If your vacation in Edisto includes a three-day weekend or a long week, you might want to take the opportunity to explore some of the many attractions in Charleston. It is full of history and a rich range of cultural and recreational places to explore. the city and its surrounding suburbs. You will find several options to knock off your bucket list in Charleston.
A boat tour combined with a visit of the South Carolina Aquarium offers the Fort Sumter National Monument an excellent opportunity for a family-friendliness day trip. The ferry service to Fort Sumter is located directly adjacent to the aquarium from the Liberty Square Visitor Education and its dock and waiting area. Relajate and enjoy a relaxing cruise around Charleston Harbor while learning about the history behind Fort Sumter, where on 12 April 1861 the Civil War began, Confederate troops shot at the Union garrison there in the first shots of the conflict.
The tour leads you through the fort, which has been restored, to informative lectures by guards in the park and to interpreting historical markers. A museum and a donation shop are also available. For departure times, check Fort Sumter Tours website.
South Carolina Acharium open daily between 9 a.m. and 5 p.m. provides the opportunity to educate your children in a variety of exemplary exhibits featuring more than 5 000 animals, about the fascinating marine species and other wildlife. It houses thousands of South Carolinian-born species and demonstrates the various aquatic systems of our regions. Its 6,000 gallon tank, with diamondback terrapins, burrfish and more to scare children, overlooks the Charleston Harbor. The Touch Tank allows you to touch and sense several invertebrates, including hermit crabs, Atlantic stingrays, horse shoes and maritime urchins, and will delight your young ones. A lot of practical interactive displays are available to young people to benefit from. To see the true rehabilitation of the sick and injured sea turtles, go to the Zucker Family Sea Turtle Recovery hospital.
The 664-acre Charles Towne Landing State History Site preserves the original site of the first permanently English settlement in Carolina, located on a marished spot off the Ashley River at 1500 Old Towne Rd in the Charleston suburb of West Ashley. The name would be later changed into the Charleston, which was founded in 1670 as Charles Towne. Charles Towne Landing, open to the public every day from 9 am to 5 pm, introduces visitors to Charleston’s earliest colonial history and is one of just a few original settlements still present in the U.S. Charlestowne Landing’s Visitor Center, which is part of the South Carolina State Parks system, has a 12-room exhibition hall with interactive exhibits. Ask questions of your expert employees and take advantage of the opportunity to follow your own history trail for an audio tour. Guests can take the Adventure, Charleston’s only replica sailing boat of the 17th century, see fired cannons or see otters, bears, bison, and more from the zoo of the Natural Habitat of Animal Forest. There are also 80 acres of garden with a beautiful, lively oak street and a beautiful Legare Waring House for weddings and other events.
You can also walk, jog, cycle and explore six milles of trails. Animals are permitted in all but Animal Forest areas. For ticket prices, check your website.
Spreading plantations of the 18th century fan out over Charleston. Magnolia Plantation & Gardens has groves of azaleas and camellias, among the nation’s largest collections. The 65 acres of terraces on nearby Middleton Place are among the oldest landscaped gardens in America. A glorious example of georgian Palladian architecture is the grandeur of Drayton Hall. The picturesque avenue of Boone Hall delight fans ofThe Notebook who made scenes at the planting. McLeod Plantation is where the grand oak was supposed to be more than 600 years old is housed. Take a step back in time to learn more about the plantations of the Charleston district.