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The Adventure Ship is closed/away from the park for its annual maintenance.  We expect it to return/re-open by April. We apologize for the inconvenience.

Visitor Center/Admission: 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. daily

Closed Christmas Eve and Christmas Day (park grounds open-free admission)

Animal Forest: 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., daily

Closed Christmas Eve and Christmas Day 

Animal Forest restroom remains closed.

The bobcat exhibit is currently closed for renovation work.  We apologize for the inconvenience.

Common House: 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., daily

City of Charleston face mask ordinance in effect as of July 1.

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9 a.m.- 5 p.m., daily


9 a.m. -5 p.m., daily

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$12/adult; $7.50/S.C. Senior; $7/youth age 6-15; Free for children 5 and younger.

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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.

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Charles Towne Landing State Historic Site


**Our Ultimate Outsider stamp can be found at the admission desk in the Visitor Center.

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! 

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!


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 exhbits

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


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