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: Founders' Day Festival
When: April 13, 2024 
Time: 10:00 am - 4:30 pm
Where: Charles Towne Landing
Admission: Free with Park Admission

Travel back in time at Charles Towne Landing State Historic Site and help us celebrate “the birth of South Carolina” at our annual Founders' Day Festival. Living history staff will bring to life the site’s fascinating history through various programs and activities. Several groups of seventeenth-century re-enactors will interact with visitors in authentic encampments located within the reconstructed palisade wall that protected Charles Towne in the 1670s.

What: From the Collections: Special Artifact Highlight
When: April 13, 2024 
Time: 1:00 9m - 1:30 pm
Where: Horry-Lucas Ruins
Admission: Free with Park Admission

Excavations have been conducted at Charles Towne Landing since 1967 and our facilities curate archaeological materials that span 6000 years of human occupation. Join the park archaeologist for a special chance to see artifacts from our collections that are not usually on display, while learning about their history and social importance. This program will take place at the Horry-Lucas Ruins along the History Trail.

What: The Open Hearth: Historic English Foodways
When: Mar. 9, 2024
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: Toddler Time at the Animal Forest
When: April 2, 2024
Time: 11 am - 11:30 am
Where: Outdoor Classroom at the Animal Forest

Admission: Free with Park Admission

Zoos are great learning environments for young minds. Bring your toddler to the Animal Forest at Charles Towne Landing for "Toddler Time" and watch their eyes light up when they see the animals! We'll read a story, talk about animals, and then take a walk to a habitat to actually see what we talked about. This program is designed for ages 2-4. Please allow at least 15 minutes to walk from the parking lot to the Animal Forest outdoor classroom.

What: There's Still a "Lot" to Learn
When: April 13, 2024 
Time: 10 am - 12 pm and 2 pm - 4 pm
Where: The Archaeology Shelter at the Structure 2 Excavation
Admission: Free with Park 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 that have been 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: Yoga Under the Oaks
When: April 24, 2024 
Time: 6 pm - 8 pm
Where: Lagare House 
Admission: $10 per person. Food will be available for purchase from Foxes Fried

Stress from the day got you tight? Looking for a way to reconnect with Nature? Come out to Charles Towne Landing's Legare Waring House for Yoga Under the Oaks. Led by Brittney Hiller of Everest Yoga Spa, this after-hours program is sure to realign you! Join us after to unwind during a social hour featuring music from Complete Weddings & Events. Food will be available to purchase from Foxes Fried Food Truck. All ages and experience levels are welcome! Yoga: 6:00 - 7:00 pm. Social Hour: 7:00 pm - 8:00 pm

What: Birding 101
When: April 27, 2024 
Time: 10:00 am - 12:00 pm
Where: Visitor's Center 
Admission: Free with Park Admission

Bird is the word here at Charles Towne Landing! If you've ever been interested in learning how to bird watch, this is your chance. Join our friends of a feather from the Charleston Natural History Society to dive beak first into the world of birding. Participants will gain a full introduction to bird watching, including the benefits of birding, gear and guide recommendations, app tutorials, and identification methods. After the hour course and demonstration, we will stretch our wings and hit the trails to practice our newly learned skills!

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