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Folly Beach, also known as "The Edge of America", is a beautiful barrier island only 15 minutes from downtown historic Charleston. The Folly Beach County Park is located at the east end of the island and includes outdoor showers, restrooms, picnic areas and more. Folly Beach is the home of sea, sand and surfing, historical and cultural sites; a maritime forest; Morris Island Lighthouse; gourmet food and southern hospitality.

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Port of Charleston directins and Parking information


Cruise Ship Passenger Terminal
196 Concord Street
Charleston, South Carolina 29401

The Cruise Ship Passenger Terminal is located in downtown Charleston in the heart of the historic district. It is easily reached via several major routes into the City. The major routes into Charleston are via Interstate 26, Highway 17-South, Highway 17-North and I-526.

There are permanent highway signs posted along the travel route that will help direct you to Union Pier and the cruise ship facilities. Some signs are the standard green highway signs posted along major routes and exit ramps. Others are smaller sized brown signs with the international cruise ship symbol and arrows showing the direction to travel in the downtown area. Please note there are yellow A-frame signs also referred to in the directions. Those yellow A-frame signs are temporary units displayed at approximately 11:00am on embarkation days.

Union Pier Entry Gate #2 is at the intersection of Concord and Laurens and is designated as the entry point for all general cruise traffic.

Union Pier Main Gate is at 32 Washington Street and is designated as the entry point for taxis, hotel limos/vans and charter bus groups only.


Directions to the Cruise Ship Passenger Terminal

Coming into Charleston via I-26 East
Once you are in the Charleston area
•    Take Exit 219 – B (Morrison Drive and East Bay Street)
•    Turn left at the foot of the exit ramp
•    Cross over King Street, then cross over Meeting Street
•    Once you cross over Meeting Street, you are on Morrison Drive
•    Stay on Morrison Drive
•    The street name will change from Morrison Drive to East Bay Street after you go under an overpass
•    Follow the large green highway signs and the smaller brown highway signs to Union Pier Terminal
•    Stay on East Bay Street, until you pass a U.S. Post Office on the right
•    From East Bay Street, turn left on to Chapel Street at the traffic light
•    Continue to follow the green highway signs and the brown highway signs to the Cruise Ship Terminal / Union Pier Terminal
•    Chapel Street will change name to Washington Street along the route
•    Turn left and Chapel/Washington Street onto Charlotte Street
•    At the intersection of Chapel/Washington and Charlotte Streets, there will be yellow A-frame signs in the roadway with directions for ‘Cruise Traffic’.
•    Follow the yellow signs. These will be in addition to the permanent street signs already noted.
•    The yellow A-frame signs will direct you to Union Pier Entry Gate #2
•    Union Pier Entry Gate #2 is at the intersection of Concord and Laurens
•    The Passenger Terminal is part of Union Pier
•    All general cruise traffic enters the area via Union Pier Entry Gate #2


Coming into Charleston from 17-South (North Carolina side of South Carolina)
•    Enter the Charleston area via the City of Mt. Pleasant
•    Follow 17-South signs to Ravenel Bridge (across Cooper River)
•    Go across the bridge
•    Take Morrison Drive / East Bay Street exit from bridge (first exit)
•    Turn left on to East Bay Street from the exit ramp at the foot of the bridge
•    Follow the large green highway signs and the smaller brown highway signs to Union Pier Terminal
•    Stay on East Bay Street, until you pass a U.S. Post Office on the right
•    From East Bay Street, turn left on to Chapel Street at the traffic light
•    Continue to follow the green highway signs and the brown highway signs to the Cruise Ship Terminal / Union Pier Terminal
•    Chapel Street will change name to Washington Street along the route
•    Turn left and Chapel/Washington Street onto Charlotte Street
•    At the intersection of Chapel/Washington and Charlotte Streets, there will be yellow A-frame signs in the roadway with directions for ‘Cruise Traffic’.
•    Follow the yellow signs. These will be in addition to the permanent street signs already noted.
•    The yellow A-frame signs will direct you to Union Pier Entry Gate #2
•    Union Pier Entry Gate #2 is at the intersection of Concord and Laurens
•    The Passenger Terminal is part of Union Pier
•    All general cruise traffic enters the area via Union Pier Entry Gate #2


Coming into Charleston from 17-North (Georgia side of South Carolina)
•    Enter the Charleston area via Highway 17-North
•    Follow signs to East I-526
•    Once on E-I-526, take #17 to I-26 East – towards Charleston
•    From I-26, take exit 219–B (Morrison Drive and East Bay Street ramp)
•    Turn left at the foot of the exit ramp
•    Cross over King Street and Meeting Street
•    After the crossovers, you will be on Morrison Drive / East Bay Street route
•    Stay on Morrison Drive / East Bay Street
•    Follow the large green highway signs and the smaller brown highway signs to Union Pier Terminal
•    Stay on East Bay Street, until you pass a U.S. Post Office on the right
•    From East Bay Street, turn left on to Chapel Street at the traffic light
•    Continue to follow the green highway signs and the brown highway signs to the Cruise Ship Terminal / Union Pier Terminal
•    Chapel Street will change name to Washington Street along the route
•    Turn left and Chapel/Washington Street onto Charlotte Street
•    At the intersection of Chapel/Washington and Charlotte Streets, there will be yellow A-frame signs in the roadway with directions for ‘Cruise Traffic’.
•    Follow the yellow signs. These will be in addition to the permanent street signs already noted.
•    The yellow A-frame signs will direct you to Union Pier Entry Gate #2
•    Union Pier Entry Gate #2 is at the intersection of Concord and Laurens
•    The Passenger Terminal is part of Union Pier
•    All general cruise traffic enters the area via Union Pier Entry Gate #2


Parking Information

 

Rates are subject to change

•    $15.00 per day - for standard vehicles up to 20 feet in length
•    $35.00 per day – for oversized vehicles over 20 feet in length (RV’s, Campers and busses)
 
A complimentary shuttle bus is provided between the vehicle storage areas and the Passenger Terminal on both departure and return dates of the cruise. The shuttles provide a comfortable way to arrive at the check-in location and return to the vehicle storage areas at the end of the cruise. Shuttles accessible for special needs and wheelchair assistance are also available.

•    Vehicle storage is available on port property, in a controlled access area available to cruise passengers – not the general public
•    The site is secured and patrolled by the Port Police during the cruise
•    Full payment due upon entering the parking area
•    Accepted forms of payment: U.S Dollars; Credit Cards; Traveler's Checks; Personal Checks. Personal checks should be made payable to: S.C. State Ports Authority; checks written on non-U.S banks and financial institutions are not accepted
•    A color-coded claim ticket and permit is given to the driver when payment is received. The larger permit should be displayed in the front window of the vehicle. The smaller claim ticket should be kept by the driver. It will help identify the storage area on the return date.
•    No advance reservations required
•    Handicap Parking available for vehicles displaying a valid handicap placard or license plate with ID

For more information: www.port-of-charleston.com; click on ‘Charleston Cruises’.

 

Overview of Charleston, South Carolina


Charleston's Historic Downtown District has stood throughout history as the cultural capital of the South and is considered by many to be a living museum, with a wonderful variety of things to do and see. In this beautifully preserved city you can experience tours through historic landmarks, including 18th century homes and plantations, the Battery, museums, churches and the city market. Charleston boasts numerous art galleries that display the city's impressive appreciation for the visual arts. Charleston maintains all the ingredients necessary for a great vacation
Weather.

Early 30's in Jan to late 70's in peak of summer.
Beaches; Charleston's resort barrier islands of Seabrook and Kiawah have developed with similar styles. Located just 22 miles south of Charleston, these islands are private and owned by their residents. Isle of Palms is a barrier island on the South Carolina coast less than 20 minutes from Charleston. It is home to the world-famous Wild Dunes Resort, which offers the finest in convention facilities with restaurants, a fitness center, tennis courts and two championship golf courses. Folly Beach is located about 15 miles south of Charleston and is known as Charleston's truly original beach playground

Mt. Pleasant is located directly across the new Cooper River Bridge. At the heart of Mt. Pleasant is the "old village" which is designated a National Register Historical District with gracious homes from the colonial and antebellum periods. Mt. Pleasant is home to one of the world's largest naval and maritime museum complexes, Patriot's Point, which is dominated by the World War II famous aircraft carrier, the Yorktown. Visitors may also board tour boats to visit the National Monument, Fort Sumter, where the Civil War began. Mt. Pleasant hosts several popular annual festivals. So, expect many exciting days when visiting Mt. Pleasant.

West Ashley is a patchwork of old and new neighborhoods and businesses that have preserved their "village-like" atmosphere. West Ashley is home to Charles Towne Landing, which is the original site of the first permanent English Settlement. This 80-acre state park showcases animals indigenous to the state. At this park there is also a 53 Ft. replica of the trading ketch "Adventurer". West Ashley also claims the beautiful Historic Plantations of Drayton Hall, Magnolia Gardens and Middleton Place. The Citadel Mall, Charleston's largest shopping center with over 100 tenants, is located in West Ashley.

North Charleston is known as the transportation and business center for the lower half of the State of South Carolina. One of the main attractions of this city is the 14,000-seat coliseum, home of the local ice hockey team, the Stingrays and a 2,250-seat Performing Arts Center, which are housed in the Charleston Area Convention Center Complex. The Performing Arts Center hosts a wide variety of events including Broadway shows, music concerts, and ice shows. The International Airport and Amtrack Stations are both located in North Charleston.

Summerville, known as "Flower Town in the Pines", is an historic community just outside of Charleston. Summerville has traditionally been known as a center for azalea culture. Just stop in town at Easter time to experience the 3-day annual "Flowertown Festival" when the area's spectacular camellias, azaleas and dogwoods are in full bloom. The whole town takes part in the festival with its dancing, concerts, a food fair, kiddie rides and craft exhibits. Enjoy sophisticated shopping and dining along with hometown hospitality, which Summerville is so well known for.
 
 

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