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Charleston Harbor History Day-Time or Sunset Boat Cruise

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icon1 hour 30 minutes  (Approx.)
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iconOffered in: English

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What you can expect during your visit
Face masks required for travelers in public areas
Face masks required for guides in public areas
Hand sanitizer available to travelers and staff
Social distancing enforced throughout experience
Regularly sanitized high-traffic areas
Transportation vehicles regularly sanitized
Regular temperature checks for staff
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Overview

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
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Narrated Charleston Harbor History Cruise aboard the Carolina Belle
Select from Morning, Afternoon, or Sunset Departure Times
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Alcoholic drinks (available to purchase)
10 Wharfside St, Charleston, SC 29401, USA

Return Details

Returns to original departure point
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.
Itinerary
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Fort Sumter National Monument
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.
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Arthur Ravenel Jr. Bridge
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. 
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Joe Riley Waterfront Park
Enjoy views of Charleston Waterfront Park
  • 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

All sales are final and incur 100% cancellation penalties.

  • This experience requires good weather. If it’s canceled due to poor weather, you’ll be offered a different date or a full refund.

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The answers provided below are based on answers previously given by the tour provider to customers’ questions.
Q:
What is the policy on face masks and attendee health during Charleston Harbor History Day-Time or Sunset Boat Cruise?
A:
The policies on face masks and attendee health are:

  • Face masks required for travelers in public areas
  • Face masks required for guides in public areas
See all safety measures taken by Charleston Harbor History Day-Time or Sunset Boat Cruise.
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
See all safety measures taken by Charleston Harbor History Day-Time or Sunset Boat Cruise.
Q:
What is the social distancing policy during Charleston Harbor History Day-Time or Sunset Boat Cruise?
A:
The policy on social distancing is:

  • Social distancing enforced throughout experience
See all safety measures taken by Charleston Harbor History Day-Time or Sunset Boat Cruise.
Q:
What measures are being taken to ensure staff health & safety during Charleston Harbor History Day-Time or Sunset Boat Cruise?
A:
The policy on staff health & safety is:

  • Regular temperature checks for staff
See all safety measures taken by Charleston Harbor History Day-Time or Sunset Boat Cruise.
Q:
What is the maximum group size during Charleston Harbor History Day-Time or Sunset Boat Cruise?
A:
This activity will have a maximum of 200 travelers.

See all safety measures taken by Charleston Harbor History Day-Time or Sunset Boat Cruise.

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Traveler Tips


  • "Better for older kids (not so much for the preschooler" See review
  • "I highly recommend only going in cool seasons or evenings." See review
  • "we travel counter-clockwise so sit on the right side to see everything." See review

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Great river cruise
Pamela_S
, Apr 2021
Very informative & just the right length. Captain JP was fun & entertaining! Very well run organization.
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Had Fun
Glen_W
, Apr 2021
The tour was so much fun. It was a enjoyable ride.The captain was so knowledgeable about the area. Cost was worth the trip,
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It’s an ok boattrip.
Gentian_M
, Apr 2021
The trip is not worth it on cold days, the wind is unbearable. The ferry boat is old, the captain did a pretty good job in keeping the guests entertained.
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star-5
Best experience ever
Carlos_G
, Apr 2021
The cruise it self especially the captain he was very nice and had some good sense of humor loved every single minute I spent there
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Fun trip
SHERRI_P
, Apr 2021
The guides were entertaining and knowledgeable. The ride was smooth. We had a great time. Plan to do this again.
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Great Charleston Boat Trip!
David_H
, Apr 2021
Great boat cruise! Lots of interesting history and info about Charleston. Clean boat, perfect amount of time and great crew! Captain Tripp was the best and so were the rest of the crew.
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Harbor Tour
Cheryl_H
, Apr 2021
Our Harbor tour on the Carolina Belle was awesome! Captain JP was knowledgeable and entertaining, and had the welcome assist of crew members Marvin and Riley . You guys made for a great day - thanks! Highly recommend taking the tour !!
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Charleston Boat Cruise Awesome
yacosta07
, Mar 2021
The boat tour was great. Nice weather and the tour guide was very knowledgeable and funny. Great time.
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Great tour
lisa_d
, Mar 2021
Tripp was an awesome narrator. Ship and bathroom were very clean. Did not use galley. Chairs were a little to close together for me
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Great tour, educational...
Silvia_E
, Mar 2021
Great tour, educational with a funny twist. Enjoyed every minute of it. Go early so you can seat on the top deck to the right of the boat. This will get you closer to everything you want to see and take pictures of.
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