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Save to My List   Amusements   Moncks Corner, SC
Cypress Gardens was built as a fresh water reservoir part of the Dean Hall Plantation in 1750. When the new owner, Benjamin Kittredge, bought the property, he had trails dug around the swamp. His son later on
Save to My List   Zoos & Aquariums   Charleston, SC
Charleston's South Carolina Aquarium is a large aquarium complex with a range of sea creatures living in 60 habitats including a 385,000 gallon Great Ocean Tank. The run conservations programs for animals in danger
Save to My List   Parks & Nature   Charleston, SC
Charleston waterfront park is one of the most visited parks in South Carolina. The park offers some great views of the Charleston harbor, the park is spread across 12 acres. The park has walkways for strolling
Save to My List   Parks & Nature   Charleston, SC
Magnolia Plantation and gardens was founded in 1676 by the Drayton family, and was opened for public viewing in 1870. Magnolia is one of the oldest and historic gardens in America, honored as one of America's
Save to My List   Landmarks & History   Mt Pleasant, SC
Having featured in a number of popular movies including The Notebook Boone Hall Plantation might feel familiar. With its grand plantation house, avenues of oak trees and working agricultural fields Bone Hall is
Save to My List   Museums & Science   Charleston, SC
The story of the H.L Hunley Submarine is quite simply incredible. During the Civil War the Hunley was developed as the Confederate side's top secret weapon against the Union. Though other submarines had been built
Save to My List   Parks & Nature   Kiawah Island, SC
Kiawah is a barrier island with 10 miles of beach located in South Carolina. The town has been converted to a resort community with hotels and villas alongside residential properties. A gated resort complete with
Save to My List   Parks & Nature   Mt Pleasant, SC
The Mount Pleasant Memorial Waterfront Park is located in a unique position. It has a beautiful view looking out over the Cooper River to Drum Island further on. The Park itself sits under the impressive Arthur
Save to My List   Parks & Nature   Charleston, SC
White Point Gardens can be found at the southeastern point of Charleston. This area has had a long and storied history originally serving as Fort in the 1700s and later as a Confederate Artillery Battery during
Save to My List   Landmarks & History   Charleston, SC
When one considers the history of Drayton Hall it is no wonder that the mansion was declared a National Historic Landmark. This house has seen a lot of history, and managed to survive it too. Most other similar
Save to My List   Tours   Isle of Palms, SC
Learn about the ecosystem in the undeveloped barrier islands and salt marshes in Charleston. A naturalist guides the trips and shares insights about wildlife awareness and conservation. Kids and adults alike will
Save to My List   Amusements   North Charleston, SC
Frankie's Fun Park is an amusement and gaming park suited for the whole family. Admission is free inside the park and pricing is paid on a per attraction basis. Race with your family and friends in the go-kart
Save to My List   Beaches & Lakes   Sullivan's Island, SC
Sullivan's Island is a very small town located south of Charleston at the mouth of the Charleston Harbor. With a population of less than 2,000 people this town oozes charm and luxury. It has fantastic dining options
Save to My List   Landmarks & History   Charleston, SC
The 24,000 square foot Calhoun Mansion is the largest house in Charleston with over 35 rooms, Japanese water gardens and a 75 foot high domed stair hall ceiling. These features are just a taste of the wondrous
Save to My List   Beaches & Lakes   Myrtle Beach, SC
Myrtle Beach won our 2016 Best Beaches in the US survey by a big margin. As we dug into this, it was clear that Myrtle won big because of all of the great activities in and around the beach. Myrtle Beach features
Save to My List   Museums & Science   Savannah, GA
Savannah History Museum is a must visit spot for history lovers of the city, the museum is located in an old passenger station of the Georgia railroad in Savannah, Georgia. The museum features many exhibits revealing
Save to My List   Museums & Science   Charleston, SC
Children's museum of the lowcountry CML features hands-on exhibits for children in the age group of 10 and below, children can explore Arts and science through interesting and educational exhibits. Toddlers and
Save to My List   Landmarks & History   Sullivan's Island, SC
This is another Charleston haven for history buffs. Located at Sullivan's Island, Fort Moultrie is one of the citadels that protected Charleston from British occupation. At that time, the fort was only a log fort
Save to My List   Museums & Science   Charleston, SC
Make the most of your stay in the historic town of Charleston and visit the Confederate Museum. Aside from the Civil War artifacts found in the museum, the building itself has a place in history. Previously known
Save to My List   Landmarks & History   Charleston, SC
Imagine what it is like living as a rich merchant and rice plantation owner in the 1790s. The Joseph Manigault House reflects the lives led by the upper society in their classy homes. This particular house was
Save to My List   Landmarks & History   Charleston, SC
Charleston is known for its rich, colorful history and its well-preserved or restored colonial architecture. One of the greatest examples is the Old Exchange and Provost Dungeon. This building served as an Exchange
Save to My List   Parks & Nature   Charleston, SC
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
Save to My List   Landmarks & History   Charleston, SC
Built in 1820, the Aiken-Rhett House is a sample of a typical Charleston house also known as a double house. A double house is composed of a main hallway with two rooms on each side. The house has been owned by
Save to My List   Landmarks & History   Charleston, SC
Owned by one of the wealthiest families in Charleston in 1808, the neoclassical mansion embodies the lifestyle of the rich families during the era. Nathaniel Russell was a merchant who earned from cargo shipping
Save to My List   Markets & Shops   Charleston, SC
Visit the Charleston City Market and combine going down memory lane and shopping in one day. The City Market is one of the oldest public markets in the country. If you're looking for unique items such as toys
Save to My List   Beaches & Lakes   Kiawah Island, SC
Located in the west end of the island, Beachwalker County park is the only beach with public access on Kiawah Island. The beach is not crowded which makes it very ideal for families on vacation. Basic amenities
Save to My List   Parks & Nature   Beaufort, SC
Henry C. Chambers waterfront park is located in Beaufort, South Carolina. This park gives some great views of the Beaufort River, and the woods memorial bridge. The park offers spots for fishing, kid's playground
Save to My List   Parks & Nature   Walterboro, SC
Colleton State Park in South Carolina is a beautiful park with lots of amenities and attractions for the whole family. This state park is a popular tourist attraction, it includes camping grounds, fishing sites
Save to My List   Parks & Nature   Hunting Island, SC
Hunting Island state park is a beautiful park in South Carolina that attracts more than a million visitors each year. The state park is very popular among the locals and the tourists, and many families throng
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Climb the only lighthouse in South Carolina that's open to the public. The lighthouse is located in the middle of Hunting Island State Park and is one of the highlights of the park. The Hunting Island Lighthouse
Save to My List   Parks & Nature   Moncks Corner, SC
You will find both history and nature in the Old Santee Canal State Park. The park is situated in the Santee Canal, one of the oldest canals in the country. The Stony Landing Plantation and the Berkeley Museum
Save to My List   Zoos & Aquariums   Edisto Island, SC
The name may sound odd but the Serpentarium is the best place to introduce your kids to the reptiles of the animal kingdom. The place was founded by two brothers whose passion was snake hunting. Witness alligator
Save to My List   Tours   Edisto Beach, SC
The diverse environment in Edisto Island makes it an ideal place to learn and explore ecological systems. This is the vision of Botany Bay Ecotours, founded by biologist Meg Hoyle. All the tours are designed to
Save to My List     Edisto Beach, SC
Book a family vacation to Edisto Island, one of South Carolina's Sea Island facing the Atlantic. Edisto Island is home to Wilkinson's Landing, a secluded inlet a few miles from Edisto Beach. Take a boat trip
Save to My List   Zoos & Aquariums   Awendaw, SC
The 66,287-acre Cape Romain area was named as a migratory bird refuge in 1932. Cape Romain National Wildlife Refuge is composed of salt marshes, barrier islands, sandy beaches, and forests. Due to its diverse
Save to My List     Awendaw, SC
Ride a boat to visit Bulls Island, a barrier island within the Cape Romain National Wildlife Refuge. Coastal Expeditions is the the exclusive provider of Bulls Island Ferry services. All the tour packages aim
Save to My List   Tours   Wadmalaw Island, SC
Charleston Tea Plantation is the only working tea plantation in the country. This is where the Camellia sinensis plant is grown, processed, and packaged as the tea leaves for the American Classic Tea brand. Get
Save to My List   Parks & Nature   Kiawah Island, SC
The Night Heron Park houses the Heron Park Nature Center. Get all the information that you need from the Nature Center. You can check the schedule of tours and make reservations for the different activities that
Save to My List   Amusements   North Charleston, SC
Is the entire family looking for something to do on a hot, summer day? Whirlin' Waters just might be the right place to spend the day. Whirlin' Waters is a waterpark open from late May to August. The park offers
Save to My List   Amusements   Mt Pleasant, SC
If you're looking for a place in Mount Pleasant filled with fun and engaging activities for both kids and adults, you should visit Blackbeard's Cove. Video games, go-karting, putt putt, and wall climbing are just
Save to My List   Parks & Nature   Johns Island, SC
The Angel Oak Tree of John's Island, South Carolina is estimated as being at least 400 years old and it could easily be over 1,500 years old. That makes it one of the oldest trees in North America. It's impossibly
Save to My List   Tours   Folly Beach, SC
With Tideline Tours you can explore the diverse natural habitat of Folly Beach's extensive estuaries. They have two boats that take groups out on tours to see the fascinating mix of wildlife. Out on these waters
Save to My List   Parks & Nature   Isle of Palms, SC
The Isle of Palms County Park is a public park that grants visitors access to the beach. This beach is the main reason why people come to the park. You can spend a relaxing time on the fine white sand enjoying
Save to My List   Amusements   North Charleston, SC
Monkey Joe's is an indoor play space designed for kids. They have locations throughout the country with three outlets in South Carolina alone; one in North Charleston another Lexington and a third in Greenville
Save to My List   Museums & Science   North Charleston, SC
The North Charleston & American La France Fire Museum & Educational Center explores the history and changes that have occurred over time since the first firemen began to bravely to their work in the 1700s
Save to My List     Folly Beach, SC
Charleston SUP lead stand-up paddle tours and lessons out onto the beautiful Folly River. This area is an interesting habitat where one has the opportunity to see Atlantic Bottle Nose Dolphins amongst other water
Save to My List   Landmarks & History   Mt Pleasant, SC
Mount Pleasant's Charles Pinckney National Historic Site is made up of the remnants of the coastal plantation home of Charles Pinckney the so-called "forgotten founder". Although his name rarely gets mentioned
Save to My List   Beaches & Lakes   Folly Beach, SC
Folly Beach is one of the most beautiful and popular beachfronts which you can visit in South Carolina. It is the perfect place to lay out some towels and let your children build sand castles as you laze in the
Save to My List     Charleston, SC
The Indian Mound Trail's considerable pleasures are twofold. First of all the trail allows visitors to walk through a lovely and undemanding forest trail where they can get up close with trees that are native
Save to My List   Parks & Nature   Mt Pleasant, SC
Though it was only opened in 2012 Shem Creek Park has already become a favorite for locals of Mount Pleasant and visitors to the area alike. Here you can take a long leisurely walk along their boardwalk which
Save to My List   Tours   Folly Beach, SC
Flipper Finders Boat & Sea Kayak Tour Co. can be found on Folly Beach to the south of Charleston. As their name suggest this company specialize in spotting flippers, otherwise known as Atlantic Bottle Nose
Save to My List   Museums & Science   Mt Pleasant, SC
Home to ships, aircraft and a submarine that all saw combat combat in different wars fought by the United States the Patriots Point Naval & Maritime Museum is not just your typical war museum; this is about
Save to My List   Tours   Mt Pleasant, SC
Adventure Harbor Tours run a number of tours out from Charleston Harbor. Their principal tour runs to Morris Island. This island has seen a great deal of history from the Revolutionary War to the Civil War and
Save to My List   Tours   Charleston, SC
Palmetto Carriage Historic tours have been leading horse drawn carriage tours around Charleston's historical highlights since 1972 making it the oldest tour carriage tour company in the area. Their tours take
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Take the opportunity to get a unique and informative insight into Charleston's history and culture with Michael Trouche's Charleston Footprints Walking Tours. Michael is a seventh generation Charlestonian who
Save to My List   Landmarks & History   Charleston, SC
Arthur Ravenel Jr. Bridge is the longest cable stay bridge in the western hemisphere, the world's longest is in China. The cable-stayed bridge hangs over the Cooper river, running from Charleston to Mount Pleasant
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Middleton Place is an 18th century, National historic landmark that is home to America's oldest landscaped gardens. The exotic gardens are a treat for the eye, beautiful camellias, azaleas, kalmia, magnolias
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