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Charleston Pirate Tours

79 Cumberland Street, Charleston, SC 29401
843-442-7299
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Ranked #13 of 162 activities in Charleston
Certificate of Excellence 2014
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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Philadelphia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 29, 2014 NEW via mobile

He was very interesting and informative. It filled in the blanks from my other tours. The old exchange was great.

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Raleigh, North Carolina
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 27, 2014 NEW

Eric is absolutely brilliant. We learned so much and had such a good time doing it. Bob, the parrot, wasn't on our tour because it was is incredibly hot on the afternoon tour. I really respect that Eric puts Bob's welfare above business. We got a nice surprise at the end of the tour, though. Eric's wife brought Bob to... More

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

Thank you for understanding about Bob not being able to do the tour. He just can't handle extreme temps. We're glad that you enjoyed the tour and got to meet Bob at the end of the tour. Thanks, also for posting the review. Sabrina More

Aspen, Colorado
2 reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 27, 2014 NEW

The whole family loved this tour. Sabrina was able to hold the attention of our 10-year old and the two teens, and that takes some doing. Funny, friendly, and knows Charllesron. she also gave us some great tips on other things to do. We'll definitely take this company's evening tour the next time we visit.

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

We're glad that you and your family enjoyed the tour. Thank you for reviewing us! Look forward to seeing you on an evening tour in the future. Sabrina More

Phoenix, Arizona
1 review
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 24, 2014 NEW

We did a couple of other tours in Charleston, and while all were good, this one was great! Eric was wonderful. He obviously loves sharing his city's history with visitors. He is very knowledgeable and as other reviewers have said, this man knows how to tell a story. Highly recommend.

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

We're glad that you enjoyed the tour. Thanks so much for posting the review and for your kind words. Sabrina More

Charlotte, North Carolina
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 23, 2014 NEW

My wife and I went on the daytime pirate tour led by Eric. We went on several enjoyable tours during our Charleston vacation but this was our favorite. Eric is more than a storyteller: he clearly has a deep knowledge of the history behind the stories he tells. Every question that anyone asked he was able to answer thoroughly. His... More

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

Thank you for taking the time to post your thoughtful review. We're glad that you and your wife enjoyed the tour. Eric has spent years researching Charleston history... but it helps that he's a great storyteller. Sabrina More

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 21, 2014

This 1.5 hour tour was informative about the pirate history of Charleston, SC. Guide was knowledgeable and kept a 3 and 6 year olds attention during the tour. I would have like to hear more information about the rest of Charleston too, but this is not really billed as such. Learned interesting info about Blackbeard, and even female pirates.

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

Thank you for the review! We're glad that we kept the children. And, yes, while we mention a few other historical tidbits about Charleston, we do focus on pirates. There's so much pirate history here, we can't even cover it all in the tour! Fair winds... Sabrina More

Ann Arbor, Michigan
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 20, 2014

Sabrina was our tour guide. She is a fabulous storyteller with a great sense of humor and she really knows her stuff! The tour took us past the old Exchange, to the seafront and into alley streets. We took our four children with us on this tour. Our three teenage daughters really enjoyed it, but the ghost part was a... More

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

Thank you so much for the review. We're glad that you and the family enjoyed the tour. Sorry your son got a little spooked. Hope he remembered the "protections" against boo hags. Thank you for the kinds words! Sabrina More

San Jose, California
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 19, 2014

Wish history had been this much fun when I was in school. Lots... And I mean lots... of information, but Eric was such a good storyteller and had such a great sense of humor, it was completely painless. Wow, this guy knows a lot of history... He 's a walking encyclopedia. Eric was happy to answer questions about everything, not... 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. Sabrina More

Coventry, Rhode Island
1 review
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 17, 2014

My mother and I had researched things to do while visiting Charleston and the Pirate Tour looked like something we would really enjoy, and that we did! Eric is very knowledge about pirates and the history of them in SC. The way he told the stories were intriguing, entertaining and informative. We really enjoyed strolling through the streets and learning... More

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

Thank you for taking the time to post a review. We're glad that you and your mother enjoyed the tour. Sabrina More

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 17, 2014 via mobile

After reading reviews here I booked a tour. We took the early morning tour. Eric is very knowledgable in pirate history of the area. Bob his Macaw adds to the fun. Eric's presentation and description's brought his characters to life. We felt like we were transported back in time. We recommend highly.

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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. Sabrina More

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