Water activity

Charleston: Daytime or Sunset Historic Harbor Cruise

Activity provider: Charleston Harbor Tours
Water activity

Charleston: Daytime or Sunset Historic Harbor Cruise

Activity provider: Charleston Harbor Tours

From US$ 37.12 per person

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

Cancellation policy
This activity is non-refundable
Duration 1.5 hours
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Live tour guide


  • 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
  • Use a fully-stocked drinks and snack bar where you can purchase food and drinks
Full description

Cruise through the Charleston Harbor on an old-fashioned 1920s-Bay-Steamer-replica yacht. Enjoy live narration from the captain and purchase treats from a fully-stocked drink and snack bar. See the Civil and Revolutionary war sights and keep an eye out for dolphins. Relax in the enclosed observatory or on the partially-covered upper deck. 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.

Pass by remnants of the Civil and Revolutionary wars and look for local wildlife like dolphins and pelicans splashing nearby. Choose between indoor or outdoor seating.

  • Round-trip harbor cruise
  • Live narration onboard
  • Tips for the captain and crew

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Meeting point

Meet at Charleston Maritime Center. The closest parking is at the South Carolina Aquarium Parking Garage, 24 Calhoun Street.

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Important information

What to bring

  • Weather-appropriate clothing

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

4.6 /5

based on 712 reviews

Review summary

  • Guide
  • Transportation
  • Service
  • Organization

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My wife and I took a daytime cruise around the harbor on Sunday, August 21, 2022. The Captain and crew were very capable and accommodating. The Captain narrated the tour very well. When there was no narration, the music selection was excellent. The harbor is very beautiful and full of history. We would definitely take another tour around the harbor on our next visit.

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March 29, 2023

Had a great time on our sunset cruise. Got some history of Charleston and enjoyed the sunset. If you do a sunset cruise, you can park along the street free after 6. You can bring your own drinks. We brought waters and soft drinks. They did have snacks and drinks including alcoholic beverages for sale. They took our picture at the beginning and sold us a picture package for $30. It is a nice souvenir.

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March 29, 2023

Excellent views boat was 3 levels great views from most sitting points Stairs up a little steep but worth the walk Only negative was limited narrations of history and local buildings markers. Captain was distracted as much boat/sail traffic it was a race night. Maybe another crew member could assist with. It was worth the cost Another helpful suggestion would be more signage to wharf maritime center. Lots of construction and not marked well

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March 29, 2023

Product ID: 99081