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Centralparkgirl Nov 6th, 2013 01:03 PM

Charleston Carriage Rides
 
I understand the routes are not pre-determined. Are there particular tour companies that are recommended or some to avoid?

Thanks so much. Heading there tomorrow!

cmcfong Nov 6th, 2013 03:01 PM

Gullah Tours is a great company which will give you a unique and accurate view of Charleston. Have a great time in a beautiful city!

DebitNM Nov 6th, 2013 03:57 PM

I know it's not a carriage ride, but we did a 90 minute minivan tour. It's not something we would have normally done, but we were with my brother and his wife and they wanted to do it. We actually enjoyed it a lot as it took us to many more locations than a carriage ride would have done. Buy your tickets inside the Visitor's Bureau to save a few $$ or you can pay driver. Make reservations:

http://www.touringcharleston.com/tourb.html

We also did a tour of Ft. Sumter which was well worth it too.

We visited BrookGreen Gardens [a drive, but worth it in Sept. not sure what gardens are like this time of year.]You need a car to get here.

And we went to Middleton Place and Drayton Hall which was also very interesting. We rented a car from Avis for the day to see these sites; the trip to Brook Green was done with brother and his car.

DebitNM Nov 6th, 2013 04:02 PM

http://www.nps.gov/fosu/index.htm

http://www.brookgreen.org/index.php

Centralparkgirl Nov 6th, 2013 04:05 PM

Thank you cmcfong. They do look great, but I was inquiring about carriage tours in the historic area.

Centralparkgirl Nov 6th, 2013 04:07 PM

Thanks Deb. We were planning to go to Middleton Place after we land tomorrow since we will be so close. But the weather may not be ideal in the morning :(

How much of Middleton did you tour? (Just the house or the stables, etc.)

DebitNM Nov 6th, 2013 04:47 PM

We did a walking tour of the gardens and "beyond the fields" tour , we did not do the house. We did the stables too [meet the breeds]. I wanted to see Drayton Hall, since it is a preservation NOT a reconstruction. Well worth seeing.

DebitNM Nov 6th, 2013 05:24 PM

Where are you eating??

Centralparkgirl Nov 9th, 2013 03:37 PM

We had dinner in The MacIntosh and the Peninsula Grill. Eating in FIG tonight. Lunches were at Cru and SNOB - all good choices.

jill_h Nov 9th, 2013 03:44 PM

We used this company and enjoyed the tour.

http://www.palmettocarriage.com (the Big Red Barn)

Centralparkgirl Nov 9th, 2013 03:54 PM

Jill - I should have posted a follow up. We did use Palmetto yesterday and did a private carriage ride. It was wonderful. Our guide was local and had taught history. He was terrific.


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