This is What It’s Like to Visit the Birthplace of the Carolina Colony

The original Carolina included North Carolina, South Carolina, Georgia, and the northern half of Florida

Charles Towne Landing

There’s no way you can visit or live in the Lowcountry without exploring Charles Towne Landing. This is where it all started…

Charles Towne Landing State Historic Site sits on a marshy point, located off the Ashley River, where a group of English settlers landed in 1670 and established what would become the birthplace of the Carolina colony. Charles Towne Landing introduces visitors to the earliest colonial history of Charleston. Interact with hands-on exhibits in the Visitor Center, talk to knowledgeable staff members, and take an audio tour on the self-guided history trail.

Guests can step aboard and tour the Adventure, Charleston’s only 17th-century replica sailing ship, see cannons fired, or take a peek at otters, bears, bison and more at the Animal Forest natural habitat zoo.  The grounds also include 80 acres of gardens, with an elegant live oak alley and the Legare Waring House. One of Charleston’s favorite sites for weddings and other special gatherings, the Legare Waring House combines historic charm with unique and flexible space—come see it for yourself!

 The Charles Towne Landing Experience

1670 the year the first permanent European settlement in South Carolina was founded
1 of only a handful of original settlement sites that still exist in the United States
1 awesome 12-room exhibit hall with interactive exhibits
1 Adventure – a replica 17th-century trading vessel visitors can board and explore beneath the deck
1 Animal Forest – the only zoo in the Charleston area
1 majestic alley of oaks that will take your breath away
6 firable cannons that are fired on the 1st Saturday of each month
6 miles of trails for walking, biking and exploring
80 acres of park gardens
664 acres of beautiful Lowcountry scenery for you to enjoy
For hours and admission take a look at Charles Towne Landing’s site!
Text provided by the official site of Charles Towne Landing | Video created in partnership with our friends Charleston Locals