Charles Towne Landing State Historic Site, Charleston

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Historic Site · Hidden Gem · Tourist Spot
The site of the first English settlement along the coast of the Carolinas, Charles Towne Landing State Historic Site highlights flora and fauna. Different aspects of colonial daily life have been recreated, such as the experimental crop garden, which showcases crops cultivated by settlers. A natural zoo habitat reintroduces native species that roamed the woods in 1670s. Explore the "Adventure," a reconstructed, 17th-century cargo ship modeled after the vessels that brought goods from abroad. After touring the ship, you can view artifacts that are still being studied by scientists in the exhibit hall. Make Charles Towne Landing State Historic Site part of your personalized Charleston itinerary using our Charleston trip itinerary planning website.
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  • We live so close to Charles Towne Landing and enjoy the property so much. We ride our bikes there all year long. It has a great entrance drive that is from a 1 mile to 1.5 miles (if you go around...  more »
  • We really enjoyed our stay at the Charles Towne Landing state historic site. It is large and difficult to cover in one visit. Highly recommend renting bikes or bringing your own. Definitely bring a...  more »
  • I have been going here since I was a child. I love the trails and gardens. The animal area is really neat too. The pirate ship used to be my favorite as a child. So many nice spots to sit and relax, bike or walk through. It is such a beautiful place. I have been to two weddings here as well in Founder's Hall, which were both lovely. Always a nice place to visit, and will continue to keep coming back.
  • This is a neat place for an afternoon with family. My kids enjoyed the animal exhibits and the replica ketch (sailing ship). We walked halfway, and took the free shuttle for the remainder. Our shuttle driver went out of his way to show us the wedding venue and gardens nearby, and to provide some additional interpretation.

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