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Charleston Harbor History Tour

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  • 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 11:30am
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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 (480)
1 - 5 of 409 reviews
Reviewed 2 days ago
Long weekend

Wife and I had a blast. even though it was a rainy day the crew still made it a pleasant experience. We will do it again next time in Charleston.

Thank 984koconnor
Reviewed 3 days ago
Great information provided during this easy-going tour!

Really enjoyed this relaxing tour of Charleston on the water. Such interesting info and beautiful views! Saw dolphins, the amazing Arthur Ravenel Bridge, Fort Sumter (from distance), and learned so much!

Thank dwhch38456
Reviewed 3 days ago
Captain Andy is the best!

We thoroughly enjoyed our harbor tour on the Carolina Belle. The crew was friendly and efficient and Captain Andy had all sorts of fun facts during our journey. We saw dolphins (bonus!) and went toward Fort Sumter (but did not stop during our ride). There...More

Thank maruruss99
Reviewed 1 week ago
Relaxing, informative tour around the harbor.

This tour takes you around the harbor for a 90 minutes trip while the humorous captain explains points of interest along the way. If you are lucky you will see dolphins strolling around! Get there early so that you can get nice seats on the...More

2  Thank Javk5pakfa
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile
Nice cruise through harbor

Thought this tour stopped at Fort Sumter; we misread the tour expectations. Tour states it goes out to fort sumter didn't realize it goes right by. Overall decent harbor tour with lots of history.

Thank carbch4
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Galen M
17 October 2018|
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Response from Stephanie O | Reviewed this property |
You can do both. We just purchased them the night before online.
7 October 2018|
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Response from 87toddj | Reviewed this property |
Our tour was 90 min. But has refreshments and restrooms on the boat.