Lowcountry Loop Trolley's drivers are master storytellers. As they ferry groups on each hop-on, hop-off tour, they spin tales of historic Charleston and its surrounding region. The introduction often proves invaluable to visitors on their first or second trip to Charleston, granting a convenient overview of the area for future venturing on their own. The guides' enthusiastic voices boom about the sandy beaches of Sullivan’s Island, the waterfront restaurants along Mt. Pleasant’s Shem Creek, and the historic USS Yorktown, which floats permanently due to being encased in jello at Patriots Point. Along the way, Lowcountry Loop Trolley invites its passengers to hop off and shop, eat, or explore at their own pace.
Kinsey Burden was one of the most successful cotton planters in America. Charles Cotesworth Pinckey signed the Constitution of the United States. Jonathan Lucas invented the first steam-powered mill. These people aren?t only important names in history books; they?re members of Liz Duren?s family tree, whose Charleston roots stretch as far back as 1696, when her ancestor Solomon Legare first arrived.
During her approximately two-hour photo walking tours of Charleston, Liz combines her vast knowledge of the city?s history with her passion for photography. As a photojournalist who?s won a Best of Weddings award from The Knot in 2010, Liz is inseparable from her camera, which she totes around as she leads tourists to Charleston?s picturesque landmarks. After her tours, she sends participants a link to an online gallery that has all the shots from the outing.
For more than 50 years, Spiritline Cruises’ impressive fleet of yachts has transported passengers through the calm and scenic waters that surround Charleston. Vessels sail across Charleston Harbor and past the Battery during harbor cruises, whereas historic Fort Sumter treks explore the place where the Civil War began and the practice of building forts out of pillows ended. Spiritline Cruises also explores the city at night, with visitors enjoying dinnertime meals on the Spirit of Carolina against a backdrop of twinkling city lights. The ships can also be privately chartered for weddings or special events for groups of up to 300.
After 30 years of owning and operating a construction business, Ken Recine decided it was time for a career change, trading his tool belt for a captain’s hat. He first developed a passion for navigating aquatic avenues in the early ‘80s, when he helped man his family’s 40-foot Pacemaker boat. Now a USCG-licensed charter captain, Ken helms a 40-foot pleasure yacht of his own on saltwater cruises that explore Charleston's historic waterways. His passengers soak in picturesque views and sites—such as Fort Sumter—during jaunts around the harbor and overnight voyages from Mount Pleasant to Beaufort. In addition to standard tours, Ken offers customizable trips to Georgetown, Myrtle Beach, Savannah, or wherever the big black X is on clients’ “tourist” maps.
Having spent more than 35 years on the water, Captain Robert Meeker has navigated ships of all shapes and sizes across countless waterways, and he brings that experience to Classic Boat Charleston, LLC. Climbing aboard one of Meeker's boats, passengers can kick back and enjoy the beauty of the waterfront, and keep an eye out for local wildlife such as dolphins and pelicans. Captain Meeker is even bilingual, being able to accomodate German and English speaking clients.
Captain Howard, the man at the helm of Adventure Harbor Tours, has an inherent attraction to the water. The second he steps out onto his boat he finds less dread, more excitement, and a desire to share this joy with others. As the voices of Jimmy Buffett and Bob Marley sing from his boat's onboard stereo, Captain Howard ferries groups of up to 12 out into Charleston Harbor, where Atlantic bottlenose dolphins swim beneath the surface and one lonely scuba diver guards the harbor's flush valve. The captain's expeditions can take the form of private charters, fishing charters, or his most popular trip: a tour of Morris Island.
Untouched by cars or roads, Morris Island welcomes visitors onto secluded beaches filled with shells, sand dollars, and conchs. The 4-mile barrier island allows ample room for visitors to pick these shells, play in the sand, or run alongside their dogs—which Captain Howard welcomes onto his tours.