Charles Towne Landing State Historic Site
Charles Towne Landing State Historic Site Review
This park commemorates the site of the original 1670 settlement of Charles Towne, the first permanent European settlement in South Carolina. From a replica colonial common house to an experimental crop garden, it is filled with fascinating things to see. Begin with the 12-room, interactive museum in the Visitor Center, which includes a "digital dig" virtual archaeology exhibition. Kids will make a beeline for the Adventure, Charleston's only replica of the colonists' 17th-century tall ship (note that it is removed for maintenence for one to two weeks each summer). The park is threaded with paths through a preserved wooded area that lead to the marshes, creek, and Animal Forest, where you can view a black bear, bobcat, bison, and more. All in all, there are 80 acres of gardens, including an elegant live oak allée. To best experience the site, take the audio tour along the history trail.