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Charleston Harbor History Tour

From US$29.68
  • Book ahead to guarantee a day and time for this Charleston history cruise
  • Travel by a different mode of transport—an 80-foot sightseeing boat 
  • Learn about the city’s history from a guide, including the Civil War
Charleston Harbor History Tour
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This Harbor Cruise starts at 1:30pm
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Combine cool city sights from the water with a boatload of historical facts during this Charleston history cruise—a great way for first-time visitors to orient themselves. An easy-to-find meeting place takes the stress out of navigating a new area, leaving you to sit back and enjoy your guided tour on the Charleston Harbor.
What to Expect
Meet for your Charleston Harbor cruise at Charleston Maritime Center on Wharfside Street in the city. Turn in your voucher at check-in, and board your sightseeing boat.
When you board, find a spot you’d like best for this guided tour. If you’d like you can purchase drinks on board the boat (own expense) to sip on while you sail.
Your guide starts right away telling you the history of the city as you pass by antebellum houses and pass under bridges. Follow the Cooper River all the way to the Fort Sumter National Monument.
Your guide tells you stories about the Civil War and WWII, and you might even catch sight of wildlife as you cruise, including dolphins and pelicans. See Fort Moultrie and Fort Johnson, along with St. Michael’s Episcopal Church.
Your Charleston tour ends back at the place where it began on Wharfside Street.
Reviews (515)
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Reviewed 2 days ago
Great Trip

We weren't sure what to expect on our trip to Charleston Harbor. However, the tour guide was great and told jokes, but informed us about the history of Charleston. The trip was a good 90 minutes, and a snack bar and tables were there for...More

Date of experience: March 2019
Thank S_Agarwal1
Reviewed 2 days ago via mobile
Awesome tour and boating experience!

My husband and I truly enjoyed our time on this tour. The boat was clean, lots of snacks and drinks to choose from, and we learned a lot about Charleston’s history. It was a beautiful ride, and a great way to see the harbor.

Thank ellemeggs
Reviewed 4 days ago
Very Well Done Tour

The Charleston Harbour Tour is a perfect length—90 minutes—and narrated live in a very professional manner that keeps your attention. Your learn a lot about this historic city and a lot of little anecdotes that really colour it. The trivia games add a nice twist....More

Date of experience: March 2019
1  Thank Jim M
Reviewed 4 days ago
Fun and Interesting

This was a really fun tour and informative. I got to hear a lot about places that I saw when in Charleston and places that I wasn't able to visit.

Date of experience: March 2019
Thank jagzfan128
Reviewed 4 days ago via mobile
Awesome Day

My boyfriend and I came to Charleston to visit with my grandfather, who’s a Charleston native. We wanted to get him out and about and do something different - but he’s very picky about the “tour” scene as he’s usually calling BS on the facts...More

1  Thank LeanneTF
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