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“Beautiful and Peaceful”

Charles Towne Landing State Historic Site
Ranked #25 of 233 things to do in Charleston
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Owner description: A historic village recreating the life and times of America's early settlers.
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“Beautiful and Peaceful”
Reviewed October 15, 2013 via mobile

My husband and I took our 16 month old son, and he loved the animal exhibit. We also really enjoyed the replica ship at the river. I would recommend this to anyone who enjoys being outside. The garden and woods were amazing. The only con is that it takes a bunch of time to see everything. We ended up having to leave before we saw everything.

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Arlington Heights, Illinois
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“Beautiful grounds”
Reviewed October 2, 2013

This state park is the site of the original landing of the British in 1670 which founded the Carolina colony. Nothing remains of the original settlement, but the stockade fence, some buildings and the boat landing has been reconstructed to give an impression of what life was like.

The surrounding parkland is beautiful and worth the price of admission. The visitor center has a good museum.

The settlement was abandoned in favor of Charleston in the 1700's.

Visited September 2013
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South Carolina
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“Lots to see and a good price”
Reviewed September 25, 2013

There is so much to see at Charles Towne Landing. You can learn a lot about the history of Charleston. There is also a couple animals. That was my kids favorite part. The price to get in is very affordable. A must do if you are in Charleston!

Visited September 2013
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Brooklyn, New York
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“Make this your first stop in Charleston!”
Reviewed September 18, 2013

This is the site of the originial Charleston settlement. The exhibit on the history of Charleston in the Visitors Center is amazing -- beautifully presented, lots of "artifacts" to look at as well as panels to read, and very interactive. Come here for the background of Charleston, and it will put your plantation visits in context. Take the time to stroll around the park -- don't miss going on the ship Adventure and chating with the volunteers there. (The state park rangers are also very informative!)

Visited September 2013
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La Plata, Maryland
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“Go through exhibition before leaving Visitors Center”
Reviewed September 17, 2013

Most TA readers probably already know that Charles Towne Landing is the site of the first settlement of South Carolina. If you are not from South Carolina (or if you don't know much about SC history), going through the exhibition at the Visitors Center will help you get your bearings. It is a beautifully installed exhibition, and the interpretive materials are excellent. There are even some interactive areas for kids. Spend as little or as much time reading as you want, but try to go here first.

The zoo of native animals is ok. We had great timing because when we went through around 10:30 or so, many of the animals were very active. Maybe they were awaiting a feeding time? In any case, when we walked back out later, the bear, puma, and river otters had disappeared.

The gardens in September didn't have a lot in bloom, but the allee of live oaks is gorgeous.

On the day we went, a Sunday, there were not many living history interpreters---just one at the reconstructed cargo ship. He was very informative! We used the shuttle service to take us down there, as it was a great distance & my ankle was sprained. We caught the shuttle back to the Visitors Center as well. When we bought tickets at the counter, they didn't mention the shuttle, but it is helpful to know about.

You pay $1 extra for a park map, but get one. It shows the shuttle stops and gives you an idea what's there and the distances involved.

Visited September 2013
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