South Carolina
River & Harbor Cruises

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Our most recommended South Carolina River & Harbor Cruises

Charleston: Daytime or Sunset Historic Harbor Cruise

1. 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.

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Hilton Head Island: Round-Trip Ferry Ticket to Savannah

2. Hilton Head Island: Round-Trip Ferry Ticket to Savannah

Cruise through stunning intracoastal waterways from Hilton Head Island to Savannah with this round-trip express ferry ticket. Board from inside the Sea Pines Resort, then travel to the city in a comfortable air-conditioned boat. Sit back and admire the view as you sail through old shipping channels. Enjoy over 4 hour in Savannah to explore the city, before heading back to the ferry. On the return trip, benefit from happy hour pricing on selected drinks.

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Charleston: Historic City Tour and Harbor Cruise

3. 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.

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Hilton Head: Private 2-hour Sunset Cruise

4. Hilton Head: Private 2-hour Sunset Cruise

The private sunset cruise is the perfect way to end a day on Hilton Head Island. Enjoy 2-hours sailing around the ocean front surrounding Hilton Head as you marvel at the color drenched sunset sky.  As you sail into the ocean enjoying the scenic waterfront views and marine life from afar, there is nothing quite like a low country sunset. You will enjoy the vibrant oranges, reds, and multiple shades of pink from the boats deck.  This private sunset cruise holds up to 14 passengers making it great for any occasion. It is perfect for a romantic evening, family time, friends gathering, bachelor or bachelorette parties, and team bonding.

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Hilton Head Island: Mini Boat Dolphin Tour

5. Hilton Head Island: Mini Boat Dolphin Tour

Start the experience with a short safety briefing and instruction on how to use your mini boat. Set off and get a view of Harbourtown and Daufuskie Island. Try to spot a variety of wildlife including heron, pelican, dolphin, osprey, and turtles. With your experienced guide, try to spot some of the dolphin population up close. Have pictures taken of your trip for and take home the memories of your trip.

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Charleston Harbor 2-Hour Speedboat Adventure

6. Charleston Harbor 2-Hour Speedboat Adventure

Take the wheel and become the captain of your very own speed boat with this one-of-a-kind adventure tour. Experience driving your own boat while taking in the views from the Charleston harbor. This fully narrated tour takes you 13 miles through the world-famous Charleston Harbor. See everything while listening to a highly trained and professional guide through a two-way communication system.   You will have a once-in-a-lifetime view of the Battery, USS Yorktown Aircraft Carrier, Arthur Ravenel Jr Bridge, the downtown Charleston skyline, Waterfront Park, South Carolina Aquarium, the cruise ship terminal and all the wildlife that call Charleston Harbor home.  This is a great adventure for all ages.

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What people are saying about South Carolina

Overall rating

4.8 / 5

based on 205 reviews

The captain and his crew was fantastic. They had snacks and alcholic and non-alcholic beverages. The captain should have been a stand up comedian. My wife and I toured the historic area and we had a blast.

The Ferry was easy to book. Lots of parking. Very friendly and helpful staff. Really enjoyed the scenery in the inner coastal waterway.

My husband and I had a great time! Captain JP was awesome. He knows everything about the area and made the cruise a really fun time.

We had a great time. The tour was a good mix of information, entertainment, and beautiful views.

Relaxing, educational and overall a great experience