Charles Towne Landing State Historic Site, Charleston

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The site of the first English settlement along the coast of the Carolinas, Charles Towne Landing State Historic Site highlights flora and fauna. Different aspects of colonial daily life have been recreated, such as the experimental crop garden, which showcases crops cultivated by settlers. A natural zoo habitat reintroduces native species that roamed the woods in 1670s. Explore the "Adventure," a reconstructed, 17th-century cargo ship modeled after the vessels that brought goods from abroad. After touring the ship, you can view artifacts that are still being studied by scientists in the exhibit hall. Make Charles Towne Landing State Historic Site part of your personalized Charleston itinerary using our Charleston trip itinerary planning website .
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  • Beautiful setting. Lots to see. Incredible old live oak trees Zoo in the site was great for the kids. Expensive if you don't have an annual pass  more »
  • We visited this park as we were staying close by in an Air BnB house. It was well worth the $20 we paid for our family of four to stroll around for an hour. We enjoyed the walk down to the little whar...  more »
  • My wife and I visited on November 18th for the annual Seeds to Shillings event, and couldn't have had a better time! We're park passport holders and visit a lot of the coastal parks regularly. Saturda...  more »
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  • We were looking for fun things to do with our yorkie while we were in Charleston and we this was hands down the best place we visited with him. Plenty of paved walking trails and some nice nature trails as well as some historic sites. Dogs can't enter the visitors center-there is a sign near the entrance to tell you- (although I saw a couple of people take theirs in without any problem) and no dogs in the animal area. Even so, we walked about 10,000 steps while we were there. Our dog loved it! I saw a couple of restrooms that are accessible from outside as were water fountains. The staff was super friendly and everything was clean and well cared for. This definitely gets 5 stars from us.
  • This is a GREAT place to explore Charleston history. Did you know there is a beautiful small zoo there? The staff is great, too.
  • This is a super cute place to take the family. The grounds are well kept and so are all of the restrooms. The little zoo is cute. My kiddos loved it. There are lots of historical elements to this park as well. We loved the little ship and the employees are friendly and knowledgeable. There are lots of bugs so we will remember to bring bug spray on the next visit.
  • We have been paying members for years and forgot our pass in the other car. They turned us away at the gate - apparently they have no way to look up our membership, despite providing plenty of other identification. Super annoying and no way to treat your paying members!
  • Always nice to visit. Annual pass well worth it. Small zoo, animals are active in the evening.

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