Charleston is compact, on a small peninsula - with so much history. You can see the highlights first-hand on a narrated walk with

Laughing Gull Tours.

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TOURS
Laughing Gull Tours has experienced, bright, worldly, high spirited guides!
The truth is that on any tour you take here or anywhere, the guide makes all the difference.
RAIN OR SHINE - ALL TOURS ARE IN DOWNTOWN CHARLESTON, SC
EACH TOUR IS $20 (CASH OR CHECK)
PRIVATE TOURS AVAILABLE BY REQUEST
RESERVATIONS REQUIRED
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LAUGHING GULL TOURS MAIN ATTRACTIONS
General History Tour
The tour of tours.  This one does it all.  We follow the trace of local history from the early colony through the present. Facts.  Insights.  We hunt for nuggets and patterns.  We celebrate the search.  Eureka!  No one else in Charleston (we like to think) does its summary story quite as well. Route includes homes south of Broad Street, several historic churches, the French Quarter, the city's oldest buildings, the central slave market site, Rainbow Row and Waterfront Park overlooking Charleston Harbor.
TUESDAY - SUNDAY
9:30 AM and 12:30 PM  (2.5 Hours)
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Civil War History
It started here -- the greatest of all watersheds in the American saga.  The politics.  The first state to secede.  First shot fired.  Ft Sumter. The local battles.  The weapons.  Heroes, white and black. Our tour is a lens looking straight into the hopes, fears, blood, and heartache.  Join us, to understand the war in South Carolina, and to feel it. Route includes the site of South Carolina's 1860 secession from the Union, a note of Robert E. Lee's wartime service in Charleston, still-visible evidence of the slave uprising planned in 1822, sites of two former slave markets, and ends with an extensive overlook of Fort Sumter and other key wartime locations across the Charleston Harbor horizon.
Charleston Art
And Literature
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WEDNESDAY and FRIDAY
3:30 PM  (2 hours)
Offbeat fun!  Charleston was and remains a major center of the arts.     Painters and printmakers influenced by African-American life. Our guides do lively readings and bio sketches, in the local settings that inspired their work.  A smart tour that is clever and has depth -- the one you will talk about days later. Route includes the Henry Timrod memorial, the Dock Street Theater (first in America), and several homes of Charleston Renaissance artists and writers with accompanying examples of their work.  A highlight for many visitors is the site where DuBose Heyward, collaborating with George Gershwin, wrote the libretto and several lyrics for the folk opera Porgy and Bess.
SATURDAY
2:30 PM  (2 Hours)
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Colonial History
A surprise to many visitors. Thought and action in this wealthy, turbulent city, culminating in the Revolutionary War.  Explorers.  Indians.  Pirates.  Slaves.  Homes.  Churches. Graveyards.  Battles won, battles lost. The richest vein in South Carolina history.  Story after story.  Route includes the pedestal where statues of both William Pitt and George Washington have stood, St Michael's Episcopal Church (1761) where Washington attended services, homes of Declaration and Constitution signers,
the site where Francis Marion jumped out of a window to escape
a drinking party, splendid examples of 18th-century architecture
typical in Charleston, and a clear view of the little-known 1776
battle site that changed the course of the Revolutionary War.
TUESDAY and THURSDAY
3:30 PM (2.5 Hours)
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Note:  Any of our tours can be condensed for privately booked groups into a fast-forward version, to accommodate those with weather or scheduling concerns (1 1/2 hours or less).
We also tailor private tours covering many topics to suit guests with special interests
(a benefit from 22 years of guide experience)