Comfort Suites at Isle of Palms Connector
1130 Hungryneck Blvd.
Mount Pleasant, SC 29464
Phone: (843) 216-0004
Fax: (843) 216-8811
Originally a 715-acre (290-hectare) plantation called Snee Farm and owned by four-time Governor of South Carolina Charles Pinckney. this historic attraction is now 28 acres (11 hectares). A leader in the early formation of the United States, Charles Pinckney was a delegate to the 1787 Constitutional Congress in Philadelphia. In 1791, President George Washington visited the plantation during his Southern Tour. An 1828 farmhouse, rebuilt on the site of former buildings destroyed by hurricanes, serves as the visitor center to the park and offers an orientation video, historic exhibits, self-guided tours, archeological sites and bookstore. There is also a half-mile walking tour. Ongoing archeological excavations since 1987 are uncovering important dwellings and plantation items that existed during the Pinckney era. There is no admission fee. Administered by the National Park Service, Department of the Interior, it is closed New Year's Day, Thanksgiving Day and Christmas Day. Complimentary use of wheelchairs is available at the visitor center. -Natasha Lawrence
This 943 acre nature-oriented park is built in a tropical setting and features bike paths, boardwalks, a waterpark, picnic sites, fishing and crabbing docks, a nature trail, and a big toy playground.
Although the main attraction is a pirate-themed miniature golf course, Blackbeard's Cove also offers go-karts, arcade games, gemstone mining and wall climbing. There is also an indoor playground and jump land for youngsters and paint ball for the older crowd. Refreshments can be purchased at the Galley, which features pizza, hot dogs and chicken fingers. Picnic tables are available. Located adjacent to the Mt. Pleasant KOA, live entertainment is offered Friday and Saturday evenings from 6p at the Tiki Bar (that also sells wine and beer). Hours vary by season, so check the website. There is free parking on-site. Prices vary for golf and attractions; combination can be made.
Full service marina that can accommodate vessels up to 100 feet and provides basic services such as gas and diesel fuel, dock slips, shower facilities, and a ship store.
For those curious about the natural water wonders around Charleston, Nature Adventures take small groups on saltwater and blackwater tours. Experienced guides take you on guided expeditions of the wetlands and rivers via kayaks or canoes. Learn about the colonies of shorebirds and see colorful wildflowers, Native American ruins and old rice plantations. Two- and three-hour tours are offered. All day and overnight trips are also available. Check the website or call for more information. No experience is necessary.
Mt. Pleasant Presbyterian Church or MPPC is a local church that dates back to 1854. This structure was raised by survivors of Civil War and then was used as a hospital and school respectively. Today, it is a modern church that retains traditional values and helps the local community. The church also has on-site accommodation option for visitors who have patients admitted in the surrounding area and do not live in Mt Pleasant. It also has a learning center that educates students in a caring and loving environment. For complete details, check website.
Open sunrise to sunset. Park with restrooms and visitor information. Metered parking. Free admission.
Fort Moultrie National Monument is a superior example of how coastal defenses have evolved over time. It is actually the third structure built to defend the coast on Sullivan's Island; the first two versions of Fort Moultrie were destroyed in hurricanes. Edgar Allan Poe penned a poem and the story "The Gold Bug" while stationed here in the early 1800s, and Seminole Indian Chief Osceola was buried at the entrance to the fort. Artillery buffs will find the historic cannons fascinating. The historic Fort Sumter is a short distance away on its own island (though they share the same mailing address), but visitors without their own boat cannot reach Fort Sumter from Fort Moultrie; they must take a ferry via downtown Charleston or Mount Pleasant.
Built over the Cooper River in South Carolina, Arthur Ravenel Jr. Bridge, connects Charleston to Mount Pleasant. This eight lane bridge was opened to public in 2005 and was designed by Parsons Brinckerhoff. Also known as the as the New Cooper River Bridge, it holds the annual USA Track & Field Cooper River Bridge Run of 6.21 miles (10 kilometres). The run begins from Mount Pleasant to end at Charleston at Marion Square.
Fort Sumter had been under construction for more than 30 years in the December of 1860 when Major Robert Anderson relocated his troops there in the middle of the night from Fort Moultrie. On April 12, 1861, the first shot of the Civil War was fired on the Fort by Confederate troops. Following 34 hours of fighting, Major Anderson surrendered to the attacking troops. The fort is on a 200 acre (81 hectare) island at the entrance to Charleston Harbor. It is only accessible by boat, with ferries departing from Patriots Point in Mount Pleasant and Liberty Square in Charleston. Check the website for current ferry prices and departure times.
Liberty Square is a park and landmark by the Charleston Harbor Area, Fort Sumter Museum and the South Carolina Aquarium. The square has been artistically designed to take the visitors on a journey of the past. The park, benches, arches reflect archaic style architecture. Ferry boats to the historic Fort Sumter depart from the harbor and an information center has been set up for the purpose.
This beautiful aquarium is dedicated to giving you a close up look at the native animals and plants of South Carolina. Check out the 385,000 gallon Great Ocean Tank, where you can see fierce sharks and giant sea turtles swimming about in the deep. Or visit the Coastal Plain to see the amazing albino alligator. There's so many regions to explore and learn about that this place will be sure to keep you busy all day. Plus, you can feel good knowing that your contribution to the museum goes toward helping their conservation efforts, so that future generations can enjoy these species as well.