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Charleston: Fort Sumter Entry Ticket and Ferry Ride

1. Charleston: Fort Sumter Entry Ticket and Ferry Ride

Enjoy a ferry ride to the grounds of Fort Sumter and explore the grounds at your own pace. Pass by the Arthur Ravenel Jr. Bridge and take in the sights of Charleston’s stately Rainbow Row and Battery homes. As you approach Fort Sumter, graceful sailboats and playful dolphins add to the photogenic scene. If you depart from Mt. Pleasant you will enjoy views of the USS Yorktown Aircraft Carrier from up-close, while tours embarking from downtown will see Aquarium Wharf as they depart and return. Arrive at The Fort Sumter and Fort Moultrie National Historical Park, which sits prominently at the mouth of the Charleston Harbor, a strategic location that was crucial to its defense.  While here, explore the grounds of Fort Sumter. Stand on the grounds where America’s deadliest war began at Fort Sumter and Fort Moultrie National Historical Park. The first shots were fired here, igniting a conflict that saw more than 700,000 casualties. Experience the opening battle of the American Civil War and explore its origins with a National Park Ranger. Your approximate 1-hour visit to Fort Sumter allows ample time to explore well-preserved fort ruins and browse Museum Store souvenirs. A visit to Fort Sumter and Fort Moultrie National Historical Park provides a window into the life and trials of America’s heroes, from the Civil War to today’s modern conflicts. Learn about the events leading to the war from knowledgeable National Park Rangers who will relay stories of courageous heroes in action from the Civil War’s first battle. Walk in the steps of those who shaped this nation alongside a National Park Ranger. Then enjoy the beautiful views of the city as you ride the ferry back to Charleston.

Boone Hall Plantation: Admission & Day Trip from Charleston

2. Boone Hall Plantation: Admission & Day Trip from Charleston

Tour the historic Boone Hall Plantation, a beautiful gem nestled in the town of Mount Pleasant, just across the harbor from Charleston. Enter through the Avenue of Oaks and take a guided tour of the historic mansion. Enjoy a self-guided tour through the original slave cabins and learn about the experience of enslaved people with a presentation by a knowledgeable guide. Learn the history of the area, tour the grounds and homes with expert storytellers and guides.

Charleston: City Tour and Museum Combo

3. Charleston: City Tour and Museum Combo

Feel the past come alive on this combination tour in Charleston. Ride in comfort on a climate-controlled coach and discover Charleston's 300 years of living history with passionate licensed tour guides. Follow your bus tour with a visit to the Charleston Museum, one of the oldest museums in the United States. On your bus tour, experience the Old Market area and admire the historic homes and churches where generations of Charlestonians worked, lived, and worshipped. See and hear about Fort Sumter, the Harbor of History, and the Aircraft Carrier Yorktown at Patriots Point. Make sure to take your camera as you will have the opportunity to stop at the famous Battery Seawall and enjoy the spectacular views. Keep your camera handy when you pass by the colorful houses on Rainbow Row, too. Finally, dive into the history of the Holy City at the Charleston Museum, which was opened to the public nearly 200 years ago. Explore the exhibitions that cover the American Civil War, the natural history in the area, and much, much more.

Myrtle Beach: Comedy Magic Show

4. Myrtle Beach: Comedy Magic Show

Enjoy a show where music, magic, and comedy, are all pushed to the extreme. Be taken on a journey by Michael Bairefoot, an award-winning magician who incorporates his past experiences into his act. Watch the magic happen before your very eyes with this astounding experience. Filled with audience participation, this incredible show will make you the star of the evening.

Charleston: Historic City and Southern Mansion Combo Tour

5. Charleston: Historic City and Southern Mansion Combo Tour

Take a journey through Charleston's 300 years of living history with passionate licensed tour guides. Experience the Old Market area and the historic homes and churches where generations of Charlestonians worked, lived, and worshipped. Step out of the air-conditioned minibus onto the famous Battery Seawall to admire the wonderful views. See and hear about Fort Sumter, the Harbor of History, and the Aircraft Carrier Yorktown at Patriots Point. Enjoy a tour through the elegant interior of a fully-restored historic home - Joseph Manigault House. Come and enjoy the beauty and hospitality of one of America's most historic cities.

Charleston: Tour Pass with 40+ Attractions

6. Charleston: Tour Pass with 40+ Attractions

Save 40% or more off of Charleston's top tours and attractions, pay zero to enter, and simply show your Mobile Pass. Choose a 1, 2, or 3-day pass with admission to Fort Sumter, Ghost Tours, Plantations, Museums, Carriage, and Bus Tours, Historic House Museums, Cultural sites, and much more. After purchase, you'll receive a text and email to start using the pass on your smartphone where you can choose from a selection of hand-selected tours, attractions, and historic sites. The Mobile Pass provides instant access to over 40 of the city's top tours, attractions, and historic sites where admission is included. Reserve tours in advance before arriving. Multi-day passes can be used on non-consecutive days. Choose between: 1-Day pass: Choose 2 featured tours plus visit unlimited walk-in or standard attractions for 1 day. 2-Day Pass: Choose 3 featured tours plus visit unlimited walk-in or standard attractions for 2 days. Featured Tours (requires reservations which can easily be made within the mobile pass) • Fort Sumter Tour • Carriage Tour • Boone Hall Plantation • Drayton Hall • Charleston Harbor Tour • Haunted USS Yorktown Guided Tour • Charleston History Walk • Choose from 6 different Ghost Tours • Hunley Submarine Tour (weekends only) • Mini-Bus Guided Tours Standard Attractions (no reservation required, can be visited anytime during operating hours): • Aiken Rhett House Museum • Heyward Washington House Museum • Joseph Manigault House Museum • Charles Towne Landing State Historic Site • Caw Caw Interpretive Center • Nathaniel Russell House Museum • Charleston Fun Park ($20 value) • Charleston Museum • Gibbes Museum of Art • Charleston Water Taxi (all-day ride pass) • Museum at Market Hall • Deep Water Vineyard (free tasting + wine glass) • McLeod Plantation • Old Exchange & Provost Dungeon • Slave Mart Museum • Powder Magazine • South Carolina Historical Society Museum • The Grit Counter ($7 lunch voucher per person) • Glazed Gourmet Doughnuts (free doughnut per person) • North Charleston Fire Museum

Charleston: African-American History & Simmons House Tour

7. Charleston: African-American History & Simmons House Tour

Start the tour at the Philip Simmons House where one of the greatest African-American artists of the 20th century created a lifetime of beauty. Led by museum docents, learn more about the humble life of a great Charleston artisan. After the museum visit, walk down America Street, the heart of Charleston’s African-American community. Along the way, learn about and witness the trials and tribulations of the past and present. Briefly stop at the edge of the African-American community where you'll see a powerful visualization of class division. Finally, walk to Mother Emanuel African Methodist Episcopal Church, the oldest AME church in the southern United States. Learn about how free African Americans came together to form flourishing communities and houses of worship.

Myrtle Beach: Garth Tribute Show at GTS Theatre

8. Myrtle Beach: Garth Tribute Show at GTS Theatre

Watch a recreation of the intimate shows featuring all of Garth’s biggest hits. Witness an exciting one-man show performance at the GTS Theater in Myrtle Beach. Arrive at the GTS theater and grab your seat. This incredible high-energy one-man show will keep you entertained throughout. Country music fans will love the intimate atmosphere and the up-close experience of this one-of-a-kind performance. During the show you will hear hit songs such as "The Thunder Rolls", "Papa Loves Mama", “Much Too Young,” “Fever,” “The Dance,” “Friends in Low Places”, and many more. Stick around after the performance for photos with the artist.

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What people are saying about South Carolina

This was the one place that we absolutely had to visit while we were in Charleston. It did not let us down. While the entire city has history, Ft Sumter is a part of the molding of America. The boat ride was informative, but the ranger at the park was so impressive I just wish everyone could hear him. Just a completely enjoyable trip.

We had no idea when we booked our tickets that there was so much to do here. We were excited about the ferry boat and the tour of fort Sumter but we’re really excited when we got there and discovered all the other things you could explore. Definitely recommend designating quite a few hours to spend here.

Very interesting. The introduction at the raising of the flag, we were the first visit of the day, was well-written.

Everything was great. The weather was really hot so looking forward to seeing it again

It will transport you to the 1860’s to a sad time in history.