Community Tours FAQ

Community Tours offer a firsthand look at port operations at two Charleston terminals.  Spend the morning with us to learn about port activities, major projects, and the future of our state port system. Space is limited to 13 participants.

Tour Details:

Where does the tour begin?

The tour begins and ends at the SC Ports Headquarters building at 200 Ports Authority Drive, Mount Pleasant, SC 29464.  Once you arrive, please gather in the lobby.

Is there free parking?


Can I join up with the tour group at one of the terminals, rather than meeting at the Headquarters?

For security reasons, guests must meet at the SC Ports HQ building promptly at 9:00 am to check in and board the bus. It is not possible to join the tour once the bus has left.

Can I leave the tour early or drive my own car?

All tour participants must complete the tour in its entirety, beginning and ending at the SC Ports HQ in Mount Pleasant. Per Customs & Border Protection regulations, community members cannot drive their own vehicles on terminal.  

How long does the tour last?

The tour begins promptly at 9:00 am and ends at 11:00 am.

How much does the tour cost?

The tour is free of cost.

What should I wear?

Please dress comfortably with flat, closed-toe shoes

Does the tour involve walking?

The tour will be completed entirely by bus.

Registration Information:

Why do I need to bring a government-issued photo ID?

Port terminals are secure locations governed by Customs and Border Protection regulations.  All visitors must have a government-issued photo ID on their person while on our terminals. 

How far in advance can I register for a tour?

Registration opens a week before the next scheduled tour.  Please check the website frequently to see when the next tour date is scheduled.

I'm trying to register for a tour next week, but I can't find it online.

If a tour isn't available online, registration has closed. Please consider participating at a later date.

Is there a way to register a group of people online?

Tour participants should register themselves individually in order to read and accept the liability waiver on the registration form. The maximum number of guests on a tour is 13, but each should register him/herself individually.

Are children permitted?

Tour attendees must be 18 years or older with a valid drivers license.

Do I have to bring the confirmation with me?

Please bring your email confirmation, either on your phone or a printed copy.

I need to cancel. Who can I contact?

If you need to cancel at any time, please contact as soon as possible.

Can I book for a large group?

Our community tours can only accommodate up to 13 guests and are filled on a first-come basis.  Community tours are held quarterly; if the current tour is full, please check back next quarter. 

Safety and Security:

What is your weapon policy?

No concealed firearms or weapons of any kind are permitted on terminal. Please lock these belongings in your car prior to checking in for the tour.


Please contact Cami McCoy at or 843-577-8101.