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“Nothing of the period to be seen.”

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 May 24, 2013

In a way it is one big fake, They have reconstructed the earthwork/fencing barrier in places (they know pretty accurately the course of this from the ditch and post traces). However, nobody has yet found a single trace of a building from the period (and it only had a life of ten years anyway, after that they all shifted to Charleston's present location) so the very few buildings you do see are built in the style that researchers imagine they must have looked like.
That said, it is a nice walk in nice grounds, the reconstructed boat in the creek is a delight, and you do learn quite a bit about the first people to live in that neck of the woods.
Be warned seniors. The discount only applies to residents of South Carolina, and the entry is in my opinion somewhat highly priced for what they offer.
My tip to seniors from outside the state Adopt residency for the visit, get a SC zip code for the visit and get in at an honest price (albeit dishonestly).

Thank David C C
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Reviewed May 22, 2013

A wonderful place to take the children for the day. lot's of animal enclosures and the animals there have room to be an animal. lots of natural habitat for them. nice staff and lots to see.

Thank Beth M
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Reviewed May 13, 2013

If you're looking for a break from lovely historical houses and city streets, head out here for a relaxing walk in the woods. I wouldn't classify it as exciting, or jam-packed with a lot to do and see, but if you want a couple hours of refreshing natural beauty with lots of shade, it's delightful. The park rangers are very knowledgeable, helpful, and personable; the setting is beautiful; the wildlife even outside of the animal area is enjoyable - lots of cardinals; if you're on one of the unpaved trails, keep an eye out for copperheads (okay, that was exciting!); and the sunlight through the trees and greenery late in the afternoon is perfect. The price was a welcome change as well, I hope they're able to keep it this reasonable.

Thank streganona
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Reviewed May 12, 2013

This is a state park, very reasonably priced at $7.50 per adult (and discounts are available, through AAA or, even better, a coupon. This park is located on the site of the original settlement. The settlers moved to the current site of Charleston about 10 years after the original settlement was established. This park contains of lot of good information about the first settlement. There is also a small zoo consisting of animals originally native to the area. There is a fair amount of walking involved, but if the weather is good, it is worth it. Very educational!

1  Thank Davigeta
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Reviewed May 12, 2013

One of the best days we’ve spent in the Charleston area was visiting the Charles Towne Landing State Historic Site near the Ashley River. Here English settlers landed in 1670 and founded the Carolinas colony. This is a great multi-generational experience but with 80 acres of gardens alone it’s huge! Kids can run off a weeks steam without disturbing anyone. Benches dot the area for those that need to rest.

At different days and times during the month interpretive rangers depict life in Colonial Charleston as well as a calendar of other special events. The day we visited was an ordinary day and it was still wonderful. There is a self-guided history trail with an audio tour ($5) and a very informative 12-room, interactive museum in the Visitors Center that is good to go through before you start out.

This 663 acre state park is close to the city and features 7 miles of paved biking and walking trails, a zoo like nature walk with animals including bison, bear, deer and otters in very large open areas – which allows them to hide in the heat of the day!.

There are wonderful views of the river and marshes, you can step onboard and tour the historic Adventure, Charleston’s only 17th-century replica sailing ship, see cannons fired (check website for days and times). The grounds also include 80 acres of gardens, with an elegant live oak alley and the Legare-Waring House. Call for house tour days and hours.

There are no picnic shelters at Charles Towne Landing but two picnic areas that are available free of charge on a first come, first-served basis. One area has 25 picnic tables and four grills and the second area has 10 picnic tables and two grills. Lots of green space to plop down on a blanket or toss a Frisbee. One can also leave the park to eat nearby and return again for another round just save your receipt.

Dogs on leashes are allowed (except for the animal forest area) and there is a full calendar of special events. You can even have a children’s birthday party here with a program by the staff (a fee).

Then to accommodate visitors even more, they have free wheel chairs and strollers. There are a few areas that you need a little strength to push a wheel chair or stroller up a hill or two but those can be avoided if necessary. There is also a shuttle bus that runs on a nice route doing pickup and drop-offs. Unfortunately the bus is like a large golf cart and frequently there isn’t room to pick up additional passengers especially large family groups.

Reasonable admission prices for an entire days outing $7.50 adult $3.75 senior $3.50 6-15. Open 7 days a week 9am – 5pm except Christmas Eve and Christmas Day. Free parking.


Thank GallaghersTravels
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