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obtaining tickets online was easy/simple.... the site gave an address for the ferry but the info was limited about what you actually do once you're in the neighborhood - parking info and a map of where to park - cost - and how to actually get to the boat from your car would be helpful. You need to arrive early if you wish to view the exhibits in the terminal, can't do it it after the fact - wish we knew this....we're just-in-time kind of folks.... :-) you need to add 30 mins to the time on the fort - it's too short to listen to the ranger's pitch, then walk the grounds, read all of the displays, and take moments to close your eyes and be one of those men manning the fort and try to sense what they did going through such trying life moments.... [you can't imagine unless you've seen red balls of fire....but try....]
We chose to do the USS Yorktown Ghost Tour on Sunday the 11th. It was by far the highlight of the weekend! Tad Legare was extremely knowledgeable of the ship and a very entertaining tour guide. I was worried this would be a cheesy ghost tour with a bunch of fake noises and bad stories but it wasn't at all. More about the history of those lost on the ship and what people have experienced ever since then. The USS Yorktown is beautiful at night and much less crowded. Only complaint is that it ended too soon! We could have easily spent another hour and a half with Tad giving us a tour of the rest of the ship. This should be a must do on your Charleston trip for sure!
Ferry ride was very pleasant even under COVID-19 conditions. All the staff and Park Service folks were delightful and helpful. The Fort visit was hotter than anticipated and water was critical. I believe 1 hour is just about right for the tour time on the fort. I wish I knew the first boat of the day takes the US flag over and raises it, and the last boat lowers and secures it. I would like to see that.
The bus tour was a general run down of historical neighborhoods and homes. This ticket covered the bus tour and a self guided tour of either the Manigault estate or the Charleston Museum (not both).
Very fun, captain was knowledgeable and funny. Saw a bunch of dolphins too! Mask up, slightly annoyed the young couple next to us opted out after the explanation that it was required.