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. 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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Charleston is serviced by dozens of local hotels and practically every major U.S. chain. Expect to pay top dollar for a room on the downtown peninsula, particularly if you wish to stay in one of the historic hotels. The upside of taking a room there is the proximity of all major attractions--you won't need a car to explore and enjoy your visit. Less expensive options are available in North Charleston, West Ashley, and Mount Pleasant, where you'll find all kinds of inns for the budget-conscious traveler.
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  • I have lived in Charleston for 6 years. Charles Towne Landing is a magical place to visit. Love the animals, the beautiful grounds, the history, etc, etc. I am now very confused about this site. 40 ye...  more »
  • I had been here many times in the past to Founders Hall and the Visitor's Center for work, but had never spent time exploring this wonderful park until now. Wow, what a gem! There are paved paths thro...  more »
  • Enjoyed a beautiful walk, arrived early before it got too hot. Easy walking trails, all paved. Animal exhibit is very pleasant. Plenty of places to sit and enjoy the serenity. Beautiful old trees cove...  more »
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  • Great place to immerse yourself in the early history of this region! The staff are extremely friendly, knowledgeable and helpful throughout the park. Plan for lots of walking among beautiful oaks and allow several hours to take it all in. The animal area includes species native to this region in the early days so warn your kids not to expect elephants and zebras....but with some patience expect a red wolf, bison, puma,bear, otters, elk and many others.
  • We love this state park, there is so much to see and do here. We love the little zoo. And at certain times of the month they shoot off canons.
  • I absolutely LOVE Charles Towne Landing. As the original settlement landing that later became Charleston, I love the historic aspect. Being a state park makes entry more affordable than many of the other historic plantations along the Ashley River. But best of all, the staff is super friendly and nice to work with. I photograph a lot of weddings, proposals, engagement, bridal, and family sessions in this picturesque park...and it never fails to inspire creativity with it's scenic low-country backdrops!
  • I really enjoyed how well integrated the park was into a natural environment. Don't expect to be blown away by the zoo but what animals exhibits they do have are well done and honestly, with as much else they have to see, the zoo was a nice size. When we left it was hard to believe we were in the middle of charleston.
  • This is a huge state park. I've visited almost a handful of times, and I don't think I've seen everything yet. There are a good number of animals you go and see... like a mini zoo but bigger than you might think. Invest in the SC State Park pass so you can visit as much as you like during the year.