Charleston Harbor Tours

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Rating Summary:
Rating: 4.5  1,129 rating points
# of Reviews Positive
= Overall
% Positive Average
Last 3 months 172 342 14 = 328 96% 4.4
Last 6 months 407 861 18 = 843 97% 4.5
Last 12 months 538 1,148 19 = 1,129 98% 4.5
All 2,828 5,641 167 = 5,474 96% 4.4
Ratings by Activity
(Each activity's ratings from the last 12 months)
% Positive Average
Historic Charleston Harbor Tour 338 98% 4.5 Read Reviews Info & Tickets
Combo: Charleston Harbor Tour & Carriage Ride 313 98% 4.6 Read Reviews Info & Tickets
Tri-Combo Tour: Harbor/ Carriage/ Plantation Tour 201 99% 4.6 Read Reviews Info & Tickets
Sunset Blues & BBQ Cruise 155 97% 4.4 Read Reviews Info & Tickets
Combo: Charleston Harbor Tour & Plantation Tour 122 97% 4.4 Read Reviews Info & Tickets
Discontinued Cruise on the Carolina Queen 0 0% 0.0
Rating Date Attended Reviewer Gender Age Where From? Sort Descending Group Type?
Rating: 5
Boat vs carriage
Sun, Sep 7  3:30 PM KarenBetts Female 50-59 Domestic Tourist(s) Family Without Children
The boat your was great, the carriage ride guide was a little obsessed with the local foliage and not enough on structure. No options to take photos! No trip to the Battery on your, rainbow road either.
Rating: 5
Great insights into local history - and fun as wel
Sat, Sep 6  11:30 AM rbaris Male 50-59 Domestic Tourist(s) Family Without Children
The activities were fun and we learned a lot from both the plantation and the harbor tour. The staff were friendly and knowledgeable.
Rating: 5
Must See.
Fri, Sep 5  11:30 AM nancygarbode Female 60-69 Domestic Tourist(s) Group of Friends
We were on the fence whether to take the harbor tour because we only had one day in Charleston. We are now so glad we took the time as it turned out to be one of the highlights of our month-long vacation.
Rating: 5
Very enjoyable!
Mon, Sep 1  3:30 PM backer0 Male 70+ Domestic Tourist(s) Family Without Children
Captain was congenial and knowledgeable. Have been to Charleston many times and always learn something new each time.
Rating: 1
Great tour but over crowded.
Sun, Aug 31  11:30 AM Carmenapr Female 40-49 Domestic Tourist(s) Family Without Children
We took the cruise and the boat was over crowed, people don;t have even where to sit to enjoy the cruise. The history part was great. I know is business, but they didn't take in consideration how comfortable people will be in a pay tour.
Rating: 3
Who knew how beneficial we were to the slaves?
Sat, Aug 30  3:30 PM DrFrito Male 40-49 Domestic Tourist(s) Family Without Children
I just never realized how lucky the slaves were that we owned them. According to the guides at the plantation, the slaves really didn't have it all that bad. They _only_ worked about 10 hrs a day then the rest of the time was their own and they could do as they wished. Their living quarters are surrounded by beautiful trees and lush grassy lawns. They only got whipped if they tried to run away or refused to work hard enough. What a crock. That plantation was a horrible place to visit because of all the rhetoric. Then we 'signed' up for the tour of the mansion and the tour guide kept asking if we had any questions, when we asked she said she didn't know and was pretty rude toward some of the guests. If you wanted the 'wagon' ride instead of signing up for it, you just had to watch for one and hurry before the rest of the people ran over there. It was a mess. We just ended up leaving, oh, and when following the exit signs the gate was locked up so we had to drive all the way back to the front and leave that way. All in all, really still a racist attitude, disorganized, and not very pleasant to visit. The Captain of the boat was great. Friendly and Funny. It was a nice little tour and informative. It helped us figure out what we wanted to see while there. The staff weren't so friendly, but they were pretty busy trying to work the snack bar. Overall this was a good idea. The buggy ride was out last thing to do before heading out of town. It was really hot but since we got there semi early, we didn't have to wait long. The coachman was nice and had his script memorized well. Parking was ~7.00 if I remember right. There were a few other horse and buggy companies crammed right there together but this one seemed much nicer and everyone was really friendly. It wasn't totally what I had in mind for a horse and buggy ride as there were something like 10 of us on there. I was hoping for a bit smaller group. This makes it a touristy ride around downtown instead of a nice more romantic type ride. You can rent a private buggy but I didn't check into that part. I never once heard them asking for tips here. I still think it was a great idea to purchase the combo tickets. We really had no idea what we were going to do so this was a big help. I just think it would be better choosing a different combo.
Rating: 5
Great time!
Sat, Aug 30  3:30 PM btschewe Male 20-29 Domestic Tourist(s) Couple on a Date
My wife and I did a long 3 day weekend in Charleston! We ordered the tri package for the boat tour, carriage ride, and the and the Boone Hall Plantation. We loved all 3 of them and it was well worth the money! I would recommened this to everyone!
Rating: 4
Something to do
Sat, Aug 30  3:30 PM mtwhiten Male 20-29 Domestic Tourist(s) Family Without Children
The tour is pretty cool, if you are a history buff it is something you will definitely enjoy, and if you are just somebody who wants to ride around and look at stuff it will be enjoyable as well. The guide seemed pretty knowledgeable and was pretty funny as well. Overall I enjoyed myself and would recommend the tour to anyone staying in Charleston.
Rating: 5
Afternoon on ride in the harbor
Sat, Aug 30  1:30 PM JanetGalindo Female 60-69 Domestic Tourist(s) Group of Friends
Wanted to see Ft. Sumtner, so we decided to do the harbor tour. Captain Johnny was very informative and pointed out lots of areas of interest and filled our hour and a half ride with lots of facts and interesting stories. We took the tour in August during the afternoon and part of the tour we were shaded and part of it we were in the hot sun. May advise to take the tour in the morning or evening during August or hot summer months, but do recommend you take the tour if you have time in your schedule.
Rating: 4
Harbour Tour was great...Carriage ride not so much
Sat, Aug 30  11:30 AM Seralynn Female 60-69 Domestic Tourist(s) Family Without Children
While we loved the harbour tour, we cannot say the same for the carriage ride vendor. There were a WHOLE slew of issues related to poor customer service BUT the tour guide (Bob W) made up for the lack of customer service from staff!! I would recommend the following for your site and for the carriage ride vendor: 1. Have something on the website regarding parking. There's free parking but we didn't know about it and paid for parking. 2. Have something on the website regarding holiday tour schedules. 3. The vendor needs to better train their employees to handle issues. We pre-paid for our tour but was told that it's first come and first serve. If someone pre-pays, there should be some mechanism to schedule a tour - that is, make reservations. 4. The vendor needs to keep change on hand for customers who need to put change in the parking meters. Personally, I will never do a combo tour again. While it's convenient to purchase them's not worth the hassle of thinking because we had pre-paid we could just walk up to the carriage and take the tour. The entire ordeal left a bad taste in my mouth.
Rating: 4
Carriage ride & Harbor tour combo
Fri, Aug 29  1:30 PM davidrinard Male 30-39 Domestic Tourist(s) Family With Children
My wife, my son(9), and myself recently did the Carriage ride & Harbor tour combo. It was very entertaining and educational! I would recommend it to the first time visitor or a yearly visitor to the Charleston area!!
Rating: 4
Excellent Tour
Thu, Aug 28  11:30 AM Garscar Male 70+ Domestic Tourist(s) Couple on a Date
Just the right duration, and very well run. Neat and clean vessel.....we had a great time.
Rating: 4
Tue, Aug 26  3:30 PM Rbowles Female 60-69 Domestic Tourist(s) Other
Carriage ride and harbor tour were enjoyable
Rating: 5
Great Ride
Tue, Aug 26  3:30 PM lynnd3 Female 30-39 Domestic Tourist(s) Couple on a Date
I thoroughly enjoyed this tour. The indoor seating is comfortable and arranged for easy viewing. A great way to get a perspective on the immense, dramatic harbor both historically and currently.
Rating: 4
Pretty good, though this plantation isn't the best
Sun, Aug 24  3:30 PM kkmowery Female 20-29 Domestic Tourist(s) Family Without Children
I really appreciated the option to book all three *highly* desirable outings at the same time. The carriage ride is the BEST part. It's great. The harbour ride is alright...sorta boring, to be honest, but I'm from Seattle, so I'm used to more dramatic landscapes. The most interesting thing is seeing dolphins around the boat. Good if you've got time and feel like sitting around. The plantation was pretty disappointing for me, because I'm a preservationist: having a house built from 1936 felt very inauthentic, relative to the experience I was seeking. And no one told me until I got on the house tour! It seems like they try to avoid advertising the fact that, while it's "the most photographed plantation house in America," it's NOT really a plantation house! It was built by a Canadian who bought the place in the 20th century! Anyway, the grounds out there are pretty, so if you don't care if it's a real plantation house or not, you could go. But if you're looking for a real plantation property, perhaps look at one of the other options in the area. It's true that the ticket you buy here is all-inclusive for the whole plantation property: you don't have to buy different segments of tours and access. Depends on what you're looking for, if that sounds good to you or not.