A staycation is defined as a vacation in which one stays at home and engages in leisure time activities within driving distance to their home and doesn’t require overnight hotel accommodations. There are a lot of reasons to consider a staycation; first of all, taking a vacation is usually easier said than done. There’s the expense, the planning, and the packing. Gratefully, a staycation is all you need for a well-deserved break without all the hassle and expense.
If you live in or around Charleston, SC, you’re lucky; it’s one of the most fascinating places in the entire United States to take a staycation. There’s a reason why Charleston has been named the #1 tourist destination in the country, and #4 in the world. Why not save your time and money, and discover what the tourists love about your city.
Take a Historical Heritage Tour
Charleston has a lot to offer; first of all, Charleston is the oldest city in the state of South Carolina, and one of the oldest cities in the entire United States. Charleston was founded in 1670, named in honor of King Charles II of England.
One of the first things on your Charleston staycation should be a historic Charleston walking tour. With a guided tour, you’ll be regaled with stories from the city’s rich 400-year history. A professional guide can bring the city you live alive in ways you never imagined. Thanks to the historic district’s compact size, you won’t need to walk all day to see Charleston’s rich history for yourself.
If you really want to relax, rather than walk, take a horse carriage tour and ride by antebellum mansions, historical homes, and old churches, while your guide reviews 400 years of Charleston’s history. You will learn about Charleston’s founding as well as the significant role it played in the Civil War.
Take a Charleston Ghost Tour
You may have heard that your city is one of the most haunted places in the country, and Charleston ghost tours are very popular with out of town tourists. A nighttime ghost tour should be on top of your staycation list of things to do. You can take a walking tour through the dark night of Charleston’s spookiest places. Your ghost tour guides will recount gruesome tales of public executions, hauntings, voodoo rituals, and the violent occurrences of both the Revolutionary and Civil Wars.
Walking the halls and exploring the cells of the Old Charleston Jail at night is certainly one of the creepiest tours available. The jail was first built in 1802 and was active until 1939, and was home to several notorious criminals, whose ghosts still roam the abandoned jail.
The town itself is not the only haunted location; the harbor is also known to be haunted with the ghosts of pirates and sailors who died in battle. The nighttime boat tours will cruise Charleston’s waterways past the old forts, homes, and ships that are at the center of some of Charleston’s most notorious ghost stories.
Take a Day Cruise Around Charleston Harbor
The harbor is Charleston’s reason for being, and why the location was chosen in the first place as a hub of commerce. The harbor was also the centerpiece of many battles during the Civil War. You can cruise the harbor on everything from a cruise ship, to a speed boat to a sailing yacht. You can even take a sunset BBQ and Blues boat tour, or sail to Morris Island to hunt for seashells.
Take a Culinary Tour
Discover some of the hidden culinary gems of downtown Charleston on a guided culinary tour. Be ready to taste the best food that Charleston has to offer. Your guide will escort you to several restaurants and cafes to sample unique Southern dishes such as sliders and pies, as your guide talks about Charleston’s history along the way.
Take a Charleston Nature Tour
An eco-tour will guide you through South Carolina’s rich coastline, exploring the saltwater estuaries to see the abundant native wildlife that lives here. You can take a guided kayak or chartered boat tour, paddleboard tours, or a fishing tour.
A visit to Middleton Place should definitely be a part of your Charleston staycation. A historic 18th-century rice plantation, Middleton Place is a 65-acre National Historic Landmark. It’s home to some of the country’s oldest landscaped Gardens, reflecting the elegance of 17th-century European garden design. Middleton Place features sculpted terraces and reflecting ponds, with graceful elegant swans. Rare varieties of camellias blossom in the winter, and dazzling azaleas cover the hillside above the ponds in the spring. It’s a lovely and peaceful walk through past centuries.