Charleston Harbor History Tour

Charleston, United States

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1 hour 30 minutes (Approx.)
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Offered in: English


See the Charleston Harbor by boat with a 90-minute 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.
  • 90-minute Charleston Harbor tour
  • Travel by 80-foot sightseeing boat
  • See historic sites and wildlife
  • Fully narrated tour
  • Choice of several departures daily
  • Family friendly
Begin at the Charleston Maritime Center, which is centrally located in Charleston’s French Quarter. Present your tour voucher before boarding the 80-foot sightseeing boat, then set off along the Cooper River.
Listen to stories from the boat captain throughout the tour, as you pass some of Charleston’s historic sites. Get close up views of Fort Sumter, the fortified island where the first shots were fired in the Civil War. Pass the Essex-class USS Yorktown, a ‘fighting lady’ aircraft carrier from the Second World War that earned eleven battle stars in her dramatic military career.
Take in Fort Moultrie and Fort Johnson, a pair of forts that housed Confederate and Union soldiers, and see St. Michael’s Episcopal Church, which survived Revolutionary and Civil War fighting by painting its steeple black. Pass elegant antebellum homes on the Battery, and navigate beneath the Arthur Ravenel Jr. Bridge, a modern span that links downtown Charleston to Mount Pleasant. Drinks are available for purchase onboard throughout the trip, which concludes with drop-off at the Charleston Maritime Center.

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, Apr 2019

Such a delight to relax and super glad we did this tour. It did rain a lilttle bit but it still was an awsome tour highly reccommended .

Diane P
, Apr 2019

Great job, Crew! Very interesting and enjoyable trip!

I'd recommend it to any family. Better for older kids (not so much for the preschooler)

Stan K
, Apr 2019

Thought the Captain did a Excellent narration during the cruise. Very educational and great views.Pictures a plus.

Kimberly M
, Dec 2018

We went out on the boat on a day that was pretty cool and windy. Captain Erin was wonderful. She was very informative and gave lots of great history of the area. Loved it .

David B
, Sep 2018

Captain Tripp and crew were very courteous and knowledgeable. We enjoyed this trip very much as we were only visiting Charleston for the day.

Shirl B
, Jul 2018

Very educational. The Captain was informative and commicall at the same time. Well worth the time andcexploratand.

Anita T
, Jul 2018

Good historical information about Charleston. Our captain/tour guide had a great sense of humor and definitely knew his Charleston history. The sites from the water were amazing. The appropriate amount of time was given. I definitely want to check out the evening version of this cruise, I bet it's even more amazing.

Charles S
, May 2018

Fun trip! Informative tour guide. Beautiful scenery. I highly recommend for a quick and fun way to briefly see and learn about Fort Sumter, Sullivan's Island Light House, Mt. Pleasant, and military ships in the area without having to spend the time driving to each one and taking a tour. Seeing each of these things from the tour boat and learning about them from the tour guide was perfect for the traveler who is trying to see as much as possible in a limited amount of time.

, May 2018


Alfred G
, Apr 2018

In spite of the weather cold and windy the harbor tour was very informative about the surrounding coastline of Charleston Harbor. We even viewed dolphins around our boat. The tour narrator had a pleasant manner with a few jokes thrown in.


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