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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 #68 of 171 Activities in Charleston
Certificate of Excellence 2014
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: Wheelchair access, Bathroom facilities, Stairs / elevator
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Caryville, Tennessee
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79 reviews 79 reviews
40 attraction reviews
39 helpful votes 39 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 14, 2014 NEW

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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NJ
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5 reviews 5 reviews
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed October 14, 2014 NEW

Old boat. Low deck air condition did not work. Hot. History part is ok, but otherwise kind of boring. Use it when weather does mot permit any better activity

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Hopkinton, Massachusetts
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35 reviews 35 reviews
8 attraction reviews
18 helpful votes 18 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 12, 2014

Took a tour on a gorgeous afternoon in May. Our tour guide was perfect - knew when to talk and when to just let the view speak for itself. Guide was very knowledgable, and made history interesting without being boring. Highly recommend!

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Owatonna, Minnesota
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214 reviews 214 reviews
52 attraction reviews
87 helpful votes 87 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 10, 2014

We took the harbor tour first, then Boone Hall Plantation, then Carriage tour, the next day. I think this was the best order. Harbor tour gave us a real in depth knowledge of the area and its past. The Capt. made history interesting. It is amazing how much the forts were hit by cannon balls.

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Moretonhampstead, United Kingdom
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49 reviews 49 reviews
11 attraction reviews
31 helpful votes 31 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 10, 2014

Yes we were lucky with the weather, but we spent an amazing afternoon in the company of Craig, Matt and Amanda on board. Craig is extremely knowledgeable with the history of Charleston Harbour and the surrounding area. The music choice was also very uplifting! Would strongly recommend this tour and I do not have sea legs.

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Bath, Ohio, United States
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8 reviews 8 reviews
4 attraction reviews
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 8, 2014

We did a 3:30 cruise for an hour and a half. It was entertaining and provided knowledge in a fun way. We did the tour after we did a Palmetto Carriage Tour, so we took advantage of the lower air conditioned level. It felt great down there. Plenty of windows to view all the sights.

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Calabash, North Carolina
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44 helpful votes 44 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 5, 2014 via mobile

Relaxing way to see the harbor area. Good views of Battery area, Fort Sumter, Patriot's Point and Ravenel Bridge. We took 3:30 PM tour, not many seats left outside. Get there a bit early and take advantage of free parking

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West Chester, Pennsylvania
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29 helpful votes 29 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 5, 2014

We took the Harbor Tour and combined it with the Carriage tour. Wish we would have added the Boone Plantation since we ended up doing that also and could have saved more by combining all three. Enjoyed them all and would recommend all three - gives you a great view of the city and surrounding islands, Ft Sumter. Best views... More

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24 helpful votes 24 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 1, 2014

This tour is very relaxing and easy going. You see pretty much everything you can from the boat and hear a little bit of history on everything...just enough to decide if you would want to plan a future trip to that location. They have a snack bar which includes beverages (and beer) and some light snacks...bring cash! It was a... More

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Marietta, Georgia
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4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 30, 2014

Purchased this tour as part of a package combining a bus tour of historic Charleston with a Harbor Cruise. We purchased this package through the Charleston Visitor Center. After we completed the bus tour we were dropped at the Harbormaster's Building. The dock was on the water side of the building (naturally). If you wanted to do so, you can... More

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