When touring Charleston, visitors may too often overlook the beautiful and historically meaningful areas located just off the city's small peninsula, including many parks, beaches and centuries-old plantations. Making a visit to the quiet, shady plantation grounds in the surrounding lowcountry can make for the ideal day trip for any traveler, especially families with children. Variety abounds in the historical features, facilities, and types of tours available at each plantation. Come January, visit Boone Hall Plantation alongside hundreds of Charlestonians at the Lowcountry Oyster Festival, or admire the Azaleas in bloom at the oldest unrestored gardens in the U.S. at Magnolia Plantation.
If you're traveling as a family, consider bringing the kids to Charles Towne Landing, home to the original South Carolina colony settlement, and a National Historic Site complete with life size colonial merchant ship and petting zoo. If you're up for a slightly longer road trip, visit Pick Pocket Plantation in Beaufort to enjoy its twice weekly Farmer's Market as well as face painting and pony rides!
Fancy yourself a tea lover? Plan a visit to America's only tea plantation, just a short drive from downtown Charleston. The Charleston Tea Plantation offers factory tours, trolley tours, and all the tea you can drink! Looking for an overnight romantic escape from the city? Stay in a historic B & B built in the early 1700's to enjoy bird watching, nature walks and plantation breakfasts at Mansfield Plantation in Georgetown.