There are so many ways to explore the beautiful Lowcountry coast. While the soft sands and beautiful waters may steal the show here, we recommend that you and your family book one of the Charleston boat tours in the area to explore Fort Sumter, local marine life, and much more! 

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The Best Charleston Boat Tours to Book


Spend your day on the water when you book with Osprey Boat Charters. Osprey offers fun Intracoastal tours to see and learn more about the man-made waterways that date back hundreds of years, dolphin tours to see the Atlantic bottlenose dolphin, and a relaxing sunset cruise.

If you prefer or need a bit of privacy, you can charter a boat for your engagement, wedding, or other special events!

Barrier Island Eco Tours

If you want to go out with locals who know how to spot all of the local wildlife than a Barrier Island Eco Tour should be on your planner! See dolphins and sea turtles, go fishing, and visit Capers Island when you go out to the barrier islands on an eco-tour.

Fort Sumter Tours

Visit and tour the site where the first shots of the Civil War were fired when you take an official Fort Sumter Tour! Leaving out of either Patriots Point or Liberty Park downtown twice a day, these two-and-a-half-hour tours are the only way to visit the island and explore the fort!

Make sure to read the website or call ahead to make sure they are departing, as the shuttle leaves at specific times and can fill up pretty quickly!

Sandlapper Tours

Explore the Charleston harbor aboard a 45-foot Catamaran with Sandlapper Tours. Offering everything from nature to sunset to ghost and pirate tours, Sandlapper Tours offers a great way to see everything on your bucket list when you visit the Lowcountry.

Spiritline Cruises & Events

Explore the Charleston harbor on a luxury dining yacht when you book a dinner cruise with Spiritline Cruises. Watch dolphins rise, enjoy a glass of wine, and relax in style on a trip with one of Charleston’s premier cruise ships.