In authentic costume and accompanied by "Captain Bob," the blue and gold macaw, professional storyteller and licensed Charleston tour guide, Eric Lavender, brings Charleston’s Golden Age of Piracy to life with tales of the pirates, who visited our fair shores: Stede Bonnet, Blackbeard, Richard Worley, Charles Vane, and of course the ferocious female pirates, Mary Read and Anne Bonny.  Eric and Captain Bob lead you to the hangouts, “haunts,” and final resting places of pirates who made the old walled city of Charles Towne one of their ports-o-call.  Hear stories of Blackbeard’s blockade of the harbor and siege of the city, Stede Bonnet’s capture and execution, the romance between Anne Bonny and Calico Jack, and the headless pirate ghost, who guards a buried treasure.

Why did Blackbeard blockade the Charleston harbor?

Where was the notorious Anne Bonny's favorite watering hole?  

Why did the Gentleman Pirate, Stede Bonnet, don a dress?  

Why did Anne Bonny and Mary Read dress as men?

What was Calico Jack's connection to Charleston?

Which pirates danced the hempen jig in White Point Gardens?

Why did pirates wear eye patches?

These are just a few of the questions that Eric answers as he tells tales of historic Charleston and separates pirate fact from fiction.  

This is a family-friendly tour and is appropriate for all ages.

Charleston Pirate Tours also offer general history and ghost tours.  Customized private & group tours are available.  Step-on guide services also available

Tours run year-round.  Visit our website for times and ticket information.