Cruises & Tours
BULLDOG TOURS Bulldog Tours is one of Charleston’s most notable walking tour companies. The group offers themed walking tours throughout the city, including the ghost tour. Other themed tours include the culinary tours of Charleston with stops throughout restaurants for sneak-peek looks into the history and kitchens of some of Chuck Town’s most beloved restaurants. Times and prices vary. www.bulldogtours.com. 18 Anson St., 843.722.8687.
CHARLESTON HARBOR TOURS Tour Charleston’s harbor aboard the Carolina Belle. Learn about the “Holy City,” the forts that helped shape the area’s history including Fort Sumter, the exquisite Battery homes and other points of interest. Daily departures, February
through November, from the Charleston Maritime Center, south of the SC Aquarium. Seven days a week, 11:30, 1:30, 3:30. www.charlestonharbortours.com. 10 Wharfside St., 843.722.1112. CHARLESTON WATER TAXI SIGHTSEE
ING AND DOLPHIN WATCH Hourly ferry service between Mount Pleasant and downtown’s historic district, hourly dolphin cruises and hourly sightseeing tours. Taxi departs Mount Pleasant from Charleston Harbor Resort at the top of each hour and the Charleston Maritime Center at Aquarium Wharf 30 minutes past each hour, 9 am-8 pm. Fares are $10 day pass, $6 one-way; children under 3 welcomed aboard free of charge. Adult $10 for all-day pass; children under 3 free. www.charlestonwatertaxi.com. Maritime Center 10 Wharfside St., 843.330.2989. CULINARY TOURS OF CHARLESTON Walk, talk and taste your way through Charleston and experience the history through Lowcountry cuisine. Daily tasting tours introduce guests to tasty bites at many great “food finds” and may include such Southern staples as grits, pralines, sweet tea and collard greens. Go behind the scenes and visit with chefs, bakers, artisan food producers, chocolatiers and specialty shops. www.culinarytoursofcharleston.com. 18 Anston St., 843.722.8687. OLD SOUTH CARRIAGE COMPANY What better way to see historic Holy City in style than on an hour-long, narrated, horse-drawn carriage tour. Look for guides in Confederate uniforms who sport red sashes about their waists: They’re eager to share historical facts, lore and humor about Charleston. Open daily 9 am- 4 pm. Tickets: $15-25; combo tickets with SpiritLine harbor cruises or Fort Sumter cruises $25- 41. www.oldsouthcarriagetours.com. 14 Anson St., 843.723.9712.
PALMETTO CARRIAGE WORKS This tour company hosts both walking and carriage tours. A variety of options are available, including historic carriage tours, evening tours of the commercial district, carriage and harbor combo tours, and more. Tickets: $12- 68. www. palmettocarriage.com. 8 Guignard St., 843.723.8145. SPIRITLINE CRUISES SpiritLine features both harbor tours and dinner cruises, so visitors to town can see the waterfront in at least two different lights. Harbor tours are led by a licensed city tour guide who imparts information about the sights you pass by and Holy City in general. Departs daily at 1 pm and 3 pm from Aquarium Wharf. Tickets: $12-22. Dinner cruises feature sunset views, live entertainment and a 3- or 4-course meal. Departs daily at 7 pm from Patriots Point. Tickets $54-150. www.spiritlinecruises.com. Patriots Point, 40 Patriots Point Road, Mount Pleasant; Aquarium Wharf.; For reservations, call 800.789.3678.