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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
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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.
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Reviewed yesterday
Best of the Water Tours in Charleston

I've been on a couple of the tours that cruise the Cooper River in Charleston. This tour operator is by far the best. Our tour guide and captain was incredibly knowledgeable, impeccably professional and very personable. The vessel was unique in its 19th Century riverboat...More

Thank LeebytheSea35
Reviewed yesterday
Don't miss this awesome Charleston activity!

This is a 90-minute harbor cruise aboard the Carolina Belle. Make reservations in advance, either online or by calling, to get the tour you want (9:30am, 11:30am or 1:30pm). Great sights and lots of interesting historical information. You can sit on the open upper deck...More

Thank Andi M
Reviewed yesterday
Fun History and Entertaining

Our group were constantly learning and laughing What a wonderful day. We will recommend to all with a strong 10 as The Best Tour. Veterans reunion group we were all Happy!

Thank llplum43
Reviewed 2 days ago
Bring your jacket!

This tour was very fun and educational. Our Captain was hilarious! Telling corny jokes and talking like a pirate, they do have a snack bar with food and alcohol. We had a great time! My advise is bring a jacket!!!!!! it was 70 the day...More

Thank Jennifer S
Reviewed 2 days ago via mobile
Very nice

The boat was comfortable and the narrator was fun and informative. The sound system was excellent so we could hear him clearly.

Thank John Z
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Bruce K
19 April 2018|
Response from BlondeTraveler08 |
neat yet casual attire
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3 April 2018|
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Response from Gene_Augusta | Reviewed this property |
I don't think so. unless it a bonafide service animal.