With Charleston, SC being a coastal town, locals and visitors alike have constant access to the water. You can head to the beach and enjoy the salty Atlantic Ocean, you can sail around the Charleston Harbor, or you can take a boat on the Ashley River. One other way to get out to sea would be to take a cruise. While there are many cruises that leave from Charleston and sail abroad, there are also some ways to take a cruise and stay in town. If you don’t want to leave The Holy City, perhaps you and your spouse could take a Charleston dinner cruise. This is a great way to experience the charm and history of Charleston in just one evening on board a ship.
SpiritLine Cruises & Events
At SpiritLine Cruises & Events, you will hop aboard the Spirit of Carolina and enjoy a three- or four-course meal. Everyone will get to try the She-crab soup and the fresh salad, while guests will have their choice of five entrees, including shrimp & grits and the fresh catch of the day. You will have plenty of time to enjoy this experience, as you will set sail at 7 p.m. and return to the dock at 9:30 p.m. Boarding will begin at 6:30 p.m. at takes place at the Patriots Point Naval Museum in Mount Pleasant. In addition to amazing views and delicious food, you will have a local musician performing for you live.
Charleston Harbor Tours
If you are looking for a way to spend your evening on the 4th of July in Charleston, then Charleston Harbor Tours is an option you should definitely evaluate. The dinner cruise includes a two-hour ride from 8-10 p.m. and a BBQ buffet from Home Team BBQ. You will have a great view of the fireworks aboard the Carolina Belle, but before the sky lights up, you will get to listen to Shrimp City Slim play the blues. You can also host a private dinner cruise at Charleston Harbor Tours for an event such as a rehearsal dinner.
The Palmetto is your vessel at Sandlapper Tours, and it will take you and your guests to a barrier island for your meal. Expect refreshments aboard The Palmetto and then perhaps an oyster roast, crab roast, or Frogmore stew once you get to your destination. You can also nail down the catering on your own, or have the captain simply navigate the group to the restaurant of its choosing.
After your Charleston dinner cruise, continue your night of romance by booking a room at the Governor’s House Inn on Broad Street. When you get back to your Charleston bed and breakfast, enjoy a glass of wine in the parlor before resting your head in one of the 11 luxurious accommodations. Fortunately, there is no rush to head out when you wake up. Be sure to stick around to enjoy the delicious gourmet breakfast and the afternoon tea and snacks. When you stay at the Governor’s House Inn, you will be treated to a first-class experience that will have you instantly excited about your return trip.
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