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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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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.

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The answers provided below are based on answers previously given by the tour provider to customers’ questions.
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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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
  • "Not worth the money, boat dirty, old chairs, dirty windows." See review


1,421 Reviews

Reviews by Viator travelers

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The soft breeze as we...
, Oct 2021
The soft breeze as we strolled along the water’s of the Carolina with great friends. The trivia games played on the boat was very interesting lotta history and information that I did not know
Awesome tour!!
, Oct 2021
Absolutely amazing tour. The guide was very knowledgeable but also entertaining. Would highly recommend this experience! Guide talked a lot about things he knew as an insider in the city which was great. Thank you!
Harbor tour with Captain Tripp and his crew
, Oct 2021
Captain Tripp was a great conversationalist with great humor. Staff was friendly and very nice. Beautiful weather with smooth travel made for a great excursion.
Wirth it
, Oct 2021
This was the perfect way to end an afternoon in Charleston! The boat ride was relaxing as well as informative! Captain JP was great as were his first mates who assisted. Everyone was friendly helpful and efficient. Would love to take am evening cruise next time!
Celebrating our 40th!
, Oct 2021
The captain and his crew were outstanding. They were helpful and great on the history of Charleston.
, Oct 2021
Cancelled No notifications They should have contacted us Mechanical issues earlier in the day We didn’t learn until we showed up
icon Response from Host , Oct 2021
We are sorry this tour had to be cancelled. It is never our intention to cancel and sometimes it happens last minute and with hundreds of guests, it's impossible to notify in advance. That's why we have staff standing by dockside to assist and rebook.
Great time on the High Seas!
, Oct 2021
Capt. Tripp was a trip! Nice tour of the harbor and good narration. We would recommend this tour to Seniors.
Less Than Wonderful Experience
, Oct 2021
We stood ready to board and they Less Than Wondetful Experuencekept us waiting in line in a pouring rain. Everyone was soaked! Such poor customer service!! It really tainted the cruise when we finally got underway. Would not recommend to other travelers.
icon Response from Host , Oct 2021
It's a bit hard to understand your review, but we have no control over rain and yes, you will have to stand in rain to board if it is raining. We are an outdoor venue and we go out rain or shine. There is a covered lower deck once on board.
Great cruise
, Oct 2021
Nice atmosphere. We were able to enjoy the trip at the front of the boat where we could see everything.
Viator is dead to me!
, Sep 2021
I booked on Groupon with a coupon never got Tge 8% discount!!! The boat was nice, pretty nice! It’s Viator that I will not do business with😡😡😡

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