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“Unique view of old Charleston”

Charles Towne Landing State Historic Site
Ranked #34 of 245 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.
Reviewed June 8, 2012

I have been here several times, and always bring our visitors. The Visitor Centre is very informative and a shady break on a summer day. The animal park is limited, but still draws me every time. I love the historical context and the informative guides, and altogether, it paints a wonderful history of the origins of Charleston. It also pays a wonderful tribute to the Native Americans that were wiped out by the Europeans.

The only downside is that there is no cafe, only vending machines

Thank Wendy S
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Reviewed May 12, 2012

This National Park provides a good understanding of the early years of the Charles Towne settlement, how the local geography influenced the development of the settlement, and the role of slavery in the development of the rice and cotton economies. The walking trails are ok, not much to see, but the signs help you picture what it looked like in the day. The people staffing the replica of a settlers ship were a hoot - lots of local color and recommendations on other things to see and do in the area. Archaeology exhibit is pretty basic. Didn't make it to the Animal Forest.

2  Thank Richard S
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Reviewed April 22, 2012

The early settlers did not land and build in the area we now know as the historic Charleston district. They traveled up river and began their colony on a site surrounded on three sides by rivers and swamps to provide protection from Indians, pirates, Spanish invaders, etc. Now the state of South Carolina has uncovered many of the archeological treasues of these early times and has created a state park dedicated to showcasing the original Charles Towne history.
There are several areas to explore. The sections are outlined on a map which notes how long a walk each section is. Also there is a tram which you can pick up at several locations if you want to be brought back to the visitor's center. One section is a zoo of the native animals of the area in the early days; one is a mansion and its beautiful gardens; and the largest area is the walking path that takes you through the history of the first settlement. This is brought alive through structures, cannons, archeological finds, large plaques with historical descriptions and, most importantly, for just $5 there are headphones which provide the oral history of the area including the canon and battle sounds which once rang through the area.
This is a site which is not pushed by the magazines and time share companies because it is state funded and does not pay to put out a lot of advertising but our trip would not have been complete if we had not experienced Charles Towne Landing.

4  Thank applemom98
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Reviewed April 16, 2012

This is a great place to escape the crowds and see what the local geography is really like. Also a great place for kids to see some wildlife out in the open. A wonderful asset to the area.

Thank CulinaryKing
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Reviewed April 13, 2012

Visited here as an alternative to the long drive to the Columbia zoo, since there are some animals. We enjoyed getting to show our 2yr old some deer and alligators, but wished we could have seen more in the animal section of the park. This is a very mellow and quite park to walk around and enjoy the garden. There is a trolly for people who might have a hard time walking a lot and there were many people biking. the museum was also nice, though we didn't spend much time here.

Thank Stephen S
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