Charleston Harbor

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Overall rating

4.7 / 5

based on 594 reviews

Booking tickets online was extremely easy. My brother and I had a little difficulty with the parking instructions, but once we figured out where the parking garage was located, we were good to go. The ferry departed on time, and the crew was friendly and helpful. There was indoor and outdoor seating. We saw bottlenose dolphins on the return trip which was fun. Plus we saw active dredging of the shipping channel, tugboats at work and the USS Yorktown with aircraft on its deck. The ride to the fort was smooth, and the ranger talk was chock full of historic information. It was cold, raw and rainy the day we visited so we were glad the time on the island was not too long. We had all the time we needed to explore, and it was great that a park ranger approached of his own volition to engage us in further discussion. We learned even more. Overall, it was wonderful despite the weather.

Taking this tour on our first day in Charleston was probably the best decision we made on our visit. Charleston is a town seen best by walking... BUT I highly recommend this tour to get the lay of the land as well as learn about it so you can know the “why” of what you’re seeing before you start exploring. Our guide, Nick, gave us a thorough tour of the city while delivering an excellent history as well as providing us with tips and hints for getting around as well as things to see and do; we often found ourselves referring back to what we learned from Nick as we continued to enjoy our weekend.

Boat ride across Charleston Harbor to Ft Sumter, and return to Patriots Point; right next to the USS Yorktown Naval Carrier. The ride was good (pleasant seas) with a fairly knowledgeable Volunteer to point out the other famous landmarks along the shores. The time at the fort was rather limited but the Rangers were helpful and well informed. An exciting and fulfilling adventure in History...

Friendly and knowledgable Rangers, great ride out to Fort Sumter, awesome historical site with plenty of Information available through the rangers. Good book and gift shops onsite. Plenty of time to see it all.

It was cold and windy! Due to Covid restrictions (I guess), the Museum was closed. but we enjoyed walking around and viewing and imagining how it was back then.