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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

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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)
10 Wharfside St , 10 Wharfside St, Charleston, SC 29401, USA

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

This activity will end right where it started.
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. 
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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.
  • This experience requires a minimum number of travelers. If it’s canceled because the minimum isn’t met, you’ll be offered a different date/experience 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.
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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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  • "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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star-4
Was a nice day trip, we...
Paul_F
, Jul 2022
Was a nice day trip, we were scheduled for the morning but the company shifted us to the afternoon. It was horribly humid, hot and sunny with no breeze. This is why I wanted the morning trip.
star-5
I enjoyed the sites and...
Deyane_W
, Jul 2022
I enjoyed the sites and the experience I missed some of the info because of the conversations surrounding us
star-4
Charleston Harbor Cruise
Marsha_J
, Jun 2022
Great relaxing trip...while it was raining and we were tired of walking in the rain. Learn a little history of the area, have a drink and some popcorn and sit back and relax.
star-5
Great!
Madeline_L
, Jun 2022
Had a great time and the boat ride was super nice. The crew were nice as well and shared some neat information. Would definitely recommend.
star-1
It was a really bad...
JoAnn_O
, Jun 2022
It was a really bad thunderstorm so we did not feel safe being out on the water. We were not allowed to cancel. Can’t say anything about the tour since we did not go….wish they were more receptive 🤷🏽‍♀️
icon Response from Host , Jun 2022
Our captains constantly monitor weather and we will not go out if it is unsafe, but we do go out rain or shine. High winds or lightning storms may cause us to cancel, but this week all other vessels on the harbor were cruising as well. There was no danger in going out and thus, we did. We had many guests on board and they enjoyed the tour! We are happy to reschedule customers but we will not issue refunds simply because you decide not to attend.
star-5
Must go tour !!!
Tony_V
, Jun 2022
Beautiful tour with great historical information!! Comfortable and relaxing Very enjoyable would recommend this tour !
1 traveler found this review helpful
star-1
Terrible experience
Dharmesh_S
, Jun 2022
We had to cancel because we tested positive for Covid 19 and they told us they wouldn’t refund our money
icon Response from Host , Jun 2022
Yes, you agree to tickets being non refundable upon purchase. You are welcome to rebook for a future date.
star-4
The whole cruise was...
Dolores_L
, Jun 2022
The whole cruise was enjoyable & history informative. Only negative was land office bathrooms closed at 5 pm which closed before we landed. Didn’t want to miss anything by using the boats restroom.
star-5
A must when visiting Charleston!
Lori_W
, Jun 2022
We had a wonderful tour guide! He was very knowledgeable about the sights along the way. Great seating on any deck giving the option of sitting in the sun or shade.
star-5
Must do
Damon_D
, Jun 2022
Great trip for learning about the Charleston unique skyline and history. The bay view were amazing. The narrator was great.
star-5
Great time!
Danielle_D
, Jun 2022
Great way to see Charleston. Captain was great and learned a lot of great things on the history of the city.
star-5
Charleston Harbour 2022
Penny_D
, Jun 2022
This was a wonderful experience and very informative. The tour guide was nice and explained things in detail.
star-4
A Little History and a Lot of Cruising
Andrew_M
, Jun 2022
A pleasant and somewhat informative spin around Charleston Harbor. I would have liked more commentary, but other guests didn't seem to mind.
star-5
Relaxing!
Sherry_J
, Jun 2022
It was my daughters first time on a boat she really enjoyed it. We enjoyed it also. I was glad to have refreshments on the boat too.
star-5
Wonderful time
Debra_D
, Jun 2022
Wonderful experience. Ship was beautiful. Narration was informative and fun. Music was fantastic. Sights were gorgeous. Would definitely rebook the next time we’re in Charleston.
star-3
Boat Tour
Mark_D
, Jun 2022
The excursion was fine but we prefer a smaller more personal boat. We went on an excursion in St. Augustine FL on a boat that held about 20 people. Perfect!
star-2
Very Disappointing.
timreilly442
, Jun 2022
We expected to disembark ON Fort Sumpter. Your website does NOT make it clear that you only provide a boat ride which circles the harbor. When we arrived at what we guessed was the boarding, along with other "lost souls", area there was no one there to greet us or explain boarding procedures. I called the number on a sign that was posted near a gate for details and got a "this number is no longer in service" recording. Very disappointing.
star-5
Relaxing Experience
ANTHANETTE_O
, Jun 2022
Enjoying the bob & weave of the boat while seeing the historic sites with my family & friends was fantastic!
star-5
The easy and comfortable...
Danny_S
, Jun 2022
The easy and comfortable way everything we did was handled. No worries just fun and relaxing. Very professional and concern for us and everyone involved.
star-5
Enjoyed it a lot
Edward_C
, Jun 2022
Very nice trip and exciting tour. Crew was nice and ship was clean. My whole family enjoyed the experience.

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