Charles Towne Landing is the birthplace of South Caroline. It’s located off the Ashley River, where a group of English settlers landed in 1670 and established what would later become the birthplace of the Caroline Colony.
Visitors are introduced to the earliest colonial history of Charleston through the replica of a 17th-century trading vessel, their gardens, hiking trails, little zoo, and gift shop.
1. Wildlife watching
Many locals don’t know that Charles Towne Landing has a 22-acre zoo called “The Animal Forest”. South Carolina state parks has worked to replicate the natural habitat of animals and you’ll be able to see:
- River otters
- Red wolves
- White-tailed deer
- Wild turkeys
2. Trail hiking
Charles Towne Landing State Historic Site Trail is a 3.2-kilometer loop trail. It features a lake and is good for all skill levels. It’s a paved trail that offers beautiful scenery.
Note: Pets are allowed in most outdoor areas provided they are kept under physical restraint or on a leash not longer than six feet. Pets are not permitted in the animal forest.
Park visitors can rent or bring their own bicycles on any of the paths throughout the park except for the Animal Forest trail.
The bicycles available to rent cost $8 per person/hour or $20 per person/day.
4. Board a historic trading vessel
Discover the Adventure— a replica 17th-century trading vessel visitors can board and explore beneath the deck.
More details about this majestic place here.
Where: 📍1500 Old Towne Road, Charleston Sc
Hours: ⏰ 9:00am-5:00pm
Admission: 🎟$12 adults
$7 youth age 6-15
Free for children 5 and younger
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