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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.

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3 Haunted Charleston Locations Every Horror Buff Should Visit

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There’s no denying that Charleston, SC has a long and rich history. In fact, it’s home to America’s very first museum, which was founded in 1773. But with over 300 years of fascinating history, a city like Charleston is sure to have its fair share of ghost stories.

Fortunately, Charleston has an abundance of places simply filled to the brim with ghost stories. You may not see all of these locations on your Charleston horse carriage tours, but here we’ll discuss a few of the city’s most haunted locations that every horror buff needs to see in person.

Old Exchange Building
Not only is this building one of the city’s most famous haunts, it’s one of its most well-known historic landmarks. It served many purposes in its time, including as a prison during the Revolutionary War, and even housing infamous criminals like Blackbeard. Now, its fame lies in the spooky sights visitors report when touring the establishment. Tales of floating orbs and rattling chains have been circulating for quite some time now. In addition, there are rumors of a spirit that won’t leave the dungeon below the main building.

The Blind Tiger Pub
If you’re interested in a few good drinks and ghosts, this is the pub for you. During the Prohibition era, this pub acted as a speakeasy. It continues to serve patrons to this day, but there are more spirits than just vodka and rum here. In fact, there have been several reports of a woman dressed in black promptly appearing and disappearing! Some regular customers also report experiencing strange events such as having their hair pulled and hearing phantom footsteps when there is nobody else in the bar.

Dock Street Theatre
This theatre has quite the story behind it. Originally a theatre that burned down and was converted into a hotel, it has recently been converted back into a theatre. It also has a reputation for being one of the most haunted places in Charleston, with both actors and audience members reporting ghostly sightings throughout the location’s tenure. Many speculate that these are the ghosts of people who perished in the 1809 fire.

Whether you take a horse carriage tour or simply walk around to see the sights, make sure these three locations are on your itinerary! You just might catch a spirit in your next vacation selfie.

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Enough With The Dinner Dates: 3 Great Romantic Date Ideas

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Rather than just going on the same boring date every time you want to have a romantic night out, consider mixing it up a bit. You and your partner might be madly in love and completely okay with repetition, but it might be nice to try something new together.

Dinner and a movie can be nice, but that shouldn’t count as a romantic night out anymore. After you’ve been in a relationship for several years, it can be hard to keep that spark alive. So how can you enjoy each other’s company during a creative and romantic evening?

Here are some romantic date ideas that mean a little more than just dinner and a movie.

Spontaneous weekend getaways
Sometimes, the best road trips and vacations are the ones planned at the last minute. While week-long vacations may require extensive planning, traveling somewhere a few hours away on a whim is much more spontaneous and romantic. Roughly 42% of travelers feel much more romantic on vacations, and sometimes a change of scenery is exactly what your relationship needs. The next time you’re both sitting around bored on a Friday night wishing you were doing something more fun, pick a place to go and leave the following morning. During the drive you can figure out exactly what you’ll be doing once you reach your destination, which is part of the fun.

Romantic horse and buggy rides
Going on private carriage tours, around either your current town or a new destination, is one of the most romantic things you can do together. Horse and buggy rides aren’t the most practical form of transportation, but they are one of the most romantic. Although Uber and Lyft rides might be way more convenient, carriage rides are the perfect way to enjoy an intimate night out with your one and only. Pick a nice cool night and enjoy the peaceful ride around the city sights together.

Go see a concert
You and your partner might enjoy going to concerts, but you probably don’t go to live shows as often as you did in your youth. While you might not have the energy for mosh pits or all night dance parties, there’s no excuse for skipping concerts altogether. To emphasize the romantic aspect of a musical performance, you should consider going to a more intimate show for your next date night. Rather than seeing a loud rock band in the front row, go to a jazz club and sit by the fire. Musical performances aren’t just a great romantic date idea, but they will make you both feel young again.

If you are serious about enjoying a romantic night and want to learn more about horse and buggy rides in Charleston, SC, contact Charleston Carriage Works today. 

4 Children and Parent Friendly Attractions Not to Miss in Charleston

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When you are a parent, it is important to find activities that both you and your children can share. Fortunately, Charleston offers a number of fabulous attractions that both parents and children can enjoy. Read more

Here Are The 2 Biggest Ways Traveling Makes People Happier

horse carriage toursIt’s no secret that traveling is one of America’s favorite activities. In fact, 37% of families say that vacations make them happy, making it the activity that makes families most happy. And even though you can make a million excuses to not take a vacation — the timing isn’t right, you’re too busy at work, you can’t afford it, etc. — traveling is proven to be greatly beneficial for both physical and emotional well-being. Here are two of the biggest ways traveling can actually make people happier. Read more

Fun Charleston Things to Do When Out of Ideas

You don’t get to be the number one rated city in the U.S. without having a couple of fun things to do. But that doesn’t mean it’s always easy to find an interesting activity for your trip to Charleston. You’ve tried Googling. You’ve tried an app or two. And yet it seems like you’re just as short on ideas as when you started because all of the searches only told you what you already know about visiting a new city.

Fortunately, we’ve got a few fun things to do in Charleston if you’re new to the area:   Read more

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Visiting Charleston? Why a Carriage Ride is Ideal

It’s true that we’re the first ones to tell you that Charleston, S.C. has a lot to offer. There’s a reason it’s been selected as one of the best cities in the entire United States, and it’s not because it’s a one-trick pony. Charleston combines history with modern beauty, leisure with amazing cuisine, and authentic southern charm you can’t find anywhere else. But if you truly want an authentic Charleston experience, there’s nothing quite like a carriage tour.

There’s an old saying about the south: time moves a little differently down here. And it’s true. So many visitors are thinking about their next flight or their next checkpoint that they forget to slow down, relax, and let the city host them. Don’t believe us? Let’s look through a list of what a carriage ride can give you that no other Charleston experience will:   Read more

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Charleston Carriage Tours: A True Southern Experience

We’ve always known that there’s something special about Charleston, but when Charleston was named the best city in the U.S. by Conde Nast Travel readers, we learned that we weren’t the only ones who thought this way. From the hotels and restaurants to the rich history and beautiful architecture, there’s nothing that quite says “southern experience” like a visit to the Holy City.

But that doesn’t mean everyone who’s come through Charleston has taken a full bite out of the Charleston experience. A brief drive or walk through the city isn’t nearly enough to absorb all that it has to offer. For that, we suggest slowing down, breathing in the fresh southern air, and riding one of our Charleston Carriage Tours—and here’s why:   Read more

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Charleston Voted as America’s Best City and Second in the World

At Charleston Carriage Works, we’re so proud of our beautiful city and delighted that we’re in a position to share our southern hospitality to our visitors on our Charleston carriage tours. Travelers, readers, and tourism critics throughout the world continuously award Charleston, South Carolina as top city not only in the nation, but also ranks our Holy City as one of the top cities in the world. We are honored to receive such recognition, and look forward to the many more visitors that will come see us this year.

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10 Ways ‘C’ Stands for Charming in Charleston, SC

At Charleston Carriage Works, we’ll be the first to admit it: Charleston, South Carolina is big on impressing its visitors with a major charm offensive. The clippety-clop on cobblestone streets sets the tone as your Charleston horse drawn carriage tours around the city. Discover these top 10 ways you’ll be completely charmed by America’s Favorite City.

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