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Charles Towne Landing, SC

The history of Charleston, South Carolina began far before the American Revolution. Take a peek into the early history of the Carolinas with a visit to the Charles Towne Landing State Historic Site. This beautiful state park offers hands-on interactions, historical exhibitions, and outdoor adventure. History comes to life with a day at the Charles Towne Landing site in Charleston, SC!

About Charles Towne Landing, SC

This historic state site is located on a marshy point, just off the Ashley River, and marks where early English settlers first landed in 1670. This area became the first permanent colonial site in South Carolina. The Charles Towne Landing Historic Site made its public debut in 1970 to commemorate the tricentennial of the landing and has been a centerpiece of history in the city ever since.

Visitors Center

When visiting the Charles Towne Landing Site, plan to spend more than just a few hours here, since there are seemingly endless activities! Begin at the Visitor Center, which welcomes all to the site. The knowledge staff members provide a wonderful introduction, and there you can also interact with hands-on exhibits. This is also the starting place of the self-guided history trail and audio tour.


Outside the Visitor Center, more adventure awaits, literally. Step aboard and take a tour of the Adventure, Charleston’s 17th century replica sailing ship. This fully functional ship is designed in the period style of the cargo ships that would transport goods from Charleston to New York, Barbadoes, and beyond. The original Adventure was built in 1970 and served until 2004, with the second replica ship, also named Adventure debuting in 2008. Those who like the adventure of the seas will also love exploring the six cannons on site, all of which are still fully functioning!

Animal Forest

In addition to ships and cannons, the Charles Towne Landing Charleston, SC is also home to Animal Forest, a natural habitat zoo. This zoo features animals that would have all been native to the area and living there during the 1670’s when settlers first arrived, such as otters, pumas, bison, wild turkeys, and more! The zoo is dedicated to ensuring that the enclosures replicate the natural habitat of these animals. Enjoy 22-acres of animals, along a trail loop that is about ¾ of a mile long.

Hours and Admission

Charles Towne Landing State Historic Site is open daily from 9am to 5pm, only closing for Christmas Eve and Christmas Day. Admission to the park is $10 for adults, $6.50 for Seniors, $6 for children ages 6-15. Children 5 and under receive free admission. There is also a $5 fee to rent the audio tour, with guided tours offered periodically.