Charles Towne Landing, Charleston
This state park is set on the spot where English settlers first formed a settlement in 1670 called Charles Towne. The city was later moved across the river to the peninsula due to the original site having no deep water harbor. The park includes archeological exhibtis of the early settlement, reconstructed buildings, a zoo of local animals and a plantation house.
This is where Charleston began, during the 17th century. Named for King Charles II of England, it grew to be large and prosperous long before the War of Independence. Because the city moved over across the river, this area is still a wildlife preserve. The park still has a replica of the old fort, of the original village, and of a 17th century sailing vessel used in the coastal trade.
The first permanent European settlement in the Carolinas was at this location, occuring in 1670. The South Carolina State Park system has established an interactive, living history museum here, one that is interesting for adults, entertaining and educational for children.
The original site for the city is located at Charlestowne Landing. This park offers beautiful gardens, bicycle trails, and an animal park. There are also a lot of places for picnics. It's great for kids, because there is a recreated village and boat to explore.