Admission to Patriots Point Naval & Maritime Museum - USS YorktownNarrated cruise to Historic Fort SumterAdmission to the South Carolina AquariumGuided carriage tour through CharlestonGuided Barrier Island ecological tourGuided Ghost & Graveyard TourVisit to Magnolia Plantation & GardensVisit to the Historic Charleston City Market
Admission to Fort Moultrie
Upon arrival in Charleston, you will meet your Tour Manager and explore the USS Yorktown Air Craft Carrier at the Patriots Point Naval & Maritime Museum.
This afternoon will experience a relaxing 30 minute narrated cruise to historic Fort Sumter. You will learn about the events which led to the outbreak of America’s most bloody war. When you arrive you will be greeted by National Park Service Rangers, who will provide further details about Fort Sumter and its pivotal role in the American Civil War. On the fort you will find a very informative museum with many historic artifacts and a souvenir shop. After your one hour visit, you will enjoy a scenic cruise back to your departure point.
This morning you'll visit the South Carolina Aquarium, a captivating journey from the mountains to the sea featuring 60 unique habitats, including our 385,000-gallon Great Ocean Tank.
Next, you will discover the historic center of Charleston on a Carriage Tour.
This evening you'll take a guided Ghost & Graveyard Tour. You’ll get an exclusive opportunity to walk inside the gates of one of Charleston’s oldest graveyards after dark. Learn about the history of Charleston’s graveyards and hear the stories of the famous individuals who found their final resting place in the Holy City.
You will then experience and learn about marine life as your knowledgeable naturalist guides you during your Barrier Island Ecological Tour.
This morning you'll explore the Magnolia Plantation. Founded in 1676 by the Drayton family, Magnolia Plantation has survived the centuries and witnessed the history of our nation unfold before it from the American Revolution through the Civil War and beyond. It is the oldest public tourist site in the Lowcountry, and the oldest public gardens in America, opening its doors to visitors in 1870 to view the thousands of beautiful flowers and plants in its famous gardens.
Next, you will visit the historic Charleston City Market, the cultural heart of the City. As one of the nation's oldest public markets, the historic Charleston City Market plays a leading role in the preservation of time-treasured customs and vibrant American history. Throughout the year, the local community and visitors alike gather for authentic experiences and interaction with more than 300 vibrant entrepreneurs.
You'll take a self-guided visit of Fort Moultrie. Decades of growing strife between North and South erupted in civil war on April 12, 1861, when Confederate artillery opened fire on this Federal fort in Charleston Harbor. Fort Sumter surrendered 34 hours later. Union forces would try for nearly four years to take it back.
Your Charlestown trip comes to a close as you depart on your return trip home.