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Part of the South Carolina State Parks system, Charles Towne Landing State Historic Site preserves the first permanent colonial settlement in Charleston in 1670. With 664-acres, there’s a lot to do here. Explore the 12-room interactive museum with hands-on exhibits in the Visitor Center, take an audio tour along a self-guided history trail, climb aboard the Adventure, a replica 17th-century sailing ship, and see bison, elk, otters, and wolves which were indigenous to South Carolina in the Animal Forest. Miles of pleasant trails for walking or biking (bikes available for rent on-site) reveal egrets along the shoreline, turtles, alligators and romantic live oak trees draped with Spanish moss. Take part in the many programs and events led by living history demonstrators in period costume. Cannons are fired on the first Saturday of each month. There is a fee.
1500 Old Towne Road
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