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  • Fort Sumter: National Monument Entry Ticket & Ferry

    1. Fort Sumter: National Monument Entry Ticket & Ferry

    Enjoy 2 convenient ferry departure points: Liberty Square in downtown Charleston or Patriot’s Point in Mount Pleasant. See the Arthur Ravenel Jr. Bridge as you ride the ferry along, and take in sighes of  Charleston’s stately Rainbow Row and Battery homes.  As you approach Fort Sumter, graceful sailboats and playful dolphins add to the photogenic scene. If you depart from Mt. Pleasant you will enjoy views of the USS Yorktown Aircraft Carrier from up-close, while tours embarking from downtown will see Aquarium Wharf as they depart and return. Arrive at The Fort Sumter and Fort Moultrie National Historical Park, which sits prominently at the mouth of the Charleston Harbor, a strategic location that was crucial to its defense.  While here, explore the grounds of Fort Sumter. Stand on the grounds where America’s deadliest war began at Fort Sumter and Fort Moultrie National Historical Park...

    It was raining so we didn't have the ability to enjoy the fort but the ranger provided a good, detailed history.

  • Charleston Harbor: Narrated Harbor Sightseeing Cruise

    2. Charleston Harbor: Narrated Harbor Sightseeing Cruise

    Take in the amazing sights of Charleston Harbor on a 1.5-hour boat tour with live narration from an expert guide. Pick up insight into the fascinating Charleston history while you glide through the gentle waves of the harbor. Your knowledgeable and entertaining guides have been licensed by the City of Charleston and are eager to share their knowledge with all guests aboard the cruise. Make sure to bring your camera for famous American landmarks, such as Fort Sumter, the aircraft carrier USS Yorktown, the Battery, the Ravenel Bridge, Castle Pinckney, and other sites from Charleston's past and present. This relaxing and fun tour departs from Patriots Point and Aquarium Wharf daily. Get ready to hear enthralling tales of the city’s colorful past as well as scintillating facts about its most interesting former citizens. Perfect for all ages, the whole family can enjoy cruising along the co...

    Very good narrator. Slightly disappointed with the visuals but the information was quite good.

  • Charleston Harbor: Luxury Dinner Cruise

    3. Charleston Harbor: Luxury Dinner Cruise

    Embark on a true Charleston Harbor dining experience aboard the Spirit of Carolina. Enjoy a three-course dinner, made to order from local seasonal ingredients. As you dine on a delicious multi-course plated dinner, cruise through the beautiful Charleston Harbor, past Fort Sumter, along the Battery and beneath the Ravenel Bridge. Take in the views from the large enclosed air-conditioned dining decks or the open-air observation deck. Enjoy music throughout the cruise, as well as a full-service bar.

    It was a great tour but I would pay extra for my own table. The shared tables were very small.

  • Charleston: Daytime or Sunset Historic Harbor Cruise

    4. Charleston: Daytime or Sunset Historic Harbor Cruise

    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.

    Incredibly fun, easy activity to enjoy on the water in Charleston! We appreciated the history we learned and the sunset was just gorgeous! Plenty of dolphin to watch and food/drinks for ourselves and the kids!

  • Charleston: Haunted Carriage Evening Tour

    5. Charleston: Haunted Carriage Evening Tour

    Listen to spine-tingling tales of prisoners, rogues, and pirates that make up the history of Charleston. Cover over 300 years of history from the comfort of your carriage. Mysterious alleys and cobblestones await as your expert guide leads you through Historic Charleston on a 40-minute Haunted Carriage Tour. Start the tour at Old South Carriage Company's stables where the tour explores the 15 block core that comprises Historic Charleston. Along the way you will see Old Exchange & Provost Dungeon, Circular Congregational Church and Graveyard, Charleston City Market, and St. Michael's Episcopal Church. All tour guides of this activity are members of the Palmetto Guild, which indicates that they have successfully passed a comprehensive examination of the history of Charleston.

    We loved every minute! Jessica & Mac were outstanding. We will definitely do this again.

  • Charleston: Historic City Tour and Harbor Cruise

    6. Charleston: Historic City Tour and Harbor Cruise

    Discover 300 years of Charleston history from land and sea with passionate licensed tour guides. Experience a 90-minute narrated tour of Charleston in a climate-controlled luxury coach and then head to the water for another perspective of the city from Charleston Harbor. Learn fascinating historical facts about Charleston while you cruise the gentle waves of her harbor. Knowledgeable and entertaining tour guides are licensed by the City of Charleston and are eager to share their knowledge with all guests aboard the cruise. Don't forget your camera as you will see all that the Holy City has to offer: Charleston's Historic Homes and Churches, the Old Market, Rainbow Row, Fort Sumter, USS Yorktown, and incredible views from Charleston Harbor.

    Great way to watch experience the city especially on a rainy day! Great value for the money!

  • Charleston: Magnolia Plantation Tour and Transport

    7. Charleston: Magnolia Plantation Tour and Transport

    Begin your half-day tour by boarding a climate-controlled coach in Charleston. Meet your professional guide and ride to Magnolia Plantation, dating from 1676 and the time of the British colony. Witness a slice of living history at Magnolia Plantation and Gardens and get an amazing perspective on Charleston's past and present. The Magnolia Plantation and its world-famous gardens have been owned by the Drayton family for 12 generations. Enjoy your visit to one of America's first tourist attractions and first public gardens, which have been open to the public since 1870. Take a guided walk through America's last large-scale romantic garden, and experience history on a 45-minute narrated nature tram ride through the Audobon Swamp Gardens You'll be able to visit the Historic Gardens, Petting Zoo, The Conservatory, Drayton Home (Note: this is not Drayton Hall), Orientation Theater. The Old A...

    Had a great tour! Our driver, Scott, gave us lots of great historical information on the way to the plantation. On the way back he recommended so many great restaurants and he did not disappoint.

  • Boone Hall Plantation: Admission & Day Trip from Charleston

    8. Boone Hall Plantation: Admission & Day Trip from Charleston

    Tour the historic Boone Hall Plantation, a beautiful gem nestled in the town of Mount Pleasant, just across the harbor from Charleston. Enter through the Avenue of Oaks and take a guided tour of the historic mansion. Enjoy a self-guided tour through the original slave cabins and learn about the experience of enslaved people with a presentation by a knowledgeable guide. Learn the history of the area, tour the grounds and homes with expert storytellers and guides.

    The oak trees are amazing and worth the trip because you are not going to see them anywhere else. The performance by Jackie the Gullah was also amazing and informative. If you take the tour definitely see it. And the tractor ride because it gives you an overview of the plantation and it’s history. The food in the snack bar is pretty good too, especially the pulled pork.

  • Charleston: Supernatural 90-Minute Ghost Tour

    9. Charleston: Supernatural 90-Minute Ghost Tour

    "There is only one essential ingredient in a ghost story: death." So say Charlestonians Ed Macy and Geordie Buxton in their introduction to their book about the haunted streets of Charleston. By rambling through the oft-forgotten enclaves of the Holy City, the paranormal authors bring guests face to face with a group of orphans who haunt a dorm of a Charleston College, a Citadel cadet who haunts a local hotel, and an angelic spirit in a Freedman Methodist graveyard, to name just a few. We will hear tales of a bookstore phantom, notorious for rearranging books in perfect vertical stacks, and a gruesome 19th century amputation taking place in a medical student’s apartment. This tour is not for the faint-hearted! Based on historical events and specific details that are often lost in our general notion of ghosts, each haunting encounter will send chills down your spine.

    Very informative. Guide was very knowledgeable about local history. Tour was educational about historical hauntings.

  • Charleston: Haunted Bar Crawl with Tarot Reading

    10. Charleston: Haunted Bar Crawl with Tarot Reading

    Get an insider's view of Charleston's paranormal history on a walking tour with an expert local guide.

    Begin your urban walking adventure by meeting your guide on the steps of the US Customs House. Make your way to one of Charleston's most notorious bars and listen to ghost stories and tales of Charleston’s darker side while enjoying your favorite beverage.

    From the bar, walk towards a graveyard where you will learn how to spot a ghost and the spirits of those who still roam the streets.

    Turn the corner and walk towards a very different, but equally spooky bar. Finish the evening with more history and ghost stories and a tarot reading.

    What an experience! Larry is energetic, passionate, and excited about Charleston. He is knowledgable about the past snd circumstances of the stories he tells. He is interested in the lives of the group and uses the tatot reading as a way to link the group and plays games with the cards to provide humor and light. Met amazing people, laughed a lot and learned some interesting facts about Charleston! Highly recommend!

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What people are saying about Charleston

Overall rating

4.8 / 5

based on 205 reviews

Great way to watch experience the city especially on a rainy day! Great value for the money!

Excellent excursion ; I was busy every minute ; could have stayed longer

It was everything it said it would be. Such a beautiful experience.

This is a must see for anyone interested in civil war history.

Nice comfortable and relaxing 90 minutes on the water.