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Charleston Harbor History Tour

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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
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11:30am Harbor CruiseMost Popular
This Harbor Cruise starts at 11:30am
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1:30pm Harbor Cruise
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.
Reviews (464)
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Reviewed yesterday
So much fun!

This was a great way to start off my vacation in Charleston. The boat ride is so fun & I had no issue with feeling seasick. The captain is very knowledgeable on the history of Charleston and he gives a wonderful presentation. Beautiful scenery and...More

Thank 8909jmgh
Reviewed yesterday via mobile
A Great Day on the Water

We were very impressed with the Harbor tour. It was informative as well as entertaining. We would do this tour again.

Thank BVEGirl
Reviewed 4 days ago
Leisurely and Informative

It was very easy to buy tickets online. We checked in at the Maritime Center. The loading onto the boat was easy and smooth, and it left on time. There were plenty of seats and a good snack bar. The trip was very interesting and...More

Thank Tuffley47
Reviewed 5 days ago via mobile
Enjoyable Tour

We enjoyed this 90 minute harbor tour and the crew provided great narrative throughout. The echo under the bridge was cool and we enjoyed the drive past Fort Sumter.

Thank AlwaysOnIslandTime
Reviewed 5 days ago
Good overview of the area

I enjoyed this boat tour it gives a good overview of the bay area and the guide points out several of the key landmarks. Well worth it on day one of your stay to get an idea of what areas you would like to explore...More

Thank Neal S
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Galen M
17 October 2018|
Response from Richard S | Reviewed this property |
We bought on the net but it is very easy to purchase there as well if weather is questionable. Watch the weather and buy on the net of ok. When the ship comes in...line up early on the dock to get best seating up front... More
Carol Z
6 October 2018|
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Response from Todd J | Reviewed this property |
Our tour was 90 min. But has refreshments and restrooms on the boat.
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