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Rainbow Row
Rainbow Row

Rainbow Row

83 to 107 East Bay Street, Charleston, South Carolina

The Basics

Situated in near Waterfront Park in the heart of Charleston’s historic district, Rainbow Row features on just about every Charleston walking tour and carriage ride, along with other popular points of interest like the Dock Street Theatre, White Point Gardens, St. Philip’s Episcopal Church, and the Waterfront Battery. Once commercial buildings, the houses today have all been converted to private residences—meaning you can only gawk at them from the outside.

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Recent reviews from experiences in Charleston

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Dawn_M, Jul 2022
Historic Charleston Walking Tour: Rainbow Row, Churches, and More
Linda was very good . So knowledgeable wealth of information that We didn’t know!! Could of gone on even longer , her stories made the heat bearable !! Definitely recommend this tour snd the tour guide
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Architectural view . Tour...
Renata_R, May 2022
Historic Charleston Walking Tour: Rainbow Row, Churches, and More
Architectural view . Tour guide had very soft voice , difficult to hear . Other wise great knowledge and sense of humor
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A wonderful experience
THOMAS_K, Apr 2022
Historic Charleston Walking Tour: Rainbow Row, Churches, and More
Our tour guide, David Romein, was outstanding. I’ve done a number of Charleston tours, both walking and carriage, he is superb. If you are lucky enough to have David for your guide you’re in for a treat.
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Great Historical Tour
Ed_M, Apr 2022
Historic Charleston Walking Tour: Rainbow Row, Churches, and More
Great tour guide - BLAKE. born and raised in Charleston, super knowledgeable and ready with an answer to any question. Enjoyable.
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Love Charleston
Elyse_K, Mar 2022
Historic Charleston Walking Tour: Rainbow Row, Churches, and More
Our guide Gordon was very informative and extremely knowledgeable. The walking pace is good for both young and old. Answered all questions asked. I highly recommend this tour
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The guide was amazing and...
Barb_B, Mar 2022
Historic Charleston Walking Tour: Rainbow Row, Churches, and More
The guide was amazing and very knowledgeable about the area and it’s history. We just had a wonderful time learning from him.
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Informative and interesting walking tour
Linda_B, Mar 2022
Historic Charleston Walking Tour: Rainbow Row, Churches, and More
The guide giving pertinent/interesting information about what we were seeing as we walked along. So much history to be aware of!
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Super guide!
Julie_W, Mar 2022
Historic Charleston Walking Tour: Rainbow Row, Churches, and More
Our tour guide Linda was fantastic, very knowledgeable. Interest facts on history, gardens and homes.
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So much history packed in 2 hours!
Donna_L, Feb 2022
Historic Charleston Walking Tour: Rainbow Row, Churches, and More
Linda was delightful. Her storytelling style brought the history of Charleston to life and made the 2 hours fly by. I would highly recommend this tour and ask for Linda! My daughter said she’ll be bringing her Civil War buff husband next time just so he can take this tour.
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Excellent tour with Linda
Richard_S, Feb 2022
Historic Charleston Walking Tour: Rainbow Row, Churches, and More
Linda is a fantastic guide. She has a passion for Charleston and it’s history. Definitely recommend this tour.
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Blake was very...
Michelle_K, Jan 2022
Historic Charleston Walking Tour: Rainbow Row, Churches, and More
Blake was very knowledgeable and entertaining on our walk through historic Charleston. He kept conversation educational and humorous.
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History Lesson
Janiera_K, Jan 2022
Historic Charleston Walking Tour: Rainbow Row, Churches, and More
I enjoyed learning about the history of events. Every historic building have its own story. The tour guide did a good job summarizing.
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Things to Know Before You Go

  • Rainbow Row is a must-see for architecture lovers and first-time visitors.

  • Don’t forget your camera; Rainbow Row make for one of Charleston’s best photo ops.

  • Wear comfortable walking shoes, especially if you’re visiting as part of a walking tour.

  • Guided tours that stop at Rainbow Row last anywhere from 80 minutes to three hours, depending which you’ve chosen.

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How to Get There

Rainbow Row is located on the stretch of East Bay Street between Tradd and Elliot streets in Charleston. It’s located a short walk from Waterfront Park, and it’s easily accessible on foot from just about anywhere in the historic district.

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When to Get There

For the best light for your photo—and sparser crowds to interfere with shot—plan to visit early in the morning or around sunset. In summer, expect hot, humid weather with highs in the upper 80s.

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Why the Pastel Colors?

No one’s sure just why the Rainbow Row houses got their signature sherbet-hued paint job. One theory posits that the houses were painted like this so drunken sailors returning from the port could easily find the right one. Another suggests the colors once indicated the type of goods sold within each house, making it easier to attract illiterate shoppers.

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Frequently Asked Questions
The answers provided below are based on answers previously given by the tour provider to customers’ questions.
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