Any must-do Charleston list should include visiting at least one of the stately plantations. Middleton Place’s gardens and working farm on the banks of the Ashley River have been designated a National Historic Landmark and boast blooms year round, as well as costumed interpreters in the Plantation Stableyards. Founded in 1681, the 738-acre Boone Hall Plantation is perhaps the most famous of Charleston’s plantations thanks to its much-photographed Avenue of Oaks, educational performances in the Gullah Theater, a vibrant butterfly garden, and seasonal activities such as berry picking in the summer and oyster roasts in the winter. If you’re traveling with kids, they’ll likely talk you into a visit to the Magnolia Plantation and Gardens, which has a swamp walk and petting zoo, as well as Charles Towne Landing to visit the Adventure, a replica of a 17th-century sailing ship, and the otters, bears, and bison at the Animal Forest natural habitat zoo. From historic plantations to the newest restaurants, the members of the AFAR Travel Advisory Council are ready to help you discover the best of Charleston. Check out their 12 itineraries to the greater Charleston area at AFAR Journeys.
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