Parks, Aquariums, and Beaches in Charleston, SC

From blossoming gardens, ancient oaks, and the wonders of sea life to five beautiful beaches, Charleston is the perfect backdrop for exploring the natural world around us.

Angel Oak

The Angel Oak is a Live Oak tree, estimated to be 1,400 years old. It stands 65ft. high and provides a 17,000 square foot area of shade. No admission charge.

Audubon Center & Sanctuary at Francis Beidler Forest

Adventure awaits at Beidler Forest Audubon Center & Sanctuary, the largest remaining virgin stand of cypress-tupelo forest in the world and home to amazing birds and wildlife.

Charles Pinckney National Historic Site

A plantation relic once owned by a Founding Father is a National Park Service site with grounds, historic house, exhibits, film, museum shop, and programs. Free. Open Wed-Sun.

Charles Towne Landing State Historic Site

Begin your Charleston experience where English settlers established the first permanent European colony in Carolina. See a 17th-century tall ship replica, cannons and a zoo!

Coastal Carolina Fair

Giant midway rides & kiddieland; grand outdoor dining variety; cultural, commercial, agricultural exhibits; & free parking around the fair, meeting, and reception facilities.

Cypress Gardens

Stroll miles of garden trails, paddle cypress swamp, relax in a greenhouse with butterflies & flowers, discover native & exotic reptile exhibits & the freshwater aquarium.

Francis Marion National Forest

A 250-thousand-acre forest located in the Coastal Plains north of Charleston. The forest offers wide variety of recreation activities including picnicking & camping sites, boat ramps, fishing ponds, rifle ranges, hiking, horse & motorcycle trails. For more information write: District Ranger, Witherbee Ranger District, HCR 69, Box 1532, Moncks Corner, SC 29461 or write: District Ranger, Wambaw Ranger District, PO Box 106, McClellanville, SC 29458.

Hampton Park

A historic park with camellias and azaleas in bloom in spring, roses bloom in the summer; 1-mile nature trail; Charleston's mounted horse patrol stables nearby.

Historic Charleston Battery/Whitepoint Gardens

This peaceful park offers unprecedented views of Charleston Harbor and Fort Sumter. A look back across the street promises fantastic images of beautiful Charleston mansions.

Mount Pleasant Memorial Waterfront Park

Located at the foot of the Ravenel Bridge & Mt. Pleasant Pier. Offering a visitor center/reception facility, Sweetgrass Cultural Arts Pavilion, war memorial & playground.

North Charleston Riverfront Park

Overlooking the Cooper River, featuring performance pavilion, expansive lawn, picnic shelter, acres of walking paths, playground, fishing pier, dog park, and play fountain.

Old Santee Canal Park

Old Santee Canal is a 195 acre park located on the first true canal in America.

Sculpture in the South

Sculpture in the South promotes the appreciation of sculpture through education and the creation of an accessible public sculpture collection enhancing our community.

Shem Creek Park

In Mt. Pleasant on Shem Creek. A float dock is available for mooring day trippers or board a water taxi. Take a leisurely stroll & view shrimp Trawlers along the boardwalk.

Waterfront Park

This park is an eight-acre linear park and pier along the Charleston Harbor entry. The park masterfully combines spectacular fountains, spacious lawns, intimate gardens.

From blossoming gardens, ancient oaks, and the wonders of sea life to five beautiful beaches, Charleston is the perfect backdrop for exploring the natural world around us.

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