Climb aboard the historic “Carolina Belle” and coast along the Charleston Harbor for a relaxing cruise. You’ll learn about the rich history of Charleston, passing a multitude of landmarks and points-of-interest.
About this activity
Duration: 90 minutes
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This activity is non-refundable.

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  • Cruise along the historic Charleston Harbor aboard a replica 1920s-Bay-Steamer
  • Discover more than 75 landmarks and points-of-interest
  • See Fort Sumter - where the first shots of the Civil War were fired
  • Look for dolphins and pelicans
Full description
Experience Charleston on board a 1920s-Bay-Steamer-replica yacht.

Listen carefully as your captain guides you on a journey through more than 300 years of American history. You’ll pass by 75 landmarks and points-of-interest on this 20-mile trip.

Get close-up views of the “Holy City,” including Fort Sumter - where the first shots of the Civil War were fired. Glide past Confederate and Union army forts and see the famous “Fighting Lady” of World War II.

As you pass by remnants of the Civil and Revolutionary wars, don’t forget to look for dolphins and pelicans splashing nearby.

Choose between indoor or outdoor seating. There is also an enclosed observatory and a partially-covered upper deck in case of rain.
  • Live narrated tour of the Charleston Harbor
  • Fully-stocked bar and snack bar where you can purchase food and drinks
  • All taxes and fees
What’s Not Included
  • Optional gratuities for the captain and crew

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Meeting point

Charleston Maritime Center, 10 Wharfside Street, Charleston, SC 29401. Closest parking is at the South Carolina Aquarium Parking Garage, 24 Calhoun Street.

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Important information
What to bring
  • Sunglasses
  • Sun hat
Not allowed
  • Pets
  • Smoking
Know before you go
• Please dress appropriately according to the weather
• Temperature on the water is significantly lower than on land
• You may want to bring a sweater during the cooler months
• This tour is non refundable
Customer reviews

Overall rating

4.7 / 5

based on 244 reviews

Review summary

  • Service
    4.7 / 5
  • Organization
    4.7 / 5
  • Value for money
    4.6 / 5
  • Safety
    4.8 / 5
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This outing was informative and entertaining. The Captain’s narration was filled with historical information and anecdotes about events and people. He also pointed out various birds and kept us apprised of the predecessor of dolphins that swam alongside the boat.Some of the puns were groaners but added to the fun. Crew was friendly and courteous. VERY enjoyable outing!

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20 February 2020

Great experience. Captain and crew were wonderful. The tour was informative & interesting. My only suggestion would be more prominent notification ( on the website and the actual property) of alternate parking locations due to the construction project in the tours’ old parking lot. Our GPS took us right into the construction zone. It was only then that we drilled deeper into the website to find the alternate parking suggestion.

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3 December 2019

Lovely tour, with great commentary from a very witty Captain.

Enjoyed the tour, but had a very loud drunk woman sitting directly behind me who wouldn’t shut up, so missed lots of the details the captain was sharing. Wish someone had thrown her overboard. No respect for her fellow travellers, Other than that I Would recommend and I got some great photos.

13 October 2019

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Charleston Harbor Tours

Product ID: 99081