One of the best ways to see the city is from the water. On a cruise with Charleston Harbor Tours, you’ll travel past historical sites that played an important role in the Revolutionary and Civil Wars, see stately southern homes along the Battery that contrast with the architecture of the modern Ravenel Bridge, and enjoy the natural beauty of the Cooper River.
If you want to go on a typical sightseeing cruise, the Carolina Belle is the ship for you. For 90 minutes, you’ll be treated to a narrated tour during which you and your fellow passengers will see more than 75 points of interest including Fort Sumter and Fort Moultrie, St. Michael’s Church, Patriots Point, and the bridges over the Cooper River. If you’re lucky, you’ll also see dolphins keeping pace with the boat. Daily sightseeing cruises leave from the Charleston Maritime Center at 10 Wharfside Street.
The Carolina Queen is used for dining cruises and special events. Try their Blues and BBQ cruise with live music and a delicious dinner buffet; their Jazz Brunch Cruise with entertainment from TenCap Jazz; their music and cruise series, Jam on the Water; or the popular "Harbor-ritaville" with music from the award-winning duo of Tom and Michelle Becker. You’ll get to see all the same sites as the sightseeing cruise on the Carolina Belle. However, the tours on the Carolina Queen aren’t narrated, so you’ll be able to enjoy the music uninterrupted. Cruises on the Carolina Queen leave from the Charleston City Marina at 17 Lockwood Drive.
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