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Charles Towne Landing State Historic Site
Ranked #30 of 244 things to do in Charleston
Certificate of Excellence
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Owner description: A historic village recreating the life and times of America's early settlers.
Reviewed 2 May 2014 via mobile

Had a great time! The little zoo is neat, loving back to back with the puma and black bear. Nice nature center and beautiful walking paths. 2.5 year old son loved the shuttle and pirate ship. Would go back.

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Reviewed 26 April 2014

A welcome change of pace from King Street. Plan to spend at least 2 hours to fully enjoy this historical park.

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Reviewed 13 April 2014

Charles Towne Landing is a South Carolina State Park that commemorates the initial settlement of Charleston, SC. It's a beautiful setting and is an interesting place to spend an hour or two sightseeing. It's a little "lite" on actual history and many of the exhibits have plaques indicating that they (the historians and archeologists) haven't found a lot of actual remains of the original colony and that the "reconstructions" reflect what they "think" the dwellings and structures might have looked like. You can spend 1-2 hours on the self-guided tour but need to remember that what you're looking at isn't real history but that it's the historians and archeologists representation of what they think it might have been.

The self-guided tour covers some beautiful scenery and leads down to a reconstructed Ketch (ship) that the early settlers would have used plying the coastal waters. The guide (I think he was a park volunteer) at the ship was very knowledgeable and gave an excellent presentation on the construction and uses of these ships. This was actually the highlight of tour.

And -- if you don't have the time to do the full 1-2 hour walking tour, the park operates a shuttle that runs from the visitor center directly to the ship and back. The shuttle - even if only used 1-way would allow for a shorter visit and would be useful for anyone with mobility issues.

I was not overly impressed with the visitor's center or with the service provided by the 2 park rangers working in the center. I picked up some trash while walking thru the park and then was surprised to find that there were no trash containers in the park. I ended up carrying the trash back to the visitor's center and dropping it there. When I mentioned the lack of trash containers to the ranger - his response was - "there are some out there - you probably just didn't see them". Suggestion -- put out more trash containers and make them more visible and you're have less trash in the park.

2  Thank Jim H
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Reviewed 10 April 2014

We spent three hours here. One hour in the visitor center museum, and two hours walking the history and animal forest trails.

The museum in the visitor center is good for all ages; easy to understand. The animal forest is a small zoo that shows what animals the colonists had to deal with (pumas, bears, skunks, wolves, etc.)The grounds have replica buildings of the settlement. My kids loved the cargo ship, which you can climb aboard and explore. The whole park is interactive.There are alligators near the water, so be cautious.

2  Thank James L
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Reviewed 2 April 2014

Even though it was threatening rain, we took the self-guided tour of Charles Towne Landing. The buildings and informational placards were all in good repair. The historical dioramas/cultural exhibit in the main building was very well done for people of all ages, although geared toward school children. We were glad we went.

Thank MSUmindy
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