How to Experience Charleston Like a Local

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There’s nothing quite as exciting as discovering the beauty of a brand new city. Whether you’re a long-time lover of Charleston or a first-time tourist, there’s truly no end to the wonderful things you can discover in this charming southern city.

But have you been experiencing Charleston in its truest form? There’s a lot to offer for tourists, but if you want the real Charleston experience, you need to travel the path of the local. Are you ready to experience this city like you were born and bred there? Keep reading to find out how to do just that.

Visit the Marion Square Farmers Market
If you’re looking for the foodie experience of a lifetime, make sure this farm market is at the very top of your “places to see” list. Local farmers both in the immediate area and across the state come and set up every Saturday morning here, doling out some of the freshest produce you’ll find in the area. In addition, you’ll find food trucks, pop-up stands, and local artisans selling their handcrafted goods. There’s no better way to spend a Saturday morning in Charleston than to stroll through the square and munch on some delicious fresh produce.

Invest in Evening Carriage Tours
Romance and history might not seem like a natural combination, but evening carriage tours through historic Charleston take the two and marry them perfectly. Founded in 1670, the city of Charleston has over 300 years of history to look back on. And what better way to experience that history than on romantic horse carriage rides through the city? Rest assured just one of these evening carriage tours will leave you feeling like you belong in Charleston.

Spend a Day at the Beach
You can shop til you drop and take historical tours until the cows come home, but there’s nothing wrong with a little bit of relaxation while you’re visiting Charleston! In fact, some of the best places to relax include the many beaches in the area. Some of the most popular beaches are as follows:

  • Folly Beach
  • Isle of Palms
  • Sullivans Island
  • Kiawah Island

No matter how long or short your stay in Charleston, make sure you walk the walk of a local for a moment. Whether you find yourself shopping in Marion Square or lounging on Folly Beach, you’ll be glad you did.

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Are You A History Buff? Discover Charleston Horse Carriage Tours (Part 2)

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In the last post, we discussed some compelling reasons why any history buff will enjoy a ride in a horse carriage tour of Charleston. However, understanding the depth of knowledge our tour guides have can help you make the best decision for your sight-seeing and history-related activities. There are so many historical sites in Charleston, and it can be tough to see everything in one visit.

Here are just a few more compelling reasons to urge the history buff in your life to participate in a Charleston horse carriage tour.

High Caliber of History Expertise
Let’s be honest — a tour guide isn’t the only place you can get information about Charleston’s exciting history. But at the same time, how interesting is reading about something that happened 100 years ago on Wikipedia? Any true history buff knows the experience relies on getting up-close and personal with some of these historic locations and monuments. To see these famous landmarks in person is an experience that no online resource can even come close to replicating.

And for anyone interested in U.S. history, there are few cities better than Charleston, South Carolina. This iconic American city played a vital role in the U.S. Civil War, but its history stretches back to the earliest days of the colonies.

Better Fact Retention
This is by no means an absolute, but many people retain facts and other information more precisely when hearing them rather than reading them. And the retention rate only increases when you have a visual memory to go with the knowledge itself. Taking a horse carriage tour in a city as historic as Charleston will leave you with so much fascinating knowledge that you just can’t get from a Civil War book. You’ll feel like you should be earning college credit!

Unmatched Historical Expertise
Finally, the biggest advantage carriage tours provide history buffs is the unique and one-of-a-kind knowledge that these tour guides have to offer. Not only can they provide you with even the smallest details about any given aspect of Charleston’s historical locations, but they’ll leave you with the perfect amount of supplemental knowledge to fill in any gaps. And because you get to see these locations up close and personal, you will be fully engaged and blown away by the scenery at the same time. There’s truly nothing else like it.

Still not convinced? Make a reservation today and feel free to put your tour guide to the test! Ask them any question you can possibly think of regarding one of Charleston’s most famous landmarks, Civil War history, or past events. Charleston attracts hundreds of thousands of visitors each year, and tour guides never get tired of answering questions from eager visitors, whether they’re absolute beginners or full-on history buffs.

If you want to reserve a seat to ride in a horse carriage, contact Charleston Carriage Works.

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Are You A History Buff? Discover Charleston Horse Carriage Tours (Part 1)

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Anybody who has ever gotten the chance to take a horse carriage ride can vouch for the fact that they’re enjoyable for children and adults of all ages and demographics. However, in the right city, these tours can also be wonderful experiences for history buffs. And that’s especially true here in the historic city of Charleston, South Carolina.

Officially founded in 1670, Charleston has over 300 years of fascinating history, and those who have always enjoyed learning about important events and places in American history are perfect candidates for horse carriage tours of Charleston.

Here are just a few reasons why horse carriage tours are perfect for U.S. history nerds of all ages.

Ability To Test Your Knowledge
Anybody who enjoys history likely enjoys being tested on their specific knowledge, and that’s exactly what you’ll get with a fun and exciting horse carriage tour. As the tour guide explains each interesting facet of Charleston’s history, you’ll have the chance to see how your knowledge stacks up. Who knows — the tour may even spark your interest in becoming a knowledgeable tour guide yourself!

Extensive Coverage
Charleston’s history is so rich that it simply can’t be covered with one tour. This means that each time you take a horse carriage tour in the city, you’re being exposed to a slightly different set of facts and even perceptions from the various tour guides that lead your group. From the Charleston Museum, founded in 1773, to the 90 miles of Atlantic coastline, you’ll always be exposed to something unique, incredible, and breathtaking from the moment you step into the carriage to the moment you return from the tour.

There’s a reason why Charleston earned the number one spot on Travel and Leisure Magazine’s “World’s Best Cities” list in 2016!

Flexibity
Finally, horse carriage tour companies are very flexible when it comes to booking and reserving your seat. As a history buff, you’re probably eager to explore as many different locations as possible, which can result in some last-minute planning. With the convenience that comes with reserving your seat online, you can fit in each and every one of your history-related activities into any schedule.

Ultimately, these are just a few reasons why taking an adventurous horse carriage tour in the exciting city of Charleston is a perfect activity for the history buff in your life. Keep an eye out for the next post, where we’ll dig deeper into some advanced benefits history buffs can get from the extensive knowledge of our Charleston tour guides!

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Exploring 3 Of Charleston’s Most Romantic Attractions

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If you love traveling with your significant other, you’re certainly not alone. In fact, 42% of travelers feel more romantic on vacation. What’s more is that Travel and Leisure voted Charleston as voted the most romantic city in America. Next time you’re in the Charleston area, try visiting some of these destinations that are considered to be among the most romantic.

Schooner Pride Sailing
Charleston boasts about 90 miles of Atlantic coastline. What better way to enjoy it than by sailing on an 84-foot-tall ship with your significant other in the Charleston Harbor? Modeled after the 18th Century schooners used for coastal trading, the Schooner Pride can hold up to 49 passengers and offers dolphin sails, sunset sails, and more. It’s also powered solely by wind, so you and your loved one won’t have to tolerate toxic fumes or noise pollution.

Morris Island Lighthouse Trail
If you and your significant other are wilderness enthusiasts, taking a day to explore the Morris Island Lighthouse Trail is the perfect romantic getaway for you. It’s located off a secluded beach south of the Charleston harbor entrance. After a short walk, you’ll be able to view the gorgeous scenery at any time of the day or night. Bestofcharlestonsc.com writes, “The walk of a quarter of a mile is definitely a romantic stroll worth taking. The moment you reach the crest of the dune and can take in the view of this beautiful historic site out at sea is breathtaking. A walk along one of the more secluded Charleston beaches is certainly worth the trip in and of itself.”

Horse Drawn Carriage Rides
Finally, taking horse drawn carriage rides with your significant other is the absolute best way to end any type of romantic getaway. Private carriage tours capture the essence of everything romantic, and being able to see some of Charleston’s most famous sights while spending time with the person you love most in the world is something you just can’t put a price on.

Ultimately, consider visiting some of these romantic destinations next time you and your significant other find yourselves traveling through the scenic and historic city of Charleston. For more information about horse drawn carriage rides, contact Charleston Carriage Works.

Considering A Horse Carriage Ride? Don’t Make These 3 Mistakes

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Horse carriage tours are an entertaining and unique way to experience local landmarks and get a feel for the area as a whole. Charleston, for example, was founded in 1670 and has over 300 years of fascinating history. But before you reserve your classic carriage tours, it’s important to take the right steps in order to have the most enjoyable experience possible. Here are just a few mistakes to avoid when reserving your very own horse carriage rides. Read more

3 Exciting Activities For The Young Horse-Lover In Your Life

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Every child has a passion, and for many, it’s horses. So many children get caught up in the fantasy of owning and riding their very own horse, and even though the vast majority of parents aren’t able to simply buy their child a horse, there are countless other ways to help your child explore the joys of equestrian life. Here are just a few fun activity ideas for the young horse enthusiast in your life. Read more

Horse Tours in Charleston, SC

Imagine it: a leisurely ride through a historic city with a comfortable front row seat to some of Charleston’s best attractions. And of course, the peaceful clip-clop of heavy draft horses leading the way. There’s really nothing else like it! That’s why our horse tours in Charleston, SC have been rated one of the best activities to experience in the entire city! Read more

Historic Charleston Tours by Carriage

Quick: name a relaxing vacation event that’s informative, entertaining and memorable. Having trouble? That’s understandable. After all, it’s rare to find vacation events that the entire family will enjoy together. As one of the top-rated activities to do in all of Charleston, historic Charleston tours by carriage might just be the exception!

Don’t believe us? Here are a few reasons top reasons to experience a carriage tour in Charleston today! Read more

2 Fun Things to Do This Summer In a New City

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If you’re planning on taking a trip this summer, in order to fully enjoy yourself, you should consider doing something that you wouldn’t normally get the chance to. If you’re going to Charleston, for example, there are plenty of activities for you and your family to enjoy that will provide you all with a trip of a lifetime. Read more

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The Horse And Buggy: A Brief (But Fascinating) History

buggy toursBelieve it or not, the horse and buggy has a very interesting history. About 2.7% of the United States’ gross domestic product is attributed to travel and tourism, and the horse and buggy has come a long way in its development and is now being used for buggy tours and other attractions in countless cities.

Concorde Buggy
The Concorde Buggy, originally made in Concord, New Hampshire, is known for its low-hanging sides. It also has side-spring suspension to make it more comfortable for riders.

Stanhope Buggy
The Stanhope Buggy, on the other hand, is known for its higher seats and enclosed back. It was originally named after Captain Hon. Henry FitzRoy Stanhope, who was the son of William Stanhope, a renowned athlete in his era.

Horse And Buggy Rides
Horse drawn carriages were among the most popular forms of transportation between the years of 1815 and 1915. During the same time period, horseback riding itself was growing in popularity but required more specialized skills and expertise. It also seemed to be reserved for the more affluent members of society. It’s also important to note that at this time, the automobile hadn’t yet been mass produced, which made it extremely unaffordable for the vast majority of people.That’s why it was mostly the lower and middle class citizens that took advantage of the benefits of the horse and buggy method of transportation.

According to mnn.com, “The automobilizing of America was inevitable, especially because it soon became cheaper to keep a car. In 1900, only 4,192 cars were sold in the U.S.; by 1912, it was 356,000.”

However, an essay titled From Horse Power to Horsepower explained that “The equine was not replaced all at once, but function by function. Freight haulage was the last bastion of horse-drawn transportation; the motorized truck finally supplanted the horse cart in the 1920s.”

Transition From Horse Carriage Rides To Automobiles
Experts cite 1910 as the year that automobiles finally outnumbered horses and buggies. Nowadays, the Amish still use horse and buggy rides to get around. They’re also popular in New York City in addition to a number of different cities all over the world.

Ultimately, horse and buggy tours have a very rich history, and that makes taking a ride all the more enjoyable. For more information about horse and buggy tours, contact Charleston Carriage Works today.