What to do in Charles Towne Landing State Park

One of historic Charleston's many unique points of interest, this park is the site of the first English Settlement (1670) in South Carolina. The park, a nature preserve and historic site, brings to life the experience of those first settlers. Charles Towne Landing interprets the first years of the colony with hands-on activities. The full scale reproduction 17th century trading vessel "Adventure" emphasizes the important role trade played in the development of the colony. Other special features of the park include a natural habitat zoo, the 1670 Experimental Crop Garden and 80 acres of English Park Gardens. The site is listed on the National Register of Historic Places.

View animals native to South Carolina in 1670 in the Natural Habitat Zoo - puma, bison, alligator, black bear, wolves and more. Other amenities include nature and walking trails, bike trails (bike rentals available), gift shop, snack bar, picnic areas, playground equipment, and tram tours. Also available are wheelchair and stroller rentals. Meeting facilities include: a geodesic dome, meeting room, and a theater.

The sailing vessel Adventure is currently undergoing restorations at Charles Towne Landing. Come and experience the excitement as a 17th-century tall ship is revitalized.

Trails and Gardens – Seven miles of trails for hiking and biking lace the site. Also here are 80 acres of gardens, including an Experimental Crop Garden showcasing some of the crops the settlers tried to grow here such as indigo, rice, sugar cane, cotton. Bikes are available for rent.

Animal Forest – Pumas and otters and bison are a few of the animals you'll see at this 22-acre zoo. The animals here are ones that would have inhabited the area when the first settlers arrived.

Activities at this park include walking and biking the trails, viewing the historic sites, visiting the natural habitat zoo, and picnicking.

Charles Towne Landing is west of the Ashley River on SC 171, 3 miles northwest of Charleston, South Carolina, at 1500 Old Towne Road.

South Carolina generally has a temperate climate, with cool winters and warm, humid summers. Snow and freezing temperatures are possible in the winter at the higher elevations. Thunderstorms are possible throughout the year but most common in the spring and summer. Tropical storms occasionally strike the coast during the hurricane season.

1500 Old Towne Road
Charleston, SC 29407-6099

Phone: 843-852-4200

Fax: 843-852-4205

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