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Charleston Harbor History Day-Time or Sunset Boat Cruise

Charleston, United States
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From $37.12

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You will not receive a refund if you cancel.
  • 1 hour 30 minutes (approx.)
  • Mobile ticket
  • Offered 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, South Carolina 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 90-Minute Charleston Harbor Sightseeing Cruise departing Charleston, South Carolina
  • Travel by 80-foot sightseeing boat, the Carolina Belle
  • Learn about the city’s history from a guide, including the Civil War
  • Fully narrated and family-friendly tour
  • Choose from multiple morning, afternoon, and sunset cruise times to best suit you

What's Included

  • 90-minute Charleston Harbor Sightseeing Cruise from Charleston, South Carolina
  • Select from Morning, Afternoon, or Sunset Departure Times
  • Enjoy panoramic views from aboard the unique 80-foot Carolina Belle
  • All taxes, fees and handling charges
  • Alcoholic drinks (available to purchase)

Departure & Return

Departure Point

  • 10 Wharfside St, 10 Wharfside St, Charleston, SC 29401, USA

    Departure Point: Charleston Maritime Center Address: 10 Wharfside Street, Charleston, SC 29401

Return Details

This activity will end right where it started.

What To Expect

Begin at the Charleston Maritime Center, which is centrally located in Charleston, South Carolina'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.

Fort Sumter National Monument (Pass By)

While aboard the Carolina Belle your professional and licensed captain will narrate history, sights, and facts about the Charleston Harbor as you pass locations critical to United States history. You will  get close-up views of the Holy City's most famous and charming sights such as  Fort Sumter: One of Charleston's most popular landmarks, where the first shots of the Civil War were fired, USS Yorktown: the famous World War II “Fighting Lady," Confederate and Union army Forts Moultrie and Johnson, St. Michael’s Episcopal Church: A surviver of both the Revolutionary and Civil Wars, whose steeple was painted black so as not to be an easy target, Stately homes on the Battery: Symbols of Southern elegance and perseverance.

Arthur Ravenel Jr. Bridge (Pass By)

You will also see the Cooper River Bridges, including the Arthur Ravenel Jr. Bridge: A state of the art span that accommodates the largest ships in the world and connects downtown Charleston to Mount Pleasant. To add to this wonderful experience, don't be surprised if you see Dolphins skimming the surface of the water and pelicans diving for food. 

Additional Info

  • Confirmation will be received at time of booking
  • Wheelchair accessible
  • Stroller accessible
  • Service animals allowed
  • Infants must sit on laps
  • Most travelers can participate
  • There is a flat pier out to the boat and the boarding ramp is about 30 feet long. Travelers will board on the top deck and there are stairs to the lower level. Restrooms are located on the top deck.
  • This tour/activity will have a maximum of 200 travelers
Operated by Charleston Harbor Tours

Cancellation Policy

This experience is non-refundable and cannot be changed for any reason. If you cancel or ask for an amendment, the amount you paid will not be refunded.

  • This experience requires good weather. If it’s canceled due to poor weather, you’ll be offered a different date or a full refund.
  • This experience requires a minimum number of travelers. If it’s canceled because the minimum isn’t met, you’ll be offered a different date/experience or a full refund.

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Frequently Asked Questions

The answers provided below are based on answers previously given by the tour provider to customers’ questions.

Q:What is the policy on sanitization during Charleston Harbor History Day-Time or Sunset Boat Cruise?

A:The policies on sanitization are:
  • Hand sanitizer available to travelers and staff
  • Regularly sanitized high-traffic areas
  • Transportation vehicles regularly sanitized

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Traveler Tips

Better for older kids (not so much for the preschooler
I highly recommend only going in cool seasons or evenings.
Not worth the money, boat dirty, old chairs, dirty windows.
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Charleston Harbor Tour
Janice_L, May 2022
The boat was very comfortable and sailing was smooth. Good trip around the harbor - only wish we got a little closer to Ft. Sumter
We really enjoyed the...
Yvonn_L, May 2022
We really enjoyed the boat tour and the views. We were disappointed that we could t hear the announcer very well so we think we missed a lot of information.
1 traveler found this review helpful
Great tour
Mary_B, May 2022
What a beautiful ride on the boat, it was a warmer day, good thing for sunscreen. The boat captain was very informative on the sites we saw. Great music playing in the background.
Got the picture
Julie_D, May 2022
The lady taking pictures before boarding was rude and insulting. She should not have a job with the public. It was very difficult to hear the tour guide.
The cruise was amazing...
Leon_B, May 2022
The cruise was amazing and the history of Charleston was great, I have already recommended friends to go to Charleston, it's a beautiful city!
Bad sound
Hans_S, May 2022
Impossible to hear narration. Captain speaking to fast and unclear. Can not recommend. Not a very good trip
We could not hear...
Kerri_D, May 2022
We could not hear anything. No one could hear the info. Disappointing. Also line to get drinks was ridiculous. One girl doing all. Took forever
Sad day
Nancy_S, Apr 2022
We never got to go. They rebooked out time from 3:30 to 11:30. Paid 20$ for transportation and then they stated mechanical on the boat and turned away. Then they tried to rebook again but we were leaving that day. Others claimed the same problems. Cost 20$ in transportation to go nowhere. Viator find another harbor tour company. Really disappointed.
Nice tour for the family
Fatima_W, Apr 2022
Great music, great weather. The kids enjoyed it. It was part of a birthday gift for my sister. Would go again
1 traveler found this review helpful
Great Start
Shurolin_B, Apr 2022
Great way to start your Charleston experience. Narrations was a wonderful history lesson. Anded up exploring Sullivan Island too


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