The site of the first known English settlement in the Carolina colony, Charles Towne Landing is also home to 80 acres of beautiful gardens, swamp and marshlands, and a zoo. Tap play on the video below for a brief introduction to all it has to offer.
Charles Towne Landing was first opened to the public in 1970, to celebrate South Carolina's tricentennial. About 120 original settlers first made landfall here in 1670. An important figure in the settlement's founding was Anthony Ashley Cooper, the Earle of Shaftesbury and one of the Carolina proprietors. The book "The Shaftesbury Papers," a collection of his letters and documents, is a great read for history buffs before their visit.
If you’re wondering what to do at this family-friendly destination, the South Carolina Parks Service has a list of its top 5 suggestions. First, make a stop at the Visitors Center, where a 12-room interactive museum lets you explore Charles Towne colony’s first decade. Next, attend a black powder program, where history demonstrators in period costume recreate the threatening scenarios that faced the early colonists, complete with musket and cannon fire. Third, visit the wharf area where the English settlers landed in 1670 and explore a 17th Century replica ship similar to the one they arrived in. Fourth, visit the Animal Forest, where you can see animals such as bison, black, bear, puma, and otters, which the early settlers would have encountered in South Carolina. Finally, rent a bicycle and explore the garden and nature trail.
The park is open 9 AM - 5 PM daily and is only closed on Christmas Eve and Christmas Day. Admission is $10 for adults; $6.50 for seniors; $6 for youth 6-15 and free for children 5 and younger (admission price subject to change). The park is always hosting programs and events, so be sure to tap the button below to find out what's happening.
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