Charles Towne Landing State Historic Site, Charleston

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#14 of 25 in Historic Sites in Charleston
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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  • August 13, 2017
    Bring lunch and picnic - bike rentals are available or bring your own! There is a tram to take you all over the park and you can hop on and off whenever you choose. There is a relic ship, a homestead,...  more »
  • August 9, 2017
    Here we were positively surprised. A good mixture of history and entertainment for the children. A small Zoo employs children to the animals to know better, with regular "lessons". The Park is great and has friendly, helpful staff. Contemporarily dressed people at some stations on the history of the former plantation sit and explain something. Overall a very relaxed atmosphere. However we would have to bring more time. Here you can spend a whole day well, because you can go in between to eat out and come back and there are alternatively many picnic opportunities. Conclusion: very much recommended.
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  • August 9, 2017
    Charles Towne Landing State Historic Site has a little of something for all family members. We particularly enjoyed the animal forest and the replica of the coastal sailing ship. The site has a nice l...  more »
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  • June 26, 2017
    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.
  • June 17, 2017
    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.
  • January 20, 2017
    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!
  • April 1, 2017
    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.
  • March 4, 2017
    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.

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