When touring Charleston, visitors may too often overlook the beautiful and historically meaningful areas located just off the city's small peninsula, including many parks, beaches and centuries-old plantations. Making a visit to the quiet, shady plantation grounds in the surrounding lowcountry can make for the ideal day trip for any traveler, especially families with children. Variety abounds in the historical features, facilities, and types of tours available at each plantation. Come January, visit Boone Hall Plantation alongside hundreds of Charlestonians at the Lowcountry Oyster Festival. If you're traveling as a family, consider bringing the kids to Charles Towne Landing, home to the original South Carolina colony settlement, and a National Historic Site complete with life size colonial merchant ship and petting zoo.
An iconic row of ancient live oak trees welcomes you to one of America's oldest living and working plantations, and one of the most famous plantations in the South.
Middleton Place Plantation is not only a National Historic Landmark, but also America's oldest landscaped gardens, and a great place to spend a day with the family outside the city.
Home to the country's oldest public gardens, this 17th-century Charleston lowcountry plantation also boasts one of the largest collections of azaleas and camellias in all of the United States.
Charles Towne Landing
Set on land where the Carolinas' first permanent British settlers made their home in 1670, this 664-acre park property offers not only beautiful surroundings but a living history lesson that the whole family can enjoy.
The Charleston Museum
Gibbes Museum of Art
Old Slave Mart
Karpeles Manuscript Museum
American LaFrance Fire Museum
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