Charleston: Adventures of Historic Proportions

Stand on the site of the first shot in the Civil War. Come face to face with a giant sea turtle. Take a tour of an antebellum mansion. Climb aboard a WWII aircraft carrier. There are so many blossoming gardens, so many photo opportunities and so many reasons to come back to see us again.

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Hear unique stories of heroism and the paranormal on this guided ghost tour aboard the USS Yorktown. Learn More
Featuring a harbor front golf course with amazing views of downtown Charleston, Ft Sumter, and more. Southern hospitality and great conditions await you! Book your tee time today.Learn More
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Behold the enchantment of America’s oldest landscaped gardens, the finery of the House Museum’s collections and the artistry of the craftsmen in the Plantation Stableyards! Daily activities focus on 18th and 19th century agriculture, horticulture, African American history and heritage-breed livestock.
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This nature-oriented park provides guests with a variety of recreational opportunities. Features: miles of paved trails for walking, biking, and skating; seasonal sprinkler area; off-leash dog park; playgrounds; and picnic sites with grills. Visit our website for additional amenities, fees, and hours of operation.
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This 643-acre park, with exceptional recreational opportunities, is a short drive from Charleston. Features: paved trails for walking, biking, and skating; seasonal spray play fountain; off-leash dog park; and picnic spots with grills. Visit our website for additional amenities, fees, and hours of operation.
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Come and see why Magnolia is South Carolina’s “Most Visited Plantation” and why Magnolia is the only garden in South Carolina selected as one of “America’s Most Beautiful Gardens” by Travel & Leisure, 2014. “If you have one plantation to see, don’t miss Magnolia!” We Welcome you!
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Stroll 4 miles of beautiful garden trails, paddle through cypress swamp, relax in a greenhouse with butterflies and flowers or discover native and exotic reptile exhibits and the freshwater aquarium. It’s a great site for field trips, receptions and meetings.
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Opening Spring 2015! The 36-acre McLeod Plantation located on James Island was established in 1851. It is an important Gullah/Geechee heritage site carefully preserved in recognition of the generations of enslaved people and its cultural and historical significance in American History.
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Enjoy 600 feet of beautiful ocean frontage, with lifeguards on duty seasonally along a designated swimming area. The park is conveniently located at the foot of the Isle of Palms Connector. Visit our website for amenities, gate fees, and hours of operation.
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“A must see!” – NBC Daytime Television. Boone Hall reflects Southern heritage spanning 300 years on one magnificent “still working” plantation. House tours, gardens, slave cabins, plantation coach tours, live performances in season, cafe, plus one of the world’s longest oak-lined avenues.
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With more to explore every day, share in the wonders of South Carolina’s backyard. Marvel at turtles, stingrays, sharks, otters, jellyfish, alligators and more. Daily dive shows and interactive programs. Travel through the new Madagascar Journey exhibit featuring ring-tailed lemurs.
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Enjoy beautiful views of the Arthur Ravenel, Jr. Bridges and Charleston Harbor. This 1,250-ft pier features: River Watch Cafe and Gift Shop, swings and shade structures, fishing tackle sales, and rod rentals. Visit our website for additional amenities, fees, and hours of operation.
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Stops at Fort Sumter National Monument, where the Civil War began. Cruise to the island fort via ferry boat ride while you enjoy breathtaking views of historic downtown Charleston and her Harbor. Tours depart from the Visitor Education Facility at Liberty Square downtown and from Patriots Point in Mt. Pleasant.
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This 943-acre park offers a variety of recreational opportunities, including crabbing and fishing along tidal creeks and lagoons, an off-leash dog park, biking/walking paths, paddle boats, and picnic sites with grills. Visit our website for additional amenities, fees, and hours of operation.
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Opening Spring 2015! The 36-acre McLeod Plantation located on James Island was established in 1851. It is an important Gullah/Geechee heritage site carefully preserved in recognition of the generations of enslaved people and its cultural and historical significance in American History.
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Voted a Top Ten Beach in America, it’s a spot not to be missed. Beachwalker Park offers the only public beach access on Kiawah Island. Lifeguards on duty seasonally, along a designated swimming area. Visit our website for amenities, fees, and hours of operation.
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Located on the west end of the island, situated between the Atlantic Ocean and the Folly River. Lifeguards are on duty seasonally. Skimmer Flats, a major Eastern Brown Pelican rookery, is visible at the west end of the park. Visit our website for amenities/gate fees/hours.
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Journey from past to present and heritage to habitat. Caw Caw is rich in natural, cultural, and historical resources. Enjoy miles of trails, elevated wetland boardwalks, and former 18th-19th century rice fields. Favored habitat for rare wildlife. Dogs and bicycles not permitted.
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Great saltwater fishing, walking, birding, dining, and breathtaking views of the Atlantic Ocean are just some of the possibilities offered at this 1,045 ft landmark pier. Special events and tournaments held seasonally. Visit our website for amenities, fees, and hours of operation.
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The North Charleston and American LaFrance Fire Museum and Education Center, conveniently located minutes from Charleston International Airport and adjacent to Tanger Outlet Mall, blends history and hands-on education into one unforgettable experience for the entire family. www.NorthCharlestonFireMuseum.org
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Discover history and adventure at Patriots Point Naval & Maritime Museum on Charleston Harbor. Explore three remarkable vessels; visit the Medal of Honor Museum; see 28 historic aircraft and walk the Vietnam-era Naval Support Base. You truly Walk in the Steps of Heroes.