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Charleston Harbor Tours

Charleston Maritime Center, 10 Wharfside Street, Charleston, SC 29401 (French Quarter)
843-722-1112
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Ranked #73 of 190 Activities in Charleston
Certificate of Excellence 2014
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Owner description: Come aboard the Carolina Belle for a 90-minute, live narrated, harbor history tour on the beautiful Charleston Harbor. See the "holy city" from a new perspective and take in over 300 years of history that has shaped the Charleston we know today. Tours daily 11:30, 1:30, and 3:30. Season Mid February through November. Closed December and January.
Useful Information: Bathroom facilities, Stairs / elevator, Wheelchair access

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Charlotte, North Carolina
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47 reviews 47 reviews
15 helpful votes 15 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 17, 2014

I took a recent dinner cruise tour with a friend. I have visited Charleston several times but this was my first time taking the tour. The boat is gorgeous. The staff was so personable and kind. They were so informative. The tour gives you beautiful views of the harbor at night. It was beautiful to see The Ravenel Bridge at... More

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Indianapolis, Indiana
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47 attraction reviews
32 helpful votes 32 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 12, 2014

Charleston Harbor is full of history and this boat tour is a wonderful way to experience. You'll hear stories from the Revolutionary War to the Civil War. You'll cruise by the places that mattered when the South fired on Fort Sumter to begin the Civil War. You'll also get a great view of the Arthur Ravenel Jr. Bridge. The boat... More

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Tallahassee, FL
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8 reviews 8 reviews
3 attraction reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 10, 2014

This is a well run tour that provides you with a generous amount of time to take in the surrounding harbor. I think we were at about 90 minutes. We went at a leisurely pace, sipped on bloody marys, and enjoyed the entertaining and enthusiastic tour by Johnnie, our captain. As far as the content, it really is an interesting... More

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Saint Paul, Minnesota
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31 reviews 31 reviews
5 attraction reviews
18 helpful votes 18 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 9, 2014

Beautiful Day to be on the water. The captain of the cruise was very entertaining and knowledgeable. Made the hour and half ride fun.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 5, 2014

We took the Jazz Brunch Tour and had a wonderful time. Food was great and drinks were the same. The music was fantastic. There were not alot of people but just the same a wonderful time . The wind and cold did not stop our date on this boat ride.

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Charleston, South Carolina
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16 attraction reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 4, 2014

Great tour. Can see all around the city of Charleston, as well as Ft. Sumter where the first shot was fired to start the revolutionary war. Called shot heard around the world.Visit the fort, see how the soldiers lived in the revolutionary days, see a great film.

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North Platte
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7 attraction reviews
7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 25, 2014

What a wonderful way to learn a little bit about Charleston! Our time was short so we looked for ways to see and learn as much as possible in the short time available. The tour was perfect! The guide was knowledgeable and entertaining. The scenery was spectacular. The tour was well worth the money. We were on the upper deck... More

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Mount Prospect, Illinois
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7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 20, 2014

Had a great tour on a beautiful Saturday. Learned a lot from the captain about the area, history and even the different boats on the water. Great time.

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Danville, Virginia
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27 helpful votes 27 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 20, 2014

We did the Charleston Harbor Tour on October 17th after purchasing out tickets the day before. We took advantage of the triple tour deal which was the Charleston Harbor Tour, Palmetto Carriage Works, and the Boone Hill Plantation Tour. Our tour began at 3:30 and lasted 90 minutes. The Captain pointed out many sites and attractions throughout the harbor and... More

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Caryville, Tennessee
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39 helpful votes 39 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 14, 2014

The boat ride out into the harbor was very refreshing, the scenery was wonderful, but the guide, who was extremely informative, was very difficult to understand-- maybe because of the interference of the wind with the microphone or maybe the microphone itself. I wonder if he had been in the pilot's house the sound would have been better

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