Things to do in Charleston

Aquariums and Parks in Charleston, South Carolina

Angel Oak
Open daily 9am - 5pm. Owned and operated by the City of Charleston Department of Parks. The Angel Oak is a Live Oak tree, estimated to be 1,400 years old. Live oaks are not particularly tall, but have wide spreading canopies. Only in the very oldest of specimens do you find massive limbs resting on the ground, as do the limbs of the Angel Oak. It stands 65ft. high and provides a 17,000 square foot area of shade. No admission charge.

Angel Oak Rd. (off of Bohicket Rd.)
Johns Island , SC
Phone: 843-559-3496


Charleston Things To Do: See Loggerhead Sea Turtles at the South Carolina Aquarium. South Carolina Aquarium
The best views of Charleston start at the South Carolina Aquarium. There's no place like it in Charleston – a place where fun, wonder and education come together in one amazing experience. You'll marvel at moray eels, loggerhead turtles, sharks, river otters and much more. Plus, look deep into another world with our fascinating Secrets of the Amazon exhibit where exotic sights, smells and sounds surround you. This in one of the neater things to do in Charleston!

100 Aquarium Wharf
Charleston , SC 29401
Phone: 843-577-FISH


Audubon Center at Francis Beidler Forest
The 13,000-acre sanctuary for plant and animal life is located in Four Holes Swamp and contains the largest remaining virgin stand of bald cypress and tupelo trees in the world. A mile-and-3 quarters boardwalk begins at the Visitor's Center and sweeps past portions of majestic swamp, where ancient trees, migrating birds, and colorful wildflowers can be quietly oberserved. 35 miles NW of Charleston, Exit 187-SC 187 off I-26, 9:00 am-5:00 pm, Tues.-Sun. Closed Mondays, Thanksgiving, Christmas Eve, Christmas, New Year's Eve, and New Year's Day. Adults/$6.00, 6-18 years/$3.00, Children under 6/free.

Phone: 843-462-2150


Beachwalker Park
Daily: May-Labor Day: 9am-7pm; Weekends only: Mar, Apr and Oct: 10am-6pm; Daily: Sep: 10am-6pm; Closed: Nov-Feb. Beach access park with 300 feet of ocean footage. Amenities include dressing areas, outdoor showers, restrooms, boardwalks, a snack bar, and a picnic area. Lifeguards are on duty seasonally. Parking fee: $5 per standard-sized vehicle.

Beachwalker Drive
Kiawah Island, SC 29455
Phone: 843-768-2395
or 843-762-2172


Caw Caw Interpretive Center
Open year-round. Wed-Fri: 9am-3pm, Sat-Sun: 9am-5pm, Closed Mon and Tue. This 643-acre park highlights Charleston’s natural, historical, and cultural heritage, including the significance of successful rice cultivation technology brought to America by Africans. Caw Caw has environmental education classrooms with laboratory facilities, an exhibit area, restrooms, and eight miles of nature trails and boardwalks through the cypress swamp, oak forest, and salt and fresh water marsh. Gate admission: $1 per person

5200 Savannah Highway (US 17 South)
Charleston, SC , SC 29470
Phone: 843-889-8898 or 762-2172


Charles Pinckney National Historic Site
Charles Pinckney (1757-1824) was a principal architect and signer of the U.S. Constitution. The National Park Service preserves a remnant of Pinckney’s plantation, Snee Farm. An early 19th-century Lowcountry cottage houses the park’s museum and visitor center. Exhibits include Charles Pinckney’s role in the framing of the U.S. Constitution, archeology at Snee Farm, and life on Lowcountry plantations and in Charleston during our nation’s formative years. A 20-minutes orientation film is also available. The site is open daily from 9:00am to 5:00pm, closed New Year’s Day, Thanksgiving Day and Christmas Day. Free admission.

1254 Long Point Rd.
Mt. Pleasant, SC 29464
Phone: 843-881-5516
Fax: 843-881-7070


Charles Towne Landing State Historic Site
Open daily. Visitors to this unique state park enjoy a variety of experiences. Board the Adventure, a 17th century reproduction trade vessel; view native animals in the animal forest; stroll through formal gardens; and learn about South Carolina’s First settlement. Park renovations underway. New Visitors Center/Museum scheduled to open in late summer 2006. Make state park picnic shelter and meeting facility reservations on line at www.SouthCarolinaParks.com or by calling toll free 1-866-345-PARK. MC, V, D. This is one of the many historic things to do in Charleston!

1500 Old Towne Rd. (Hwy. 171)
Charleston, SC 29407
Phone: 843-852-4200
Fax: 843-852-4205


Charleston Waterfront Park
Charleston Waterfront Park is the city's most recent example of what can be accomplished through carefully planned revitalization. Located on 1,280 feet of waterfront property along Concord Street in Charleston, this public park provides visitors the ideal setting to relax and experience the ever-changing beauty of the waterfront. A grassy public green, a magnificent pier, and numerous benches and picnic tables are available for your enjoyment. Open to the public from 6:00 am-midnight. HC-I


Folly Beach County Park
Daily: May-Labor Day: 9am-7pm; Apr, Sep and Oct: 10am-6pm; Nov-Mar: 10am-5pm. Beach access park with 4,000 feet of ocean frontage. Dressing area, outdoor showers, restrooms, picnic areas, snack bar, and boardwalks. Lifeguards are on duty seasonally. Parking fee: $5 per standard-sized vehicle.

1010 West Ashley Ave.
Folly Beach , SC 29439
Phone: 843-588-2426
or 843-762-2172


Folly Beach Fishing Pier
Daily: Apr-Oct: 6am-11pm; Dec-Feb: 8am-5pm; Mar and Nov: 7am-7pm. Delight in fishing, walking, birding, and the opportunity to enjoy wonderful views of Folly Beach and the “Edge of America”. The pier is 25 feet wide and extends more than 1,045 feet into the Atlantic Ocean, and is 23 feet above sea level. Parking Fee: $5 per standard sized vehicle (which may be applied towards a daily fishing fee).

101 East Arctic Avenue
Folly Beach, SC 29439
Phone: 843-588-3474
or 843-795-4386


Francis Marion National Forest
A 250-thousand-acre forest located in the Coastal Plains north of Charleston. The forest offers wide variety of recreation activities including picnicking and camping sites, boat ramps, fishing ponds, rifle ranges, hiking, horse and motorcycle trails. For more information write: District Ranger, Witherbee Ranger District, HCR 69, Box 1532, Moncks Corner, SC 29461 or write: District Ranger, Wambaw Ranger District, PO Box 106, McClellanville, SC 29458.

Phone: 843-336-3248 or 843-887-3257


Isle of Palms County Park
Daily: May-Labor Day: 9am-7pm; ; Sep-Oct and Apr: 10am-6pm; Nov-Mar: 10am-5pm. Conveniently located at the foot of the Isle of Palms Connector, this park offers 350 parking spaces, a dunes boardwalk, showers, restrooms, and vending. Lifeguards are on duty seasonally. Parking fee: $5 per standard-sized vehicle.

1-14th Ave.
Isle of Palms, SC 29451
Phone: 843-886-DUNE or 843-762-2172


James Island County Park
Daily: May-Labor Day: 8am-8pm; Sep & Apr: 8am-7pm; Oct & Mar 8am-6pm; Nov-Feb 8am-5pm. A 643-acre park with a variety of recreational opportunities, including crabbing and fishing from floating docks along tidal creeks and lagoons, biking, pedal boats, and picnicking. Splash Zone waterpark open seasonally. 50-foot climbing wall. Gate admission: $1 per person.

871 Riverland Dr.
Charleston , SC 29412
Phone: 843-795-PARK
or 843-762-2172


North Charleston Wannamaker County Park
Daily: Apr-Sep: 9am-7pm; Mar and Oct: 9am-6pm; Nov-Feb 9am-5pm. This 1,015-acre park has two playgrounds, a 20-foot play hill, and picnic sites with grills, open meadows, paved trails, and the Cypress Hall and Park Center, with snack bar, bicycle/pedal boat rentals. Whirlin’ Waters waterpark open seasonally. Gate admission: $1 per person.

888 University Blvd (Hwy 78)
North Charleston, SC 29406
Phone: 843-572-PARK
or 762-2172


Old Santee Canal Park
Old Santee Canal is a 195 acre park located on the first true canal in America. The park's boardwalks and trails wander through Biggin Creek leading to the last one mile section of the old canal. Visitors can canoe or hike through the park and see an abundance of nature.

900 Stony Landing Road
Charleston, SC 29461
Phone: 843-899-5200


Palmetto Islands County Park
Daily: May-Labor Day: 9am-7pm; Mar-Apr and Sep-Oct: 9am-6pm; Nov-Feb: 9am-5pm. This 943-acre park offers a variety of recreational opportunities, including crabbing and fishing from floating docks along tidal creeks and lagoons, biking; pedal boating, and picnicking. Splash Island waterpark is open seasonally. Snack bar open year-round. Gate admission: $1 per person.

444 Needlerush Pkwy.
Mt. Pleasant, SC 29464
Phone: 843-884-0832
or 843-762-2172


Charleston Things To Do: The International Center for Birds of Prey The International Center for Birds of Prey
Experience more than 80 species of eagles, hawks, falcons, owls, and other birds of prey from all parts of the world in this 152-acre campus dedicated to education, avian medicine, research, and conservation. Featured are display aviaries housing more than 250 raptors, indoor and outdoor educational programs, and daily demonstrations of birds in free flight. Refreshments and gift shop. 12 miles from Downtown Charleston.

4719 Hwy 17 North
Awendaw, SC
Phone: 843-928-3494

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