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Charleston's Tidal Creeks Eco Boat Cruise with Stop at Morris Island LighthouseDay Cruises

Charleston's Tidal Creeks Eco Boat Cruise with Stop at Morris Island Lighthouse

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Cruise through Lowcountry tidal creeks and marshes en route to the uninhabited Morris Island on this boat cruise from the Charleston area. A private boat company launches from Bowens Island for the scenic ride through an estuary rich in biodiversity before a soft landing on Morris Island. Spend free time to taking photos of the historic Morris Island Lighthouse, combing for seashells, and looking out for birds, sea turtles, and dolphins before your return.
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  • 2 hours 30 minutes
  • Free Cancellation
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US$47.00
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US$47.00

Sunset Blues and BBQ CruiseDay Cruises

Sunset Blues and BBQ Cruise

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See Charleston from the water during a dinner cruise that includes a barbecue buffet and live entertainment. Watch the sky change color as the sun sets, and take in sweeping views of Charleston. Choose from classic dishes such as pulled pork, smoked chicken, mac and cheese, and coleslaw, and have the option to purchase drinks from the bar.
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  • 2 hours
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US$55.66
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US$55.66

Afternoon Schooner Dolphin Cruise on Charleston HarborDay Cruises

Afternoon Schooner Dolphin Cruise on Charleston Harbor

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Get out on the waters of Charleston Harbor during this cruise aboard an 84-foot-tall (25-meter) classic tall ship. As the crew hoists the sails of the schooner, you'll glide past some of the city's historical sights and watch for dolphins in the water. Drinks are available for purchase on board. Select a departure time when booking.
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  • 2 hours
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US$49.03
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US$49.03

Shell Hunting Expedition on Morris IslandDay Cruises

Shell Hunting Expedition on Morris Island

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This Morris Island tour gets you away from the bustle of downtown Charleston in no time. Take a short cruise to the undeveloped barrier island for a chance to visit a Lowcountry beach (without the crowds of more easily accessed options nearby), and learn about the area’s history and wildlife from your guide. Enjoy free time playing in the sand or combing for seashells—a popular activity among families with kids.
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  • 3 hours
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US$51.08
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US$51.08

Charleston Harbor History Boat CruiseCity Packages

Charleston Harbor History Boat Cruise

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See the Charleston Harbor by boat with a leisurely sightseeing tour along the Cooper River to Fort Sumter National Monument. This fully-narrated tour focuses on Charleston history from Civil War sites to antebellum houses and landmarks, passes under Cooper River bridges, and explores a waterfront that’s home to bottlenose dolphins and pelicans.
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  • 1 hour 30 minutes
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US$33.92
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US$33.92

Charleston Harbor Sightseeing CruiseDay Cruises

Charleston Harbor Sightseeing Cruise

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The "Holy City" skyline is on full display with this scenic Charleston Harbor Sightseeing Cruise. Sail past notable American landmarks, such as Fort Sumter, the aircraft carrier USS Yorktown, The Battery, the Ravenel Bridge, Castle Pinckney and other sites from the past and present. You will hear enthralling tales of the city’s colorful past as well as scintillating facts about her most-interesting former citizens. Sit back and relax while a Licensed Charleston City Guide shares stories from Charleston’s historical sights, including some listed on the National Register of Historic Places. Great photo opportunities and a fresh sea breeze round out this pleasant and informative Charleston Harbor Sightseeing Cruise.
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  • 1 hour 30 minutes
  • Free Cancellation
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US$25.00
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US$25.00

Historical Charleston Tour with Harbor CruiseDay Cruises

Historical Charleston Tour with Harbor Cruise

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On this historical Charleston tour, journey back in time as your guide reveals the beauty and charm of one of America's most historic cities. Learn about the history of Charleston and discover its pivotal role in American history with visits to more than 100 points of interest including Rainbow Row, Colonial Lake, the Old Exchange Building and Whitepoint Gardens. This tour combines a 90 minute Historic City Tour with a 90 minute narrated, non-stop Harbor Tour. The harbor tour may be taken in conjunction with the city tour or you may choose to split them up and take them on separate days.
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  • 3 hours
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US$48.00
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US$48.00

Charleston Harbor Speed Boat Adventure TourCity Packages

Charleston Harbor Speed Boat Adventure Tour

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Get behind the wheel of an F13 speedboat for a guided tour of Charleston Harbor. Learn the basics of operating the speedboat from your guide, and then follow the guide boat past the Battery, under the Ravenel Bridge, to the USS Yorktown, and more, stopping for photo ops and to optionally change drivers. Small-group tour is limited to eight people or fewer.
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  • 2 hours
  • Free Cancellation
  • Taking safety measures
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US$75.84
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US$75.84
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2-Hour Guided Kayaking Eco Tour in CharlestonNature and Wildlife

2-Hour Guided Kayaking Eco Tour in Charleston

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More than a welcome sight for sore eyes, the tidal marshes around Charleston are a hotbed for Lowcountry biodiversity. Keep your eyes peeled for sightings of wildlife such as Loggerhead turtles, bottlenose dolphins, and more as you paddle down Folly Creek en route to the tidal creeks that wrap around the Hammock Islands. This leisurely paced kayaking tour is capped at 12 participants for a more personalized experience.
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  • 2 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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US$48.21
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US$48.21

Private Sunset CruiseDay Cruises

Private Sunset Cruise

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We offer a Private Sunset Cruise for up to 20 passengers. You and your family or friends enjoy being on the water with a Licenced Captain and Crew to attend to your needs. We provide unique local knowledge of Charleston Harbor. You play the music you want. Bring anything you would like to eat or drink. Sit back, relax, and enjoy a beautiful Charleston Sunset.
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  • 2 hours 30 minutes
  • Free Cancellation
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US$769.24
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US$769.24
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Sunset Cruise on the Charleston HarborCity Packages

Sunset Cruise on the Charleston Harbor

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Watch the sun set above Charleston, South Carolina with a 2-hour sunset harbor cruise aboard a 45-foot motorized catamaran. Find a comfortable seat on deck, spot the landmarks of downtown Charleston and the waterfront, and watch for the dolphins and sea birds that thrive along the South Carolina shoreline. Enjoy a relaxing break from the city while spending a romantic evening on the water.
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  • 2 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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US$40.00
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US$40.00

2-Hour Nature Boat Tour with Certified NaturalistNature and Wildlife

2-Hour Nature Boat Tour with Certified Naturalist

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Although Charleston may be more famous for its bars than its beaches, visitors would be remiss to overlook the Holy City's natural charms. Join a certified naturalist for a 2-hour nature boat tour through the waterways off Charleston Harbor, including a stop to explore the historical Morris Island. Throughout the tour, take in views of the Charleston skyline and spot wildlife like dolphins and seabirds with the help of your guide.
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  • 2 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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US$40.00
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US$40.00

Haunted Ghost Cruise of Charleston HarborCity Packages

Haunted Ghost Cruise of Charleston Harbor

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This Charleston ghost cruise brings you to the city’s spooky sites that can’t be reached on foot. Board a 45-foot catamaran and set sail on the Charleston Harbor, passing by the sites of pirate attacks, naval battles, and more. As you sail, your guide tells haunting stories of Charleston’s past.
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  • 1 hour 30 minutes
  • Free Cancellation
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US$30.00
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US$30.00

2-Hour Paddle Board Eco TourNature and Wildlife

2-Hour Paddle Board Eco Tour

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Exploring Charleston’s tidal marshes by stand up paddle board increases your chances of seeing wildlife hiding among the reeds while providing a fun and challenging activity. First-time paddle boarders love the personalized instruction and attention from your guide, while just about everyone appreciates getting close to dolphins, turtles, and more in the wild.
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  • 2 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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US$48.21
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US$48.21

Blue Life ChartersSailing

Blue Life Charters

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We are a family owned sailing charter business. Come enjoy a day of sailing and seeing the historic sites of Charleston from the water in a 36ft Beneteau Sailboat. We offer hourly tours, daily tours, or customized tours according to your desires for up to 6 guests maximum. Sit back and relax while a professional crew caters to your every need on your private yacht. Most tours are from 2-3 hours in length and circle the entire Charleston harbor before returning to the docks where you boarded the vessel. Bring your favorite beverages, a picnic, or you can also request gourmet catering to fit your needs. A professional photographer can be requested for your tour as well. If you are looking for a romantic evening we can accommodate with a 3 hour sunset sail with downtown Charleston in the background. We want to make sure you have the 5 star experience you deserve and will do everything we can to ensure this. Book now to enjoy the Charleston views from your privately chartered yacht!
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  • 2 to 3 hours
  • Taking safety measures
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US$330.00
per group
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US$330.00
per group
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Charleston Water Taxi/Dolphin CruisesCity Packages

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Charleston Water Taxi/Dolphin Cruises

Charleston Water Taxi offers hourly cruises daily to multiple waterfront attractions. Our dolphin cruise is part of the hour loop. Sightings fruequent but not guaranteed. Our $12/All Day Pass is the best value for getting on Charleston's historic harbor.
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  • 1 to 4 hours
  • Free Cancellation
  • Taking safety measures
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US$10.80
US$12.00
US$1.20 savings
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US$10.80
US$12.00
US$1.20 savings
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