1. We Protect Holy City History
Bulldog impacts the local architectural and historic value through its involvement in the preservation of key historic sites. In fact, in 2016, 18 Anson Street, which is the Bulldog Tours office, was awarded a Carolopolis Award from the Preservation Society of Charleston. This award was given to the owner of Bulldog Tours to recognize the outstanding achievement in exterior preservation, restoration and rehabilitation of the building. And, over the last 15 years, Bulldog Tours has raised over $3.6 million for the restoration and preservation of the Old City Jail, Circular Church’s graveyard and the Old Exchange. A portion of tour ticket proceeds benefit these efforts. These landmarks and historic sites are key parts of Charleston’s charm and visitor appeal and thanks to Bulldog’s help, these sites can remain attractions and places of interest for tourists.
2. We Invest in Our Area Children
Bulldog Tours offers complimentary tours for underprivileged schools in our area. Our Joseph’s Charleston Adventure tour is an interactive experience that teaches students all about Charleston as they explore the historic district. We reward good students through our report card program. Did you get all A’s this year? Bring your report card down and receive a free tour on us! We also hold a special night for particular area schools twice a year where we donate a portion of the proceeds from the sale of the school’s ghost tour back to the school.
3. We Love Our Locals
As our way of saying “Thank You, Charleston!” we offer Free Locals Night annually. Plus, residents of Berkeley, Charleston and Dorchester counties always get $3 off tour admission.
4. We Have a Tour For Everything
From ghosts to history and from pubs to kitchens, our daily/nightly tours offer something for everyone. Our daily/nightly tours feature Charleston’s history, food and ghosts. Our ghost tours were voted “Best Ghost Tours in the Country” by USA Today and have exclusive access into Charleston’s Old City Jail, Provost Dungeon, the Powder Magazine and Charleston’s oldest graveyard. Our history tour is the longest running daily tour in town; we’ve been walking visitors around since 1979. The food tours are the perfect way to walk, talk and eat your way through Charleston. Plus, go behind the scenes of some of Charleston’s top restaurants, meeting the most talented chefs in the business and touring their kitchens. During the Haunted Pub Tour, hear our favorite ghost stories while enjoying libations at some of the city’s finest bars and taverns. Did we mention our tours have been featured in Southern Living, USA Today, The New York Times, Travel Channel, Ghost Hunters, Bon Appétit and Ghost Adventures?
5. We Give Back
Bulldog Tours has supported S.C. Family Connections, Ronald McDonald House, Louie’s Kids, The Footlights Players, American College of the Building Arts, Special Olympics, Race for the Cure, Wounded Warriors and many more. Since 2008, Bulldog Tours has partnered with S.C. Family Connections, an organization helping families with disabilities. In addition, Bulldog Tours organizes toy drives for the children of the Ronald McDonald House and has sponsored the Charleston Elves and Courageous Kidz programs. Bulldog Tours has also helped with the clean-up effort at Waterfront Park in Beach Sweep/River Sweep. For its charitable efforts and community impact, Bulldog Tours received Charleston Magazine’s “Giving Back Award” in November 2015 which honors people and businesses that embrace the philanthropic spirit of the Lowcountry.
6. We KNOW Charleston
Collectively, Bulldog Tours has more than 800 years of tour guide experience. Some of our tour guides have been giving tours since 1975. Plus, our team members are actively engaged in our local hospitality and tourism community, growing our knowledge of the city and promoting it as a top tourist destination.
7. We Love Our Troops
Bulldog Tours is a strong supporter of our military men and women. We regularly donate boxes of goodies to the troops. We have military appreciation nights several times a year and offer a regular discount on tours for military members. In fact, our owner was an honorary commander at the Charleston Air Force Base’s 315th Airlift Wing. We have also partnered with Operation R & R to provide family fun for troops while they are at home.
8. Our Tours Aren’t Just Factual … They’re entertaining
All our tour guides are licensed by the City of Charleston and are the highest caliber of storytellers. Many of our tour guides have been with us since the day we opened our doors in 2001.
9. We are Green
Bulldog Tours doesn’t use paper tickets and our tours are powered by nothing more than…feet! Guests check in electronically for their tours. Since 2001, the majority of our tour guides at Bulldog Tours have walked more than 700 miles annually, giving tours to more than 1,000,000 guests. The Bulldog Tours office also recycles the water bottles they sell with the Charleston County Recycling Center. We might leave a footprint, but it’s not a carbon footprint!
10. Our Fun-loving Staff is Located in the Heart of Downtown
Our team members are Charleston experts and love to help folks get the most out of our city. Located right off the City Market at 18 Anson Street, we are open 365 days of the year to serve our guests. We take great pride in our city and we are happy to help you make the most out of your Charleston experience. If you need help deciding on a hotel, restaurant, or attraction, do not hesitate to ask. Did we mention how much fun we have? Check out our YouTube page to see how our staff entertains the city of Charleston every day.