As you might already know, Charleston is an all-American city, bursting with national and local pride. It’s one of the most beautiful and historic cities in the country with its rich history, stately homes, plantations, beaches, harbors, and delectable Lowcountry cuisine. Because of the number of historic and cultural places and sites in Charleston, an excellent way to get the most out your visit, within a limited time, is to tour the area by land and sea.
The Charleston Harbor Tour itself is aboard the classic 85-foot Carolina Belle. While aboard, you will hear interesting local stories, and see over 75 historical landmarks including:
- Fort Sumter: The bombardment of Fort Sumter was the opening engagement of the American Civil War. This is one of the most popular landmarks in Charleston.
- Fort Moultrie: After being attacked in 1776 by British warships, Charleston was saved from British occupation and named in honor of its commander Colonel William Moultrie.
- Fort Johnson: Most famously remembered for having fired the first shot upon Fort Sumter during the Civil War.
- USS Yorktown: Know as World War II’s “Fighting Lady,” this famous aircraft carrier is now a museum that floats proudly at the dock on Patriot’s Point.
- St. Michael’s Episcopal Church: The oldest surviving religious structure in Charleston, St Michael’s was rebuilt between 1751 and 1761, when the original structure was destroyed during a hurricane. It was declared a National Historic Monument in 1960.
- Historic Homes on the Battery: These magnificent homes, built on the battery, will make you feel as if you have stepped back in time. With their stately architecture and beautifully manicured yards, they are truly extraordinary.
- Cooper River Bridges: This includes the beautiful Arthur Ravenel Jr. Bridge, also known as the Cooper River Bridge. Opened in 2005, it was rebuilt to accommodate the larger ships entering the port, as well as the increase in traffic.
- Dolphins and Pelicans: Frequently spotted residents in the harbors, inlets, and waterways of Charleston are the always popular and graceful dolphins, never failing to make an appearance. Gliding effortlessly through the air above you, is the equally popular pelican, diving now and then to catch a fish.
In addition to the Charleston Harbor Tour, you can purchase a combo ticket (a surf & turf package, if you will!) that will allow you to explore even more of Charleston.
Why purchase a combo ticket?
- Save money: No matter which combo ticket you purchase, you are saving more than 10% on the original cost of tickets.
- Tour your way: It’s up to you how you’d like to use your tickets. You can enjoy your Charleston Harbor Cruise one day and the second tour in your combo package the next day. You can use your combination tour any day during the year—it’s up to you!
There are currently three combination tickets available:
Combination 1: Charleston Harbor Tour + Boone Hall Plantation Admission. Along with your cruise, you can purchase a combo package that includes admission to Boone Hall Plantation. This historic sight is known as “America’s Most Photographed Plantation.” Explore the mansion and its property, which includes a butterfly garden with antique roses, camellias, and a variety of other South Carolina plants. Enjoy the setting where a handful of movies and TV shows have been filmed. If you are interested in this option, click here to purchase tickets.
Combination 2: Charleston Harbor Tour + Palmetto Carriage Works carriage ride. Another combo option you might consider along with your cruise is admission to a Palmetto Carriage Works carriage ride. This one-hour, horse-drawn carriage tour, hosted by a licensed, well informed, and quite humorous guide, take you through the historic district. All guides have passed a rigorous test to be able to showcase the City of Charleston in all of its glory. If you are interested in this option, click here to purchase tickets.
Combination 3: Charleston Harbor Tour + Boone Hall Plantation + Palmetto Carriage Works carriage ride. Combine all three tours for the ultimate insight into Charleston! If you are interested in this option, click here to purchase tickets.
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