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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 #50 of 158 activities in Charleston
Certificate of Excellence 2013
Type: Tours
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... more » 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. « less
Useful Information: Bathroom facilities, Wheelchair access, Stairs / elevator
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Rochester, NY
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303 reviews 303 reviews
65 attraction reviews
101 helpful votes 101 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed April 21, 2014 NEW

Unlike the reviewer in March we never got on the boat for the tour since we were told there were mechanical problems when we arrived for the 9:30 tour. Our guess is that there were few people going out on this Monday morning... We then had to work to get a refund since we could not make the later tours.... More

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Denver, Colorado, United States
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25 reviews 25 reviews
18 attraction reviews
12 helpful votes 12 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 16, 2014 NEW

This is a wonderful narrated tour around the Charleston Harbor. Good view of the Arthur Ravenel Bridge. See Fort Sumter and learn the history of the Civil War.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 16, 2014 NEW

Nice way to see Charleston and learn about the harbor and nearby attractions. The ride was smooth and offered options (air conditioned or outside). We sat in the bottom area and noticed this wasn't the most preferred location by other guests. This afforded us plenty of room to move around and be out of the heat. The upper deck was... More

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Michigan
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45 reviews 45 reviews
14 attraction reviews
35 helpful votes 35 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 10, 2014

Anyone with a shred of history in their blood should make this very informative trip. Yeah, we all remember this is where it all began but the story behind the beginning is what it's all about. The trip out (and back) was very nice giving views and information about both Charleston and Mt. Pleasant. At the fort you are allowed... More

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Nashville, Tennessee
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127 reviews 127 reviews
35 attraction reviews
33 helpful votes 33 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 7, 2014

Had a wonderful time on the Carolina Belle with the Charleston Harbor Tours group. The boat itself was most comfortable and the crew very accommodating. We were able to tour shorelines of many neighboring islands, get a sense of history as narrated on the tour, and see most beautiful homes of the "low country" of the Carolinas. Food and beverages... More

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Oakland Park, Florida
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9 reviews 9 reviews
4 attraction reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 3, 2014

We lucked out and the rain stopped before we boarded. The cruise company was very accommodating as we had to re-schedule a couple of time. Saw a couple of dolphins and a sailing regatta was going on. A pleasant way to take a break from all the walking.

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Saginaw, Michigan
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93 reviews 93 reviews
24 attraction reviews
38 helpful votes 38 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed March 30, 2014

This was an hour and a half relaxing boat ride but not a whole lot more. It takes you out one side of the Charleston harbor, out past Fort Summit the back in the reverse side. The history of the harbor is basic and you only see a few truly historical aspects of the area. Those attractions can be seen... More

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dkyochum, Director of Sales at Charleston Harbor Tours, responded to this review

Thank you very much for taking the time to write a review of your tour with Charleston Harbor Tours. We very much appreciate your choice to ride the Carolina Belle for a tour of Charleston Harbor. I understand that you thought the history was "basic." We strive to get as much information as we can in the time allotted, but... More

Quincy, Florida
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15 reviews 15 reviews
4 attraction reviews
8 helpful votes 8 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 30, 2014

Charleston has so much to offer and it can be hard to figure out what to do in a limited time, as most of us must do when we visit. Well, I have to give a vote to this attraction as a wonderful way to see much of Charleston and learn a lot about our Nation's history in a short... More

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dkyochum, Director of Sales at Charleston Harbor Tours, responded to this review

What a wonderful review! Thanks so much for taking a tour with Charleston Harbor Tours and for taking the time to write such a thorough review. Just a quick note about the boarding ramp. The steepness actually depends on the tide and it's best to call before the tour to check that if one is worried about handicap access. Drew... More

Washington DC, District of Columbia
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77 reviews 77 reviews
62 attraction reviews
52 helpful votes 52 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed March 27, 2014

Based on the reviews below I was really excited for this part of our combo tour- unfortunately within minutes of settling in our seats on the top deck of the ferry- it was announced that due to mechanical failure our tour was cancelled for unlimited time- which pretty much meant that we were done for the day. Really? you don't... More

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dkyochum, Director of Sales at Charleston Harbor Tours, responded to this review

Thank you for attempting to take our harbor tour and for taking the time to post a review. I am very sorry there was a mechanical issue that forced us to come back to the dock. While this is rare, it can happen as there are some unforeseeable issues that can arise with boats. We strive to limit this and... More

Loris
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6 reviews 6 reviews
3 attraction reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 16, 2014

The best way to understand why Charleston was such an important port. It's also such a great way to spend a couple hours and see the city from a really unique vantage point. The Crew/Staff were so welcoming and helpful too.

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