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Edmondston-Alston House

The piazza of this museum home is one of the city's most storied spots; it served as a front-row vantage point to history when General Beauregard joined the owners to watch the bombardment of Fort Sumter in 1861.

2 - 6 The original owner was a merchant who could keep watch on his wharves from the piazza. How many boats do you count in the harbor?


7 - 11 Find the family coat of arms on the second story parapet. What would your family coat of arms depict?


12 - 16 Long before the invention of air conditioning, architects designed homes to catch sea breezes. Can you identify how this home uses Mother Nature to cool its interior?

South Carolina Aquarium

Come face-to-face with a sea turtle nearly the size of a Volkswagen Beetle at this underwater world of imagination for curious guppies that explores the state's distinct maritime zones, from mountain streams to the gulfstream.

2 - 6 Check out Toddler Cove, where the life-sized, aquatic-themed play structures, squishy floor and silly animated clown fish make pint-sized fun.


7 - 11 Experience the 4-D Theater where the imaginative world of a movie bursts into the room with color, imagery and sensations of the natural world.


12 - 16 Can you find one of the few fish able to swim both forward and backward? Here's a hint: it is not what you expect (and it rhymes with squeal!)

Charleston Museum

It the first museum in America and a virtual treasure chest of cultural artifacts, including guns, buttons, bones and a mummy!

2 - 6 Marvel at the massive whale skeleton hanging from the ceiling in the great hall.


7 - 11 The Lowcountry Hall tracks the evolution from a tribal society into an agricultural empire. Visit this exhibit to learn about "Dave" jars.


12 - 16 Print the scavenger hunt available at charlestonmuseum.org to uncover curiosities hidden in the museum.


Boone Hall Plantation

Step back in time at one of America's oldest working plantations with its sprawling grounds, interpretative slave cabins, main house and horse pasture.


2 - 6 See the magnificent horses that call the plantation home.


7 - 11 Indigo, cotton and pecans were the primary crops grown at Boone Hall more than 100 years ago. Do all three grow on trees?


12 - 16 All of Charleston's working plantations were located beside a body of water. Do you know why?


Magnolia Plantation

Indigenous flora and fauna abound at this 70-acre botanical wonderland, where fragrant flowers and wildlife give families offer a complete immersion in nature.

2 - 6 All aboard! The nature train is a fun ride through the plantation's wetlands and marshes.


7 - 11 What is the difference between an alligator and a crocodile? Why do snakes stick their tongues in and out? Will touching a toad give you warts? Visit the Nature Center and Petting Zoo to find out!


12 - 16 Keep your eyes peeled for an alligator during the hour-long nature boat tour.


Old Slave Mart Museum

The story of slavery is not easy to tell, but this museum explores the history of African migration in a sensitive and thought-provoking manner.

2 - 6 The Museum is located on a cobblestone street. Have you ever seen a street made of stones?


7 - 11 Writer Pearl Buck said, "If you want to understand today, you have to search yesterday." Talk with your parents about what you learned here.


12 - 16 Locate the exhibit of slave tags and learn the meaning behind these identification markers.


The Powder Magazine

Designed to store explosive gunpowder in wooden barrels for safety, this 32-inch thick brick wall structure is the oldest public building in the state.

2 - 6 How many kegs can you count?


7 - 11 Steer clear of the wooden stockade! You don't want to wind up with your wrists and neck locked in irons!


12 - 16 Several tons of sand are encased in the solid brick walls. Can you predict what would happen after an explosion?


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