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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
1:30pm Harbor Cruise
This Harbor Cruise starts at 1:30pm
3:30pm Harbor Cruise
This Harbor Cruise starts at 3:30pm
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 6 days ago
Repeat customer

I am a charleston local with many family members and friends visiting and I truly have the best time each time I go on a Harbor tour with my guests. Friendly, fun and informative.

1  Thank TrailBlazer10038
Reviewed 6 days ago
Enjoyable boat tour of historic sights

My husband and I took this tour and absolutely loved it. The trip was smooth and fun, the narration was interesting and well-paced. We were seated in the bow and I was seated on the rail; on our trip out, we were accompanied by a...More

1  Thank CaptTrouble
Reviewed 2 weeks ago
Nice boat ride

It was nice to get out on the water for a different view of the city. This is definitely not a must do when you come here but it was enjoyable for $26. It lasted 90 minutes and they snacks and drinks for purchase on...More

3  Thank Jody W
Reviewed 2 weeks ago
Awesome Tour

The harbor tour was great! It was very interesting and informative! Our trip out to Ft. Sumner was well worth it! We learned a lot and really enjoyed ourselves.We would definately do this tour again if we ever go back to Charleston.

1  Thank donnaq272
Reviewed 2 weeks ago
Very Fun,Very informative

Everyone the ship was friendly and helpful. it was a nice break from our walking tour. Highly recommend it for any age.

1  Thank Explorer734519
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22 September 2018|
Response from Damieka T | Reviewed this property |
17 August 2018|
Response from Richard S | Reviewed this property |
Bridge...2 Forts...Harbor...navel museum and ships...coastline...that is about it but it is very nice...have a wine or beer on board...sit up front if not too windy
Kristen S
4 August 2018|
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Response from tracygutierrez | Reviewed this property |
The top section are open but there is a closed in section downstairs that is air conditioned and has lots of extra room. There's even a snack bar on the top deck!