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Charleston Harbor History Day-Time or Sunset Boat Cruise

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Charleston, United States

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icon1 hour 30 minutes  (Approx.)
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iconOffered in: English

Keeping you safe during COVID-19
What you can expect during your visit
Face masks required for travelers in public areas
Face masks required for guides in public areas
Hand sanitizer available to travelers and staff
Social distancing enforced throughout experience
Regularly sanitized high-traffic areas
Transportation vehicles regularly sanitized
Regular temperature checks for staff
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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 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 Charleston Harbor tour
  • Travel by 80-foot sightseeing boat
  • See historic sites and wildlife
  • Fully narrated tour
  • Choice of several departures daily
  • Family friendly
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Narrated Charleston Harbor History Cruise aboard the Carolina Belle
Select from Morning, Afternoon, or Sunset Departure Times
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Alcoholic drinks (available to purchase)

Departure Point

10 Wharfside St, Charleston, SC 29403, USA

Return Details

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Begin at the Charleston Maritime Center, which is centrally located in Charleston’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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Battery & White Point Gardens
Battery and White Point Gardens
  • 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

All sales are final and incur 100% cancellation penalties.

  • This experience requires good weather. If it’s canceled due to poor weather, you’ll be offered a different date or a full refund.

Learn more about cancellations.

The answers provided below are based on answers previously given by the tour provider to customers’ questions.
Q:
What is the policy on face masks and attendee health during Charleston Harbor History Day-Time or Sunset Boat Cruise?
A:
The policies on face masks and attendee health are:

  • Face masks required for travelers in public areas
  • Face masks required for guides in public areas
See all safety measures taken by Charleston Harbor History Day-Time or Sunset Boat Cruise.
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.
Q:
What is the social distancing policy during Charleston Harbor History Day-Time or Sunset Boat Cruise?
A:
The policy on social distancing is:

  • Social distancing enforced throughout experience
See all safety measures taken by Charleston Harbor History Day-Time or Sunset Boat Cruise.
Q:
What measures are being taken to ensure staff health & safety during Charleston Harbor History Day-Time or Sunset Boat Cruise?
A:
The policy on staff health & safety is:

  • Regular temperature checks for staff
See all safety measures taken by Charleston Harbor History Day-Time or Sunset Boat Cruise.
Q:
What is the maximum group size during Charleston Harbor History Day-Time or Sunset Boat Cruise?
A:
This activity will have a maximum of 200 travelers.

See all safety measures taken by Charleston Harbor History Day-Time or Sunset Boat Cruise.

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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
  • "we travel counter-clockwise so sit on the right side to see everything." See review

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Enjoyable Sunset Cruise
Howard_L
, Nov 2020
We really enjoyed the sunset cruise. Captain D and his staff were fun and very informative. The dolphins were an added treat!
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Harbor Tour of Charleston
Russell
, Nov 2020
Great tourn with pertinent and fun info. Staff was very nice and helpful. Would do again! Gets a bit windy, but not a problem!
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Beautiful day for a beautiful cruise
Stephanie_B
, Nov 2020
We left for the cruise at 1:30pm which was perfect time to see everything and learn the history of the Charleston Harbor. My favorite part of the tour was driving under the bridge. It was also a tour that not only gave history but involved us by playing games and winning prizes. I would suggest this tour to anyone visiting Charleston, learn more about the Harbor and wanting to get on the water for a bit.
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My day in Charleston
George_R
, Nov 2020
The crew was great and the skipper did an entertaining talk on the history and current events about the harbor
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Boating sightseeing
Clinton_M
, Nov 2020
Great tour. Recommend for a good boating experience. Nice way to see some of Charleston’s history by the sea.
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Wonderful, with the additional benefit of wonderful weather
ANTONIO
, Oct 2020
Very complete tour under the guidance of Captain D and his time. A great experience! A very important part of the Charleston experience,.
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Harbor tour
Kevin_W
, Oct 2020
Great as always - 3rd trip Go to Charleston every fall and take this trip-very informative and interesting trip Thanks
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Stories from the Narrative
Julie
, Oct 2020
Great and fun!! Will use them again! The site was easy to use and very reasonable pricing. Very happy .
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Harbor Tour
Kathleen_S
, Oct 2020
This was an interest tour of the harbor. It’s a great way to hear a little about all the sites that we went past. I have a better idea now of the places I would like to visit the next time in Charleston.
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Highly recommended
Katie_J
, Oct 2020
Captain did an excellent job teaching the boat about the history of Charleston, I will recommend this tour for others!
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