Discover History Program Charles Towne Landing
Walk in the footsteps of the original colonists on a tour of the “birthplace of South Carolina.” Climb aboard a replica 17th-century trading ship, the Adventure, get wild in the Animal Forest, investigate the interactive museum, and take a step back in time to learn how English colonists, Barbadians, Enslaved Africans, and Native Americans all played a role in "Creating Carolina."
- The replica ship, Adventure, will be closed to visitors for maintenance from January – April, and Tuesdays weekly.
- This is an outdoor walking site. Be prepared for weather and insects.
- There are two picnic areas, one located at the Visitor Center and the other at the center of the park. Please be advised that we are unable to store lunches and personal belongings.
- As an active archaeological site as well as a state park, we encourage “Leave No Trace” practices. The removal or disturbance of artifacts, wildlife, and plants is prohibited.
- Teachers & chaperones must always remain with their groups. We require at least one adult for every ten students, with a maximum of thirty students in an exhibit at one time.
Discover Carolina Programs
On the Edge of an Empire (3rd-4th grades)
- The founding of Charles Towne in 1670 was a risky and labor-intensive venture. This program will explore the contributions of peoples from diverse social, economic, and cultural backgrounds in settling the area. This program is correlated to state grade standards.
Length of program: 1.5 hours
Floral and Faunal Forensics (8th grade)
- When English colonists arrived at Charles Towne, they perceived the unfamiliar as a wilderness needing to be tamed. We know today that the forests of Charles Towne had been molded by Native peoples for centuries prior. But how do we know this? This program is designed to educate students on the ecological context that helped to shape 17th-century Charles Towne. This program is correlated to state grade standards.
Length of program: 1.5 hours
- 1-25 students $125
- 26-40 students $200
- 41-60 students $300
- $4 per student
- One free adult per 10 students
- $4 per additional adult
Self-Guided School Groups
Self-guided tours will allow your group to explore the site at your own pace! We invite self-guided groups to participate in daily programming, educational QR code videos, and a scavenger hunt of the park’s history.
- We do request that large groups break into groups of thirty (30) when visiting the exhibits (Adventure, Animal Forest, exhibit hall, and gift shop).
- Groups are welcome to attend all programs as space permits.
- Chaperones are responsible for students and children at all times.
- We allow one (1) free chaperone per every ten (10) students. Additional chaperones are $6.00 each.
- $6.00 per student
- One free chaperone per 10 students; additional adults are $6.00 each
- Children ages 5 and under are free
To Request a Reservation
To book a group at Charles Towne Landing, please complete the Inquiry Form and sign the Acknowledgment of Understanding found on page 4 of the Group Guidelines and Agreement. Next, email the Acknowledgement of Understanding to CTLandingSP@scprt.com. Inquiries should be submitted at least 2 weeks before the requested visitation date.
Please note that sending in this form does not confirm your reservation. A staff member will reply with a completed invoice that will serve as your confirmation of booking. Please allow up to 7 days for a response to your inquiry.
What To Bring
Water, comfortable walking shoes, insect repellent and sunscreen.
Directions to Field Trip Location
All programs begin at Charles Towne Landing Visitor Center located adjacent to parking lot.
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