Marie McAden



Catch a Charleston sightseeing ride with "Ms Evelyn"

Posted 7/28/2010 4:36:00 PM

Getting from Charleston to Mount Pleasant — home of the Patriots Point Naval & Maritime Museum — is just a short drive over the Ravenel Bridge. But if you don’t want to hassle with traffic or parking, catch a ride with “Ms Evelyn.”

The Charleston Water Taxi's 40-foot ferry is more than just transportation from point A to point B. It’s a mini sightseeing excursion of Charleston Harbor. For just $8 round trip, you’ll enjoy great views of the city’s waterfront landmarks, among them the Port of Charleston and Waterfront Park, as well as the Ravenel Bridge, Castle Pinckney (a Civil War fort and prison on the island of Shutes Folly) and the aircraft carrier Yorktown at Patriots Point.

“Ms Evelyn” departs at the bottom of the hour seven days a week from the Charleston Maritime Center, one block south of the South Carolina Aquarium. It arrives 25 minutes later on the docks of the Charleston Harbor Resort & Marina. The Patriots Point Museum is a little ways down the pier from the Water Taxi landing.

The largest marina in South Carolina, it also serves as the launching point for a myriad of fun water excursions, including fishing, sailing and dolphin watching tours. Look for my blog later this week on a sailing trip I took aboard a 42-foot yawl called the "Cythera."

My husband and I recently stayed at the resort and rode bikes over the bridge to Charleston. Rather than pedal back, we took the Water Taxi across the harbor to the hotel. A one-way trip is $5 per person. There’s no extra charge for hauling bikes.

You can do the same thing in the other direction: ride over the Ravenel Bridge to the end of Patriots Point Road and hop aboard the Water Taxi for a leisurely trip back to Charleston. The ferry leaves from the Charleston Harbor Marina on the hour from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.

Whatever direction you’re headed, Charleston Water Taxi is an inexpensive way to cruise around Charleston Harbor and get a waterside view of the city.

Need more information? Call (843) 330-2989 or go to www.charlestonwatertaxi.com.