Cruises & Tours

Where Charleston - - The Guide -

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.bull­dog­ 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.charleston­har­bor­ 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.charleston­wa­ter­ 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.culi­nary­tour­ 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.old­south­car­riage­ 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. pal­met­to­car­ 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.spir­it­ Pa­tri­ots Point, 40 Pa­tri­ots Point Road, Mount Pleas­ant; Aquar­ium Wharf.; For reser­va­tions, call 800.789.3678.

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