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Charleston Harbor History Tour

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During this scenic and relaxing 90 minute tour you will experience Charleston Harbor on the unique 80-foot Carolina Belle. Your professional licensed captain will narrate history, sights, and facts about the Charleston Harbor as you pass locations critical to United States history. Enjoy the beauty of the Charleston Harbor and learn its rich history while you are in town.
  • 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
  • Choose from multiple cruise times to best suit you
  • Cruise ship is wheelchair accessible
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.
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Departure Point
10 Wharfside St, Charleston, SC 29403, USA
1h 30m
Return Details
Returns to original departure point
  • Narrated Charleston Harbor History Cruise aboard the Carolina Belle
  • All taxes, fees and handling charges
  • Stunning views of Charleston Harbor with notable sites such as Fort Sumter and the USS Yorktown
  • Alcoholic drinks (available to purchase)
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Additional Info
  • Confirmation will be received at time of booking
  • Wheelchair accessible
  • Dress code is smart casual
  • This experience requires good weather. If it’s canceled due to poor weather, you’ll be offered a different date or a full refund
Cancellation Policy
All sales are final and incur 100% cancellation penalties.
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Reviewed 2 days ago via mobile

Great way to see the harbor and learn some Charleston history. Captain Andy and his crew were very entertaining and knowledgeable. Really cool trip I would recommend for anyone visiting.

Thank saclassick
Reviewed 2 days ago via mobile

Relaxing day out on the water. Unfortunately, people were allowed to stand along the railing blocking the view of those who stood in line before boarding to get a decent seat on the upper deck. Therefore we were very limited in what we could actually...More

Date of experience: October 2019
Thank Vacation244576
Reviewed 2 days ago

It was in the mid 90's when we went so it was a nice break from the heat. The Captain was very informative; initially my wife did not want to go because she prefers shopping but afterwards she was glad we did. You get a...More

Date of experience: October 2019
Thank Johnnie G
Reviewed 3 days ago

We made our reservations late the night before online, went on the 11:30 a.m. tour. It was a very charming, laid back way to spend the mid-day hour, especially after hoofing it on foot all around Charleston for 3 days. If you need a break,...More

Date of experience: October 2019
Thank Diana H
Reviewed 3 days ago

We enjoyed this harbor cruise very much. The captain / commentator gave great history info, and we were able to see three of the historic forts in Charleston harbor, as well as many other important sites to Charleston's past and present. I would recommend this...More

Date of experience: October 2019
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11 October 2019|
Response from 7familytravelers2018 | Reviewed this property |
There were food and drinks available for purchase.
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Response from frogbog | Reviewed this property |
there is parking nearby, however, it's a short walk. I believe there is handicap parking very close by though...
19 September 2019|
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Response from C8859UMdavidg | Reviewed this property |
I don’t believe pets are allowed on the tour. I didn’t see any on my ride.
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