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Charleston Harbor History Day-Time or Sunset Boat Cruise

Charleston, United States
Charleston Harbor History Day-Time or Sunset Boat Cruise
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icon1 hour 30 minutes  (approx.)
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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.
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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.
  • 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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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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  • "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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Loved it!!
, Aug 2022
Beautiful views, spacious and comfortable, and adult beverages available. Also lots of information about Charleston history. It was awesome!!
, Aug 2022
Not great, not really terrible. You can’t park at the site which isn’t specified in the listing. So, you either hope to not get a ticket or leave and find parking and hope not to miss the boat. I would say maybe 20-25% or the ride was historic information and the rest was listening to old rock songs. We really enjoyed the horse carriage ride much better.
, Aug 2022
It was canceled!!!! Friday Aug 3rd. Please refund money. E booked it 6 weeks before. So disappointed. Had to book something else
Great day on the cruise! ...
, Aug 2022
Great day on the cruise! The crew were great, and very informative.. So much history! Highly recommend.
, Aug 2022
Great views and good information! They had a bar and some snacks for purchase. Lots of seating options, some inside with shade, some on the top of the boat.
Didn’t really see...
, Aug 2022
Didn’t really see anything. The seating was extremely uncomfortable. And the boat was dirty and stinky.
1 traveler found this review helpful
, Aug 2022
Was misdirected for parking of handicap passenger and was lost and boat left so we did not get our tour.
icon Response from Host , Aug 2022
Sorry you didn't pay attention to parking instructions. Handicapped guests can be dropped off and cars must be parked at the garage or on meters on the street. There is no public parking at the Maritime Center as per your confirmation details. We suggest guests give at least 30 minutes prior to departure for parking and walking to the boat. If you miss your scheduled departure, we are happy to reschedule to another time.
Very informative about...
, Jul 2022
Very informative about everything. Very pleasant experience. Gave us a lot of insight of different things that go on in the harbor.
Family Fun
, Jul 2022
Being with family and doing something we all enjoyed. We appreciated choices for sitting and viewing, especially the sunset views as we passed by the Ravenel Bridge.
Thumbs up!
, Jul 2022
Bar tender enhanced some parts of the story. Weather was perfect. Boat was clean. Staff team were friendly. 90 minutes was a perfect amount of time.
Very cool trip, we...
, Jul 2022
Very cool trip, we enjoyed the entire trip. The civil war forts were very neat, and the boat was super clean and comfortable.
Fun tour!
, Jul 2022
Learned a lot about the history of Charleston. We had a sunny and windy day so great tour! We had walked all day so this was a nice break from that.
Enjoyed the relaxing tour!
, Jul 2022
Captain did a great job explaining the history, landmarks, and developments. Staff was pleasant and attentive. Also, music playlist was great and we even saw a few dolphins.
Great trip!
, Jul 2022
I liked hearing about the historical information and points of interest. They were conscious of weather safety, which made us feel safer.
Vacation 2022
, Jul 2022
We had a great time touring Charleston! The tour was relaxing, informative and very reasonably priced. Thank you The Mattingly’s
, Jul 2022
Everyone was so friendly on the boat. The captain was very knowledgeable about the history of Fort Sumpter. The top of the boat was a great place to sit, but bring sunscreen!
The best thing about this...
, Jul 2022
The best thing about this cruise is that it gives you a perspective on the Charleston area! You can see where most of the tourist attractions are.
Beautiful ride
, Jul 2022
We had a great time with our friends and kids. The breeze was great on the deck and we were much to see dolphins while in the boat and stingrays before loading.
Charleston harbor tour.. great!
, Jul 2022
The trip was very nice and we all enjoyed it and the information about charleston history. I will take this trip again with my friends when they are in town.
Crew was efficient,...
, Jul 2022
Crew was efficient, photographer was super friendly and took great photos, weather was amazing! Loved the sights and being on such a great boat.

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