When water enthusiasts hear the word peninsula, a plethora of activities come to mind. Downtown Charleston South Carolina is situated on a peninsula consisting of 17 square miles. While not all offshore adventures are found directly in the city, many are a short drive away. Take a look at what activities you and your family can enjoy via boat. 

Spirit Line Cruises 

If you’re visiting the area to learn about its extensive history, Spirit Line Cruises has you covered while enjoying the Charleston skyline’s sights. On your journey, a certified guide will educate you on over 75 landmarks. If you are interested in more than just landmarks there are historical interest points as well. Outside you can view abundant sea life, such as bottlenose dolphins. Come with an appetite and enjoy a delicious southern meal while taking in the beauty of the Lowcountry.

Sandlapper Water Tours

While some prefer large vessels with plenty of deck space to roam, Sandlapper Water Tours offers a more personalized experience. The tour boat Palmetto is a 45 foot catamaran powered by twin outboard engines. Located in downtown Charleston Sandlapper Water Tours features both dinner and nature tours. 

Charleston Tours and Events

This company has the sailing fanatic covered. Each cruise is unique because the wind powers the vessel. Chose your pick between a sunset wine tasting cruise, a sunset sail, a full moon sail, and or an afternoon dolphin sail. 

Sea Quest Boat Rental 

For more of the do it yourself type of boater Sea Quest Boat Rentals allows you the freedom to navigate your course. With three boats to choose from, they are sure to satisfy your needs. Hourly rentals range from four to eight hours. 

Hydrofly Watersports 

Partiers get ready, Hyrdrofly Watersports has a floating oasis. You and your guests will be whisked away to a two-story floating bar filled with some of the most exciting water activities. The activities await to include a second story launch point into the water below, tubing, wakeboarding, and even a Flyboard, a water jet pack attached to your feet, hurling you in the air. 

Patriots Point Naval & Maritime Museum

Located just minutes away from downtown Charleston across the Ravanel Bridge are massive ships military ships that have been decommissioned. Although they no longer embark on journeys, this experience will bring you back to a mariner’s life aboard navy vessels. During your visit, you will have the opportunity to tour an aircraft carrier loaded with planes, a destroyer, and even a submarine. 

Shem Creek Boat Rentals 

Located just a few miles from Patriots Point is Shem Creek Boat Rentals and smack dab in the center of every waterfront bar and restaurant you can image. Or, visit a local beach just a short run-time away. With a wide range of boats available for rent, they have something to suit every family’s needs. Don’t feel like running the vessel yourself? Charters are also available. 

Shem Creek

If you’re traveling by boat from Charleston or the Mount Pleasant area, docking on Shem Creek should be a top priority. Most restaurants on the creek provide ample docking space. Lined with some of the best eateries to meet everyone’s appetite, consider the local fair caught from surrounding waters to include shrimp, oysters, crab, and fish. 

When Is The Best Time To Visit Charleston?

Of course if you want to participate in activities on the water you will want to make sure that you visit Charleston during the proper time of the year. Although the summer is going to be warm enough to get in the water, sometimes it can be a bit too warm. The late spring and early fall are great times to consider heading to Charleston. You may get a cooler morning or evening but for the most part the temperature will be very comfortable.

The waters surrounding the Charleston area are brimming with both tours and self-guided experiences for the nautical adventurer. Next time you’re in town, consult your hotel concierge or friendly residents of the Holy City. Your offshore journey awaits you.