Charles Towne Landing is the place where Carolina was born. Located on a marshland in Ashley River, this is where the first inhabitants landed in 1670. The 80-acre area has been turned into a historic site and a park in one. While most tourist head out on this side of Charleston to visit the beach, Charles Towne Landing serves as a quick getaway where families can go for a hike, bike, or a stroll in the mini zoo.
Things to Do
- Take the family for a day trip to the park. There are plenty of things to do for everyone. Kids love boarding the Adventure, a replica of the sailing ship that first landed here. You can also watch cannon firing every 3rd Saturday of the month.
- History buffs enjoy walking down the old settlement along the marshes. You may get an audio guide from the park office for only $5.
- See bisons, otters, alligators, and bears at the Animal Forest Natural Habitat Zoo. Note that the enclosures are huge so you may not see the animals at all times from the viewing area.
- Add some fitness activity to your visit and hike or bring your bike. There's a 7-mile paved trail or you can also walk through the gardens and the marshes.
- It's also a good place for a picnic. Bring snacks and a blanket and have lunch at the shaded areas.
Charles Towne Landing Insider Tips
- Going around an 80-acre park can be exhausting. Make sure to drink lots of water and keep hydrated.
- Pets are allowed inside the park except on the Animal Trail.