Powered only by the wind in the sails, the schooner Pride will take you on a cruise around the historic Charleston Harbor for a Sunset Sailing Cruise for great views of the 18th and 19th century buildings that line the coast.
On this two-hour cruise, you can enjoy a gorgeous Charleston sunset and sit back and relax on deck while the sun drops slowly toward the horizon, illuminating the countless steeples of the Holy City. Discover the tranquility of cruising the harbor on a genuine tall ship, which will take you on an adventure past many popular attractions along the edge of the harbor, including Fort Sumter, Castle Pinckney, and Patriots Point, and you will also have the opportunity to enjoy views of the local wildlife, including dolphins, pelicans, and more.
Detailed Tour Itinerary
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Tour Stop at South Carolina Aquarium Wharf
This tour departs from the Aquarium Wharf near Concord and Calhoun Street in Charleston, where you will head out into the beautiful Charleston Harbor. After the tour has ended, the schooner will take you back where you started at the Wharf.
Drive By Battery Park - White Point Gardens
White Point Gardens, known popularly as Battery Park, is a peaceful park that offers unprecedented views of Charleston Harbor and Fort Sumter, while a look back across the street promises fantastic images of beautiful Charleston mansions. From the waters of the harbor, you can see not only this beautiful park but also the magnificent houses nearby.
Drive By Fort Johnson
Built in the early 1700s, Fort Johnson was expanded and improved during the French and Indian War, American Revolution, and War of 1812. During this same time the fort was damaged was hurricanes and storms. By the time of the Civil War only a few structures remained and Confederate forces built earthworks on the site. Today a circa 1820s brick powder magazine and a section Confederate earthworks are some of the surviving elements of the fort.
Drive By Patriots Point Naval & Maritime Museum
On your cruise, you will pass by Patriots Point and have the opportunity to see their museum ships from the water. Patriots Point is a boarding point for Fort Sumter tour boats and is home to several vessels, including the USS Yorktown, the USS Laffey, and the USS Clamagore.
Drive By USS Yorktown
The USS Yorktown was built during World War II for the United States Navy. The ship is named after the Battle of Yorktown during the Revolutionary War. While the Yorktown has been a part in both the Korean and Vietnam Wars, she has now been decommissioned and is currently a museum ship at Patriots Point.
Drive By Arthur Ravenel Jr. Bridge
The Arthur Ravenel Jr. Bridge, also known as the New Cooper River Bridge, is a cable-stayed bridge over the Cooper River in South Carolina, connecting downtown Charleston to Mount Pleasant. You will be able to take in views of this magnificent bridge from your schooner.
Drive By Castle Pinckney
Originally constructed as a small masonry fortification in 1810, Castle Pinckney was used very briefly as a prisoner-of-war camp and artillery position during the Civil War. Much later, in 1970, it was named to the National Register of Historic Places. Catch a sight of this fortification, surrounded by trees and brush, from the comfort of your schooner.
Drive By Fort Moultrie in Charleston, SC
In 1776, before Moultrie Fort was even finished, it took fire from nine British warships during a nine-hour battle that is known as one of the first victories of the Revolutionary War. Later, in 1861, Forts Moultrie and Sumter were ravished during the Civil War, and during the two World Wars, threats of submarine, air, and nuclear attacks brought about further renovations to the fort. You can catch a glimpse of this fort from your cruise.
Drive By Fort Sumter National Monument
On April 12, 1861, Fort Sumter was the site of the first battle of the Civil War, marking an event that would forever change the country. Visitors today can explore the historic site via two ferry departure sites, including the Fort Sumter Visitor Education Center. Nowhere else in the country can you explore a site that sparked the events that would all but demolish the American countryside and tear her people apart in bloody battle for years.
Stops may change due to traffic, weather, maintenance, etc.
While there is no food provided, feel free to bring a few snacks on the cruise, but please note that outside drinks are prohibited. You can enjoy access to bottled water, soft drinks, domestic and imported beer, and wine for purchase during the sail.
Perfect for sweethearts, this Sunset Sailing Cruise will provide the perfect atmosphere for a romantic evening on the water, allowing you to escape for a while and enjoy the beauty nature has to offer.