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Have an adventure on the Carolina Belle and see the beauty of the Charleston Harbor during this scenic and relaxing sightseeing cruise. You'll learn the complex history of the Holy City and why it's so popular. This family-friendly and insightful cruise is the best way to discover Charleston, and the 80-foot Carolina Belle offers you two decks: an Observation Deck and a climate-controlled Main Salon, each providing you with fantastic views of the sights.
During this 90-minute cruise, you will see over seventy-five points of interest as your USCG licensed captain tells you the stories of sights, history, and facts about the Charleston Harbor as you go by locations that have made a huge difference to United States history. Enjoy up-close views of the beautiful Holy City's most charming and famous sights like Fort Sumter, the USS Yorktown, and St. Michael's Episcopal Church as dolphins jump out of the water and local birds dive for food nearby. The Carolina Belle will sail over 20 miles, and you will hear information about the many attractions in detail during your cruise.
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 U.S. Custom House
Part of the Charleston Historic District, the U.S. Custom House in Charleston housed the offices of the government officials processing import and export paperwork. Construction began in 1853 but was later interrupted due to costs and the Civil War, after which construction was restarted in 1870 and completed in 1879. You will have a great view of this building from the comfort of your ship.
Drive By South Carolina Ports Authority
Established by the General Assembly in 1942, the South Carolina Ports Authority is authorized and charged with promoting, developing, constructing, equipping, maintaining, and operating the harbors and seaports within the state. From the ship, you will be able to see the Ports Authority's offices in Charleston along the harbor.
Drive By St. Michael's Episcopal Church
On your cruise, take in sights of this historic church, which is the oldest surviving religious structure in Charleston. Built in the 1750s by order of the South Carolina General Assembly, St. Michael's Episcopal Church is listed on the National Register of Historic Places and is a National Historic Landmark.
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.
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 ship.
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