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“Great day of history”

Charles Towne Landing State Historic Site
Ranked #25 of 237 things to do in Charleston
Certificate of Excellence
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Owner description: A historic village recreating the life and times of America's early settlers.
Charleston, South Carolina
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58 reviews
57 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 22 helpful votes
“Great day of history”
Reviewed December 30, 2011

If you went here as a kid, you will be impressed with the renovations. See the location of Charleston's first settlers and learn about how they lived. The reprouced old settlement and zoo is still there but the new museum and visitors center is very well done.

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Pennsylvania
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 30 helpful votes
“Absolutely wonderful .”
Reviewed December 29, 2011

This is certainly one of the finest , most informative , worthwhile sites . we have ever been to . The indoor exhibits are outstanding , the grounds are beautiful . I would have to rate this as the highlight of any , and all of our many trips to Charleston .

Visited December 2011
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Summerville, SC
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296 reviews
71 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 86 helpful votes
“Great History Site”
Reviewed December 18, 2011

Give yourself plenty of time on a nice day to walk around this most historic setting. There is a nice visitor's center that takes you through the settling of Charlestowne from the 1600's to today. There is a small zoo with SC animals, as well as a replica of the type of small ships used in the harbors of past days. If you are lucky, you can see some period dressed guys who demonstrate the old flint and steel, as well as the fuse lit guns of days past. Plenty of flowers and plants that were around many years ago. Take a backpack with cool drinks and snacks, as you can spend a few hours walking around without realizing how nice a place it is. The hurricane of 1989 did extensive damage and required a complete make over of the site, and, to be honest, helped make it the great attraction it is today.

Visited December 2011
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Stuart, FL
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102 reviews
44 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 54 helpful votes
“Pleasantly surprised, worth a visit.”
Reviewed December 1, 2011

The visitor's center documents the lives of Charleston's first european settlers. The animal forest has indigenous animals at he time of the settlement, some of which no longer inhabit the area (bison, elk). There is a reproduction of the fort, houses, and a ship used to trasport goods out to the harbour from the shallow creeks. Paths are paved for handicapped, however, there are many hills around the animal exhibits. Plan on getting a good walk and spending more time than you think to see everything. Adults $7.50, have same day free reciprocal with Hampton Plantation, which is an hour plus northeast off Hwy. 17.

Visited November 2011
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New Castle, Indiana
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“Where it all began”
Reviewed November 28, 2011

Charles Towne Landing is a fascinating voyage to the initial settlement of Charleston on Albemarle Point in 1670. Most of the village moved nearby to Oyster Point in 1680. The Landing is a very interesting trip back in time and the entire family should enjoy the visit, which includes a natural habitat zoo featuring elk, deer, shore birds, turkeys, vultures, bison, bobcats, otters, and pumas. My father and I were able to see all the animals except the pumas, who seemed to be hiding from the public when we visited. The visit is well worth it (and the gift shop is small, but excellent).

Visited November 2011
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