Charles Towne Landing State Historic Site, Charleston

Categories: Historic Sites, Tourist Spots
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4.5/5 based on 400+ reviews on the web
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. Using our custom trip planner, Charleston attractions like Charles Towne Landing State Historic Site can form part of a personalized travel itinerary.
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  • We took the nature/animal hike in the fall and enjoyed the pumpkin hunt. Great variety of animals and a fun outdoor atmosphere. Also enjoyed the old sailing ship and the reconstructed 1700s buildings. 
  • Here, the whole family comes at their expense. Beautiful landscaped park, historical pieces, a Zoo, a ship, a Manor House, ponds, lakes, a cemetery, gardens, bridges,... beautiful way... A great place to linger and the soul dangle. As children get their money such as the parents or grandparents. A historical total ensemble, lovingly created.
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  • The animal area is superb. The puma was our favourite. The pelicans (and getting up really close inside their netted area), the bear, the wolves too! We returned on a Tuesday morning for 'toddler anim...  read more »
  • The animal zoo is the best. I can't stand normal zoos cause those animals would be healthy normally. The animals here are not able to survive well on their own from what I believe. This educates others and hopefully saves lives. Oh and the historical stuff is cool too. I come here at least twice a year.
  • I grew up as a child having my summer family vacations in Charleston. Two uncle's worked at Charles Towne Landing and one of them lived in the park. They both worked security and the one help care for specials errands etc for Ms. Wearing (?) Estate. Took the maid to grocery shop etc. He also took her to church on Sunday's as she didn't drive. My mother and us kids were very privileged to stay with my uncle when visiting. The greatest childhood memories of my life. Im 52 years old. It takes a lot of money to maintain the grounds and park and protect its beauty. Also the zoo with all the animals and bird forest. It was heavily damaged by hurricane hugo. A lot of animals and birds destroyed. So anyone (Stephen T.) that would complain about having to pay a $10 fee to "just get in a park"? Maybe you should go back and read all the history this glorious park holds. I recommend Charles Towne Landing to anyone who visits Charleston. I love it!!!
  • If you're visiting Charleston then you definitely have to visit the original site of the first Charles Town settlement. The grounds are massive and contain a wide variety of things to do and see including a small zoo, replicas of homes and an actual ship meant to demonstrate how they moved goods up and down the rivers and out to the Caribbean. It's beautiful out there to boot.
  • Awesome place for the whole family. Just don't forget bug spray like I did...mosquitoes and gnats can get annoying. All in all though awesome place! Will definitely go back.
  • Great place to take the Kids!!! Make sure you wear comfy shoes!!
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