Where Charleston - - THE GUIDE -


CUL­TURE  This is your win­dow to the Gul­lah cul­ture, which shaped much of the area. For­merly the site of the Avery Nor­mal In­sti­tute (c. 1865), a pres­ti­gious African-Amer­i­can pri­vate school, the cen­ter at the Col­lege of Charleston now houses per­ma­nent and trav­el­ing ex­hibits. Free. M-F tours, 10:30 and 11:30 am and 1:30, 2:30 and 3:30 pm; closed daily from 12:30 pm to 1:30 pm. 125 Bull St., 843.953.7609. Map 1: C- 6

THE CHARLESTON MU­SEUM  Re­garded as “Amer­ica’s first mu­seum,” this in­sti­tu­tion show­cases a va­ri­ety of cul­tural and nat­u­ral his­tory ar­ti­facts that tell the story of the South Carolina Lowcountry. Up­com­ing: “Just Be­low the Sur­face: Dig­ging Deep Into Rocks and Min­er­als,” Win­ter 2017. Ad­mis­sion: $5-12. Open M-Sa 9 am-5 pm, Su noon-5 pm. www.charleston­mu­ 360 Meet­ing St., 843.722.2996. Map 1: E-5


COUN­TRY Nine in­ter­ac­tive ex­hibits in­clud­ing a two-story Me­dieval cas­tle, a pi­rate ship and an art room al­low chil­dren to ex­plore the arts, sciences and hu­man­i­ties through their own hands-on ex­pe­ri­ences. Weekly classes ex­pose chil­dren to the arts, move­ment and for­eign lan­guages. Ad­mis­sion $10-12. Open Tu-Sa 9 am-5 pm, Su noon-5 pm. www.ex­ 25 Ann St., 843.853.8962. Map 1: E-5

GIBBES MU­SEUM OF ART Re­cently ren­o­vated, The Gibbes houses a premier col­lec­tion of fine art— prin­ci­pally Amer­i­can works with a Charleston or South­ern con­nec­tion—in­clud­ing more than 600 paint­ings, minia­ture por­traits, sculp­tures, pho­tog­ra­phy and more. Up­com­ing: “His­tory, La­bor, Life: The Prints of Ja­cob Lawrence,” Jan. 28-April 30; “Paint­ing the South­ern Coast: The Art of West Fraser,” Jan. 28-April 30. Open Tu and Th-Sa 10 am-5 pm, W 10 am-8 pm, Su 1-5 pm. Ad­mis­sion: $6-17. www. gibbesmu­ 135 Meet­ing St., 843.722.2706. Map 1: E-8 KARPELES MANUSCRIPT MU­SEUM  The Karpeles Li­brary with its 10 mu­se­ums across the coun­try, in­clud­ing Charleston, is the world’s largest pri­vate hold­ing of im­por­tant orig­i­nal manuscripts and doc­u­ments. The ar­chives in­clude lit­er­a­ture, science, re­li­gion, his­tory and art. Tu-F 11 am- 4 pm. 68 Spring St., 843.853.4651. Map 1: D- 4 NORTH CHARLESTON AND AMERI  CAN LAFRANCE FIRE MU­SEUM  The ed­u­ca­tional cen­ter houses 18 an­tique fire en­gines, ex­hibits the his­tory of fire­fight­ing and pro­motes fire preven­tion and safety. Ad­mis­sion: $6. Open M-Sa 10 am-5 pm, Su 1-5

pm. www.lega­cy­ 4975 Cen­tre Pointe Drive, North Charleston, 843.740.5550. Map 2: C-2


MU­SEUM  Ex­pe­ri­ence the Con­gres­sional Medal of Honor Mu­seum and other ex­hibits aboard the WWII Air­craft Carrier York­town. Plus, ex­plore the Sub­ma­rine Cla­m­agore, De­stroyer Laf­fey, Coast Guard Cut­ter Ing­ham, Cold War Sub­ma­rine Memo­rial and the Viet­nam Base Camp. Open daily 9 am- 6:30 pm. Ad­mis­sion: $14-22.­tri­ot­s­ 40 Pa­tri­ots Point Road, Mount Pleas­ant, 843.884.2727. Map 2: F- 4, Map 4: A-2

CAROLINA ICE PALACE  This fam­ily en­ter­tain­ment com­plex is a year-round play­ground for recre­ational skat­ing, league hockey, fig­ure skat­ing and more. It’s also the prac­tice fa­cil­ity of the South Carolina Stingrays. And its Penalty Box sports bar fea­tures big-screen TVs, pool ta­bles and other ta­ble-top games. Open daily 9 am-9 pm.­oli­nai­ 7665 North­woods Blvd., North Charleston, 843.572.2717. Map 2: C-1

CHARLESTON FUN PARK This Mount Pleas­ant amuse­ment park is fun for the whole fam­ily, com­plete with go-carts, mini-golf, mini-bowl­ing, an ar­cade and more. Open Su-Th noon-8 pm, F noon-11 pm, Sa 9 am-11 pm. www.charleston­fun­ 3255 High­way 17 North, Mount Pleas­ant, 843.971.1223. Map 2: H-2

FRANKIE’S FUN PARK A great place for lit­tle kids, big kids and those who think they’re kids. Go-karts, mini golf, bat­ting cages, a rock wall, a driv­ing range and more. You pay as you play. Open M-Th 10 am-10 pm, F-Sa 10 am-mid­night, Su 11 am-10 pm. www.frankies­fun­park. com. 5000 Ash­ley Phos­phate Road, North Charleston, 843.767.1376. NA­TURE AD­VEN­TURE OUTFITTERS  Of­fers kayak­ing trip on many of Charleston’s wa­ter­ways, spe­cial­iz­ing in salt­wa­ter tours, black­wa­ter swamp tours and equip­ment rentals. Both kayak and ca­noe tours are of­fered daily, in­clud­ing 2-hour, 3-hour and full-day tours. www.kayakcharlestonsc. com. 483 West Cole­man Blvd., Mount Pleas­ant, 843.568.3222. Map 4: B-2

WILD BLUE ROPES  Ex­pe­ri­ence Charleston’s high-climb­ing ropes and chal­lenge-course ad­ven­ture, which fea­tures 70-plus sus­pended ob­sta­cles, some of them 35 feet in the air. Wild Blue of­fers four unique cour­ses, each with a dif­fer­ent dif­fi­culty level. Fun for all ages. www.wild­ 1595 High­land Ave., 843.502.4066. Map 2: D-5

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