No trip to the Holy City is complete without a Charleston walking tour, so we’ve done the research for you and located three of the most reputable tour companies in town. After your tour, delve deeper into the Lowcountry’s history by downloading our free Kiawah Island and Seabrook Island Vacation Guides. Our guides are full of recommendations on museums, art galleries, historic landmarks, and more.
A List of the Best Walking Tours in Charleston, SC
Charleston Footprints Walking Tours
Charleston Footprints Walking Tours offers one of our favorite walking tours. Here, you will find both private and group tours that are fun, fact-filled, and great for the entire family. These tours are lead by Michael Trouche, a seventh generation Charleston native who brings a myriad of experience and unique stories that you won’t hear anywhere else.
Group tours from Charleston Footprints are two hours long and cost $20 per person. Reservations are required in advance. Tours begin at the Historic Charleston Foundation Gift Shop at 108 Meeting Street.
Two Sisters Walking Tour
Two Sisters is owned by two Charlestonians, Mary Helen Dantzler and Therese Smythe. The sisters are both seventh generation Charleston natives who both bring an insider’s perspective to their tour. As you walk through the Holy City with the sisters, you will venture down Charleston’s inviting sidewalks and through its hidden alleys.
Group tours by Two Sisters Walking Tour are approximately two hours long and cost $20 per person. Reservations are required in advance. Tours begin in Washington Park next to City Hall at 80 Broad Street.
Free Tours By Foot
Free Tours by Foot is one of the greatest (and most affordable) walking tours in Charleston. This one-of-a-kind tour company believes that sightseeing shouldn’t be expensive or boring, so they offer informative, entertaining, and fun walking tours under a name-your-own-price business model. You will find several unique tours here, including a historic Charleston Walking Tour, a Civil War tour, an architecture tour, and a ghost tour.
Tours are offered most days of the week throughout the day. Check out the Free Tours By Foot schedule online and schedule your tour in advance.
Tips for Your Trip
- Wear comfortable walking shoes. The cobblestone streets downtown are notoriously uneven, so come prepared.
- Most tours take place rain or shine (with the exception of severe weather). Dress accordingly! With Charleston’s subtropical climate, we recommend bringing a rain jacket.
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