$10 for a Two-Hour Pirate-History Walking Tour (Up to $19.50 Value)
Licensed tour guide Eric Lavender, dressed in period pirate costume, leads groups through Charleston's historic streets. He details Blackbeard's siege of Charleston, the romance of Calico Jack and Anne Bonny, and the execution of Stede Bonnet. Tours begin inside the Powder Magazine Museum, leaving at 10 a.m. on Monday–Saturday and 1 p.m. on Sunday. Children younger than 4 are admitted for free.
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Charleston Pirate Tours
Eric Lavender is one of very few men in the world who can show up for work each day in a pirate costume and expect to keep his job. The licensed guide and professional storyteller, who has been featured on networks such as the Travel Channel and SCETV, also has an unconventional coworker—Captain Bob, a chatty blue and gold macaw who perches on his arm. Sometimes aided by other guides in pirate and colonial garb, he introduces visitors to lesser-known aspects of Charleston's more than 300-year history on walking tours to National Historic Landmark buildings.
During his signature pirate tour, Eric divulges stories of buccaneer revelry and crimes, such as Blackbeard's harbor blockade, or unveils local spooky legends and pieces of Gullah lore on his ghost and pirate tour. Eric also leads custom walking tours and teaches children about pirate lore and city history through his educational programs. And, on pub tours, guides show visitors to some of the city's historic taverns, where they reveal which colonial musicians got their start at open-mic nights.