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!