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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
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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

All sales are final and incur 100% cancellation penalties.

  • 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.
Q:
What is the maximum group size during Charleston Harbor History Day-Time or Sunset Boat Cruise?
A:This activity will have a maximum of 200 travelers.

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

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Harbor Cruise
Amy_R
, Sep 2021
Viewing Fort Sumter, going by the Renevel Bridge and seeing dolphins. Captain was very informative and enjoyable
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Thanks for a memorable afternoon!
William_F
, Sep 2021
Captain Tripp was outstanding - great information, funny quips. Boat was clean and comfortable. What more can I say?
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FUN FUN FUN!
Janice_T
, Sep 2021
Great day to be out and the staff was very friendly and courteous. The guide was knowleadgeable and even had us to answer some trivia questions while on board which was alot of fun. Will be back next year to take this cruise.
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AMAZING!
Bibiana_P
, Sep 2021
Absolutely amazing experience!! A Charleston must for the full Charleston experience. The history guide was very knowledgeable and made the experience that much better.
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Worth it!
Lisa_J
, Sep 2021
Great! Really enjoyed it! Interesting information given. Service was great. Will definitely recommend to others!
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Great tour
RTA
, Sep 2021
I thought the tour was great, very informative. However I thought the information about IAAM was not well talked about. I think that will be the only museum of its kind in the country. More should be said about it.
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Great time and fun facts
Nichole_L
, Sep 2021
I really enjoyed the history that was narrated throughout the trip. I also enjoyed the fun facts shared about Outer Banks TV show. It was a great crew and I cannot wait to take visitors on the boat in the future
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Great experience and...
Rebecca_E
, Sep 2021
Great experience and extremely friendly staff! Loved the cruise and very informative tour guide! Would definitely recommend! Staff even went above and beyond to bring my mom down in a wheelchair because the high tide had come in while we were out and had a pretty steep ramp! Thank you!
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Our experience
LUECILLE_B
, Sep 2021
Great experience! My family loved the cruise. Very detailed and educational. Staff is friendly and professional.
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Like the trivia. And...
Dedra_W
, Sep 2021
Like the trivia. And captain jokes. Had fun. Would highly recommend. Also provide information for next adventure
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