CHARLESTON, SOUTH CAROLINA
Charleston is America's most beautifully preserved architectural and historic treasure,
with a rich 300 year heritage. Since its founding in 1670, Charleston has played an
important and often pivotal role in the course of American history. The city past
is a testament to the spirit and tenacity of its citizens. Through occupation, economic
hardship, fires, earthquakes and hurricanes, Charleston has exhibited a remarkable
resilience. Charleston has been the scene of numerous and varied historic firsts.
The first decisive American victory during the Revolution occurred at the Battle of
Fort Sullivan. The first regularly scheduled passenger train service in America was
established here in 1830. The initial shots of the Civil War were fired on Union troops
stationed at Fort Sumter in Charleston Harbor. And the first golf course (Harleston
Green) and golf club (The South Carolina Golf Club) in America were established in
1786. History is literally found around every corner, providing a focal point for
a visit to this intriguing city.
The beautiful Southern Atlantic Coast is just minutes away. Among the most popular
spots for locals and tourists alike are, Folly Beach, Isle of Palms and Sullivan's
Island. Catch some rays or ride some waves while taking in Folly Beach, referred to
by locals as the Edge of America. Along these beaches you can also find some of the
area's best restaurants and freshest seafood.
Boone Hall Plantation & Gardens
Located in Mt. Pleasant, Boone Hall Plantation is one of America's oldest working,
living plantations, continuously growing crops for over 320 years. As one of the nation's
most historic sites, Boone Hall Plantation plays host to many events and festivals
throughout the year. Among these events are living history tours, Civil War Re-enactments
and the Southern National BBQ & Bluegrass Festival. Boone Hall is also the location
of many weddings, receptions and reunions.
North Charleston Coliseum & Performing Arts Center
The North Charleston Coliseum and Performing Arts Center plays host to everything
from nationally touring music acts, comedy acts, WWE Smackdown, Broadway musicals
and is home to the Charleston Stingrays Hockey team. If you are looking for a cultural
event or a world class show, check out the event schedule of the North Charleston
Coliseum & Performing Arts Center.
South Carolina Aquarium
Easily one of South Carolina's favorite attractions, the SC Aquarium is an amazing
place to visit. Whether you are looking for a full day or a couple of hours, the aquarium
is the place to see. Come see fish, reptiles, amphibians from the Mountain Forest,
to the Coastal Plain, or see the massive Great Ocean Tank which depicts deep water
reefs and contains hundreds of animals.
Charleston's Museum Mile
Featuring the richest concentration of cultural sites in downtown Charleston, the
one-mile section of Meeting Street holds six museums, including The Charleston Museum,
Confederate Museum, The Children's Museum of the Lowcountry, the Old Exchange & Provost
Dungeon, and many more. In addition to the museums, you will also discover five historic
houses, four scenic parks and numerous historic places of worship.
Fort Sumter Ferry Tour
The American Civil War began on April 12, 1861 when Confederate artillery opened fire
on this Federal fort in Charleston Harbor. Thirty-four hours later the Union forces
surrendered giving the Confederacy the first battle of the Civil War. To visit this
historic fort, catch the ferry from the National Park Service Visitor Education Center
next to the SC Aquarium and from Patriots Point Naval Museum in Mt. Pleasant.
USS Yorktown & Patriots Point Naval Museum
Located on the Charleston Harbor, Patriots Point Museum is one of the largest maritime
museums in the world. Beginning in 1975 with the USS Yorktown then the acquisition
of the legendary aircraft carrier, the USS Laffey, and more. Patriots Point also possesses
priceless WWII and Korea war planes which are featured on the Yorktown's deck. There
are over eight different exhibits to visit at this spectacular and one of a kind museum.
World Class Golf Courses
Charleston is home to some of the worlds most beautiful and challenging golf courses.
Wescott Plantation, Coosaw Creek, Legend Oaks, and Crowfield are just a few located
near the CSU campus, but there are many more.
Charleston RiverDogs Baseball
Charleston's own minor league Baseball team, an affiliate of the New York Yankees,
the Riverdogs' games are a great way to enjoy spring and summer afternoons. The Riverdogs'
games are also a family oriented atmosphere.