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Charleston Harbor History Day-Time or Sunset Boat Cruise

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Charleston, United States
Charleston Harbor History Day-Time or Sunset Boat Cruise
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icon1 hour 30 minutes  (Approx.)
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iconOffered in: English

Overview

See the Charleston Harbor by boat with a leisurely sightseeing tour along the Cooper River to Fort Sumter National Monument. This fully-narrated tour focuses on Charleston, South Carolina history from Civil War sites to antebellum houses and landmarks, passes under Cooper River bridges, and explores a waterfront that’s home to bottlenose dolphins and pelicans.
  • Scenic 90-Minute Charleston Harbor Sightseeing Cruise departing Charleston, South Carolina
  • Travel by 80-foot sightseeing boat, the Carolina Belle
  • Learn about the city’s history from a guide, including the Civil War
  • Fully narrated and family-friendly tour
  • Choose from multiple morning, afternoon, and sunset cruise times to best suit you
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90-minute Charleston Harbor Sightseeing Cruise from Charleston, South Carolina
Select from Morning, Afternoon, or Sunset Departure Times
Enjoy panoramic views from aboard the unique 80-foot Carolina Belle
All taxes, fees and handling charges
Alcoholic drinks (available to purchase)

Departure Point

10 Wharfside St, Charleston, SC 29401, USA

Departure Point: Charleston Maritime Center Address: 10 Wharfside Street, Charleston, SC 29401

Return Details

Returns to original departure point
Begin at the Charleston Maritime Center, which is centrally located in Charleston, South Carolina's French Quarter. Present your tour voucher before boarding the 80-foot sightseeing boat, then set off along the Cooper River.

Listen to stories from the boat captain throughout the tour, as you pass some of Charleston’s historic sites. Get close up views of Fort Sumter, the fortified island where the first shots were fired in the Civil War. Pass the Essex-class USS Yorktown, a ‘fighting lady’ aircraft carrier from the Second World War that earned eleven battle stars in her dramatic military career.

Take in Fort Moultrie and Fort Johnson, a pair of forts that housed Confederate and Union soldiers, and see St. Michael’s Episcopal Church, which survived Revolutionary and Civil War fighting by painting its steeple black. Pass elegant antebellum homes on the Battery, and navigate beneath the Arthur Ravenel Jr. Bridge, a modern span that links downtown Charleston to Mount Pleasant. Drinks are available for purchase onboard throughout the trip, which concludes with drop-off at the Charleston Maritime Center.
Itinerary
Pass By:  
Fort Sumter National Monument
While aboard the Carolina Belle your professional and licensed captain will narrate history, sights, and facts about the Charleston Harbor as you pass locations critical to United States history. You will  get close-up views of the Holy City's most famous and charming sights such as  Fort Sumter: One of Charleston's most popular landmarks, where the first shots of the Civil War were fired, USS Yorktown: the famous World War II “Fighting Lady," Confederate and Union army Forts Moultrie and Johnson, St. Michael’s Episcopal Church: A surviver of both the Revolutionary and Civil Wars, whose steeple was painted black so as not to be an easy target, Stately homes on the Battery: Symbols of Southern elegance and perseverance.
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Arthur Ravenel Jr. Bridge
You will also see the Cooper River Bridges, including the Arthur Ravenel Jr. Bridge: A state of the art span that accommodates the largest ships in the world and connects downtown Charleston to Mount Pleasant. To add to this wonderful experience, don't be surprised if you see Dolphins skimming the surface of the water and pelicans diving for food. 
Pass By:  
Joe Riley Waterfront Park
Enjoy views of Charleston Waterfront Park
  • Confirmation will be received at time of booking
  • Wheelchair accessible
  • Stroller accessible
  • Service animals allowed
  • Infants must sit on laps
  • Most travelers can participate
  • There is a flat pier out to the boat and the boarding ramp is about 30 feet long. Travelers will board on the top deck and there are stairs to the lower level. Restrooms are located on the top deck.
  • This tour/activity will have a maximum of 200 travelers
  • OPERATED BY Charleston Harbor Tours
This experience is non-refundable and cannot be changed for any reason. If you cancel or ask for an amendment, the amount you paid will not be refunded.
  • This experience requires good weather. If it’s canceled due to poor weather, you’ll be offered a different date or a full refund.

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The answers provided below are based on answers previously given by the tour provider to customers’ questions.
Q:
What is the policy on sanitization during Charleston Harbor History Day-Time or Sunset Boat Cruise?
A:The policies on sanitization are:

  • Hand sanitizer available to travelers and staff
  • Regularly sanitized high-traffic areas
  • Transportation vehicles regularly sanitized
See all safety measures taken by Charleston Harbor History Day-Time or Sunset Boat Cruise.

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Traveler Tips


  • "Better for older kids (not so much for the preschooler" See review
  • "I highly recommend only going in cool seasons or evenings." See review
  • "Not worth the money, boat dirty, old chairs, dirty windows." See review

Reviews

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star-5
This was a fun and...
Chinglan_L
, Dec 2021
This was a fun and informative tour. My kids and I really enjoyed it. My kids are 9 and 16. Captain was funny and an excellent narrator. We arrived about 30 min early, there was a long line already. To grab a good seat at the upper deck (along the rail) might need to arrive even earlier. They started loading the passengers about 20 min before leaving.
star-5
Beautiful day out on the...
jocelyne_t
, Dec 2021
Beautiful day out on the water learning about the history of Charleston. Wonderful staff and crew who were funny and knowledgeable!
star-5
Good introduction to Charleston
JamesT_M
, Dec 2021
This was a nice orientation and introduction to the harbor. The narration was excellent by Captain Trip. We able to things up close. Trivia throughout the narrative kept things interesting. Nice size ship. I would recommend sitting upstairs since the view is better.
1 traveler found this review helpful
star-5
The captain did a great...
Cheryl_W
, Dec 2021
The captain did a great job with the history of Fort Sumter. Also the story of the submarine was very interesting.
star-5
Well done tour with good...
Laura_H
, Dec 2021
Well done tour with good guides, just long enough and perfect way to see the sights when you’re limited on time
star-5
Charleston Harbor Cruise so enjoyable!
Jim_H
, Dec 2021
We had a great time!! We would highly recommend you take this cruise. Wonderful narration by captain Trip and crew David and Josh.
star-2
The trip was cancelled...
Joann_M
, Dec 2021
The trip was cancelled due to engine trouble and not able to reschedule. They were very nice about refunding the money.
star-5
Staff was friendly,...
Judy_O
, Dec 2021
Staff was friendly, beautiful scenery, staff was knowledgeable, drinks and food were good. I recommend the Malibu Sunrise
star-2
Disappointing
Tiffany_M
, Dec 2021
Unfortunately most of the people aboard were drinking and loud so it was next to impossible to hear anything even though we were sitting directly below a speaker. Would not advise if you are looking for the history of the bay but if you want to drink and relax a little on the water than this is perfect for you
star-5
Great Tour for Afternoon
Kathy_K
, Dec 2021
Great tour for the afternoon to be out on the water and see some of the sites. We had multiple dolphin sightings as well.

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