Charleston, South Carolina is home to many historic places and homes. Drive or walk along battery park and see summer homes dating back to plantation days in the low country.Visit Provost Dungeon and Exchange house or the Edmondston-Alston house downtown.
Boone Hall offers a great example of southern plantations in the area. Also see Magnolia Gardens, Middleton Place, and Drayton Hall nearby.
Also don't miss a trip to the USS Yorktown and the harbor tour over to Fort Sumter. This is where the first shots of the civil war were fired. If you are a history buff, then you must vacation in Charleston!
Magnolia Plantation & Its Gardens
- Magnolia Plantation & Its Gardens is open 365 days a year from 8am-5:30pm, call for Nov-Feb hours. This 17th century estate, acquired in 1676 by the Drayton family, features America's oldest gardens, which bloom year-round. Pre-Revolutionary War plantation house, Biblical garden, antebellum cabin, nature train, nature boat, wildlife observation tower, gift shop, canoe rentals and more. Leashed pets welcome. Cost is $14 and guided tours are additional cost. 3550 Ashley River Rd., Charleston, SC 29414.Edmondston-Alston House
- The stately Edmondston-Alston House was built in 1825 on Charleston's High Battery and is one of the city's most splendid dwellings. A witness to many dramatic events in Charleston?s history, the Edmondston-Alston House is a classic example of the city?s changing and sophisticated taste in architecture and decorative arts.Charleston Tea Plantation
- One of America's true treasures and its only commercial tea farm. Visitors enjoy long strolls beneath the Live Oaks, learn how tea is made during our unique and informative factory tour, visit the Tea Shoppe, sample American Classic Tea and walk the grounds. 6617 Maybank Hwy., Wadmalaw, SC 29487Philip Simmons Foundation, Inc.
- Established in 1991 by the Vestry of St. John's Reformed Episcopal Church to develop and maintain a commemorative garden and preserve the legacy of the master craftsman. The Bell Garden and the Heart Garden entrance from Menotti Street. P.O. Box 21585, Charleston, SC 29413-1585.Cypress Gardens
- Cypress Gardens is open from 9am-5pm and closed Thanksgiving Day, Christmas Eve and Day, and New Year's Day. 170-acre Berkeley County park with beautiful gardens, walking paths, and cypress swamp. Tour the swamp in flat-bottomed boats. Visit the aquarium, butterfly house and reptile house. Adults pay $10, children $5 and seniors $9. 3030 Cypress Gardens Rd., Moncks Corner, SC 29461.Drayton Hall
- Drayton Hall is open daily except Christmas Eve and Day and New Year's Day. A National Trust historic site, Drayton Hall is the oldest preserved plantation house in America open to the public. After seven generations, two great wars, and numerous hurricanes and earthquakes, the main house of this National Historic Landmark remains nearly in original condition. 3380 Ashley River Rd., Charleston, SC 29414.Nathaniel Russell House
- Since 1808, visitors have admired the grand Federal townhouse of Charleston merchant Nathaniel Russell. Set amid spacious formal gardens, the Nathaniel Russell House is a National Historic Landmark and is widely recognized as one of America?s most important neoclassical dwellings. The graceful interior with elaborate plasterwork ornamentation, geometrically shaped rooms and a magnificent free-flying staircase are among the most exuberant ever created in early America.Middleton Place
- Middleton Place is open daily 9am-5pm and is closed on Christmas Day. Carefully preserved 18th century plantation and National Historic Landmark. 65 acres of America's oldest landscaped gardens. House museum tours highlight family collections and the role of the Middleton's in American history. Craftspeople in the Stableyards recreate the activities of a self-sustaining Lowcountry plantation. The admissions for Gardens and Stableyards is $25 for adults and $5 for children ages 7-15. 4300 Ashley River Rd., Charleston, SC 29414.Boone Hall Plantation
- Boone Hall is open 9am-5pm Monday-Saturday and 1pm-4pm on Sunday. Boone Hall reflects Southern heritage spanning 300 years on one magnificent "still working" plantation. Gardens, slave cabins, dining, gift shop plus one of the world's longest oak-lined avenues. Adults pay $14.50, children $7 and seniors $13. 1235 Long Point Rd., Mt. Pleasant, SC 29464.Hampton Plantation State Historic Site
- Hampton Plantation State Historic Site is open daily from 9am-6pm. Mansion tours are from 1pm-4pm Thursday-Monday during the school year and daily 11am-4pm during the summer. If you are driving Hwy 17 between Charleston and Myrtle Beach, stop and see a picturesque plantation. The grounds contain former rice fields, gardens, and a mansion. 1950 Rutledge Rd., McClellanville, SC 29458.Mepkin Abbey & Gardens
- Mepkin Abbey & Gardens has guided tours at 11:30am and 3pm Tuesday-Sunday. Since 1949 catholic Trappist monks hace lived and worked on this 3,000 acre 18th century Cooper River rice plantation. Visitors tour a working monastery and adjacent gardens and shop in Mepkin Abbey Store featuring monastic products and unique handcrafted items. Admission for adults is $5. 1098 Mepkin Abbey Rd., Moncks Corner, SC 29461.