Local Area Attractions
CARTA Express Bus
Want to get to historic downtown Charleston but don't want the hassle of driving, looking for and paying for parking? Catch the CARTA Express bus right around the corner from the campground at the Wal-Mart parking lot. The bus stop is located just outside the garden center. Visit www.ridecarta.com or call 843-724-7420 for information. You can also pick up a schedule at our front desk at registration, or any time during your stay.
Lowcountry Loop Trolley
Want to see Charleston don't want to drive? Hop on the Low Country Loop Trolley for an island excursion you won't forget! Visit the Charleston Tea Plantation, Firefly Distillery, Irvin House Vinetyards, or head for downtown Charleston. The Trolley will pick you up here at the campground. Please click onto the link for further info about the schedule.
Don't miss this great attraction, located right next to the KOA! Blackbeard's Cove's Family Fun Park has something for everyone! Go-Karts, 2 miniature golf courses, an amazing arcade with more than 70 games, jump-land, indoor playground, gemstone mining, climbing wall and newest attraction, Paintball! The Galley serves a delicious lunch and dinner menu featuring Homemade Pizza. Parents, you can relax at the outdoor Tiki Bar with a beer or a glass of wine while the kids have their run of the park.
Boone Hall Plantation
The Boone Hall Plantation is America's most photographed plantation. Stroll through the world famous avenue of oaks, planted in 1743. Explore the Gullah culture through one of a kind live presentations. Visit the Black History in America exhibit on display in 8 original slave cabins. Tour the plantation home and take a guided coach tour across the entire plantation. Enjoy the setting in which many TV shows and movies have been filmed, such as Army Wives, Gone With the Wind, The Notebook, and North & South, and many more. Boone Hall Plantation is located on Long Point Rd, approximately 5 miles from the campground. http://www.boonehallplantation.com
Beautiful Atlantic beaches!! The Isle of Palms beach is only 7 miles away, and has plenty of parking, either all day or metered parking, so you can enjoy as long as you want. The Isle of Palms also offers free public restrooms and free showers. Enjoy lunch overlooking the beach at one of the many restaurants, or cool off at one of several ice cream parlors. The Isle of Palms also has an exciting night life, with bars and restaurants right along the beach.
Middleton Place is a carefully preserved 18th-century plantation, which houses America's oldest landscaped gardens, House Museum and Plantation Stableyards. Experience African American focus tours, carriage tours, kayak tours and horseback riding. Enjoy Low Country fare for lunch and dinner in the Middleton Place Restaurant, or relax in nature and understand elegance at The Inn at Middleton Place. Located approximately 30 miles from the campground. http://www.middletonplace.org
Patriots Point Naval & Maritime Museum
Patriots Point Naval & Maritime Museum celebrates the greatest milestones of our nation's military history aboard the USS YORKTOWN. Honor our bravest heroes, and hear first hand stories from veterans of four wars who fought for our freedom. While at Patriots Point make sure to visit The Medal of Honor Museum aboard the USS YORKTOWN, the Cold War Submarine Memorial, USS YORKTOWN CV-10, submarine USS CLAMAGORE SS-343, a flight simulator, and 26 historic aircraft: one of the largest collections in the United States. Patriots Point is located about 8 miles from the campground. http://www.patriotspoint.org
The Magnolia Plantation has been the original ancestral home of the Drayton family for over three centuries. It is the centerpiece of Ashley River history, and played important roles in the early days of settlement (the Revolutionary War and Civil War). Besides offering the oldest major public garden in America, it is also America’s oldest man-made attraction, having been open to the public annually since the late 1860’s. Visitors can enjoy canoe, bike and walking nature trails, picnic areas, a 125-acre rice field waterfowl refuge, a "street" of antebellum cabins, a Biblical garden which was pictured in Time Magazine, a petting zoo of plantation animals, and much more. Located about 30 miles from the campground. http://www.magnoliaplantation.com
With more to explore everyday, the Charleston Aquarium is the perfect place to share in the fun and excitement of South Carolina's wildlife and wild places. See over 5000 amazing animals like river otters, sharks, and loggerhead sea,turtles, get hands on experience at the Touch Tank, or try your hand at Feeding the Rays. Visit South Carolina's only Sea Turtle Hospital, check out the 4-D theater, or be mesmerized by the rare, only 50 in the whole world, albino American Alligator. Located on beautiful Charleston Harbor in downtown Charleston, 10 miles from the campground. http://www.scaquarium.org,
The Angel Oak has come to symbolize Charleston. It is a Southern live oak located in Angel Oak Park, on Johns Island near Charleston. The Angel Oak Tree is estimated to be in excess of 1500 years old, stands 66.5 ft,tall, measures 28 ft in circumference, and produces shade that covers 17,200 square feet. From tip to tip Its longest branch distance is 187 ft. The Angel Oak Tree is thought to be one of the oldest living things in the country. The land where the Angel Oak Tree stands was part of Abraham Waight's 1717 land grant. The City of Charleston now owns the property. The Angel Oak Park is free and the tree should be added to any visit to Charleston, Kiawah or Seabrook Islands. Located about 22 miles from the campground. http://www.angeloaktree.com
Charleston Tea Plantation
Experience America's only tea plantation on quiet Wadmalaw Island. View acres and acres of breathtaking tea plants as far as the eye can see. Learn first hand how tea is made during an informative factory tour, take an enjoyable ride through the tea fields and visit the unique gift shoppe. Charleston Tea Plantation- home of American Classic Tea- is one of America's true treasures. Located about 33 miles from the campground. http://www.charlestonteaplantation.com
Where the Civil War Began-Fort Sumter is situated on an island in Charleston Harbor, only accessible by boat. Imagine this...South Carolina had seceded from the Union, yet Union forces still occupied Fort Sumter at the entrance of Charleston Harbor. The South demanded that Fort Sumter be vacated. The North refused. Finally, on April 12, 1861, South Carolina Confederate troops from nearby Fort Johnson fired on the fort-the start of a two day bombardment that resulted in the surrender of Fort Sumter by Union troops. With the North's withdrawal, the South held the fort until it was finally evacuated on February 17, 1865. During that time, the fort experienced one of the longest sieges in modern warfare. For almost two years, 46,000 shells, estimated at more than 7 million pounds of metal, were fired at Fort Sumter. For these reasons and more, Fort Sumter remains one of the most significant historic monuments in the United states. Tours depart from 2 locations, Patriots Point which is about 8 miles from the campground, and from downtown Charleston, which is 10 miles from the campground.http://www.fortsumtertours.com
In 1864, the Hunley became the world's first successful combat submarine when she sank the USS Housatonic. Lost for over a century, she was raised from the sea in 2000, and now scientists are working to solve the mystery of her disappearance. Feel what it was like to be a crewmember through new interactive exhibits and see, the real Hunley in her 90,000 gallon conservation tank, artifacts found during excavation of the submarine, including the legendary gold coin that saved the Hunley Captain's life, crank a Hunley replica and excavate artifacts, facial reconstruction of the Hunley crew and much, much,more. Tours available Saturday and Sundays only. http://www.hunley.org
Shem Creek is one of the highlights of Charleston, South Carolina. Both boating and seafood aficionados have plenty to do here since Shem Creek is the best spot in town for eating on the water. With fresh seafood coming in daily from the locally-parked shrimp boats, visitors are sure to get the best seafood in town! The public access boat landing is right up the creek- just under the bridge- and is used by kayakers, jet skiers, and small watercraft. For those looking for a little night-life excitement, Shem Creek is lined with restaurants on both sides, from Shem Creek Bar & Grill to Vickery's, each comes with a spectacular view.