I am a big fan of Free Tours by Foot. We have used them in Philly, Savannah and previously in Charleston. The process is simple, find the tour / date on the calendar and book it online. There is a $1 fee to book per person to cover the Charleston tour tax. The tour guide tells you where to meet and what time. Easy peasy! Please book well in advance, they are allowed 20 people on the tour and even on a hot Monday in August our tour was full!
We had the same tour guide as my last trip to Savannah. Scott had taken us on the great Civil War tour a couple of years prior! A couple of notes before I tell you what we did on our tour. #1 Scott really knows his stuff! #2 Scott loves his job, you can tell! #3 Others really respect and like Scott. This became very clear on our tour on three separate stops.
We met just past the market near Tommy Condon’s. Scott gives you a moment to use the bathroom if you need before departing. At our first stop, the beautiful gate at the St. Philip’s Episcopal Church, the man opening the church beckoned us inside for a look. Beautiful!
We made our way around the historic district to the Old Slave Mart Museum. The man who operates the museum conferred with Scott for a moment and offered our group a discount if we wanted to visit after our tour. From here we walked to the Old Exchange building and heard more on Charlestons history.
On the way to Rainbow Row we were stopped by a man I think his name was Hampton who had an old artifact to show our group and Scott. We all chatted with him for a few minutes, Daughter and I found his store front to be very interesting. After the tour we looped back to his location and purchased a painted tile for her room. Hampton Brand paints the local gates, wrought iron and buildings. Such a great souvenir for her to remember her trip.
We walked along the waterfront and past some of the stately homes in the area.
We ended up at St. Michael’s church and also were able to peak inside.
After the tour Scott will direct you to any location that you seek. We wanted a bathroom (across the street at the city building) and directions to the Slave Mart Museum. Others were seeking lunch suggestions or directions back to the city market which is less than ten minutes away from the end of the tour.
You pay what you feel the tour was worth to your guide at the end. We had a couple of bonus items thrown in which made the tour extra fun. Free Tours by Foot offers the historic district tour that we took, a great civil war tour and an Architecture tour I bet would be fascinating.
More information and book here: http://www.freetoursbyfoot.com/charleston-sc-tours