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“A trip back to a wonderfully natural and wild Charleston”

Charles Towne Landing State Historic Site
Ranked #20 of 235 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.
Richmond, Virginia
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74 reviews
27 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 24 helpful votes
“A trip back to a wonderfully natural and wild Charleston”
Reviewed March 27, 2014

It seemed like a day out of a fairy tale. We biked across wild terrain and canoed through serene waters with small alligators resting on the bank. We were able to walk through re-creations of what started the Charleston we know and love today, and learned how those early settlements paved the way to the America we know today. Spend a full day and make sure and find the albino peacock and say hello for me :)

Visited June 2013
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Washington DC, District of Columbia
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“Colonial Charleston is a change from Antebellum and Civil War”
Reviewed March 27, 2014

Most folks think about Antebellum or Civil War Charleston, formed by their memories of Gone with the Wind. But Charleston played a major role in the colonization of the Americas, with the first colonists in Carolina settling here at Charleston Landing. This is a small, open park that is well worth the visit. There are a few exhibits at the Visitor Center. Then, by all means, take the audio guide and walk around the History Trail. Although there are minimal artifacts, the audio guide and signs help visualize what might have been. At the far end of the park from the Visitor Center is a working replica of the ship that would have plied the waters, trading, as well as a few exhibits. Two "sailors" explained what it was like to work on the ship. The walk itself takes about 90 minutes, as a leisurely stroll. We did not take the time to go to the small zoo which has animals that would have been common at the time of the colonists, but I've heard it's quite nice. Definitely worth a visit--it gives you another perspective on Charleston.

Visited March 2014
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Silver Spring, Maryland
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130 reviews
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“Very friendly uncrowded state park.”
Reviewed March 24, 2014

We stopped by here as it was on the way to the airport and opened at 9am, an hour earlier then most attractions. There are a large number of different areas including the well done visitors center, a zoo (which we skipped) large gardens ( unfortunately we were a bit early in the season) and the historic area. We arrived at the far end with the replica of a supply ship (think UPS truck of the time) and had a brief but worth while talk from a park ranger. We had only an hour to spend but could have spent several more walking the trails.

Visited March 2014
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Aberdeen
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79 reviews
24 attraction reviews
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“Land Yourselves at the Charles Towne Landing!”
Reviewed March 22, 2014

What a great find indeed! Plan on spending a number of hours exploring this wonderful, almost unpeopled attraction in a city becoming way too popular for our traffic-saturated tastes. Somewhat poorly signed so keep your eyes pealed for the off-center main gate and sign. But then what a treat! The wild animal section, the gardens, the old main house, the exhibits and archeology sites and then best of all views of the lowcountry, Charleston city now, and just God's great creation! Come but please do not be in quite a hurry!

Visited March 2014
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130 reviews
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“Well done”
Reviewed March 19, 2014 via mobile

They had a special for the month that included the audio tour. We are really glad we took it. It was easy to walk and listen to the history. And to have it preserved is amazing. So glad we took the time. History buffs will appreciate the site. Children should be able to understand it all.

Visited March 2014
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