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Established in 1851. An important Gullah/Geechee heritage site, carefully preserved in recognition of generations of enslaved people & its cultural & historical significance.
Come see why Magnolia is SC’s “Most Visited Plantation” and why Magnolia is the only garden in South Carolina selected as one of “America’s Most Beautiful Gardens."
Boone Hall Plantation has been recognized as the #1 Plantation in the Charleston area according to USA Today's 10BEST and is a "must see" according to NBC Daytime Television.
Walk in the steps of heroes at Patriots Point Naval & Maritime Museum. See three vessels, the Medal of Honor Museum, 28 historic aircraft, and the 3-acre Vietnam Experience.
Travel back in time to the site where the Civil War began with Fort Sumter Tours. Comfortable, spacious boats boarding daily at Liberty Square downtown & Patriots Point.
Charleston’s #1 family attraction! Come face-to-face with over 5000 amazing animals. Touch sharks and rays, experience a 4-D movie and tour the Sea Turtle Hospital.
Explore the geometric precision of America’s oldest landscaped gardens, the original House Museum’s collections, and the artistry of skilled craftspeople in the stableyards!
America’s oldest unrestored plantation house still open to the public. Admission includes house tour, Connections program, African-American cemetery, nature walks, and more.
The National Park Service explains and preserves the evolution of seacoast defense from one of the first decisive victories in the American Revolution through World War II.
Dating to 1825, Step into a world of Antebellum elegance & style. See furniture, silver & paintings original to the Alston family. View the harbor from the 2nd-floor piazza.
Situated on an island at the entrance to Charleston Harbor, Fort Sumter is where the American Civil War started on April 12, 1861. The fort is accessible only by boat.
Learn the story of Charleston's role in this inter-state slave trade by focusing on the history of this particular building & site and the slave sales that occurred here.
Charleston's Revolutionary War house was the townhome of Thomas Heyward, Jr., signer of the Declaration of Independence, and now features remarkable Charleston-made furniture.
Experience Charleston's history through art! Come face-to-face with stories of the Lowcountry as seen through painting, miniature portraiture, sculpture, photography & more!
Visit for a fun and educational one-of-a-kind experience. See & hear how tea is grown and made. Free Factory Tour, unique Gift Shop, great views and all the tea you can drink!
Great saltwater fishing, walking, birding, dining, shopping, and breathtaking views. Special events held seasonally. Visit our website for amenities/fees/hours of operation.
The North Charleston and American LaFrance Fire Museum and Education Center blends history and hands-on education into an unforgettable experience for the entire family.
943-acre park with off-leash dog park, biking/walking trails, boardwalks, paddle boats, picnic sites with grills. Visit our website for amenities/fees/hours of operation.
Built in 1755, the house museum collections interpret generations of the Middleton family: rice barons who helped shape the U.S. from its founding through the Civil War.
643-acres, paved walking/biking trails, seasonal spray play fountain, off-leash dog park, picnic spots with grills. Visit our website for amenities/fees/hours of operation.
Rich in natural, cultural & historical resources; miles of trails, elevated boardwalks & former rice fields. Favored habitat for rare wildlife. Dogs & bicycles not permitted.
A plantation relic once owned by a Founding Father is a National Park Service site. Enjoy the grounds, historic cottage, exhibits, film, museum shop, and programs. Free entry.
Paved walking/biking trails, seasonal sprinkler area, off-leash dog park, playgrounds, picnic sites with grills. Visit our website for amenities/fees/hours of operation.
Grand Federal townhouse completed in 1808. Restored interior w/ elaborate ornamentation, period antiques & a magnificent free-flying staircase. Set amid spacious lush gardens.
Isle of Palms County Park offers beautiful ocean frontage with lifeguards on duty seasonally along a beachfront designated swimming area. Enjoy other amenities including restrooms, showers, picnic area, and chair and umbrella rentals. Dogs must be leashed at all times.
The museum’s outstanding collection tells the story of the Lowcountry, addressing everything from early southern culture and decorative arts to military and natural history.
City’s most intact antebellum urban complex (c. 1820). Historic interiors, surviving virtually unaltered since 1858, have been conserved & stabilized. Many original objects.
Built in 1803, the Joseph Manigault House is an exceptional example of Federal period architecture with a remarkable collection of early 19th century furnishings.
Angel Oak
The Angel Oak is a Live Oak tree, estimated to be 1,400 years old. It stands 65ft. high and provides a 17,000 square foot area of shade. No admission charge.
Avery Research Center for African-American History and Culture
Reading room, archives & walk-in tours. 1990 Carolopolis Award. Beautifully restored facility, site of former Avery School built in 1865. Tour includes exhibits & archives.
Battery Park/Whitepoint Gardens
The Battery, which includes a park known as White Point Garden, is a landmark promenade in Charleston. Stretching along the shores of the Charleston peninsula and bordered by the Ashley and Cooper Rivers. Fort Sumter is visible from the Cooper River side and the point, as is Castle Pinckney, the World War II aircraft carrier USS Yorktown, Fort Moultrie and Sullivan's Island.
Center for Birds of Prey
Guided walking tours, educational programs and flight demonstrations. Eagles, owls, hawks, falcons and more! Programs: Thu to Sat, 10:30am & 2pm. 16 miles from downtown.
Charles Towne Landing State Historic Site
Begin your Charleston experience where English settlers established the first permanent European colony in Carolina. See a 17th-century tall ship replica, cannons and a zoo!
Charleston Battery
A premier professional soccer venue & the 1st privately-funded soccer-specific stadium in the US, is home to the 2004 U.S. Open Cup Semifinalist, The Charleston Battery.
Charleston RiverDogs Baseball
The RiverDogs are a Class-A affiliate of the NY Yankees in the South Atlantic League. Food offerings that have been featured in Esquire, Man v. Food, Rachel Ray and more.
Children's Museum of the Lowcountry
Nine hands-on exhibits, including a two-story medieval castle, a pirate ship and an art room, allow your children to explore the arts, sciences and humanities through play.
Folly Beach County Park
Located on the west end of the island, situated between the Atlantic Ocean and the Folly River. Lifeguards on duty seasonally. Visit our website for amenities/fees/hours.
Fort Sumter Visitor Education Center at Liberty Square
This National Park Service site is the primary departure point for visitors to Fort Sumter. Exhibits provide an overview of events leading up to the Civil War. Free admission.
Friends of the Hunley
Lost at sea for over a century, the H.L. Hunley was the world's first successful combat submarine. Raised in 2000, scientists are at work to conserve the Hunley. Public tours are available on weekends only.
Hampton Park
A historic park with camellias and azaleas in bloom in spring, roses bloom in the summer; 1-mile nature trail; Charleston's mounted horse patrol stables nearby.
Kiawah Beachwalker Park
Offers the only public beach access on Kiawah Island. Lifeguards on duty seasonally along designated swimming area. Visit our website for amenities, fees & hours of operation.
Mount Pleasant Memorial Waterfront Park
Located at the foot of the Ravenel Bridge & Mt. Pleasant Pier. Offering a visitor center/reception facility, Sweetgrass Cultural Arts Pavilion, war memorial & playground.
Mount Pleasant Pier
Enjoy the beautiful views of the Arthur Ravenel, Jr. Bridges and Charleston Harbor from bench swings and shade structures located on the 1,250-ft Mount Pleasant Pier. Visit our website for pier amenities, fishing fees, and hours of operation.
Museum Mile
Mile long corridor stretches along Meeting Street from Visitor Center to the Nathaniel Russell House. Comprehensive array of historical and cultural attractions in Charleston.
North Charleston Coliseum & Performing Arts Center
The Coliseum is a 14,000 seat multipurpose sports and entertainment facility that is home to the SC Stingrays (ECHL hockey team). The 2,300 seat Performing Arts Center is home to the Best of Broadway series. Tickets: Coliseum ticket office, Ticketmaster.com or charge by phone 1.800.745.3000.
North Charleston Riverfront Park
Overlooking the Cooper River, featuring performance pavilion, expansive lawn, picnic shelter, acres of walking paths, playground, fishing pier, dog park, and play fountain.
Old Exchange and Provost Dungeon
Built in 1771, American Patriots were held prisoner here during the War of Americas' Independence. One of the 3 most historically significant buildings of colonial America.
Shem Creek Park
In Mt. Pleasant on Shem Creek. A float dock is available for mooring day trippers or board a water taxi. Take a leisurely stroll & view shrimp Trawlers along the boardwalk.
South Carolina Stingrays Hockey
Come celebrate a cool night out with SC's only professional ECHL hockey team. The South Carolina Stingrays invite families, groups of friends, and others. Groups of 10 or more receive a discount rate. Stingrays Hockey - a whole lot cooler!
The Alley
The Alley, voted Charleston's #1 Sports Bar, features 8 bowling lanes, retro arcade games, 160" projection screens that feature all major sporting events and event space.
The Powder Magazine
Oldest public building in the Carolinas. Replaced by a newer magazine in 1748, it served effectively until the American Revolution. Now open as a National Historic Landmark.
Volvo Car Open
April 2-10, 2016. More than 70 world-class, tennis athletes participate in this WTA premier event - the largest women’s only tennis tournament in the world. Don't miss out!
Waterfront Park
This park is an eight-acre linear park and pier along the Charleston Harbor entry. The park masterfully combines spectacular fountains, spacious lawns, intimate gardens.

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