Time Travel in Charleston: 3 Historic Things To Do And See

private carriage toursFounded in 1670 by English colonists, Charleston, SC is approaching its 350th birthday. Although the town can’t blow out any candles on a large cake, you can help ring in this major milestone by exploring Charleston’s most historic landmarks. To get the full 18th-century experience, the best way to travel is in a horse-drawn carriage tour. Luckily, private carriage tours are numerous in Charleston. So while you choose where you want to explore, picture you and your family bundled into a Charleston carriage tour.

 

    1. Middleton Place: Owned and operated by the Middleton Place Foundation, this house and its 110 acres of land are a National Historic Landmark. As a landmark that must acknowledge its history, Middleton Place tells the stories of both the aristocratic white family who owned and operated the homestead, as well as the enslaved Africans, forced to work there. The House Museum at Middleton Place features the everyday objects that surrounded all the people who lived on this land. By touring the museum you are transported to the mid-19th century, just before the Civil War took hold of Charleston and changed their lives forever. The surrounding grounds at Middleton place are a joy to walk through and feature America’s oldest landscaped gardens. Located right on the water, and even among small lakes and rice fields, the breathtaking scenery will show you the beauty of natural Charleston.
    2. Fort Sumter: The first shots of the Civil War were shot by Confederate soldiers at Union soldiers occupying Fort Sumter. This shooting did not end in many casualties as the Union soldiers evacuated the Fort the next day, but it marked the start of the Civil War, America’s deadliest conflict. If you want to visit Fort Sumter now, you’ll have to hop off of any private carriage tours. It is only accessible by boat, but you can take tours that stop there specifically. Traveling by boat will give you another, beautiful view of Charleston that can include dolphin spotting and gorgeous sunsets.
    3. The Charleston Museum: Founded in 1773, the Charleston Museum is considered America’s first museum. The museum features collections of artifacts from historic Charlestonians, such as textiles and silver. It also has an exhibit on life in the South Carolina Lowcountry, which delves in the lives of Native Americans who occupied the land before the colonizers as well as the enslaved African Americans who built the strong South Carolinian economy. The museum also operates two historic houses ready for you to explore: The Joseph Manigault House and the Heyward-Washington House.

Exploring Charleston is a very rewarding adventure, teaching you history you never knew before and showing you parts you never thought to go. Private carriage tours around Charleston wrap you in a lovely, historic bubble that you can carry with you across the city.

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Transportation in Charleston: 5 Unique Ways to Get Around

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If you’re planning a visit to Charleston, South Carolina, you’ve no doubt been drawn in by this city’s fascinating history, incredible architecture, and phenomenal culture. With so many sights to see, it’s easy to become so focused on the attractions themselves that you forget you’ll need to find a way to physically get there. Fortunately, Charleston has numerous ways to get from point A to point B. In fact, many of these modes of transportation are ones you won’t find just anywhere. You can certainly rent a car, reserve a car service, or take a shuttle while you’re here. But you can also enjoy several unique ways to get around our fair city.

Unique Ways to Get Around Charleston, SC

  1. Bike Sharing: Charleston’s official bike share program, Holy Spokes, has 27 locations throughout the city. You can reserve a bike using their mobile app or on the physical bicycle itself, unlock it, and explore on two wheels. When you’re finished, just return the bike to one of their many locations. It’s a seriously simple (and healthy!) way to take in Charleston’s breathtaking views and experience the city like a local. May we suggest one of the city’s many bike trails?
  2. Trolley: If you’re in town for a business conference or are planning to get hitched in Charleston, you can get a taste of traditional charm by booking a private trolley rental! Explore Charleston in perfectly restored vintage splendor by arranging a tour and catching some of the city’s most beautiful views. While you can’t take a trolley downtown and it isn’t a spur-of-the-moment option, it can certainly make your visit or occasion even more special.
  3. Boat: Since Charleston boasts approximately 90 miles of Atlantic coastline, your transportation choices don’t have to be limited to what’s on land. You can embark on a fishing charter or hop on a boat at any time by using the HOBA app, which directly connects you with local captains. It’s sort of like Uber for the water. If you need an innovative way to entertain and impress clients or you simply want to enjoy a relaxing ride with your family, a boat ride may be the way to go.
  4. Water Taxi: Speaking of water-based transportation, you definitely need to check out Charleston’s water taxis while you’re here. Charleston Water Taxi offers ferry service, dolphin-watching, and sightseeing cruises at extremely affordable prices. And because these water taxis depart from several locations, you’ll be able to get out on the open water no matter where you are. You don’t even have to make a reservation.
  5. Horse Drawn Carriage Tours: Of course, you can’t discuss Charleston’s unique transportation options without mentioning horse carriage rides! By reserving daytime or evening carriage tours, you’ll be able to appreciate what makes this city so extraordinary. You’ll feel like you’re stepping back in time when you experience our fully-narrated, hour-long tours led by our expert guides. And because our daytime and evening carriage tours have several different routes available, each time you ride will offer different sights and bits of history. This is a truly special way to get to know what makes Charleston so different.

When you visit a new city, making an effort to see this destination from different viewpoints will definitely pay off. There’s no better way to do that than by exploring different transportation methods. To find out more about booking our daytime or evening carriage tours during your visit to Charleston, please get in touch with us today.

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Fun For Young And Old: The Perfect Day In Charleston, SC

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Charleston is the perfect vacation destination, as proven by its number one spot in Travel and Leisure Magazine’s “World’s Best Cities” list. It especially excels in full family events, providing entertainment and delight to people of all ages. With a little something for everyone, all it takes is proper planning to create the ideal day in this historic city.

Start Your Day With A Little Magic
Everyone who has ever seen Cinderella has fantasized about their own fairy godmother gifting them with a beautiful horse drawn carriage. In Charleston, that dream can easily become a reality, delighting children and adults of all ages. Even if your child has no interest in the horse carriage tour itself, they will be captivated by the elegant power of the horses, keeping them entertained for the entire ride.

With private horse tours offered along educational, historic routes, your parents will be able to learn while they take in the sights. Keeping an entire family involved and enthralled is no small task — especially if you’re trying to please a eight-year-old as well as an 80-year-old — but with Charleston’s private horse tours, you’ll be able to sit back, worry-free, and enjoy the ride with the rest of your family.

Laugh (or Sing!) Your Way To Dinner
Tickle your family’s funny bone with a trip to the theater after lunch. Take in a live comedy show or a musical thanks to Charleston’s own 34 West Theater Company, nestled in the heart of the city. The perfect way to pass the time until dinner, the happiness your family experiences will last long past that.

Travel Back in Time…
…And scare your socks off with one of Charleston’s famous ghost tours! See the Old City Jail — which housed pirates, infamous criminals, and Civil War prisoners — or stop by one of the city’s beautiful yet spooky graveyards. These tours are as historic as they are unsettling, and are even available in private horse tours!

Charleston truly is a fantastic vacation spot, providing endless fun and entertainment for the whole family, young and old. Don’t waste another moment; book your trip down today.

How Can I Make My Anniversary Celebration More Unique?

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After so many years together and so many anniversaries, it can be tricky to come up with a way to celebrate you and your significant other in a way that you haven’t already.

Fancy restaurants, dinner and a movie, romantic nights at home: you’ve done it all.

So how can you make your anniversary celebration unique this year?

Go Somewhere You Two Have Never Gone Before
Up to 42% of travelers say they feel more romantic on vacation. Many couples think of romantic vacations as island getaways or cozy cabins on the slopes. Instead of choosing your average vacation spot, try going on an adventure for your anniversary to someplace you’ve never gone to before.

Take one of the beautiful evening tours Charleston SC has to offer after you’ve eaten a romantic dinner at one of the local restaurants. Or go for a romantic walk around town at sunset. There are plenty of things you can do to celebrate your love in a new city you and your significant other are exploring together.

Throw Yourselves A Reception
Sure, you can throw yourselves an anniversary party, but what fun would that be? When you throw yourselves a reception, you can invite old friends and new friends who may not have been able to make it to your wedding.

What’s more, you get to experience a blast from the past and remember all the good times you had on your wedding day. You can’t get much more romantic than that.

Take A Class Together
One of the best ways you can celebrate your anniversary is to spend time together in a way that isn’t just talking. A cooking class can bring out the playful side in both of you, especially as you learn to make new dishes.

If cooking isn’t quite your style, there are plenty of other classes offered throughout the year no matter where you live. Find one that excites or intrigues both of you and learn something new together. You might just be surprised by how much fun the two of you will have.

Horse carriage tours are a traditional and romantic way to see the wonderful sights and sounds around charming Charleston. To learn more about classic carriage rides or to schedule one of the evening tours Charleston SC has to offer, contact Charleston Carriage Works today.

Charleston Was Voted Best City, But Does It Live Up To The Name?

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Every year, Charleston attracts hundreds of thousands of visitors. And for good reason, too. Travel and Leisure voted Charleston the best city in the U.S. in 2017.

But why is Charleston so popular among tourists? And is it really worth the trip for a family vacation this summer?

Here are some of the top reasons why Charleston lives up to its “Best City” reputation.

Mild Temperatures, Sunny Beaches

Charleston has 90 miles of Atlantic coastline with pristine sand and beautiful ocean. With an average daily temperature of 65.6 degrees Fahrenheit, you can enjoy Charleston’s beaches year round.

It’s like a California vacation, but you don’t have to worry about earthquakes and desert heat.

Surfers and beachgoers love Sullivan’s Island and Folly Beach. And, what’s more, beer and burgers are only a short walk away at Poe’s Tavern for when you want a break from the sand and waves.

Some Crazy Good Cuisine

Food tourism is becoming increasingly popular. This is namely because millennials, who are all about experiences over souvenirs, are becoming the biggest focus in the tourism industry.

Charleston is a hotbed of some of the South’s most delicious cuisine. Whether you’re a fan of chicken, biscuits and gravy, or shrimp and grits, you can find something to satisfy your taste buds in Charleston.

You Have 300 Years Of History To Explore

If you’re a history buff, Charleston is the city for you. Charleston has some of the oldest of the nation’s attractions. From an oak tree that’s 1,500 years old to public gardens from the 1600s, there something for everyone to explore and experience.

For those who are fans of war history (or are into haunted attractions), you can explore some of the forts from the Revolutionary War, the Civil War, and World War II.

Charleston is one of those beautiful cities where history unravels in every step you take. You can wake up every morning knowing you have a new mystery to solve and more to learn.

To make Charleston an even better place to vacation this summer, the city offers classic carriage tours for those who want to take a leisurely stroll to the city’s attractions. To learn more about the classic carriage tours Charleston SC has to offer or to schedule one of our buggy tours, contact Charleston Carriage Works today.

The Weird History of the Marriage Ceremony and Making it Your Own

Strap in, this is going to get a little weird. Marriage. As old as the institution of marriage is, it hasn’t changed much in the millennia it’s been practiced. Especially in recent history, we’ve seen tired repetitions of the same handful of wedding motifs. What was once a cause for great celebration is planned, timed, and pragmatically coded to follow the same pattern.

As a matter of fact, weddings as we have them today are attached to some pretty strange, often unsavory historical practices. We’re going to sift through history, traditions, origins, and ways to break the mould and make your wedding something that’s better than routines based on ancient procedures. Marriage is so much more than doing things the same way, it’s about making your journey with your partner something uniquely about the two of you.

Get ready to step into the time machine as we look into the past to explore some of the historical origins of marriage that are still practiced today. Knowing a little history will take you a long way when you’re stumped thinking of ways to make your special day more than a mere cookie cutter duplicate of hundreds of thousands of other couples’ special days.

A little bit of context

Marriage is such a broad topic, it’s not possible to cover every single aspect of it. It’s barely possible to trace its origins entirely at all, because cultures spanning the world have iterations of marriage or the union of two (or more) beings laced throughout their mythologies, legends, and folklore. The traditional wedding ceremony practiced in the United States has certain elements that do have a traceable past and many of them are repeated today, remixed to fit modern society. It’s helpful to know a little bit about where your ceremony comes from. Some of it is cute, some of it’s strange, and some aspects are particularly barbaric; any way you cut it, the history of marriage is littered with truth, embellishment, and some things that’ll leave you scratching your head wondering why human beings are so weird. Let’s dive in.

Once upon a time, it wasn’t really her day

We’ve seen television footage of, and probably some real life experiences with, bridezillas. Those monstrous wives-to-be who freak out and obsess over every detail no matter how minute, stereotypically shouting something along the lines of “it’s my day!” You know the ones. And grooms aren’t exempt from being monstrous, but this applies specifically to women as we look back, because men are monstrous in an entirely different way.

A long time ago, marriage was anything but the bride’s day. It began as a financial transaction solidified in a social exchange called marriage. Wedding guests bore witness to the exchange, making the contract legitimate. Suitors would first come to a young woman’s father and offer gifts to him in exchange for his daughter’s hand in marriage. They’d basically pay for a wife-to-be and if the father found the price is right, she’s now belongs to the suitor. It’s a little more complex than that, but that’s the basic gist of the marriage exchange.

Fathers of families in lower social standings would often do this to raise their own financial status, boost their social standing, and/or combine families with a wealthier house. The point is, the girls to be married generally had little or no say in the matter. Today, when you see a father walking his baby girl down the aisle to marry the dapper looking guy at the other end, it’ll be adorable to see as there isn’t a dry eye in the place. However, it began as a father literally selling her.

The wedding party wasn’t all shopping and speeches

Wedding parties are incredibly important to brides and grooms alike. They’re close friends, family, and foundational support during the process of wedding planning. Matching dresses, flowers, bachelor/bachelorette parties, showers, gifts, ring holding, the list goes on. Originally, these parties held entirely different roles than being a supportive group that makes heartfelt speeches through misty eyes. It was once a much more dangerous task than enduring bride-and-groom-zillas.

Groomsmen:

Continuing the theme of a marriage not being about the will of the girl involved, there are a couple accounts of the purpose of groomsmen and both of them involve sword fighting:

  • The more barbaric account is of the groom and his squad of groomsmen kidnapping a girl from her village/family and the groomsmen would be responsible for fighting off her defenders whilst the groom-to-be would carry her off.
  • The less barbaric account is that when a girl was given to her husband-to-be, his groomsmen would be responsible for the bodily protection of the groom. You know, just in case angry fathers tried something heinous or jealous suitors who were turned down felt like hacking at the lucky groom. The groomsmen would stand in the way and fight for the groom if it was needed.

In both cases, the groomsmen were responsible for protecting the groom. The best man was generally the best swordsman, greatest warrior, or something of that ilk. Because who wants their best man to be a mediocre swordsman, right?

Speaking of swords, traditionally the standing arrangement of bride-on-the-left and groom-on-the-right was for sword wielding purposes. Now, it’s little more than a few words included in the marriage rite when the guests are asked if anyone objects to speak now or forever hold their peace. A long time ago, objections were common and a lot more violent. If someone were to object violently, the groom had to have their right hand free (because apparently no one was left handed) to sweep a sword in defense of their bride whilst pushing the distressed damsel away from danger with their left. Our only question is, where’s the best man in all of this? Isn’t this his job?

Bridal parties:

Because ladies are inherently queens and marriage was stacked against them, bridal parties were selfless on an entirely different level. While groomsmen were busy defending the groom, the ladies stuck together. The bridal party dressed to match the bride for a couple reasons:

  • It was a common belief that evil spirits weren’t a fan of marriage and would try to attack bride and groom. If both bridesmaids and groomsmen were dressed as each other, they could more easily fool the malevolent spirits who would attack one of the decoys.
  • Much more realistically, those men who were turned away by the bride-to-be (or, more often than not, her father) would less often attack the groom–because of his band of sword wielding ruffian bros–and more often attempt to kidnap the bride. The same dressing came as a way to confuse the kidnapper, so one of the others would be taken and the bride would not be. Talk about sisterly love.

Crossing the threshold:

We’re going to hear a bunch about evil spirits when talking about archaic superstitions around marriage, but the groom carrying his bride across the threshold carries a few connotations:

  • The bride was supposed to display that she wasn’t excited to be leaving the safety of her father’s home, so she would be dragged across the threshold symbolically (though often this was anything but symbolic).
  • Those pesky evil spirits would still be trying to sabotage the married couple, so in a final attempt it was believed they would wait at the floor of the entrance to the home and attempt to get to the bride through her feet. Therefore, her husband would carry her in. What happened to the groom’s soul? We’re not sure.
  • Finally, in remembrance of those kidnapped brides and bridesmaids who were carried off against their will, this would be used as a nod in memory and honor of their sacrifices (recent or historic) for the safety of the new bride.

You can thank the Queen for the white dress…

The white dress wasn’t a thing until Queen Victoria. Before that, brides would try and boost their visible financial status by adorning themselves in the most expensive things they owned. They’d stack on layers upon layer of their highest valued clothing, jewels, furs, any potentially wearable valuables that made them appear wealthy. Remember that marriage was treated as a transaction, so brides (read: fathers of brides) would be made to seem wealthier than they might have actually been. Nothing like starting off marriage with a little deception, eh? Then in 1840, Queen Victoria got married and wore a spectacular white gown. People far and wide went nuts for it, and here we are now, having television dedicated specifically to saying yes to the dress.

…and the Pope for the engagement ring

The engagement ring is an ancient Roman custom in which women wore rings with small keys attached that signified their betrothal. However, it’s unclear that this only applied to marriage because some cases inferred friendship or general caring. Think of it like a friendship ring or a best friends bauble that could bear romantic or platonic significance.

But in the 13th century, Pope Innocent III widely declared that there be a waiting period between betrothal and marriage. During this period, the betrothed couple would wear rings to signify their commitment to each other. Given the power of the Catholic church, this idea stuck, and shortly after that, so did the mandate that wedding ceremonies be conducted in a church by the appropriate religious figures. That engrained notion to judge certain engagements as “too brief” comes right from the Pope.

Why diamonds, now? They seriously don’t have to be diamonds, but we’re easily stuck in our ways and follow the example of old royalty, mimicking their moves. In 1477, Austrian Archduke Maximilian had a ring made for Mary of Burgundy, into which he had set small diamonds in the shape of an “M”. Diamond engagement rings and monogramming all hit the scene at the same time, thanks to Archduke Max. Less cute is the fact that the wealth needed to make this happen made diamond engagement rings something that was reserved for royalty and aristocracy for hundreds of years until, eventually, diamonds became more accessible.

Do something different

What are some tweaks you can make to your wedding that’ll change things without jarring the foundations of the earth and scaring guests away? That depends on your level of attitude, but we’ve got some modern suggestions that are certainly different from what most people are used to.

Gender roles, schmender roles:

Pulling apart the patriarchal construct that marriage used to be, wedding parties 100% don’t have to be gender separated. Bridesmaids and groomsmen can be easily switched to bridespeople and groomspeople. Play with punny names and display your friendship outside the ancient confines of gender restrictive social behavior, it’s 2018!

Be your own queen:

Ladies, now let’s get in formation. Queen Victoria might’ve made the white wedding dress a thing, but you’re not her, you’re your own queen. The guys have been wearing pretty much anything to their weddings for a long time now, it’s your turn and you have more style options. Rock something different than the white dress millions of people are looking at. Say yes to whatever makes you shine, that aisle is your runway.

Take a page from the Vikings. Neither bride or groom in ancient Viking weddings wore any clothing of particular importance, but the bride paid close attention to making their hair look magnificent, as well as having an elaborate crown. Similarly, the men didn’t focus on suiting up, but bore an ornamented sword, axe, or hammer to the ceremony to honor Thor. Look into your own family history and see if there are elements you can add as a gesture to your own heritage while reaching beyond traditional wedding practices.

Officiant:

You don’t need a priest, judge, or any sort of legal or religious authority to perform a wedding. Legally, you’ll need to have the proper paperwork done (obviously), but this can be done in an office. The ceremony itself is about having someone speak to the couple being married, someone who knows them and can speak deeper than any officiant reading out of a book. Have a friend, family member, or anyone close to you both lead the ceremony. The signatures and legal formality can be dealt with either beforehand or afterward. Make your ceremony personally relevant.

Do it backwards:

A newish version of eloping is coming into play as a clever move for couples who don’t want all the fanfare and expenses of the traditional wedding. Some have planned a “wedding” date as a time they are married legally in a very small ceremony, leaving immediately for a honeymoon. Upon their return, they celebrate a reception with an intimate group of people, keeping the whole thing as tightly knit as possible.

Those are small examples of how you can take a pre existing structure and add some personality. In reality, the amount and style in which you seek to make your ceremony unforgettable depends on the you, your spouse-to-be, and the guests attending your wedding; don’t be afraid to try new things as you embark toward your new life.

Remember traditions, influence meaningful change

Now that you know some of the weirdness surrounding a ceremony that’s been contrived for thousands of years, what can you do to change things up? You’ve likely been to numerous weddings that are a song-and-dance you can recite backwards and forwards. What makes people so apprehensive to break tradition and make their wedding day something that people won’t want to fall asleep to?

The answer in changing the wedding game such that it fits your desires and sprinkles in much needed originality lies within the hearts of the lovebirds tying the knot. This day is for both of you, don’t worry yourselves over what people think of your ceremonial decisions. In a way, the most evil spirits that attack brides, grooms, and wedding planning are those of people who forget that it’s not their place to control a marriage that isn’t their own.

Remembering traditions is important to tracing where we came from and how we do things. Most importantly, what to hold on to and what to let go. The idea of marriage is wonderful, the way humans go about it can be admittedly less than wonderful. While we’re not stealing brides and having sword fights in churches, is there much difference in the way weddings now are often more about spectacle and commercialization than the celebration of love between two people?

Making your wedding day special requires planning and a thorough understanding of the mutuality of love to make the day as long lasting as the love you’re both professing. How you make your wedding unique lies completely in this. When tempted to think it’s your day (either of you), remember that it’s not. There are two of you and you’re celebrating both of you. This shouldn’t detract from the details and what you’re aiming for in the celebration, because, face it, who doesn’t also love a well-thrown party? We know we sure do.

Now that you’ve shaken your head at the preposterous past of some of the ceremonial marriage practices perpetuated today, it’s time for you shake things up a bit. There might not be evil spirits attacking you as you’re preparing to get married, but there’s an undeniable funk that can surround wedding planning. Chase them away from your day and plan something that reflects the charisma, quality, and journey of the love between you and your spouse-to-be. One thing is certain: as old as marriage is, love is older and it’s stronger.

3 Ways to Incorporate a Horse Carriage Tour into Your Wedding

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Did you know that travel and tourism account for 2.7% of the United States’ gross domestic product (GDP)? People travel for countless reasons. Family vacations, solo adventures, and weddings all count for a huge portion of recreational travel.

People travel for weddings all the time. Even if you have your wedding locally, there is still a lot of travel required on your big day. You have to get to the ceremony location, travel to the picture backdrop, and then make your way to the reception. Some people are fortunate enough to have all three of those activities take place on in the same spot, but those are few and far between.

Brides and grooms typically want to ride around in style on the happiest day of their lives. What’s the best way to do that? It’s not a limo, it’s actually with a horse carriage tour. Horse drawn carriage tours are a great way to parade around on your wedding day. If you want to incorporate a horse carriage and you’re not sure how, fear not. Here are three great ways to include a horse drawn carriage for your wedding.

Element of Surprise
Use the carriage as a way to surprise your future spouse to make a lasting memory of the day you said I do. Seeing the look on their face when they view the beautiful horse and carriage outside of the church for the first time will be priceless.

The Bride Has Arrived
If you want to use a carriage for your wedding but don’t know how, have the bride arrive at the ceremony site in the carriage. The wedding guests will be in awe when they see the bride exit the unique vehicle and walk down the aisle. It may also be sentimental to include the person that is giving the bride away in the carriage alongside her. That way they can walk right into the ceremony as soon as they arrive.

Photo-Op
Not only can you ride in style with a horse drawn carriage, you can take some beautiful pictures as well. You and your bridal party will look stunning posing in front of the majestic horse and romantic carriage in all of your wedding photos.

If you or someone you know is getting married, consider using a horse carriage tour to make your wedding fabulous!

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3 Fun Things to do With Your Family on Your Charleston Vacation

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Charleston, South Carolina is a beautiful place to visit. The weather is gorgeous all year round. The city was founded in 1670, starting with the port of South Carolina. Charleston is known for it’s cobblestone streets, pastel antebellum houses, and its French Quarter and Battery districts. The town is very historic, with over 300 years of fascinating history.

With that being said, Charleston is a great place for you and your family to travel to on vacation. There is a multitude of activities for the whole family to enjoy. Don’t believe it? Here are three great things to do while on vacation in Charleston, South Carolina.

Waterfront Park
The Waterfront Park is located right on the Cooper River, making it a great location to spend the day with your family. The park offers over eight acres of activities, beautiful sight seeing, and stretches over a mile of the river. The park is also within walking distance to the city market and Kings Street, which is great for shopping and sight seeing as well.

Carriage Rides
One of the things that Charleston is famous for is carriage rides. Charleston Carriage Works offers the best horse carriage tours in the whole city. You can ride around in a gorgeous buggy pulled by a beautiful horse. It can take you anywhere in the city that you want to go. The tour guides are knowledgeable of the fascinating history of Charleston, making the ride that much more enjoyable. You can enjoy all the local sights all while leisurely riding on the streets of Charleston.

Magnolia Plantation and Gardens
Magnolia Plantation and Gardens is a historic house with beautiful gardens surrounding it. It is located on the Ashley River, so water sight seeing is also available. This house goes all the way back to pre-Revolutionary War times, making it a part of history that will be awe inspiring for everyone. It offers train and boat tours so that you can explore the area, and it also has a petting zoo.

Charleston, South Carolina is a great vacation spot for the whole family. Charleston Carriage Works offers services that can take you all over the beautiful city to make the most of your trip. Contact us today if you are planning to come to Charleston.

What You Need to Know Before Your First Charleston Carriage Ride

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If you’re exploring downtown Charleston, South Carolina this spring or summer, then the best way to do so is via carriage rides. You’ll get to experience the fresh-Charleston air, see all of the sights slowly (and really be able to take them all in), and hear about the area’s fascinating history from knowledgeable guides.

Before you head out on your very first Charleston carriage ride, there are a few things you should know to be fully prepared. Here’s what you should know.

The Earlier You Take the Tour, The Better
The earlier in the day that you’re able to take a horse carriage tour, the better experience you will have. In the spring and summer, Charleston afternoon’s can become extremely hot. It can hit anywhere from 98 degrees to 125 degrees (although the average high in July is just 91 degrees). The humidity isn’t the greatest during those times either. Even though it can get really hot, the city has an average daily temperature of 65.6 degrees Fahrenheit. If it’s too hot out, the carriage tours will be stopped so the animals aren’t put at risk. Keep this in mind when booking your Charleston carriage tours.

You Don’t Have to Book Ahead of Time
Even though you do have an option to book your carriage tour ahead of time, you can do it day-of. However, it’s important to note that weekends are often super busy times, as Charleston is a popular stop for cruise ships. To avoid the rush, booking ahead of time is a good idea. If you do make the reservation in advance, you might also have access to certain tour perks and access to certain places that might not be available if you purchased the day of.

What You See Isn’t Determined by the Carriage Company
You might think that the path you’re going on is determined by the carriage company. However, it is in fact determined by the City of Charleston. While carriage rides are fun and a great part of the city, traffic has to be considered. To reduce any potential traffic issues or risk to the animals, the city has come up with four different paths the carriage company can take you on. Each ride isn’t always going to be the same, so take a few of them to see different parts of the city.

Carriage rides are the best way to see the city of Charleston, and with these tips in mind, you will be all set for this fun adventure!

5 Iconic Southern Dishes to Try With the Foodie in Your Life

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Whether you know a foodie or you are one yourself, there’s no denying that American Southern cuisine is some of the most famous. From fresh seafood to exceptional barbecue, this region of the U.S. has created some of the most iconic cuisine in the nation. Let’s take a look at a few dishes you absolutely need to try if you’re traveling and taking buggy tours through a Southern city like Charleston, South Carolina.

Shrimp and Grits
Although this dish might be widely available throughout the nation now, there’s no comparison to eating it where it was created. Many restaurants in the South keep this dish traditional with fresh caught shrimp over stone-ground grits, but there are plenty of chefs who put their own spin on the classic dish. Whether you’re looking for a twist or want to try the classic, check out Slightly North of Broad in Charleston.

Peaches
You might be familiar with talk of Georgia peaches, but the truth is that these sweet beauties are popular all around the South, especially during the summer. Peaches are in season from May through August, and you can eat them in a pie, on top of ice cream, or right out of your hand.

Boiled Peanuts
At first glance, this might seem like a strange snack. But there’s nothing better to munch on after taking one or two horse drawn carriage tours around the historic city of Charleston! Most often sold at roadside stands, this is South Carolina’s official state snack. Try a bite between July and September when the freshest peanuts are in season.

Barbecue
If there’s one thing you need to know about the American South, it’s that they take great pride in their barbecue. And for good reason! South Carolina is actually the birthplace of American barbecue. It’s also the only state in the U.S. that boasts four official, unique barbecue sauces. One is even mustard-based!

Roasted Oysters
If you’re one of the 42% of travelers who feel more romantic on vacation, make sure you make a date for roasted oysters. Cooked just to the point of opening, these beautiful pieces of seafood pair best with a partner and a few good brews.

Whether you’re walking to your dates or taking horse drawn carriage tours around the city, make sure these dishes are on your Charleston vacation itinerary.