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Charleston Harbor History Tour

Charleston, United States
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icon1 hour 30 minutes  (Approx.)
iconOffered in: English


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.
  • Scenic 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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Fort Sumter National Monument
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Fort Moultrie
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Arthur Ravenel Jr. Bridge
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Charleston Harbor Tours
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Battery & White Point Gardens
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Nice view of city
, Mar 2020
A nice view of the city from the harbor with some interesting history noted. Get a view of Ft Sumpter also
Valentine Weekend
, Feb 2020
Trip and the rest of the Carolina Belle crew were great! Even though it was rainy and cold....we enjoyed our time this past Sunday. Thanks from Rob & Stacey
, Nov 2019
We had a great time! The Captain was hilarious!! We would highly recommend this adventure to anyone.
Great way to see the harbor
, Nov 2019
This trip was definitely worth the time and expense. Comfortable boat cruised us for 1.5 hours around the harbor with close-ups of the sites and excellent narration by Capt. Tripp. Wish we had known about the food on-board in advance as we had grabbed something fast onshore prior to boarding and would have preferred to eat a burger or pizza on-board. Did enjoy an adult beverage!
Charleston Habor History Tour
, Nov 2019
We highly recommend starting your Charleston trip with this tour. Fantastic information about current and past history given in a relaxing way. A must!
Beautiful ride!
Shara G
, Nov 2019
The captain was very entertaining and I loved that they let you get up and walk around some. We did get to see some dolphin which was an added bonus! It was a beautiful ride on a beautiful day in a beautiful city! I recommend this tour!
Charleston Harbor Cruise - Learning some History
, Oct 2019
Short Cruise packed with Historical information, narrated by Andy, Captain of the boat was the highlight of a short Charleston visit. Andy and his crew were gracious, fun and funny! Thanks!
Wonderful experience
, Oct 2019
The guide was very knowledgeable and the crew was very helpful. They were engaging and well worth the time and money.
Charleston Harbor Tour
, Oct 2019
There were 6 of us from Virginia and it was our first visit to the area. The Charleston Harbor Tour was excellent! We learned so much and the staff was great!
Great expectations median low services
, Oct 2019
First of all parking is essential for your customers and you should provide parking to them. Before the boat went off the dock I noticed they left people standing in the right side of the boat blocking some of the views to the people sitting in the chairs. I was told that most of the tours was concentrated on the left side of the boat but this does not mean that we don't want to look at the other side of it and it was just seeing people blocking the site. This should not be allowed. Maybe just making sure there are different prices for upper deck and lower deck sittings but not people standing on the sider of the boats... you could make it much better experience.

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