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Charleston Harbor History Day-Time or Sunset Boat Cruise

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Charleston, United States
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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

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

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

This activity will end right where it started.
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.
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
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.

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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 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.

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  • "Better for older kids (not so much for the preschooler" See review
  • "I highly recommend only going in cool seasons or evenings." See review
  • "Not worth the money, boat dirty, old chairs, dirty windows." See review

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star-5
Wonderful time!
Maria_B
, Nov 2021
So enjoyed this super informative cruise! Enjoyed all the history highlights and how our guide made sure we had the right spots to see and take pictures!
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Funtime!
KarenM_L
, Nov 2021
Traveled to Charleston to visit grandson in Navy. He came along with us, and we all had a wonderful trip!
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Wonderful
David_E
, Nov 2021
Great historical information, the relaxing ride and Capt Trip, Sarah and Ryan. Good views of the coastal area. Saw Bottle nose Dolphins!
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Recommend
Dennis_S
, Nov 2021
Capitan Tripp gave a good narrative, and his crew was excellent. Only downside was having to listen to the photographer’s 20 minute sales pitch before boarding. It really didn’t set the stage for the cruise, felt very odd, and was pretty crass.
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We were not told of the...
James_L
, Nov 2021
We were not told of the long walk required to get to tour TILL AFTER ticket purchase. Wife has MS. No refund. Would not buy if told in advance.
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Do not recommend
Nicole_R
, Nov 2021
The boat left without us and the boat captain laughed at us on the dock. There was no direct line to call and say that our Uber got stuck in the flooding. Would like a refund.
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It was a time spent with...
Courtney_K
, Nov 2021
It was a time spent with family, would recommend! It was easy on and easy off. Very informative as well:)
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Best day in November
Elizabeth_R
, Nov 2021
Trip did an excellent job explaining the history of the Charleston harbor . My husband and I thoroughly enjoyed our harbor cruise !
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star-5
Definitely take this trip
Wendy_G
, Oct 2021
Great trip with humor & interesting history! Would even do it again! There was time to just relax, in addition to the background being provided. One of our favorite Charleston experiences!
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Enjoyable
Gregory_F
, Oct 2021
The tour was very informative and the crew was really funny. Seeing the bridge from the water makes you appreciate how big it really is.
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Product code: 41498P1

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