About The Center for Birds of Prey and the Avian Conservation Center
Under the umbrella of the nonprofit Avian Conservation Center, the Center for Birds of Prey and the Avian Medical and Oiled Bird Treatment Facility near Charleston, S.C., identify and address vital environmental issues through avian medicine, educational outreach and conservation initiatives. Situated on a 152-acre campus adjacent to the Cape Romain Wildlife Refuge and Francis Marion National Forest, the Avian Conservation Center and the Center for Birds of Prey combine medical care for injured birds, environmental education and scientific research.
Thoughtfully designed display aviaries, two flight demonstration fields and a planned education, science and conservation building offer the public a chance to experience birds of prey in a natural setting and to better understand avian science and environmental conservation. For further visitor information call (843) 971-7474 or visit www.thecenterforbirdsofprey.org.
This is a graceful mansion with beautifully landscaped lawn and gardens.
You drive up the entrance under arching live oaks to the parking area. The brick and colonaded porchway leads into a massive foyer. The guide greets you after you sign-in and starts a one-hour tour. You enter each room and hear some interesting facts about the structure and the people who lived and visited here. The tour then goes outside to the gardens, the slave quarters, more gardens, stables, smokehouse, food store and a few other small buildings. Each structure has its own tales that the host insists that you hear. After about two hours, we opted out of the rest of the guided tour and went around the estate to take pictures. (pictures indoors with flash were NOT allowed).
Everything was perfect, like the gardeners had just been there. Sidewalks were brushed clean. Shrubs were all clipped even. There were no dead flowers, only beautiful full blooms.
It was a nice visit and we may do this one again in a few years.
When you visit the Boone Hall Mansion, you will see and hear advertisement of the Boone Hall Farms. Take a ride down Long Point Road to US 17, then follow the signs north to the farm market.
This one was a lot more commercially setup than the farm markets we usually go to. They had fruits and veggies and canned and jarred stuff, but they also had wines and pre-packaged flowers and meats like in a supermarket. If you are hungry, they have a small snack bar for sandwiches, coffee and desserts.
It was an okay to visit but if you are pressed for time don't bother.
The fruits and veggies were all farm-fresh.
The prices were reasonable.
We visited Patriot Point with our son, grandchildren and daughter-in-law when we were staying at the marina next door in November of 2000.
At Patriot Point is the USS YORKTOWN (CV-10), the Fighting Lady. Moored next to her is USS LAFFEY (DD-724), a World War II destroyer. Also moored alongside are the United States Coast Guard cutter INGHAM (WHEC-35), and the diesel attack submarine USS CLAMAGORE (SS-343).
Because we waited until after our DIL got off work, it was late in the day when we visited and we only got to see the carrier and the submarine. Bob was disgusted with the carrier exhibits (he served on this ship) because a lot of the planes on the deck, and a lot of the exhibits really had nothing to do with the actual Yorktown. He was happier about the submarine, which hadn't been mucked about so much.
Winter hours (October 1 - March 31): Ticket sales from 9:00 AM to 5:00 PM. Gift shop hours from 9:00 AM to 5:30 PM. Closing time is 6:30 PM in winter .
Summer hours (April 1 - September 30): Ticket sales from 9:00 AM to 6:00 PM. Gift shop hours from 9:00 AM to 6:30 PM. Closing time is 7:30 PM in summer.
Adult (12 & older) $12.50
Children (6 - 11YRS.)$ 6.00
Senior Citizen/Active Duty Military w/ ID $11.00
Children (Under 6 yrs. w/ parent) and Military in Uniform No Charge