Charleston Harbor Speed Boat Adventure Tour Charleston, SC

Speed Boat Adventures, Inc.Charleston Harbor (Ripley Light Marina)Charleston, SC 29407
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Explore the city's waterways and landmarks in the thrilling Charleston Harbor Speed Boat Adventure Tour! Drive your own F13 speed boat, following a guide who will communicate with you through a two-way radio. See the USS Yorktown, Fort Sumter, and the Ravenel Bridge while enjoying the wind and waves on this thrilling Charleston boat tour!

up to 2 hrs

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from Ashley, one of our Charleston Travel Experts
  • Experience the thrill of driving your own F13 mini speed boat in this 2-hour boat tour through Charleston Harbor.
  • Explore 13 miles of scenic waterways and the city's top attractions such as the USS Yorktown.
  • Dress comfortably and remember to protect yourself from the sun, bring sunscreen, sunglasses and a towel for afterwards.
  • A light jacket is recommended for morning and winter tours.
  • A friendly and professional guide will lead the way from a guide boat and provide narration through a two-way communication system.
  • You must be at least 21 years of age to drive the boat and 5 years old and above to ride as a passenger.
  • The boats are easy to operate and you will receive a safety briefing and boating lesson before you leave the dock.
  • Please note that the water can get bumpy at times, so hold on tight and enjoy the ride.
  • This tour is not recommended for people with back or neck problems or who are pregnant.


from Charleston Harbor Speed Boat Adventure Tour
Experience the thrill of a lifetime with a Speed Boat Adventure Tour in Charleston, SC! Get behind the wheel of an F13 speed boat and navigate your way through the world-famous Charleston Harbor on this fully-guided tour. Learn the basics of operating the speed boat from your knowledgeable guide, and then follow the guide boat past the Battery, under the Ravenel Bridge, to the USS Yorktown, and more, stopping for photo ops and changing drivers if you wish.

The experience begins at to Ripley Light Marina with a welcome by your guide, a safety briefing, and a lesson on hand signals and boating basics. You’ll navigate on your own speed boat for the entirety of the tour, following the lead of your guide who sets the pace in a different boat for the duration of the tour.

Your boat is equipped with a two-way communication system that allows you to hear your guide's entertaining narration throughout the adventure. If you want to change drivers, you may do so at any of the brief stops.

The 13-mile (20-km) spin around Charleston Harbor includes several stops for photo ops and a closer look at all the best attractions, such as the Battery, USS Yorktown Aircraft Carrier, Arthur Ravenel Jr. Bridge, the South Carolina Aquarium, and a cruise ship terminal.

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Frequently Asked Questions about Charleston Harbor Speed Boat Adventure Tour

Where does the Charleston Harbor Speed Boat Adventure Tour depart from?

Your adventure begins at Ripley Light Marina, located at 56 Ashley Point Dr, Charleston, SC 29407. As you turn into the marina, keep driving until you see a large, oval, maroon sign on the left that reads, “California Dreaming”. Parking is available there. From the sign, walk along the entrance path to the docks. Turn right at the end and walk down the ramp. Your guide will meet you at the slips.

When should I arrive?

Please arrive 30 minutes prior to your scheduled departure time.

How long is the tour?

Prepare to explore 13 miles of the beautiful Charleston Harbor during this delightful 2-hour adventure.

Do the tours have any age restrictions?

The tours are family-friendly! Children riding with adults should be at least 5 years of age or older. Children under 5 are welcomed on a case-by-case basis, ensuring fair water conditions and the child's ability to hold on securely. For safety reasons, rough conditions are not suitable for children under 5.

Are there height and weight requirements for the tour?

Each boat's maximum capacity is 450lbs, ensuring a comfortable and safe experience for all. There's no specific height requirement.

Can I drive the speed boat?

Certainly! You will receive expert instruction on how to operate the boat. No prior boating experience or license is needed. To be at the helm, you must be 21 years or older to drive the boat alone, or age 18 and up to drive with an adult.

Are there any health restrictions?

Yes, for your safety, please note that you might encounter open waters during your tour. While the harbor is usually calm, occasional choppiness can occur. It is recommended that guests with neck or back issues or recent surgeries refrain from participating. Pregnant women are advised not to take part in the tour.

What should I wear?

Wear comfortable beach-friendly attire and bring a light jacket for the cooler weather. It can get a bit windy, so plan accordingly.

What should I bring?

Pack some essentials like sandals or flip-flops, a towel, sunblock, and sunglasses to ensure your comfort during the tour.

Is the boat fully accessible?

Yes, this tour is accessible for individuals using wheelchairs, ensuring that everyone can join in on the fun.