Charles Towne Landing

Charles Towne Landing

Charles Towne Landing Park is located on the original site where English settlers landed in 1670 and set up the first permanent European settlement in South Carolina. The park boasts a 12-room exhibit hall with interactive exhibits, a replica of a 17th-century sailing ship, and an Animal Forest natural habitat zoo. Visitors can tour the ship, take a peek at otters, bears, bison and more, or take an audio tour on the self-guided history trail. Bicycles can be rented by the hour or by the day for use on the 7 miles of paved and unpaved trails. The park has a small gift shop and offers free WiFi at the Visitors Center. Paid Admission is required to enter the park. 

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Charles Towne Landing Hours and Admission

Park Open Daily 9 am - 5 pm
Animal Forest Daily 10 am - 4:30 pm
Closed Christmas Eve and
Christmas Day

Adult (16+) $12
Seniors $7.50

Youth (6-15) $7
Children (5 and under) Free

Charles Towne Landing Address and Map

Charles Towne Landing
1500 Old Towne Rd
Charleston SC 29407
(843) 852-4200
Charles Towne Landing Website

Features and Amenities of Charles Towne Landing

  • Animal Forest (only zoo in Charleston area)
  • Walking and Biking Trails
  • Park gardens
  • Free WiFi
  • Archaeology Exhibits
  • Museum
  • Park Store/Gift Shop
  • 17th Century replica sailing ship
  • Picnic Area
  • Historic Cemeteries
  • Bicycle Rentals

Current and Upcoming Events
at Charles Towne Landing

What: Goods Fit to Make a Cargo: Trade in Early Carolina
When: Oct. 3 - 9 & 17-23, 2022
Time: 10 am - 12 pm & 2 pm - 4 pm 
Where: Adventure Wharf at Charles Towne Landing

Admission: Regular Admission

Trade – the act of buying, selling, or bartering goods and services – is the basis of any economy, and the success of the Carolina colony hinged on it. The colonists traded both by land and by sea, establishing commercial ties with various Native peoples, as well as other English colonies, such as Barbados in the West Indies and New York on the mainland. Join a park educator to learn more about the types of goods that the colonists imported and exported, and the trade networks they established in pursuit of wealth and provisions.

What: There's Always a Ketch
When: Oct. 24 - 30, 2022
Time: 10 am - 12 pm and 2 pm - 4 pm
Where: Adventure wharf area
Admission: Regular Admission

Join a park educator onboard the Ketch Adventure for an introduction to the types of sailing vessels that the Carolina colonists used to transport cargo to and from the fledgling port of Charles Towne.

What: There's Still A "Lot" to Learn
When: Oct. 9, 16, 22, & 23, 2022 

Time: 10 am - 12 pm & 2 pm - 4 pm (Oct. 9: 10 am - 12 pm only)
Where: The Archaeology Shelter at the Structure 2 Excavation
Admission: Regular Admission

Step inside the shelter at the Structure 2 excavation and discover what archaeologists have unearthed, thus far, at the site of one of Charles Towne’s most dynamic lots. Talk with a park educator about the intriguing finds made here over the past decade, and what the evidence tells us about the people who lived and worked on the property in the 1670s.

What: The Open Hearth: Historic Enghlish Foodways
When: Oct. 8, 2022
Time: 11 am - 3 pm 
Where: The Common House inside the Palisade Wall

Admission: Regular Admission

The cuisine of a given culture derives from a host of variables, ranging from climate to tradition to the availability of certain ingredients. Our tastes, too, may change over time as some foods fall out of fashion and new ones are adopted. If you opened an English cookbook from the 17th century, do you think that you would find the cuisine familiar? See what’s on the menu at the Common House and savor the aroma of open-hearth cooking as educators dressed in period attire prepare authentic, 17th-century recipes. Food is for demonstration purposes only.

What: A Maritime Adventure
When: Oct. 10, 14, 16 & 20, 2022 

Time: 10 am - 12 pm & 2 pm - 4 pm
Where: The Ketch Adventure at Albmarle Point
Admission: Regular Admission

Board the tall ship Adventure, a replica of a 17th-century trading ketch, and explore the nautical history of the early Carolina colony. Learn about the importance of maritime trade with other English colonies, such as Barbados, Virginia, and New York, and discover what life at sea was like for merchant mariners during the age of sail.

What: Piecing Together the Past with Archaeology
When: Oct. 15, 2022 

Time: 10 am - 4 pm 
Where: Parkwide
Admission: Regular Admission

Dig into history at Charles Towne Landing State Historic Site. Discover how archaeologists see beyond written records and learn about past cultures based on artifacts left behind by visiting with our archaeologist and professionals from historically significant sites. Join us for “Piecing Together the Past with Archaeology” for a firsthand look at Charles Towne Landing’s archaeological resources and discover the history revealed below the surface.

What: Great Guns on the Ashley
When: Dec. 3, 2022 
Time: 1 pm - 3:20 pm
Where: The Gun Platform along the History Trail
Admission: Regular Admission

Feel the ground shake beneath your feet and smell the brimstone as the Charles Towne Militia fires replica, 17th-century cannons. Charles Towne, established on the edge of England’s North American empire, faced many threats, especially from England’s longstanding rival: Spain. Wary of a Spanish attack, the English colonists came heavily armed and formed a provincial militia for the defense of Carolina. This 20-minute program explores the Spanish threat, Charles Towne’s fortifications, and the citizen-soldiers who protected the early colony.

What: A Defensive Posture
When: Dec. 17, 2022 
Time: 1 pm, 2 pm and 3 pm
Where: Along the History Trail inside the Palisade Wall
Admission: Regular Admission

Cock your firelock. Present. Fire! The proprietors of England’s Carolina colony spent a small fortune outfitting the expedition that founded Charles Towne in 1670. The 200 flintlock muskets they purchased for the provincial militia ranked third on the list of most-expensive items. Learn why they thought muskets were necessary for Carolina’s defense, and experience the smoke and fire of historic weapons as educators dressed in period attire demonstrate reproduction, 17th-century small arms.

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