Board the Schooner Pride for an adventure through the Charleston Harbor on the Dolphin Cruise.
On this two-hour cruise aboard the Pride, you will pass some of Charleston Harbor's most historical sites and beautiful landscapes as you look for playful dolphins bouncing on the waves. On this adventure, you can help the crew raise and trim the sails or just relax for a peaceful ride. Although the tour will make no stops, you do have the opportunity to take in many fantastic sights as you pass through the harbor, including places like Patriots Point, Fort Sumter, and Arthur Ravenel Jr. Bridge. While there is no set route, these sights and more will be available to you as you scan the surface for signs of aquatic life like dolphins and fish or search the skies for pelicans and other birds.
Although dolphin-sighting is not guaranteed, most tours do spot dolphins and/or other aquatic life, and Charleston Harbor is filled with wildlife, beneath and above. Fun and friendly, dolphins are often found playing on the surface of the water and racing the boat.
Detailed Tour Itinerary
Drive By 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 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 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 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 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.
Stops may change due to traffic, weather, maintenance, etc.
Aboard the ship, you will have access to light snacks for purchase, as well as soda, water, beer, and wine. While you can bring outside snacks or a picnic lunch, outside beverages are not permitted. The schooner also includes a restroom below deck for your convenience.
With incredible views, historical landmarks, and active sea life, the Charleston Dolphin Cruise is the perfect tour for any South Carolina vacation.