“introduces visitors to the earliest colonial history of Charleston”
Charles Towne Landing State Historic Site sits on a marshy point, located off of the Ashley River, where a group of English settlers landed in 1670 and established what would become the birthplace of the Carolina colony. Charles Towne Landing introduces visitors to the earliest colonial history of Charleston. Interact with hands-on exhibits in the Visitor Center, talk to knowledgeable staff members, and take an audio tour on the self-guided history trail. Guests can step aboard and tour the Adventure, Charleston's only 17th-century replica sailing ship, see cannons fired (3rd Saturdays and select special events), or take a peek at otters, bears, bison and more at the Animal Forest natural habitat zoo. The grounds also include 80 acres of gardens, with an elegant live oak alley and the Legare-Waring House. One of Charleston’s favorite sites for weddings and other special gatherings, the Legare-Waring House combines historic charm with unique and flexible space—come see it for yourself!
Be prepared for walking, or you can bring or borrow a bike to tour around the site. The visitor's center is the place for a bio break and filling your water bottle. We chose to follow the historical trail, and did not have enough time to see the animals in the same visit. Bring a picnic, spend several hours.
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Charles Towne Landing
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