Charles Towne Landing State Historic Site
1500 Old Towne RD | Charleston, SC 29407 | Phone: 843-852-4200 | Fax: 843-852-4205 |
  • The Adventure is a replica trading vessel docked at Charles Towne Landing
  • Live cannon firings take place on the third Saturday of each month
  • Animals native to Charleston in 1670 can be found in the Animal Forest, including black bear
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Charles Towne Landing State Historic Site sits on a marshy point, located off of 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! 

Don't forget to check out the other parks in the South Carolina State Parks system. Experience the charm of Colonial South Carolina or consider a hike to the stunning Raven Cliff Falls at Caesars Head State Park!


  • Admission : $10/adult; $6.50/S.C. Senior; $6/youth age 6-15; Free for children 5 and younger.
  • Days and Hours of Operation : 9 a.m.- 5 p.m., daily
  • Days and Holidays Closed : Christmas Eve and Christmas Day
  • Office Hours : 9 a.m. -5 p.m., daily
  • Tours : Audio tours are available for rent for $5 per person. Guided tours are periodically offered. Please contact the park for more information.

    Handicap Accessibility: All areas and facilities of the park are accessible by wheelchair with the exception of the Adventure exhibit (17th century replica ship). The Adventure is viewable from shore. All pathways are paved, concrete or boardwalk. The 17th century Common House exhibit and current archaeological research site is hard, packed dirt. Manual wheelchairs may need assistance at these locations.

    All Charles Towne Landing restrooms meet modern ADA specifications for entry and turning radius. There are 10 total handicapped parking spaces available.

    Trails and Walkways:Trails and walkways at this historic site are for pedestrians and bicycles only. Wheelchairs and strollers are permitted to meet accessibility needs. All other "wheeled" vehicles are prohibited.


  • Pets : Pets are allowed in most outdoor areas provided they are kept under physical restraint or on a leash not longer than six feet. Pets are not permitted in the Animal Forest.