H.L. Hunley Submarine
- Type: Sightseeing
- Time to Spend: Less than 1 hour
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Originally built in 1864 for the Confederate army, the H.L. Hunley became the world's first successful submarine. Toward the end of the 19th century, it was suddenly lost at sea until 1995 when it was discovered off the coast of Sullivan's Island. In 2000, the Hunley and the remains of its crew were brought to the surface for a detailed restoration at the Old Charleston Naval Base. Today, you can visit the base and tour the submarine; an experience that many recent visitors say is well worth your time, especially if you are interested in nautical history.
The H.L. Hunley Confederate Submarine and the Old Charleston Naval Base are located north of downtown Charleston. You must schedule a tour; they're only offered on weekends (Saturdays from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. and Sundays from noon to 5 p.m.). Tickets cost approximately $12 and can be ordered online or purchased at the door on a first-come, first-served basis. For more information, check out the submarine's website.