299 Wingo Way
Mount Pleasant, SC 29464
Phone: (843) 856-5000
Fax: (843) 856-5050
Open sunrise to sunset. Park with restrooms and visitor information. Metered parking. Free admission.
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.
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.
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.
New Tabernacle Fourth Baptist Church emphasizes on the three 'W's—word, worship and works which can help the community men face the challenges of the ever-changing world. The church conducts regular services, services, baptism and community programs for the benefit of the masses. Besides this, the church also is a popular venue for concerts and diverse events. Piccolo Spoleto Spotlight Concert Series and South Carolina Jazz Diaspora are some of the memorable events held here. All in all, a must-visit place for spiritual awareness and good entertainment.
This is perhaps the most remarkable home on Charleston's downtown waterfront. Listed on the National Register of Historic Places, the Aiken-Rhett House is a revealing architectural portrait of the antebellum South. Owned at one time by wealthy planter and former South Carolina governor William Aiken, the house is decorated with fine examples of classical art and sculpture. Around the home, the original servants quarters, sheds, kitchens and stables reveal a fuller view of Charleston life in the 1800s. The courtyard adjoining the house is used for a variety of events and programs as well.
Established in 1850, St. John's Reformed Episcopal Church has gained popularity for reasons more than one. Frequented by tourists and locals alike, the church's grand interiors with a beatific Gothic design only add to its serene and spiritual atmosphere. Despite having gone through numerous renovations, St. John's has miraculously managed to keep its old charm intact. A visit to this cherished religious site could provide proof.
Emanuel African Methodist Episcopal Church, also known as 'Mother Emanuel', is a religious institution developed specially for the people of color. The Church organizes summer camps for students of all ages as also conducts conferences, gospel music classes conducted by renowned artists, which is followed by a concert on the last day of the course. Mother Emanuel also prepares graduating high school students for baccalaureate service. There's so much to Mother Emanuel along with religion and worship.
St. Stephen's Episcopal Church, built in 1836 is a unique church among other Episcopal churches. It was the first church to not rent out its pews. The ministry of the church looks after daily functions as well as community activities. The church is actively involved in charity efforts and donation drives for the sick and needy. The church grounds are also available for hosting weddings and receptions. Contact the church for open hours or check the website for services and events.
St. Johannes Lutheran Church is located in the heart of Charleston and is one of the most famous churches. Since 1842, it has been providing guidance and knowledge to its patrons. Surrounded by three beautiful gardens—The Garden of Beatitudes, Meditation Garden and The Mary Garden—this is one of the most preferred church for a perfect fairy tale wedding. The architecture and interiors of this church are beautiful and well maintained.