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Things To Do In Charleston!
Angel Oak: Click Here!The Angel Oak is a Live Oak tree, estimated to be 1,400 years old. Live oaks are not particularly tall, but have wide spreading canopies. Only in the very oldest of specimens do you find massive limbs resting on the ground, as do the limbs of the Angel Oak. The Oak stands 65ft tall and provides a 17,000 square foot area of shade. Angel Oak Rd. (off of Bohicket Rd.) Johns Island, SC Phone: (843) 559-3496
Beachwalker Park: Ccprc.com. Good beach access park with 300 feet of ocean footage. Amenities include dressing areas, outdoor showers, restrooms, boardwalks, and a picnic area. Lifeguards on duty seasonally. Snack bar. Beachwalker Drive Kiawah Island, SC 29455 Phone: 843-768-2395 or 843-762-2172
Boone Hall Plantation: Boonehallplantation.com. Originally a cotton plantation of over 17,000 acres has one of the most majestic avenues of moss-draped live oaks in the South, planted in 1743 by Captain Thomas Boone. Original plantation buildings include nine 18th century slave cabins, built of brick made on the plantation, and the Gin House, used for processing cotton. Visitors receive a guided tour of the first floor of the plantation mansion. 1235 Long Point Road PO Box 1554 Mt. Pleasant, SC 29465 Phone: 843-884-4371
Charles Pinckney National Historic Site: nps.gov/chpi. The last protected remnant of Snee Farm, the country estate of Charles Pinckney (1754-1824). Pinckney was a statesman, revolutionary war officer, and a principal framer of the US Constitution. The site includes archeological discoveries, an 1820s tidewater cottage, and interpretations of African-American life and contributions during the colonial era. No admission fee; self-guided tours of the house and grounds. 1254 Long Point Rd. Mt. Pleasant, SC 29464 Phone: 843-881-5516
Charleston Waterfront Park: The Waterfront Park is the city's most recent example of what can be accomplished through carefully planned revitalization. Located on 1,280 feet of waterfront property along Concord Street in Charleston, this public park provides visitors the ideal setting to relax and experience the ever-changing beauty of the waterfront. A grassy public green, a magnificent pier, and numerous benches and picnic tables are available for your enjoyment. Open to the public from 6:00 am-midnight. HC-I Concord Street Charleston, SC
Charles Towne Landing State Historic Site: CharlesTowne.org. Here over 300 years ago, colonists established the first permanent English settlement in the Carolinas. This protected historic site and nature preserve highlights archaeological investigation, living history, a reproduction 17th Century sailing vessel, natural habitat zoo, and beautiful lowcountry vistas. Discover history as old as the state. Charleston starts here. 1500 Old Towne Rd. (Hwy. 171) charleston, SC 29407 Phone: 843-852-4200
Cypress Gardens: CypressGardens.info. For a true lowcountry adventure, explore one of the area's most beloved attractions.... Cypress Gardens! Here you can stroll along four miles of walking trails that wind through the area's most beautiful gardens.... paddle a flat bottom boat through a real cypress swamp... relax in a unique and exciting butterfly house, which features a vast array of native butterflies and the plants they thrive on... or explore an Aquarium that offers an up close look at the amphibians, reptiles, and fish indigenous to the cypress swamp. For many visitors, Cypress Gardens proves to be their favorite experience because it allows one to interact with the area's beauty. 3030 Cypress Gardens Rd. Charleston, SC 29461 Phone: 553 - 0515
Drayton Hall: Draytonhall.org. Completed in 1742, the historic house stands majestically on a 125-acre site. It is the only plantation house remaining on the Ashley River that survived the Revolutionary and Civil Wars. This masterpiece of Georgian Palladian architecture is filled not with furniture, but with original 18th century craftsmanship. Admission includes guided tour of the house, self-guided nature walks, and an African-American Focus Program. 3380 Ashley River Rd. Charleston, SC 29414 Phone: (843) 769-2600
Edisto Island Serpentarium: Edistoserpentarium.com. Edisto Island Serpentarium is an educational and fun display of reptiles from the Southeastern U.S. and around the world. Whether you are terrified or enamored of these fascinating animals, this is the place to see! Interactive reptile shows given daily. We are a seasonal attraction. Please call or see our website for hours of operation and pricing information. 1374 Hwy 174 Charleston, SC 29438 Phone: 843-869-1171
Folly Beach County Park: Ccprc.com. Beach access park with 4,000 feet of ocean frontage. Dressing area, outdoor showers, restrooms, picnic areas, snack bar, and boardwalks. Lifeguard on duty seasonally. 1010 West Ashley Ave. Folly Beach, SC 29439 Phone: 843-588-2426 or 843-762-2172
Francis Marion National Forest: www.fs.fed.us/r8/fms
Isle of Palms County Park: Ccprc.com. Conveniently located at the foot of the Isle of Palms Connector, the Isle of Palms County Park offers 350 parking spaces, a dunes boardwalk, showers, restrooms, lifeguards and vending. Pets allowed on leash. 1-14th Ave. Isle of Palms, SC 29451 Phone: 843-886-DUNE or 843-762-2172
James Island County Park: Ccprc.com. A 643 acre park with a variety of recreational opportunities available including crabbing and fishing from floating docks along tidal creeks and lagoons; biking; lagoon boating; and picnicking. The Splash Zone water park is open seasonally. Park offers a 50-foot climbing wall. Snack bar and grille open year round. Gate admission is $1 per person. 871 Riverland Dr. Charleston, SC 29412 Phone: 843-795-PARK or 843-762-2172
Magnolia Cemetery: www.SCOCR.org/Links/MagnoliaCemetery.htm. The oldest cemetery in charleston, founded in 1849 on the banks of the Cooper River, is inhabited by generations of southern leaders. The cemetery is on the National Register of Historic Places. Visitors are welcome. 8:00 am-5:00 pm. Free. 70 Cunnington Ave. Charleston, SC Phone: 843-722-8638
Magnolia Plantation and Its Gardens: Magnoliaplantation.com. This 17th century estate, acquired in 1676 by the Drayton family (whose heirs still own it) features the year-round bloom of America's oldest gardens (c.1680), boasting one of the largest collections of azaleas and camellias in the country. Highlights include the Pre-Revolutionary War Plantation House with museum-quality Early American antiques, Biblical Garden, antebellum cabin, Nature Train, Nature Boat, wildlife observation tower, gift shop, Gallery of Nature and Wildlife Artists, snack shop, canoe and bike rentals. Route 4 Highway 61 Charleston, SC 29414 Phone: 843-571-1266 or 800-367-3517
Cap'n Richards Ace Basin Nature Tours: AceBasinTours.com. Take a boat tour of Ace Basin, one of the largest undeveloped marine estuaries on the east coast. See diverse habitats including forested wetlands, fresh, brackish and saltwater tidal marshes, barrier islands and beaches all teeming with wildlife. Also enjoy a tour and picnic at one of South Carolinas famous plantations. Phone (843) 766-9664.
Middleton Place: Middletonplace.org. A carefully preserved 18th-century plantation and a National Historic Landmark, Middleton Place encompasses America's oldest landscaped Gardens. The Gardens, House Museum, and Plantation Stable yards all interpret Middleton history. The Middleton Place Restaurant serves Lowcountry lunch and dinner daily. The Museum Shop sells items related to Middleton Place. Ashley River Road Charleston, SC 29414 Phone: 843-556-6020 or 800-782-3608
Wannamaker County Park: Ccprc.com. A new 1,015 acre park with two playgrounds, 20 foot play hill, picnic sites with grills, open meadows, paved trails, Cypress Hall and Park Center with snack bar, bicycle /pedal boat rentals. 888 University Blvd (Hwy 78) North Charleston, SC 29406 Phone: 843-572-PARK or 762-2172
Palmetto Islands County Park: Ccprc.com. A 943 acre park with a variety of recreational opportunities available, including crabbing and fishing from floating docks along tidal creeks and lagoons; biking; lagoon boating; and picnicking. Splash Island water park open seasonally. 444 Needlerush Pkwy. Mt. Pleasant, SC 29464 Phone: 843-884-0832 or 843-762-2172
The Audubon Swamp Garden: Magnoliaplantation.com. Located at Magnolia Plantation, this 60-acre black water cypress and tupelo swamp with wildflowers, bog plants, and native and exotic shrubs, is accessible via boardwalks, bridges, and dikes with views of waterfowl, alligators and other wildlife Route 4 Highway 61 Charleston, SC 29414 Phone: 843-571-1266 or 800-367-3517
Charleston Carriage Company: Ccprc.com. Narrated horse-drawn carriage tours of historic Charleston. 96 N. Market St.
Doin' the charleston Tours: DoinThecharlestonTours.com. The seven mile tour includes a 90 minute on-tour laser disc presentation and a stop at The Battery (800) 647-4487.
Old South Carriage Company: OldSouthCarriageTours.com. Enjoy these one-hour historic charleston tours in horse drawn carriages. Tour guides wear Confederate uniforms with a distinctive red sash. 14 Anson St. (843) 723-9712.
Palmetto Carriage Tours: CarriageTour.com. The oldest continually operating mule drawn carriage tour of historic Charleston. 40 N. Market St (843) 723-8145.
Architectural Walking Tours of charleston: Click here. Provides two guided walking tours. The 18th century guided tour features the original "walled city". (843) 893-2327. (800) 931-7761
Charleston Strolls: charlestonStrolls.com. This is the original walking tour. Experience charleston's history from the colonial days through the Civil War to the present. Battery tour: 115 Meeting St. 10:00 and 130 Market St. Market Walk: 375 Meeting St. (843) 766-2080.
Fort Sumter: NPS.gov/fosu. Flashpoint that started the Civil War. Tour boats depart regularly. Park rangers are on site. Located at the City Marina at 17 Lock Blvd. Patriots Point Naval & Maritime Museum (843) 722-2628.
The Schooner Pride: SchoonerPride.com. Cruise aboard an 84-foot tall ship around charleston's historic harbor. Guests may help in sailing or relax and enjoy the two-hour tour. 2044 Wappoo Hall Rd. (843) 795-1180.
Indigo Charleston: Dance club with nightly variety including dance, latin & top 40 nights. 5 Faber St., Tues-Sun. 6-2 am. 843-577-7383
Charleston Ballet Theatre: CharlestonBallet.com. 477 King St. 843-723-7334.
Charleston Symphony Orchestra: Click here. 14 George St. (843) 723-7528
Dock Street Theatre: First building in US designed solely for theatrical performances. Built around the original theater's ruins in the early 1800's. Frequent performances are staged in the theater and foyer. Church & Queen St Theatre free, various performance admissions. 843-723-5648.
Forever Charleston: Click here. A 24 Minute multimedia presentation about Charleston. Focuses on the history of charleston and comprises more than 2400 images to reveal it's beauty and heritage. Charleston Visitor Center, 375 Meeting St843-724-7474.
The South Carolina Aquarium: SCAquarium.org/. The new aquarium located on charleston's harbor, depicts the aquatic habitats of the state from rushing mountain streams through rivers, lakes and the salt marsh, to the depths of the Atlantic Ocean. Along the way, encounters with river otters, snakes, turtles, birds, fish and sharks delight guests as they explore 60 living exhibits. (843) 720-1990.
Middleton Place: MiddletonPlace.org. America's oldest landscaped gardens begun in 1741 by Henry Middleton. A restored stable yard has working displays on spinning, weaving, blacksmithing, and many more activities. Animals typical of 18th and 19th century plantations roam freely.
Marion Square: Click here. Has monuments to John Calhoun and Wade Hampton. Contains a part of the Tabby Horn Work, the only remaining section of the bastion system of Colonial defense works. Calhoun St. between King & Market.
St. John's Lutheran Church: Founded by German immigrants in 1817 and has been remodeled. It is known for its wrought-iron gates, fence, and steeple. 843-723-2426.
St. Mary's Church: Established in 1789, is the oldest Roman Catholic Church in South Carolina. The present building was completed in 1839. 89 Hasell St. 843-722-7696.
St. Michael's Episcopal Church: StMichaelsChurch.net. Completed in 1761, is the oldest church edifice in the city. George Washington worshipped here. It's Palladian Doric portico and storied steeple rise 186 feet above the street. The clock in the tower has been operational since 1764. Broad & Meeting St. 843-723-0603.
Washington Square: Includes several monuments honoring South Carolinians. Also on the square is the nations first fireproof structure. At Broad and Meeting Sts.
Huguenot Church: FrenchHuguenotChurch.org/main.html. One of the last remaining French Huguenot churches in the nation. Built in 1844-45 by Edward White. The church is a good example of gothic architecture. 136 Church St. 843-722-4385.
Joseph Manigault House: charlestonMuseum.org/topic.asp?id=19. A notable house of the Adam style. The furniture was made in France, England, and charleston. A hidden stairway connects the second and third floor. 350 Meeting St. 843-723-2926.
Heyward-Washington House: charlestonMuseum.org/topic.asp?id=21. Built in 1772 by Daniel Heyward. George Washington slept herein 1791. A kitchen house, servants' quarters, and garden behind the main house are open to visitors. 87 Church St. 843-722-0354.
Beth Elohim: KKBE.org. An 1840 synagogue of Greek revival design, which first began using instrumental music in 1824. Organized in 1749 and known as the oldest synagogue in use in the nation. Synagogue. 90 Hasell St. 843-723-1090.
Calhoun Mansion: Click here. Victorian mansion. 16 Meeting St. 843-722-8205.
Edmondston-Alston House: MiddletonPlace.org/default.asp?catID=4515. Built about 1828, furnished with family possessions, including documents, portraits, and porcelain. 21 E. Battery St. 843-722-7171.
Magnolia Plantation and Gardens: MagnoliaPlantation.com. The 500-acre estate is America's oldest garden. It boasts one of the largest collections of azaleas and camellias in the country. Highlights include a petting zoo, waterfowl refuge, biblical garden, tropical garden, canoe and nature trails...Guided house tours are available. Ashley River Rd. 843-571-1266.
Nathaniel Russell House: Historiccharleston.org/experience/nrh/. Was completed in 1808. The house contains a freestanding staircase that spirals up three floors, oval drawing rooms, and ornate interior detailing. 51 Meeting St. 843-724-8481.
Aiken-Rhett House: Historiccharleston.org/experience/arh/. This house was built in 1818 and has been restored to its antebellum splendor. 48 Elizabeth Street 843-724-8481.
Charleston Museum: charlestonMuseum.org/topic.asp?id=1. Founded in 1773, it is considered the nations oldest museum. charleston's history is interpreted through collections of clothing, furniture, silver, photographs, and other objects. The museum houses display charleston's cultural & natural history, archeology, ornithology, and history. The silver exhibit consists of pieces by charleston's silversmiths from the 18th century. A room designed with hands-on exhibits is available for children. Charleston & Vicinity. 360 Meeting St. 843-722-2996.
Patriots Point Naval and Maritime Museum: PatriotsPoint.org. Home of the famous WWII aircraft carrier Yorktown, submarine Clamagore, destroyer Laffey, and the Medal of Honor Museum. Vintage military aircraft and weapons are on display.
The Citadel Museum: Citadel.edu/museum. Features the history of The Military College of South Carolina from 1842 to the present. Military, academic, and athletic aspects of cadets life are displayed through exhibits. A cadet dress parade is held almost every Friday during the school year. Main gate at The Citadel. 843-953-6846.
The Old Exchange and Provost Dungeon: OldExchange.com. Built by the British in 1771. George Washington was entertained several times here. See the dungeons where American patriots were imprisoned, and the original sea wall of Charles Towne. 122 E. Bay St. at Broad St. 843-727-2165.
City Hall: SuperPages.com/cities/mtg/41212. Built 1801, contains historic relics and original paintings. Located at Broad & Meeting St. Call 843-577-6970.
Gibbes Museum of Art: GibbesMuseum.org. Houses one of the finest collections of American art in the Southeast. Consists of paintings, portraits, and drawings from the 18th century to the present. Located at 135 Meeting St.
Spoleto: SpoletoUSA.org. For 17 days and nights each spring, renowned artists, and emerging performers, bring an extravaganza of art to charleston, SC. Since 1977 art, in its many fors like: music, dance, thater, poetry, literature, visual arts, and crafts have enriched the residents and its visitors during this festival. For more information call 843-722-2764.