Beyond Georgetown: Recommended Day Trips to Charleston

After you have seen all the famous attractions in Georgetown, it is recommended that you take day trips to Charleston. The city of Charleston is home to more than 1,000 historically significant buildings, and it a prime destination for history buffs on the east coast. Other than historical attractions, the city also has a wide range of places of interest for those who are traveling with their families. Here are a number of day trips to Charleston that you must take during your Georgetown vacation.

Charleston Museum
360 Meeting Street
Charleston, South Carolina 29403
(843) 722-2996

Charleston Museum is known as the oldest museum in the United States. It was established in the year 1773, when South Carolina was a British colony, and it presently offers a wide range exhibits that relate the rich historical heritage of the state. Its collection is comprised of natural history, local history and ancient Egyptian exhibits, and it also has 2 historic homes on its premises, namely, the Heyward-Washington House and the Joseph Manigault House. Some of the interesting displays that you will see in the museum include old Charleston furniture, silverworks, textiles, 19th century firearms, South Carolina ceramics and Egyptian artifacts.

Charleston Museum is situated in the historic downtown area. You can get to Charleston from your Georgetown bed and breakfast by driving about 60 miles southwest on Highway 17.

Fort Sumter National Monument
Middle Street
Sullivan's Island, South Carolina 29482
(843) 883-3123

If you wish to learn about the history of Civil War in South Carolina, you should visit the Fort Sumter National Monument on one of your day trips to Charleston. This historic fort dates back to 1860, and it is the site where the first shots of the Civil War were fired. When it was fort was completed, it was an impressive structure that measured almost 60 feet in height, and it could hold 135 guns and a garrison of more than 600 men. However, it was in ruins by the end of the Civil War.

Today, the Fort Sumter National Monument encompasses an area of 200 acres on Charleston Harbor, and it consists of Fort Sumter and the Liberty Square Visitors' Center in Charleston and Fort Moultrie on Sullivan's Island. It is home to one of the finest collections of Civil War coastal artillery in the country. You can only reach Fort Sumter by renting a boat or joining an official tour.

South Carolina Aquarium
100 Aquarium Wharf
Charleston, South Carolina 29401
(843) 720-1990

South Carolina Aquarium is committed to collecting, preserving, and showcasing plants and animals that are found in the southeastern part of the Appalachian, particularly freshwater and saltwater animals. It has a collection of more than 10,000 plants and animals, which include Venus flytraps, owls, hawks, great blue herons, pythons, alligators, loggerhead sea turtles, jellyfish, sea horses, starfish, sea dragons, sharks and others. The main attraction of the aquarium is the Great Ocean Tank, a gigantic 3-story-high tank that holds more than 380,000 gallons of water and houses more than 300 animals. One of the must-see exhibits is the albino American alligator, one of the only 50 that are in existence in the world today.