An adventure beyond the city is just a bridge away.
Make your way to Mount Pleasant to explore Charleston’s roots. Any adventure in Mount Pleasant begins aboard the USS Yorktown, the centerpiece of Patriots Point, a naval and maritime museum located on Charleston Harbor. The Yorktown — the 10th aircraft carrier to serve the United States Navy — invites visitors to walk in the footsteps of sailors and officers as they tour from the flight deck all the way down to the massive engine rooms that powered the great ship. It is also home to the Medal of Honor Museum, Vietnam Experience Exhibit, Cold War Memorial and much more.
Charles Pinckney was a principal author and signer of the United States Constitution. Make your way to the Charles Pinckney National Historic Site after lunch. This remnant of his coastal plantation is preserved to tell the story of a “forgotten founder,” his life of public service and the lives of enslaved African-Americans in South Carolina Lowcountry plantations, as well as their influences on Pinckney.
Ever wonder what plantation life was really like? Spend the afternoon touring the grounds of one of America’s oldest working plantations, Boone Hall Plantation & Gardens. Known for its moss-draped, three-quarter-mile Avenue of the Oaks, Boone Hall Plantation & Gardens offers a unique blend of history, nature and agriculture. This antebellum-era plantation features a large Colonial revival-style plantation house, which replaced the original house, and a number of slave cabins. The gardens boast an extensive collection of antique roses, and storytellers recount slave history at the Gullah Theater.
Forget a cup of Joe; start your morning with a cup of tea. Head to America’s only commercial tea farm, the Charleston Tea Plantation, to see hundreds of thousands of tea plants and take the informative and educational tour. You can also stroll the grounds, relax in a rocking chair on the front porch, take the classic trolley ride through the working farm and visit the gift shop to purchase American Classic Tea and other fine items.
No trip to Kiawah Island is complete without a visit to its 10 miles of undisturbed white-sand beach. Kiawah Island is a private community with access limited to property owners and guests of the resort or rental agencies, but public beach access is available through Beachwalker Park, located on the west end of the island. Operated by the Charleston County Park & Recreation Commission, beachgoers are provided with dressing areas, restrooms, a picnic area with grills, outdoor showers, boardwalks, a snack bar and beach chair and umbrella rentals.
After a few hours on the beach, Bohicket Marina is a great place to unwind, shop and dine. Stay to catch a glimpse of a beautiful sunset over the marsh. While there, check out the many incredible water-related activities, events and charters available.