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Address: Charleston Maritime Center, 10 Wharfside Street, Charleston, SC 29401
Phone Number: +1 843-722-1112
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Sun - Sat 9:00 am - 5:00 am
Recommended length of visit: 2-3 hours
Description: Come aboard the Carolina Belle for a 90-minute, live narrated, harbor...
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. 9:30 and 6 pm tours in peak season. See website for full schedule. We also offer Charleston's best combination tours. Season Mid February through November. Closed December and January.
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Charleston Maritime History

I had toured the Charleston historic district a couple of times but had never done the harbor tour. The boat tour was interesting and included both Revolutionary and Civil War... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed August 19, 2015
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Lake Placid, Florida
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 93 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 19, 2015

I had toured the Charleston historic district a couple of times but had never done the harbor tour. The boat tour was interesting and included both Revolutionary and Civil War sites and Patriot's Point. The upper deck had limited shaded areas, and with the summer heat the air conditioning below was appreciated. The crew were friendly. We loved cruising along... More 

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Charleston, South Carolina
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 21 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed August 16, 2015

Good way to learn some of the history of Charleston. My only complaint would be that there is not enough shaded area on the deck so we had to sit inside the cabin because the sun was too harsh.

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Everett, Washington
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 16, 2015

Enjoyed all the information and got to see the Dolphins swimming along side use! Did not know how busy this harbor is.

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The Netherlands
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 16, 2015

Especially the historic water tour in Charleston gave us the historic background of the city, the historic houses on the waterfront and the fortres that defended the city in ancient times. We also did see some dolphins near the boat.

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Broadview Heights, Ohio
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 23 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed August 16, 2015

Enjoyed traveling the harbor and seeing the Charleston skyline but found the narrator to be monotone and was bored. Actually, started to doze off a bit. There weren't a lot of us on the boat so maybe that contributed to the lackluster performance.

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Myrtle Beach, South Carolina
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 12 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 15, 2015

I visit Charleston a lot. It is a great city full of history and beauty. Great restaurants and shopping. I had never been on this tour before so, when we had a houseguest, we made the 90 mile trip and tried this out, bundled with a carriage tour. Charleston harbor is marvelous. There is so much history. First shots of... More 

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Greenville, South Carolina
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
1 of 5 stars Reviewed August 14, 2015

I was so disappointed!! We saved this for the last night of our "Annual Mother, Daughters Trip". I have seen several "real murder mystery plays", and this was a stretch to even call it that. There were not enough seats to begin with. The captain was rude when I as about a chair. They said when everyone took a break,... More 

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Dartmoor National Park, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 13, 2015

Enjoyed my time on the evening history tour. The guide was knowledgeable and we saw many interesting sights. The price was perhaps a little high hence the 4 not 5 star review. Overall though a good experience.

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Charleston, South Carolina
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 7, 2015

We've been on several harbor tours and we love them!! You can try the concessions on board and buy a picture momento to remember the moment. The captain we had gave a wonderful, informative and interesting tour and we enjoyed sipping our wine and getting to know other travelers on board. Very relaxing!

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Nashville, Tennessee
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 6, 2015

Great tour. The captain and tour guide was very knowledgeable about the different sites. The breeze aboard the boat was amazing and it was so nice to rest our legs after a long day of walking. We learned more about the city and surrounding area on this tour than we did anywhere else. My advice is to get there early... More 

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