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    Visit An Old Oak Tree

    by riorich55 Updated Dec 29, 2009

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    You will need a car to see this one. The Angel Oak is located on Johns Island. Estimated to be 300 to 400 years old, the tree is only 65 feet high but has a circumference of 25.5 feet and its area of shade is over 17,000 square feet. Other statistics, the largest limb has a circumference of 11.5 feet and the length of the longest limb is 89 feet.

    The Angel Oak is a Live Oak which is native to the Lowcountry (Coastal Carolina). The oak is located in a small park owned by the City of Charleston. To get there you take US Highway 17 out of Charleston to Johns Island, get on Folly Road to Maybank Highway. On Maybank Highway you will see a small sign on the right hand side of the road. You will take this small bumpy road to the Angel Oak.

    For the gift happy they do have a small gift shop and the day we were there a lady was outside the gift shop selling the straw baskets you see everywhere in Charleston.

    Admission is Free, although they do accept donations or like us a small purchase in the gift shop made us feel better.

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    Longitude Lane

    by mpeagler Updated Aug 3, 2009

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    Check out the little alley way / walking path in the down town between East Bay and Church Street. Just after Tradd Street. It is a cool little walkway! Very Romantic you will fill like you slipped into another time and place.

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  • Angel Oak Tree

    by emma5w Written Apr 16, 2009

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    It's the oldest living Live Oak, and it's absolutely massive. Tucked away in the woods, a short drive brings you to the tree, where a small shack serves as a gift shop. The tree itself is like nothing I've ever seen - limbs are supported by cables and wooden stand, and the sunlight filtering through the leaves makes it seem like a slightly magical place.

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    Lake Moulltrie Historical walks

    by techoverload Updated Nov 30, 2007

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    Since the drought Lake Moultrie is extremely low. Its also been uncovering historical artifacts that have been under water since the lake was built in 1939. There has been old Indian Artifacts found also, pottery, arrowheads, bones, spear tips, turpentine kilns and A LOT more.
    I have found several items that I have given to the local museums. I have also found items that local historians aren’t even sure what they are their so old. The best place to find goodies is Russellville Flats. It’s located on the north side of the lake off HWY 45. That’s all the info I’ll give you on the location. If your navigational savy you’ll find it easily.
    I just don’t want the wrong people to go there and destroy anything. I make weakly trips out there so if your interested email me and I’ll take you out there.
    There are VERY large alligators out there so bring a nice sturdy walking stick just in case. The walk can easily take 6 hours to the tip and the kilns. Thats also due to slow walking and brousing. Steady non-stop walk from the tip is about an hour.
    Don't forget to bring a camera, drinks and book bag.

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  • Folly Beach Nature Trail

    by dulphynn Written May 1, 2007

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    We spent a few hours and drove to the northern end of Folly Beach. Our original plan was to take a few pics of the lMorris Island lighthouse and then leave. We were pleasantly surprised by what we found when we get there. It takes some time to get there but I promise it is well worth the effort. There are trails that wind back into the marsh and then onto a relatively deserted beach that overlooks the lighthouse. The birding here is incredible. There are a wide variety of shorebirds and songbirds. We were very excited to come across a Painted Bunting perched on a telephone wire. It was beautiful. The beach provided lots of great photo opportunities. We thought we spend 15 minutes here but ended up staying over two hours exploring the beach!

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    sullivans island

    by doug48 Written Apr 14, 2007

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    fort moultrie

    located north of the mouth of charleston harbor is the charming beach town of sullivans island. sullivans island is an interesting and historical place to visit in the charleston area. sullivans island is home to historic fort moultrie which saw duty in the revoluntionary and civil wars. to learn more about sullivans island check out my sullivans island pages. from downtown charleston take I-526 to mt. pleasant then take ben sawyer blvd to sullivans island.

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    Folly Island

    by Jim_Eliason Written Jan 1, 2007

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    This beach resort island is south of Charleston on Hwy171 , about a 15 minute drive from the city. Besides the beaches its a great spot to view Morris Island lighthouse which is a few km off the coast of Folly Island

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    Charleston Museum

    by grandmaR Updated Sep 8, 2006

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    We visited the Charleston Museum with our grandchildren and DIL at the time when the Hunley had been found and recovered. The Charleston Museum has an exhibit out front which was a reproduction of what they thought the Hunley looked like. Plus there is an earlier version inside.

    This museum (although currently situated in an angular brick building) was established very early in Charleston history - it was founded in 1773. As a result it has many "collections" which were given to the museum early that don't really 'fit' with the stated mission of the museum, which is to "preserve and interpret the cultural and natural history of Charleston and the South Carolina Lowcountry"

    You have to be alert - mixed in with the indigenous animals, there are exhibited polar bears, giraffes, moas, and dinosaurs not native to the area. And in the historical section, in addition to Charleston Silver, slave tags, artifacts from eras of rice and cotton, the chair in which delegates sat to sign South Carolina’s Ordinance of Secession, and firearms and ordnance from the War Between the States, there are also such things as an Egyptian mummy, .. and a plaster cast of the monumental statue of Pharaoh Rameses II.

    There ARE local fossils on exhibit such as the skeleton of an Oligocene crocodile and whale fossils from the same period and a giant false-toothed bird, Pseudodontronis. The bird is a Pliocene ancestor to modern pelicans, to which it appears similar in form, with the notable exceptions that it has a wingspan of 18 feet, and its jaws appear to have been borrowed from a barracuda.

    In addition to the main museum, there are two historic houses across the street which can be toured.

    Single-site and Combination Tour Ticket Prices*
    Adult (13 years+)
    Museum $10.00
    Historic House $ 9.00
    Two Sites $16.00 You Save $3.00!
    Three Sites $21.00 You Save $7.00!

    Child (3 to 12 years)
    Museum $ 4.00
    Historic House $ 4.00 NOTE: Children ages 2 and under are admitted FREE

    One Person Per Ticket
    No Exchanges or Refunds

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    Check out the beaches 2!

    by tpangelinan Written Oct 8, 2005

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    Folly Beach

    If you want to swim go to Folly beach it's only a 20 minute ride South on Route 17, just take the Folly Beach Road exit, turn left and go all the way to the end until you see the Holiday Inn and turn left again, go up about 1 1/2 mile and pull off on the right side. There is a great beach and we saw lots of people surfing and swimming. This is a nice clean, wide beach were you can lay out to sun tan, go swimming and other water sports.

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    Check out the beaches!

    by tpangelinan Written Oct 8, 2005

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    Beaches at Sullivan's Island

    If your looking for a day at the beach take a 20 minute ride up Route 17 North to Sullivan's Island and drive toward the coast, find a spot to park and head for the beach. Beautiful dunes and the water is warm. The water current is strong here so I don't suggest swimming. This is a great beach for walks along the waters edge and taking in the views.

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    Fort Moultrie - Sullivan's Island

    by grandmaR Updated Aug 27, 2005

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    The most important part of Fort Moultrie history was the first decisive victory in the American Revolution. After a nine and one-half hour battle, ten British warships were defeated by South Carolina Patriots manning a half completed unnamed fort built of palmetto logs and sand on Sullivan’s Island. After the battle, the fort was named Fort Moultrie in honor of its commanding officer, Colonel William Moultrie. The fort defenders discovered that the palmetto logs just absorbed the cannon balls fired by British warships and rendered them harmless. Plus of course, the British fleet commander made a number of mistakes in deploying his fleet and ended up running several ships aground right under the guns of Fort Moultrie.

    The current fort is the third Fort Moultrie which was built in 1809. The exhibits in the museum cover the whole history of coastal defense in this area instead of concentrating solely on the Revolutionary War battle. When we visited there was a Civil War Reinactment, and those pictures are on my Fort Moultrie page

    In addition to the various exhibits at the fort, this is also the burial place of Seminole Chief Osceola.

    Open daily, 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.; closed New Year's Day, Thanksgiving Day and Christmas Day

    Seniors (62 and over): $1.00 Adults (17 and over): $3.00 Children (16 and under): Free Family: $5.00 Annual Pass: $20.00

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    Children's Museum of the Low Country

    by grandmaR Updated Apr 6, 2005

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    I had thought to visit here (I saw it in the AAA book), but didn't have enough energy. Their website says: "The Children’s Museum of Charleston South Carolina is an interactive destination for all children with hands-on environments,experiences in the arts, sciences and humanities.We foster the creative thinking and problem solving skills and a belief in their own potential. The Childrens Museum of the Lowcountry offers exceptional learning environments, programs, classes, exhibits and experiences for all children to explore."

    They have children's summer camps
    Summer Camps 2005

    Please see our programming page for full camp descriptions

    Messy Mix-Up!
    (3-5 year olds)
    June 6-10

    Messy Mix-Up!
    (5-7 year olds)
    June 20-24

    Explore CML!
    (3-5 year olds)
    July 11-15

    ExploreCML!
    (5-7 year olds)
    July 18-22

    Sensational Scrapbooking!
    (7-10 year olds)
    June 13-17
    July 25-29

    Times:
    Monday-Friday, 9am-noon

    Cost:
    $150 for Members
    $175 for Non-Members

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    American Military Museum

    by grandmaR Written Apr 6, 2005

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    Museum sign

    I saw this sign when we were down at the waterfront near the Charleston Aquarium and the docks for Fort Sumter. It is for the American Military Museum at 40 Pinckney St.

    I did not have either the time or inclination to visit, but apparently this museum has uniforms, artifacts from war in Vietnam, Korea, both World Wars, Spanish-American War, Indian wars, Civil War.

    Admission is $2 (adults), $1 (under age 12).
    Open 10 a.m.-6 p.m. Monday-Saturday, 1-6 p.m. Sunday.

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    The Horse and Cart

    by OCNJBritt Updated Mar 26, 2005

    While it is on the main drag on King Street it may get passed by. This unsuspecting shop serves up food and beverage to the beats of acoustic artists, drum circles, and the avant garde rhythyms of many a local talented College of Charleston student.

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  • deep sea fishing

    by MandaJ320 Updated Mar 8, 2005

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    my 2nd trip- 6 years old

    you can catch a charter boat early in the morning from Shem Creek (in Mt. Pleasant) that will take you deep sea fishing all day. there are different sized boats and different styled captains, so choose wisely! :-)

    i used to go out on the "Silver Dolphin" all the time when i was little, although i'm not sure if it still runs anymore. there are other boats, that are bigger, like the "Thunderstar" and the "Atlantic Star" that hold more passengers.

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