Charleston Pirate Tours

Daily Walking Tours

"You know you are on the right tour, when other tours stop to look at yours!"

Don't let the pirate theme fool you.  This tour is as much for adults as for children. “

Tour & Ticket Policy:

- We do appreciate a phone number and/or email address where we can contact you on the day of the tour in the event of a cancellation.

- This is a walking tour, so please dress accordingly. During warm weather, we suggest you bring water.

- Speaking of water... there are no public restrooms along the route, so we suggest you "powder your nose before the tour.  There are public restrooms in the parking garage across the street from the Powder Magazine.  These restrooms are surprising well-maintained by the city.

- Children are more than welcome! Tickets for children under 4 are free, but they still need a ticket, so please make sure you include free tickets for the young ones on your order.

- Tours run rain or shine. Should hazardous weather force the cancellation of a tour, you may reschedule your tour (based on availability).  If you cannot reschedule, we will refund your purchase.

- Tickets are non-refundable, but you may reschedule (based on availability) with 24 hours notice.

- The health & well-being of Captain Bob are priorities for us, so please understand that we cannot guarantee his appearance on every tour.  Bob does not tour if the temperature is below 60. Also, we do not force Bob to tour.  As with animals in other animal interaction programs (think SeaWorld and Discovery Cove), at times, Bob just does not want to participate.  Please keep this in mind, as we do not offer refunds if Captain Bob cannot participate in your scheduled tour.

- The tour route is in public areas over which we have no control.  Charleston Pirate Tours is not responsible and cannot be held liable for behavior of the public, other tour patrons, or any accidents during the tour.

Specifically for the Charles Towne Pub Stroll:
Charleston Pirate Tours and Historic Places of Charleston, LLC have a proud history of providing professional and safe tours. Before purchasing a ticket for this tour, please be aware of the following:
- This tour will function in a public environment; therefore, Charleston Pirate Tours and Historic Places of Charleston, LLC will not be responsible nor held liable for the behavior of tour guests, pedestrians, or unforeseeable street walking accidents throughout the duration of any Historic Places of Charleston, LLC presentation.
- Charleston Pirate Tours and Historic Places of
Charleston, LLC have no affiliation with private establishments and with the purchasing and consumption of alcoholic beverages.
- The cost of tour admission does not include food and beverages that an individual may choose to purchase between stories while on the "Charles Towne Pub Stroll."
- The City of Charleston prohibits all alcoholic beverages on the street.

  The Original Charleston
Pirate Tour

Monday-Saturday 10am
Sunday 2pm
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This is the tour that launched our piratical adventures. Eric Lavender and Capt. Bob, the macaw, lead you through the French Quarter and along the waterfront exploring the oldest sections of the city.  A master storyteller, Eric doesn't just quote the facts and dates.  You'll feel like you're right in the middle of the action, as he shares the stories of Blackbeard, Stede Bonnet, Charles Vane, Richard Worley, Anne Bonny, and Mary Read, along with the fascinating, true facts of pirate life.  You'll be surprised at how many of today's common sayings have piratical roots.  We can't say more, or we'd "let the cat ot of the bag!"   This 2-hour walking tour will make you want to "go on account" and join the sweet trade.  This tour includes the option to upgrade your tickets and include admission to the Old Exchange Building.

Dressed in period apparel, master storyteller, Eric Lavender, regales you with tales Charleston pirate history highlights, along with the some of ghost stories that have made Charleston known as one of the country's most haunted cities.  We even have pirate ghosts!  Click here for a look at Charleston pirate ghost legends.

Charles Towne Pub Stroll
Fri & Sat 5:30pm
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Pubs, pirates, patriots, police,
priests,prostitutes... Charleston's history through the bottom of a glass!

Carouse with our crew on the tour that includes true stories accompanied by adult beverages. Stories some locals would like to forget... like a drunk clergyman baptizing a bear.

Quartermaster Tour
Various - please call for dates & times.

Author, historian, Charleston native, and pirate extraordinaire, Michael Coker, leads our 2-hour Quartermaster Tour in the afternoons. Like Eric, Michael avidly researches Charleston’s history looking for those interesting details that turn a tour into much more than just a recital of dry facts.

What do people think of Michael's tour?
"It was amazing and my boys LOVED it. Our pirate was very friendly and attentive to each guest, especially my 2 year old son and my 8 and 10 year old boys. I will recommend you to anyone visiting Charleston!"  The Sims Family, Georgia

"My husband and I went on the private tour with Michael Coker for my birthday. It was the best part of my trip. We had no idea what to expect - were we going to have a guy with an eyepatch walking around saying "Y'ar?" But, no. Michael was very knowledgable. People shouldn't look at the tour as just a "pirate" tour, but a tour of history. We are going back to Charleston next week for vacation, and plan to take the regular tour, we liked it that much!" Teresa of Pittsburgh

Michael has served as curator of the visual materials collection at the South Carolina Historical Society, written numerous articles for Charleston Magazine covering various South Carolina history topics, and co-authored the S.C. Historical Society publication "Historic South Carolina - A Pictorial History.  Michael has two other books under his pirate belt:  Charleston Curiosities: Stories of the Tragic, Heroic, and Bizarre and The Battle of Port Royal.

Michael is a highly experienced guide.  In fact, he helped write the City of Charleston's Tour Guide Training Manual!

Michael now serves as Operations Director of the Old Exchange Building.

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