3640 Dorchester Road
North Charleston, SC 29405
Phone: (843) 554-4140
Fax: (843) 554-4148
Located on the former Charleston Naval Base in memory of the thousands of military and civilian personnel who served when the base was open and active, this beautiful park on the west side of the Cooper River is well worth a trip off the beaten tourist path. Steel plate photographs of the Navy Yard from 1901 to 1996 are exhibited against a wall that resembles one side of an aircraft carrier. There are plaques, statues of the Lone Sailor and the Homecoming as well as models of the different ships that were built here (256) or called North Charleston home. Visitors can walk the boardwalk along the river, see the modern art exhibits around the park or let their children play on the playground nearby. Admission is free. Free parking is in a nearby lot. Many festivals and community celebrations are held here. - Natasha Lawrence
After a successful attack on the USS Housatonic, a Confederate enemy ship, on the night of February 17, 1864, this US submarine mysteriously disappeared four miles off Charleston Harbor along with her eight crewmen. The HL Hunley Submarine was discovered over 135 years later with the help of modern technology. It has since been raised and is in the process of conservation in a 90,000-gallon tank at the Warren Lasch Conservation Center on the grounds of the former US Navy Base. The crew was ceremoniously buried at Charleston's Magnolia Cemetery. Visitors can view the actual submarine, artifacts and documentaries. There is a small gift shop.
Charles Towne Landing is the site of the first South Carolina permanent English settlement. With a history dating back to 1670, the 80 acres of this park have become a living museum, featuring historical attractions, educational activities and plenty of outdoor spaces to explore. There's a visitor center that introduces kids and adults to life in colonial times. Experience hands-on activities and go on a self-guided tour of the area. Visit the Animal Forest to see species that the settlers encountered, like bears and pumas. Special events are frequent, including live cannon firings and musket demonstrations. Bring a lunch or purchase food from one of the vendors onsite.
Established in 1849, this 128 acre (52 hectare) park was once a rice plantation on the Cooper River. The people buried here include Civil War veterans, Southern leaders, senators and governors. Many plots are surrounded by intricate wrought and cast iron fences and gates, and the cemetery grounds themselves are a must see. Listed on the National Register of Historic Places, it is located just a few miles north of downtown Charleston. The park features many brick and granite tombs, sculptures, crypts and memorials. Admission is free.
Strict followers of the teachings of Jesus Christ, Church Creek Presbyterian preaches worship to the community. There are various events like choir performances, Sunday classes for children and spiritual workshops that are held in the church. It also runs various ministries like the ministry of Christian education, ministry of mercy and conducts many social programs throughout the world for the underprivileged.
St. Andrews Parks and Playground, is the largest and undoubtedly the most spacious recreation area in Charleston. This exciting, safe and clean park is a must visit. It hosts a wide array of programs and classes like Bujinkan—a dog obedience classes as well as the belly dancing classes. It also features the St. Andrew's Parks Hall of Fame which felicitates people who have done exceptionally well in some field and have contributed for the development of the community. This park is also venue for many events and activities. Hours vary with activities and events. Call or visit the website.
Summerall Chapel located in the Citadel is an epitome of architecture meets beauty. This historic structure has 14th Century Gothic design. With beautifully done interiors and handcrafted wrought iron lighting fixtures, it also houses flags from 50 states that hang from its ceiling. The windows are made of stained glass that depict different events in the life of Christ. The whole mood and ambiance of this chapel is pure and spiritual.
Touted to be the oldest of its kind in the state, Palmetto Brewing Co was founded by Louis Bruce and Ed Falkenstein in 1993 after a wind-surfing expedition to the Columbia River Gorge. It is the first in Charleston since the Prohibition Era. The setting is in an former warehouse and the high ceiling with wooden beams add character to this place. Named after its namesake pre-Civil War brewery in Downtown Charleston which shut down in 1913, it has rare artifacts and documents on display for tours. Amber Ale, Pale, Charleston Lager and Espresso Porter are their year-round drafts while their seasonal brews are also packed with flavor. They also host concerts once a week by talented musicians. Their tasting room is open five days a week.
Located in downtown Charleston, Alterman Studios Gallery was founded in 1980 and measures 6,000 square-feet, making it the largest photography complex. This complex has the Alterman Gallery, Jack Alterman's professional photography services, and the Charleston Center for Photography and Custom Services of Black & White, Copy, and Digital services. They also promote and teach the craft of photography and offer instruction for photographers at all levels of expertise. They also hold workshops on special topics like digital printing, wedding photography and studio lighting that helps add to a photographers skills.
The side of the old Tivoli building downtown has been given an upgrade with the addition of a mural by a local artist. Shepard Fairy, best known for his creation of the "Hope" image used widely during Barrack Obama's first presidential campaign painted Power & Glory in black, red, and cream hues, creating a bold image.
Ashley River Baptist Church founded in 1943 has several ministries for youth, children, young women and for community service in general. The church is also actively involved in providing meals to the needy, providing disaster relief and visiting hospitals to take care of the sick. The Franklin Graham Festival is a process that the church is involved in, where special events are organized for children, youth and adults alike. Events and self-help courses are a regular feature in the church.
Founded by immigrant Polish and Prussian Jews who came to Charleston in the 19th and early 20th century, this synagogue is steeped in history. The synagogue holds adult education classes, Shabbat and Sukkot dinners, minyans and the famous Myrtle Beach Shabbaton. The synagogue also prepares Glatt Kosher meals for local hospitals. The prayer house is also available for weddings and special occasions. It forms the perfect backdrop for an traditional Jewish wedding. Contact the church for open hours or check website for events and services.