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Historic Bus Tour

Website: Historic Bus Tours

We thoroughly enjoyed the Historic Bus Tour and recommend doing it early in your visit since you will learn so much. Our guide was great! One of the free means of transportation is the Trolly that makes a loop around the historic downtown area.

Website: Trolley

Hyman's Seafood

Website: Hyman's Seafood

Hyman's is a landmark. You can't say you've been to Charleston if you don't eat there. The Hyman's have been at the same location since 1890, first starting out as a wholesale dry goods store and then changed the name to Hyman's Seafood in 1987. It's just across from City Market and it is not unusual to see a long line at the door. Once you get inside there is a gift shop to browse through while you wait for a table. Their website always has a coupon for free crab dip, and we didn't have a coupon but they made us a free appetizer anyway.

Hyman's menu


Old City Market

Website: Old City Market

We went through about half of the City Market. We returned a few days later to make sure we saw it all. You can get your famous 'sweet grass' baskets here. In fact, you can get almost anything here. All kinds of vendors fill the market. Across the north side street was The Peanut Shop, a must stop in place for Jim who bought a big tin of peanuts just like this photo.

The Peanut Shop

Website: The Peanut Shop

Amen Street

Website: Amen Street

The Amen Street Fish & Raw Bar opened in 2009, reviving the former Amen name of Cumberland Street and restoring this historic corner. The new renovation stays true to the beauty of the original 1800s architecture. Amen Street spcializing in fresh, local seafood dishes such as oysters, clams, shrimp and fresh fish. And of course, this seafood is prepared in the Lowcountry style. We found the atmosphere very nice and the food was most excellent!

Dock Street Theater

Website: Dock Street Theater

The Historic Dock Street Theatre (America's First Theatre) reopened after major renovations in 2010. We were able to go see a play in the old theater, which is better than just a tour. The theater is beautiful.
The six of us sat in an upper box, 2nd one from the left. The comedy we saw was was very enjoyable.