This past weekend, Ryan had to work all night on Friday (something about supervising concrete cutting, which can spark and cause fires?) On Saturday, I ran half a dozen errands around town, we almost adopted a dog, and then Ryan slept while I worked on my novel. On Saturday evening, we tried a new restaurant (which you’ll hear about in tomorrow’s blog post) and even drove out to Folly Beach for a post-supper walk on the beach. Goose loved every minute of it, and Ryan and I even found some sharks’ teeth down near the Washout.
(A tiny rainbow out over the ocean.)
(We don’t go out to Folly nearly enough. We’re going to have to fix that)
(Ryan found the biggest one in the middle…I think his exact words were “I win!”)
On Sunday afternoon, I wanted to get out of the house. Ryan and I had been talking about visiting this nearby historic site for a while, and I mentioned that. Then he suggested somewhere else that he wanted to go, and since it’s his birthday week….
We decided to go to Charles Towne Landing in West Ashley, located on the banks of the Ashley River. In 1670, a group of English settlers landed here and established what would later become the colony of Carolina. I was a little hesitant—admission to the park was $10 per person, and I was concerned it wouldn’t be worth it. But we took a chance, and we thoroughly enjoyed ourselves.
(Look at these two handsome fellas)
The path through the site was clear and paved, and it took us a good forty-five minutes or more to walk. Luckily, it was cloudy and breezy almost the entire time, thanks to a huge storm nearby. We could hear thunder booming all afternoon, but it never rained on us. We came across some nice views of the river and, if you’re taking kids, the replica of a 17thCentury ship was cool. I didn’t expect to see that docked on the Ashley River! I also enjoyed the bird-watching and spotted a new bird that I’ve never seen before. If you’re an avid bird watcher (Mama, I’m talking to you), I would highly recommend this park for you. The park has also collaborated with Wild Birds Unlimited and have half a dozen feeders and many bird houses behind the Visitor’s Center.
What I was not expecting from this park was the sheer beauty of the Avenue of Oaks. This long, open lawn is lined with beautiful oak trees and gives visitors a clear view of the Legare-Waring House, a beautiful event space that’s inside in the park grounds. This beautiful white house is surrounded by gardens and is the location of many Charleston weddings. I really was in awe of the view of the house from the opposite end of the Avenue. It reminded me of Tara from Gone with the Wind or something along those lines.
(The Legare Waring House at the end of the Avenue of Oaks)
One of the best parts about this park is that dogs were allowed! Goose loved sniffing his way along the trail, and he was worn out for the rest of the day.
(Just relaxing as we overlooked the Ashley River)
Overall, this park was well worth the cost of admission, and it would be an ideal place to take a picnic or ride your bikes. (If you’re visiting from out of town, you can actually rent bikes from the Visitor’s Center.)
My tips to make your visit the Charles Towne Landing historic site a little more enjoyable:
- Wear bug spray. Mosquitos love me, and I got bitten several times. Ryan escaped bug-bite free, though.
- Wear comfortable walking shoes. I didn’t even think about wearing something besides flip-flops, and I regretted it.
- Bring binoculars. I wanted to be able and see the birds in the trees better, and it never even occurred to me to bring our binoculars from home.
Depending on how long you want to stay, bring a picnic or at least some snacks. There are quite a few picnic areas, and on a cooler day, it would have been nice to eat a picnic.
(This turtle was crossing the lawn, and Goose was a little freaked out by it)
(They pose so nicely for me!)