The Best Charleston Boat Tours You Need to Take

While many marvel at the beauty of Charleston’s marshlands and glassy waters, the landscape also serves as a looking-glass into the rich, deep history of the area. One of the best ways to enjoy the vibrant, historic scenery is by getting out on the water and exploring the Holy City’s most notable sites in nature. Take a look at our recommendations to the best Charleston boat tours that incorporate fun, like sunset cruises or kid-friendly activities, into the story of our city. And, for more things to do in the area, take a look at our Insider’s Guide to Charleston to unlock everything you need to experience during your trip.

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When you go on a harbor cruise with Charleston Harbor Tours, you’ll take a relaxing, 90-minute journey floating by gorgeous attractions. Enjoy the cool breeze on a warm day, and breath in the fresh, salty air as you pass by these stunning historic sites:


St. Michael’s Episcopal Church Steeple, which survived the Revolutionary War.


Fort Sumter, Fort Johnson, and Fort Moultrie. Each played a significant role in both the Revolutionary and Civil Wars.


Patriot’s Point, the home of the iconic ship called the “Fighting Lady,” and her famous story from World War II.


These are only a few of the 75 different attractions you’ll get to experience on this fantastic harbor cruise.



When you take a Morris Island Lighthouse Boat Tour with Charleston Outdoor Adventures, you’ll weave your way through clear tidal creeks to reach this uninhabited island. On your way, your knowledgable guide will detail important facts about the delicate ecosystem and point out local wildlife like oyster flats, pelicans, and of course, dolphin! Then, upon arrival, you’ll take an intimate look at the unspoiled, natural beauty of the island. Stretch your legs as you explore the completely secluded, beautiful beaches of Morris Island. Even get up close to the famous lighthouse that helped defend the Charleston Harbor in the Civil War. You’ll feel completely relaxed and at peace in the solace of nature.

3: Enjoy Breathtaking Sunset Cruises

One of the best sunset cruises you can take is aboard the Schooner Pride. You can experience this boat tour in a few ways:


-The Schooner Pride offers private charters for large groups. Reserve this private boat to treat your family and friends to an evening harbor cruise while enjoying a glass of wine or beer!


-You can also reserve a general admission sunset cruise, a sunset wine tasting cruise, or a moonlight sail. Sunset wine tastings include hand-picked wines along with delicious, light hors d’oevres to help you fully indulge while on this adventure. Make sure you book online in advance to reserve your spot!

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If you can’t get enough of the water after these Charleston boat tours, stay at one of our beachfront properties to wake up to stunning, deep-blue views. You’ll feel entirely at ease resting on the wide deck overlooking the peacefully, sandy shore. And, when you’re ready to escape the heat, retreat to the cool, living, dining, or kitchen area of your rental. Or, wrap up in the cold, silky sheets of your king-size bed to rest up for your next adventure.


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