Text Box: Sightseeing in Charleston

Text Box: Patriots Point Naval & 
Maritime Museum
Patriots Point Naval & Maritime Museum is home to the aircraft carrier USS Yorktown, WWII's Fighting Lady. The museum also includes the destroyer Laffey, the submarine Clamagore, and the Coast Guard cutter Ingham, a re-creation of a Vietnam Naval Support Base, vintage military aircraft, numerous displays and exhibits, and the Congressional Medal of Honor Society's Museum. Climb aboard the Navy Flight simulator for a five-minute ride on an F/A-18 in flight. A tour guide and map are provided for self-guided tours. A video tour of the aircraft carrier Yorktown is available for physically disabled visitors. Volunteers are also available for informational tours. 
Open Daily 9 am - 6:30 pm
Adults (12 and older) $15.00
Seniors and Active Duty Military w/ID $13.00
 
Info: www.patriotspoint.org/

Text Box: Fort Sumter National 
Monument
Despite the fact that construction on Fort Sumter was incomplete, Major Robert Anderson moved his troops here from Fort Moultrie, prepared to defend the site from the Confederate army. Sumter was eventually taken by the Confederates anyway and became a Southern stronghold for most of the Civil War, even in the wake of Union Volleys. The fort is accessible only by water – Spirit Line Cruises runs informative trips back and forth, year round. Nearby Fort Moultrie is also worth a visit. The Visitor Education Center, at Liberty Square, has extensive historical information on both forts.
 
Depart from Liberty Square in downtown Charleston  Daily 9:30am, Noon, 2:30pm 
 
Depart from Patriots Point Maritime Museum in Mt Pleasant  Daily 10:45am, 1:30pm, 4pm
 
Hours May Vary Seasonally 
Adult $15;   Senior $13.50
Info:  www.nps.gov/fosu

Text Box: Magnolia Plantation
This 17th-century plantation has one of the nation's largest collections of azaleas and camellias; plus, a few gardens date back to the 1680s. Two previous main houses were destroyed by fire during a raid by Union troops, and the current house, furnished with period pieces, dates to 1873. The plantation also includes the 60-acre Audubon Swamp Garden with its majestic cypress trees.
Daily 8am-dusk, ticket sales end at 5:30pm  Adult $15;  Senior $14

Text Box: Old South Carriage Co.
Enjoy narrated tours of Charleston's Historic District in a horse-drawn carriage.  During the tour will reveal 300 + years of history including antebellum mansions, churches, and cobblestone streets. 
Tours leave every 20 minutes.
Daily 9am-dusk  
Adult $18 - $20

Text Box: Rainbow Row
One of the most often photographed and painted scenes in Charleston, this stretch of private homes dates to the mid-1700s. The fourteen homes are painted in every color of the rainbow, and although they're not open to the public, they're a not-to-miss sight.

Text Box: The Battery
The Battery, otherwise known as “Battery Park”, is a popular park located in downtown Charleston  where the Cooper and Ashley Rivers meet. With great views of Fort Sumter, Castle Pinckney, and Sullivan’s Island Lighthouse, the park is a great place to come to see the sights of Charleston from a distance.  It is also a wonderful place to learn more about Charleston’s history, with its statues, monuments, and old cannons and cannonballs. 
In the 18th century, heavy rocks were used to fortify the shores of the Cooper River. That fortification became the famous promenade known as the High Battery, one of the best places to stroll in the park. The Battery first became a public park in 1837, and was also used as a place for artillery storage during the American Civil War. 
Now the Battery hosts a variety of attractions. White Point Gardens, named because of the piles of bleached oyster shells that comprise its grounds, is a luscious park with large oak trees, a bandstand, and various memorials.