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Charleston Harbor History Tour

From US$ 27.56
  • Book ahead to guarantee a day and time for this Charleston history cruise
  • Travel by a different mode of transport—an 80-foot sightseeing boat 
  • Learn about the city’s history from a guide, including the Civil War
Charleston Harbor History Tour
From US$ 27.56
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11:30am Harbor Cruise
This Harbor Cruise starts at 11:30am
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This Harbor Cruise starts at 1:30pm
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3:30pm Harbor Cruise
This Harbor Cruise starts at 3:30pm
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Combine cool city sights from the water with a boatload of historical facts during this Charleston history cruise—a great way for first-time visitors to orient themselves. An easy-to-find meeting place takes the stress out of navigating a new area, leaving you to sit back and enjoy your guided tour on the Charleston Harbor.
What to Expect
Meet for your Charleston Harbor cruise at Charleston Maritime Center on Wharfside Street in the city. Turn in your voucher at check-in, and board your sightseeing boat.

When you board, find a spot you’d like best for this guided tour. If you’d like you can purchase drinks on board the boat (own expense) to sip on while you sail.

Your guide starts right away telling you the history of the city as you pass by antebellum houses and pass under bridges. Follow the Cooper River all the way to the Fort Sumter National Monument.

Your guide tells you stories about the Civil War and WWII, and you might even catch sight of wildlife as you cruise, including dolphins and pelicans. See Fort Moultrie and Fort Johnson, along with St. Michael’s Episcopal Church.

Your Charleston tour ends back at the place where it began on Wharfside Street.
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Reviewed yesterday
Nice ride

There was a large sailboat race going on when we were there. Supposedly this kept us from getting as close to somethings as normal. Captain would point out sights too early or far away. We sat in second row in front, what should be great...More

Thank Jim S
Reviewed yesterday
Great Harbor Tour

Andy, the Captain was very informative and funny. Learned a lot while enjoying the scenery Including the dolphins! I booked ticket on line and bought the carriage ride ticket as a package. After booking harbor cruise, I received an email confirmation then called and booked...More

Thank vtyoungs
Reviewed yesterday
A must for history buffs.

Did a carriage tour and then this ferry tour. If you love history definitely do this tour. Very interesting and reasonably priced. The only negative is the captain at the end went on and on about leaving a tip for himself and the crew. Kind...More

1  Thank Martin H
Reviewed 2 days ago
NUCA Conference 2018

Scheduled the tour through Trip Advisor. Reviews are correct, get there 30 minutes early or more. My wife and I were at the dock 35 minutes early, we were 10 th in line and in 15 minutes there was a 50 ft. line. Very good...More

Thank Michael C
Reviewed 4 days ago via mobile
Relaxing and interestin

We did the harbour tour yesterday. It was fun, interesting and relaxing. A blend of history woven together with humour. I’d recommend this tour.

Thank Mark D
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Bruce K
19 April 2018|
Response from BlondeTraveler08 |
neat yet casual attire
Stephanie E
3 April 2018|
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Response from Gene_Augusta | Reviewed this property |
I don't think so. unless it a bonafide service animal.