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Charleston Harbor History Tour

From US$27.56
  • 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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11:30am Harbor Cruise
This Harbor Cruise starts at 11:30am
3:30pm Harbor Cruise
This Harbor Cruise starts at 3:30pm
1:30pm Harbor Cruise
This Harbor Cruise starts at 1:30pm
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.
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Reviewed yesterday
Worth every penny

The cruise was very informative. I learned all about the history of Charleston harbor. Captain Trip was clear in his narration and paused talking to allow everyone to take in the sights. The cruise leaves the dock and heads East past Fort Sumpter and then...More

Thank David H
Reviewed yesterday
Fun History lesson!

We started off the day at the Charleston visitors center downtown and bought a combo of the harbor ride along with a carriage ride and saved ! After walking around Charleston most of the hot day we opted to sit below in the air conditioned...More

Thank TMB64
Reviewed yesterday via mobile
A good trip

I really enjoyed the trip despite people constantly talking between themselves making it hard to hear the guide. Also, maybe better if the guide asked for all mobile phones to be put on silent before leaving. However, you can move about the boat to avoid...More

Thank Annette S
Reviewed 4 days ago
Great Tour

We had a great tour of the bay with a great crew. Our captain was very funny and kept us entertained throughout while we were learning about the city. We went on the 1:30pm visit, and it was hot on the boat, so I'd recommend...More

1  Thank Andrea G
Reviewed 5 days ago
Beautiful morning with a great crew

Captain Tripp and his crew took great care of us. The sites of the tour are great; the narrative is good and the captain's sense of humor makes it well worth it. He also knows some special things about the local history.

1  Thank Dave H
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