As December 23, 2012, approaches, many Americans eagerly await the moment when Hades will emerge from the Underworld to recklessly devour raw eggs. Until then, experience haunted hangouts with today's Groupon: for $16, you get admission for two people to a haunted walking tour from Bulldog Tours (a $32 value). Call ahead to schedule and select your haunted walking tour; all tours meet at Bulldog’s headquarters in the Rainbow Market, except for the Haunted Jail tour, which meets at the Old City Jail.
Offering access to some of Charleston’s most infamous and haunted sites, Bulldog Tours allows participants to carry the illuminating light of knowledge through the hallways of the city’s dark and ghastly past. Today’s deal grants access to one of four condensed walking tours. Embark on the Ghost & Dungeon tour while learning about Lowcountry superstitions, or hang out around historical headstones on a Ghost & Graveyard tour. The Dark Side of Charleston is a rated-R exploration of the Holy City’s profane underbelly, while The Haunted Jail Tour goes all the way to the end of the crime line, straight to the heart of the 19th-century prison where criminals lived, died, and possibly never left, cursed for eternity to do chin-ups, play harmonicas, and carve makeshift weapons out of ectoplasm.
Dare friends to witness the tours’ spine-tingling tales, or humiliate weak-bladdered enemies with the aid of an accommodating schedule. Soak up knowledge from the experienced, licensed, and town-prowling tour guides as you revel in the spooky atmosphere, or pop out at inopportune times while sporting a white bed sheet for optimal creepiness.
Bulldog Tours was voted Best Tour Company in 2010 by the Charleston City Paper. TripAdvisor reviewers give Bulldog Tours an average of three owl eyes. Although reviews are mixed on the fear factor of the tours, reviewers praise their informational content:
- The guide was friendly and informative and the sites were beautiful and contained so much history, not to mention we did possibly capture a ghostly spirit in a photo! It was a great way to see Charleston and have an evening walk without getting lost! – Schmeath
- The jail tour is very interesting from a historical and architectural perspective, just getting into the jail and walking around it was fascinating to the adults and kids in our group. – Bijoux404
Charleston Culinary Tours
Charleston Culinary Tours’ guides introduce visitors and locals to the cuisine of a city rich with Southern charm, grace, and history. Their tours explore the historic districts of downtown and King Street, allowing visitors to gain knowledge of the area, taste innovative cuisines, and meet the owners and chefs responsible for crafting the meals. They also offer a farmer’s market tour, which allows guests to pick out their own ingredients, venture to a partner restaurant as a group, and watch as a chef creates a customized meal from the ingredients.