Add a Little Mystery to Your Summer

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Our Summer of Giveaways continues with two tickets (value $59.90) to the Murder Mystery Cruise on the Carolina Queen. New to the Charleston Harbor this summer, the Carolina Queen is the city’s only true paddlewheel vessel offering a river boat-style atmosphere.

Built in 1982, Charleston Harbor Tours bought the vessel from a company in Texas and spent a year refurbishing the 400-passenger boat and readying it for a springtime debut. With two covered decks and an air-conditioned main salon guests will be able to take in those harbor sunsets and views of the majestic Cooper River Bridge.

On Wednesday nights, mysterious activity comes aboard the boat. Here’s how Charleston Harbor Tours bills the event: The year is 1920 and you are one of the honored few, hand-selected by Andrew Wheeler himself, to attend the grand re-opening of your favorite speakeasy, Old Hickory. That pesky 18th Amendment may have closed the doors of the onshore location, but it has not outplayed your host! Old Hickory is re-opening offshore, aboard the The Carolina Queen paddleboat.

So wear your 1920s attire and get ready for an evening of suspense and intrigue.

How to win:

  • Follow @traveler_mag on Twitter.
  • Watch for our tweets about the contest and then retweet those to your followers. Each retweet counts as one contest entry.
  • Contest begins June 18, 2012, and ends June 23, 2012. Winner will be notified by June 26, 2012.

The fine print:

  • The prize is two tickets to the Murder Mystery Cruise only; any associated costs are the responsibility of the winner. Cruises are Wednesday evenings and depart from the City Marina, 17 Lockwood Drive in Charleston.
  • Prize must be redeemed by Sept. 26, 2012.
  • Employees, contractors and others associated with both Traveler of Charleston magazine and Charleston Harbor Tours are not eligible to win.


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Choosing a hotel and where to stay in Charleston all depends on your budget and goals. Do you want to stay Downtown, at the beach or in the outer areas such as North Charleston where you have to drive to get everywhere? For more help on deciding:

Charleston has 3 main public beaches which are: Folly, Isle of Palms and Sullivans. Each beach has it’s own atmosphere. The most common beach that people visit is Folly Beach and then Isle of Palms followed by Sullivans Island. For more info on Charleston’s beaches visit:

Charleston, SC is full of historical things to do. Everything from museums, to public sites and free landmark sites such as Rainbow Row and the Battery can be seen. For more info on Charleston’s top historical sites visit:

There are many things that will keep the kids and family entertained and educated in Charleston. There are historic sites such as Fort Sumter, a Children’s Museum, Aquarium and the USS Yorktown…a WWII era aircraft carrier you can tour. For more info visit:

There’s so many  things you could do in Charleston it can be overwhelming. We recommend that first time visitors, checkout the ultimate first-time visitor guide here:

Spring in Charleston, SC is an amazing time of year to visit. The flowers are blooming and the weather is mild and sunny. For more info, check-out our spring guide to Charleston here:

Summer in Charleston is a great time to visit. There’s plenty of things to keep you busy and visiting the beach will probably….or should be on your short-list. Also water-based activities and tours are popular. Checkout this summer guide to Charleston for more info: 

Our 10 Favorite Summer Activities in Charleston

Fall is one of the best times to visit. The weather cools down a bit and the skies are typically blue and clear. In addition there are many great events, festivals and the large crowds of summer have gone back to school or work. For more info on visiting in the fall, checkout this article:

There are so many great things to do that it’s difficult to narrow the list down. This article does a great job with figuring out the must do things to do in Charleston

7 Can’t Miss Reasons to Visit Charleston, SC Now

The consensus is a minimum of 3-days is needed to settle in and experience Charleston. For instance, many people take 2 days exploring downtown and another day visiting sites outside of downtown such as the plantations, Angel Oak Tree or beaches. Checkout this page for a list of tours and attractions: 

Charleston’s Top Tours & Attractions | Things to do

Downtown Charleston was made for walking and for sure one of the best way to soak up and experience the history first-hand. This article goes over getting around Charleston with and without a car as well: 

Getting Around Charleston, SC

We’re of course partial to Charleston, but here’s the truth. There are many similarities however there are some differences in our opinion: 

  • Both cities are historic and beautiful. 
  • Both cities are extremely walkable. Savannah, with it’s park-like squares maybe more walkable than Charleston. 
  • Charleston has a more established and food scene with many more options. 
  • Charleston has better hotels and shopping.
  • Both cities have equally good tours.
  • Charleston has better beach options. Savannah has Tybee which is great, however it’s 1 beach vibe versus Charleston which has 3 beaches with different vibes. Checkout this Charleston beach guide article:
  • In Savannah you can walk with alcoholic beverages on the street. This is not allowed in Charleston. This can be good or bad depending on your stance. 
  • Savannah is more affordable.
  • TourPass offers all-inclusive passes in both cities:

There are always great and world-class events happening in Charleston. For a calendar of events and things to do in Charleston, checkout our online calendar of events:

Of course there are free money-saving coupons that you can use. Visit the coupons page for a bunch of ways to save:

Charleston has some fantastic can’t miss tours such as Fort Sumter, carriage, ghost, harbor, historic and culinary tours. For a full list with more info visit:

Checkout the Charleston Relocation Guide page which will guide you during your move:

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