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Charleston Pirate Tours

79 Cumberland Street, Charleston, SC 29401
843-442-7299
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Ranked #145 of 170 Activities in Charleston
Type: Tours
Owner description: Use the tour guide Travel Channel, A&E, Syfy, Lifetime, and ETV use. Explore Charleston’s piratical past on a tour that begins in one of Charleston’s... more » Owner description: Use the tour guide Travel Channel, A&E, Syfy, Lifetime, and ETV use. Explore Charleston’s piratical past on a tour that begins in one of Charleston’s oldest buildings, the National Historic Landmark Powder Magazine Museum. In authentic costume & accompanied by Capt. Bob, the parrot, Eric Lavender shares stories of the pirates who plundered, partied, and perished in Charles Towne. Eric brings Charleston's Golden Age of Piracy to life with stories of Blackbeard's siege of the city, the capture and execution of Stede Bonnet and other pirates, the romance between Calico Jack and Anne Bonny, and much more! Along the way, learn about the city’s most historical buildings and events. We also offer evening Ghost/Pirate tours and the Charles Towne Pub Stroll. « less
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Atlanta, Georgia
1 review
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 29, 2014 NEW

My wife and 8 year old daughter went on this tour with Pirate Eric, late in the evening and it was the best Ghost/Historic tour of Charleston we have ever been on. Eric tempered the tour to the younger audience but kept it extremely interesting to everyone on the tour. At several occasions the tour had interactive components that really... More

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 27, 2014 NEW via mobile

My husband is a big history fan and we went on a lot of tours while in Charleston, including the Old Wall tour and civil war tour. I, personally, love learning about the history of pirates, so I was thrilled when this tour was filled with stories and facts about different pirates throughout history. It turned out that this tour... More

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Livingston, New Jersey
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5 attraction reviews
20 helpful votes 20 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 8, 2014

We recently took the pirate tour of Charleston with Eric and Captain Bob. We were amazed at Eric's extensive detailed knowledge of all things pirate - great stories and great history lesson. I was initially worried that the tour would be full of young children and would be too childish for my 16 year old daughter, but it was past... More

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IOPnative, Owner at Charleston Pirate Tours, responded to this review

We're so glad that you enjoyed the tour! Thank you for posting the review. You're absolutely correct in saying that it's not kids tour. While it is family friendly, it's not targeted at young children. We recently did add a tour just for young kids, though. It's much shorter, and incorporates a treasure hunt and foam rubber pirate swords. Fair... More

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 23, 2014 via mobile

Had a great time with Eric on the pirate/ghost tour. My youngest son is still repeating the stories. It was one of the highlights of our visit. Will definitely take another tour when we come back.

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IOPnative, Owner at Charleston Pirate Tours, responded to this review

Glad that you enjoyed the tour and your son is sharing the stories! Thank you for posting the review. We look forward to seeing you again on your next visit. Sabrina More

Columbus, Ohio
2 reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 21, 2014

We did several tours while in Charleston, and this one was our favorite by far. Eric and Captain Bob were fun in their costumes, but what Iwe liked best was the heavy historical content. This is not a campy, touristy regurgitation of Hollywood pirate tales. It's two hours of interesting and accurate historical information and pirate life and times. Eric... More

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IOPnative, Owner at Charleston Pirate Tours, responded to this review

We're honored that the pirate tour was your favorite tour in Charleston! Thank you for taking the time to post the review. Sabrina More

Charleston, South Carolina
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2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 21, 2014

This is a great tour and definitely worth the money I learned so many new things and enjoyed the walk through the nooks and crannies of charleston. .. make sure you watch out for the Hag!

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IOPnative, Owner at Charleston Pirate Tours, responded to this review

Glad you enjoyed the tour. Must have been the evening tour since you mentioned the Hag. Boo! Thank you for posting the review! Sabrina More

Mount Pleasant, South Carolina
2 reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 19, 2014

This pirate tour was just awesome! And the best tour in which I ever participated. Eric is an excellent story teller and kept everybody's attention to the maximum. If you are thinking about going on his tour, think no further... just do it. I promise you won't regret it!

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IOPnative, Owner at Charleston Pirate Tours, responded to this review

Thank you so much for taking the time to post a review! Thanks, also, for your kind words. We're glad that you enjoyed the tour. Sabrina More

Chillicothe, Ohio
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37 reviews 37 reviews
20 attraction reviews
26 helpful votes 26 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 18, 2014

This was a fascinating tour. The guide was extremely knowledgable. There was so much information, we really had to pay close attention which wasn't difficult because he made it so fascinating. The tour cost my family of four $71.50 (2 adults, 13 year old and 12 year old). My daughter walked away wanting books so she could learn more -... More

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IOPnative, Owner at Charleston Pirate Tours, responded to this review

We're so happy to hear that your family enjoyed the tour and that your daughter wants to learn more about pirates and history! We love those kinds of stories. Thank you from posting the review! Sabrina More

Washington, DC
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7 reviews 7 reviews
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 16, 2014

This guy knows his pirates and Charleston history, that's for sure. I learned lots, and enjoyed every minute. I would recommend that if you're bringing children, they be at least 9 or 10. I brought my 5 year old son, who loves pirates. The content was over his head, and the tour a bit long. There was a 7 year... More

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IOPnative, Owner at Charleston Pirate Tours, responded to this review

Thank you for posting the review! We're glad that you enjoyed the tour. We do get mixed comments from parents with younger children. Some kids love it, but for some, it's too long. We are actually considering developing a much shorter tour just for young children. More

Richmond, Texas
1 review
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 15, 2014

We met our pirate Eric on time that morning for a private tour with 12 people (ranging from 3-60), and we spent the next 3 hours touring Charleston on a "what-is-best-to-show-us" tour ranging from history to interesting sites to architecture to history to pirates and ghosts. Eric's range of knowledge was incredible, but he was always honest to admit when... More

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IOPnative, Owner at Charleston Pirate Tours, responded to this review

Thank you for taking the time to post the review. We're so glad that your family enjoyed the tour. Eric enjoyed spending the day with you, and I and I enjoyed meeting you, too! Sabrina More

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