Historic Charleston SC

Another beautiful sunny day.

We found the Charleston Visitor Center this morning. There are several tour options available there. We booked a guided tour of the Historic Charleston area with the Gray Line Tour Company. We didn’t even consider driving around ourselves. The streets are narrow and traffic is nuts. I was amazed at how well our driver maneuvered the van through the traffic at times and glad it was him and not me driving. He also explained a lot about the history of the area and the different architecture styles of the homes.

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Sea Wall on Charleston Harbor

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Charleston, South Carolina

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Charleston, South Carolina

After the tour we took the free trolley bus to the Waterfront Park for a look around.

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Fountain at Waterfront Park

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Waterfront Park

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Waterfront Park

On our walk back to the Visitor Center we stopped by The City Market, a very historic place here. Charles Cotesworth Pinckney in 1788 gave the land to City of Charleston for use as a public market and stipulated that the land must remain in use as a market for perpetuity. Buildings were built in 1804 through the 1930’s and the big front building in 1841. The market spans four city blocks.

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The City Market at Charleston, SC

After shopping the market and then a late lunch at the nearby Charleston Crab House we walked back to the Visitor Center to get our car and went home.

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Walking Back to the Car

  • Van Tour:  $36
  • Parking:    $10
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