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This Is Why You Should Take a Guided Tour in a New City

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If you’re one of the many individuals who loves seeing new places on a regular basis, it’s important to really get to know every city you visit. Some people decide to explore on their own, but the truth is a guided tour can offer just as much insight into a city as a self-conducted tour.

Here are just a few reasons why you should consider taking a guided tour in a new city.

You could take a horse carriage tour
One of the best ways to experience the more historical side of a city is with horse drawn carriage tours. These tours are one of the most immersive forms of slow travel, and you’ll be able to see a side of the city you may never have known about otherwise. Not only are you truly able to slow down and see the sights on horse carriage tours, you’re able to spend time with a skilled tour guide and horse handler. If you’re lucky, you may even be able to give the horse that’s working a treat!

The tour will be organized
As tempting as it can be to create your own tour itinerary, there can be a complete lack of organization if you don’t know what you’re doing. On the other hand, a guided tour will already have all of those things planned out. They understand the best routes to take, the most popular historical monuments, and the best places to visit if you really want to feel like a local. When in doubt, trust your first tour of a new city to an experienced tour guide. This is an especially good idea if you’re not sure where to begin!

You’ll get to socialize with a local
Last but certainly not least, a guided tour will allow you to actually socialize with a local. In the vast majority of cases, your tour guide will be local to the area you’re visiting! If you have any questions about great food or interesting places to visit in the city, trust that your tour guide will be able to help you out.

One in nine U.S. jobs depend on travel and tourism, so not only are you learning about a new place on a guided tour, you’re helping support one of those jobs. Don’t forget to look into guided tours next time you’re traveling!

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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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. 

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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

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

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