One way that you can experience the history of Charleston, SC, is by taking one of the awesome carriage tours that the city has to offer. These tours take you in and out of the historic streets with experienced tour guides leading the way. Another way to experience the history, though, is to take a Charleston Harbor tour. Guests on a Harbor tour can sail around the water and get a unique view of downtown Charleston, The Battery, Patriot’s Point, and For Sumter, among other iconic landmarks. We recommend you get to Charleston, head to the Harbor, and enjoy the warm sun and amazing breeze as you tour the city by sea.
At Charleston Harbor Tours you will climb aboard the Carolina Belle to enjoy the beauty of the Holy City. The ship guides will point out over 75 different landmarks on your tour that will last an hour and a half. Aboard the Carolina Belle, and all of the Charleston Harbor tours, you will need to keep an eye out on the water to see if any dolphin friends are swimming alongside your vessel. You can also combine your harbor tour with a wonderful carriage ride, as well. Tickets are $21 per person.
Another option would be to let SpiritLine Cruises & Events take care of all your Charleston Harbor tour needs. This line of cruises has two departure points: Aquarium Wharf and Patriot’s Point. This makes it easy for you to access a cruise no matter where you are coming from. Admission is $20 for adults and $12 for children. If you wanted to spice up your harbor tour a bit, you can also take a Charleston dinner cruise. This will include dinner over a two and a half hour period, and costs begin at $53.53 per person (depending on day and type of seating).
Two other companies you can look at using are The Schooner Pride and Sandlapper Water Tours. The Schooner Pride provides a unique experience in that you will be aboard their 84-foot tall sailboat instead of a cruise ship. Your time with Schooner Pride lasts two hours and begins at $36 for adults. Sandlapper Water Tours offers a few different types of trips, including ghost tours, sunset cruises, nature tours, and history tours. The Palmetto is waiting to take you around the harbor, and tickets begin at $23 for adults.
Located just blocks away from the different Charleston Harbor tours is The Governor’s House Inn – a premier bed and breakfast in Charleston. Since the Governor’s House Inn is a member of Select Registry Distinguished Inns of North America, you can rest assured that a stay here will be one of the highest quality. Each of the 11 luxurious accommodations are unique and have a personality all their own, allowing guests to choose the room that is perfect for them. So when you are finished with your Charleston Harbor tour, be sure to let the Governor’s House Inn take care of all your accommodations. Rooms fill up quickly, so plan ahead and book your stay today!
Photo courtesy Ron Cogswell