Whenever I go on a family trip to a new city, I like to go on a tour of the city to learn more about it and find other cool things to do. However, because my sons are quite young, they get bored and tired fast, so the walking tours are out of the question. I took the chance to go on one during a recent getaway with my husband to Charleston. It ended up being a great activity where we got to learn a lot and notice things that we normally don’t with our sons.

Charleston Tours - Take a walking tour of Charleston to really feel the history of this city come alive - South Carolina, USA  

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Whenever my family and I visit a new city we like to take a tour of it. This allows us to get a good understanding of the place and to find things to do that I didn’t find on the internet. Because I travel with kids, walking tours aren’t always a great choice, while bike tours and bus/trolley tours have proven to be awesome.

This time I was in Charleston, SC, with only my husband on a couple’s getaway, so I decided to take the walking tour. I liked being able to participate in a “big people tour” for once.

During my research I found a few different options, but I ended up going with Charleston Sole. They have several tours to choose from, and they won me over with theor service. Brian, the owner, was amazing from start to finish. He took the trouble to answer all of my questions within hours and projected an overall fun feel.

Charleston Tours – Walking Through History

This was the first walking tour I have taken in a really long time. I am constantly traveling and visiting different places. During each trip, we take all sorts of tours, but with kids along we rarely notice other tours around us.

That’s why I was so happy when I found out that THE thing to do in Charleston is to go on a walking tour. I have never seen so many tours for the same thing in my life.

Charleston Tours - Take a walking tour of Charleston to really feel the history of this city come alive - South Carolina, USA  

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I love learning about history and fun facts that make places unique and I love seeing that other people seemed so interested in learning more about this southern gem. These tours are a huge part of the local economy.

I don’t have any other walking tours that I can compare this one to, but I can say that Brian made it truly special. He is one of those people who are doing what they love and that passion can be easily noticed. It was so obvious to me that it’s not really work but an extension of who he is.

I guarantee that if Brian wasn’t guiding this tour, he would still be learning all he possibly can and telling people all about the historic places and events that happened in Charleston. Luckily for me, he gets to share his wealth of knowledge with travelers and teach us so much as well.

Brian is a born and bred Charleston gentleman and a total history buff. The combo worked perfectly in his favor.

The whole tour took around two hours. Gratefully Charleston is small and the terrain is flat. I don’t think I would have enjoyed it so much if there were a ton of hills.

Charleston Tours - Take a walking tour of Charleston to really feel the history of this city come alive - South Carolina, USA  

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Charleston, South Carolina – Rich in History

  • It was first founded in 1663 as a British colony.
  • During its early days it was often attacked by Spain and France.
  • Pirate attacks were also common.
  • Charleston was a leading city until the civil war when it was devastated.
  • Charleston’s oldest and most noted church, was built in 1752.
  • The following year the capitol of the colony was built across the square.
  • By 1790 Charleston had become a trade center.
  • The College of Charleston was built in 1770 and is now the oldest college in South Carolina.
  • During the 17th and 18th centuries slave trade was a big business here.
  • Charleston became a focal point in the ensuing American Revolution.
  • It was home to the protest of the Tea Act of 1773. Charlestonians confiscated tea and stored it in the Exchange and Custom House.
  • Representatives from all over the colony came to the Exchange in 1774 to elect delegates to the Continental Congress, the group responsible for drafting the Declaration of Independence.
  • The Capitol building burned down in 1788.
  • By 1792, the Capitol had been rebuilt and became the Charleston County Courthouse.
  • On December 24, 1860, the South Carolina General Assembly made the state the first to ever secede from the Union.
  • In 1867 Charleston’s first free secondary school for blacks was established.
  • On August 31, 1886, Charleston was nearly destroyed by an earthquake.
  • Because of its historical importance Charleston is now a major tourist destination.

Information for Charleston Sole Walking Tours

Address: Brian Simms, Proprietor & Narrator, Charleston, South Carolina 29402
Phone: 843.364.8272
Hours:
– Monday—Sunday: Morning Tour, 10 a.m.
– Monday—Sunday: Afternoon Tour, 2 p.m.
Prices:
– Adults – $20.00
– Children 6-12 – $10.00
– Under 6 – Free