolina. Their passion and respect for the history, culture and people here inspire and guide their every decision for Tour Charleston, LLC.

Tour Charleston's licensed tour guides are experts in the city's rich history and supernatural lore. Our guides relay up-to-date accounts of the stories in The Ghosts of Charleston, which remains the primary source book for all recounting of Charleston's supernatural history.

Charleston's Best Tours

18 Vendue Range St
Charleston, SC 29401
843.819.4565

You'll visit many of the most haunted locations in Charleston, hearing the ghost stories where they took place. Our Ghost Tours have specific themes, focusing on either the Wartime History of Charleston or the more gruesome tales. Ghost City Tours offers Charleston's ONLY Adults only Ghost Tour - the Death and Depravity Tour.

With a history teeming with maraudering pirates, bloody battles, salacious vice and sin, Charleston is a city with a very dark past. On our Charleston Ghost Tours, we'll take you on a trip into the Holy City's not-so-holy past, introducing you to the ghosts which still haunt Charleston today.

Charleston Pirate Tours

79 Cumberland St
Charleston, SC 29401
843.442.7299

In 2009, Eric and Sabrina threw away their corporate suits and became pirates, launching their own company, Charleston Pirate Tours. With backgrounds in tourism, theater, and marketing, along with pet parrots, a walking tour company with living history components made perfect sense. Offering ghost tours, pirate tours, history tours and treasure hunts for kids.

Chilling Charleston Ghost Tour / Ashley On The Cooper History Walking Tours

Charleston, SC
843.518.1977

Welcome to Charleston, one of the most traveled cities in the world. There is so much to see and do in Charleston, let us be your guide as you adventure through the history of Charleston, past and present! We offer Historic Walking Tours, Charleston Ghost Tours, and a "Whodunit" type game tour the Murder Walk. We have a tour that will entertain and enthrall everyone in your group, all the while introducing you to the unique history, people, and culture of the Low Country!

Our Charleston Nature Tours and Charleston Historic Tours are proud to have a local naturalist, as well as a local historian aboard our tours who will interpret the sites your guests will see during the cruise. The Palmetto, a versatile catamaran, allows our Captain to smoothly handle the harbor's waters. You guests can now experience Charleston, its harbor, and Lowcountry living like never before.

Free Tours by Foot - Charleston Walking Tours

Charleston, SC
843.580.4019

Free Tours by Foot is more than just guided walking tours. We also offer expert advice from our local guides to help you plan your trip.

Ghosts of the South

84 N Market St
Charleston, SC 29401
843.343.9255

Ghosts of the South offers nightly, professionally-guided walking ghost tours. The walking distance is approximately one mile with frequent stops. All of our guides are licensed by the City of Charleston and have a minimum of 10 years experience giving tours in the city. We were awarded the TripAdvisor Award of Excellence for 2016 & 2017.

Ghostwalk

160 Church St Suite B
Charleston, SC 29401
843.720.8687

Our Tours are 6o minutes long chock-full of old stories and legends of paranormal experiences. See cemeteries. Hear about new sightings. People continue to hear strange noises and see ghosts walking. They see movement in the shadows and lights move. They smell burning tobacco and brimstone. Offering history tours and ghost tours of Charleston.

Walks of Charleston

45 Pinckney St
Charleston, SC 29401
843.478.7573

Walks of Charleston offers the best behind-the-scenes cultural history tours. Our walking tours take you to the Holy City's most intriguing destinations. From its well-preserved architecture to its rich history, vibrant culture and breathtaking views, you can't help but fall in love with Charleston, South Carolina's oldest city.

Our walking tours feature some of the best tour guides in Charleston, and they can't wait to share the stories that date back as far as the city's 1670 birth. Our tours feature stops such as Rainbow Row, the French Quarter, and the Battery. We also delve a little deeper into the city's history, divulging information you won't find in many history books.

All of our tour guides at Walks of Charleston have taken the rigorous Charleston Tour Guide Exam and are licensed by the City of Charleston and are extremely passionate about the past. They're experienced storytellers who make the lore ripe in your imagination. Our guides are one of the best sources you can find in the city for history — and the best in the city for a guided walking tour of the Lowcountry.
Carriage Tours

Palmetto Carriage Works

8 Guignard St
Charleston, SC 29401
843.723.8145

Carriage Tours of Historic Downtown Charleston. Palmetto Carriage Works is the oldest carriage tour company in Charleston! Come tour historic downtown Charleston by mule or horse-drawn carriage with some of the most experienced personnel in the Charleston carriage industry.

We have been a family owned and operated company since 1972. Having fine-tuned every aspect of a carriage ride experience, we pride ourselves on providing authentic and historically rich carriage tours of Charleston, SC that your family and friends will remember for years to come!Experience 25-30 blocks of Charleston's historic downtown district, see houses, gardens, mansions, churches and parks, learn about buildings, history, architecture, flora and the people that make up the "Holy City" on this Palmetto Carriage tour!

Old South Carriage Company

14 Anson St
Charleston, SC 29401
843.723.9712

Carriage Tours of Historic Downtown Charleston. Old South Carriage Company, owned and operated by the same family since 1983, features some of the finest tour guides, draft horses, and carriages in historic Charleston. Stop by our stable at 14 Anson Street to meet our professional staff and see for yourself the quality of our operation. Not only are our tour guides extensively trained, but when you see our stable, our horses, and our carriages you will immediately appreciate the care and attention to detail that Old South Carriage Company dedicates to guarantee a quality tour and a wonderful carriage ride.

Charleston Carriage Works

20 Anson St
Charleston, SC 29401
843.779.1279

Carriage Tours of Historic Downtown Charleston. Charleston Carriage Works is a leading provider of carriage tours in Charleston, SC. Located at 20 Anson Street, we are in the very heart of Charleston's Historic District. We pride ourselves on the care of our horses and maintain the highest standards for the way we operate our business. We treat our customers the way we expect to be treated, and our staff works hard every day to make sure that your Charleston carriage tour experience is everything it should be and more. We believe in teamwork and our primary goals are your safety and complete satisfaction.

Our custom designed and built carriages offer the highest level of comfort and safety available downtown, and our guides are the best qualified around.

Classic Carriage Works

10 Guignard St
Charleston, SC 29401
843.853.3747

Carriage Tours of Historic Downtown Charleston. There is no better way to explore Charleston's historic streets than by horse and carriage. With the most seasoned guides and the best-looking horses, Classic Carriage Works operates out of the oldest active stable in town. Join us and our horses for one of the most memorable carriage rides that you'll experience through the heart of Charleston, SC. During your tour, you can see some of the city's most famous attractions while our guides supply you with an enriched understanding of the prosperous and stormy history of this notable city.

Charleston Coach

Charleston, SC
843.709.0988

Carriage Tours of Historic Downtown Charleston. Charleston Coach offers professional horse drawn carriage service, with a touch of elegance in the Lowcountry of Charleston, South Carolina and surrounding areas. We specialize in carriage rides for Weddings, Romantic Outings, Hay Wagon Rides, and Funerals. Our horse and carriage rides can give any event a timeless charm.

Carolina Polo and Carriage Co.

45 Pinckney St
Charleston, SC 29401
843.577.6767

Carriage Tours of Historic Downtown Charleston. Carolina Polo and Carriage Company is the only carriage company in Charleston owned and operated by Charlestonians whose families have been here since the 1600s. Take a relaxing, one-hour, fully narrated group tour through the quaint and charming streets of downtown Charleston. Let our passionate and engaging guides bring to life the history and architecture of Charleston for you. You will see beautiful gardens and parks, stately mansions, historic churches, and buildings all the while learning about the people and events that shaped the history of this "Holy City."
Tasting Tours

Bulldog Food Tours

18 Anson St
Charleston, SC 29401
843.722.8687

Culinary Tours of Charleston. In Charleston's delicious, award-winning food, you taste more than a chef's skill and passion, you taste the vibrant flavors from farmers' fields, the bounty from our waters, and more than 300 years of rich history, cultural and culinary traditions. That's our goal with every walking food tour, whether you're a curious home cook or a die-hard foodie.

Together with one of our friendly, knowledgeable, licensed tour guides, you'll walk, talk, and taste your way through Charleston's most beloved and renowned culinary destinations. Sample Charleston staples like stone-ground grits, benne wafers, collard greens, BBQ, chicken and dumplings, fried green tomatoes, house-made bruschetta, and more. Go behind the scenes at some of the city's most acclaimed restaurants, meet chefs and local purveyors, and see firsthand how Charleston's award winning cuisine is sourced and made with care.

Charleston Culinary Tours

460 King St #200
Charleston, SC 29403
843.259.2966

Culinary Tours of Charleston. Culinary Tours combines the best of Charleston history, food, and drinks with unique historic tours that highlight local cuisine and cocktails.

The food and cocktails on your culinary walking tour are chosen by our restaurant and bar partners featuring an array of eclectic dishes and concoctions that provide insight into Charleston's cuisine and cocktail scene.

Depending on the style of Charleston food tour you choose, you have an opportunity to sample some of the Lowcountry's finest food offerings or meet the owners, chefs, and mixologists behind the city's impressive culinary and bar innovations.

Chow Down Charleston Food Tours

40 Broad St
Charleston, SC 29401
(854) 999.4433

Culinary Tours of Charleston.

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Kayaking & Canoeing on Isle of Palms

Kayaking & Canoeing on Isle of Palms

Exploring the natural splendor and marsh wetlands of Isle of Palms is the best way to take in all the unspoiled beauty that South Carolina's lowcountry has to offer. Take a guided kayak tour of the local salt marsh and inland waterways. Rent a canoe or pedalboat and enjoy fishing or a relaxing paddle. Learn about SC's coastal ecosystems and wildlife as you explore the Isle of Palms beaches and marshlands. View Isle of Palms Outfitters »



Isle of Palms Restaurants

Isle of Palms Restaurants

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Isle of Palms Beaches

With six miles of white, sandy beaches, the Isle of Palms is a unique barrier island on the coast of South Carolina. Front Beach is located on Ocean Blvd with public parking available. The City of Isle of Palms has been certified for the Blue Wave Season and, as such, will again be flying the Blue Wave Flag. This certification is given to beaches that meet specific criteria related to cleanliness, safety and access to the public. The clean water and pristine beaches make an excellent spot for surfing, kiteboarding, wakeboarding, paddleboarding, parasailing, fishing and other watersports activities.
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Isle of Palms Fishing

The coastal lowcountry of South Carolina is a natural paradise for fishermen and outdoor Explorers. There are a vareity of seasoned guides and boat captains who can provide you and your family with an unforgettable salt water fishing charter or boat tour around Isle of Palms or Charleston harbor. Explore the quiet tidal creeks behind the island, where marsh islands dot the estuary and provide the opportunity to get out and swim or cast a net or a fishing line. You'll find plenty of local bait & tackle shops that can equip your adventure with all the supplies and gear needed for a day or a week. The Isle of Palms Marina is a full-service, 50-slip marina that is fully equipped to make your stay on South Carolina's coast enjoyable and comfortable. Here you can charter a boat tour, fishing expedition, or rent a boat and be your own captain for the day. The Isle of Palms Marina is located just minutes from beautiful beaches, luxury oceanfront accommodations, award-winning golf courses in the Wild Dunes Resort, excellent shopping at the Mount Pleasant Towne Centre and Charleston's Historic District.
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