Charleston is a city full of history, culture, and entertainment and now that you’re retired you have a chance to enjoy all of those things. Senior discounts make it even easier to get out and explore, and many Charleston attractions offer discounts. So, get ready to fully enjoy your city with ten places that have a senior discount.
1. Fort Sumter
Learn about American history by visiting Fort Sumter, where the Civil War began. You can see artillery from that time as well as learn about the battles that took place around the Fort. Admission into Fort Sumter is free, but if you want to visit Fort Moultrie, you need to pay a small fee. There is a senior discount.
Charleston has dozens of beautiful parks all along the waterfront. Most of these parks have restrooms, playgrounds, dog parks, walking paths, and basketball courts. You can get outside and enjoy a picnic or take a bike ride along the water. All of the parks are free of charge.
3. Drayton Hall
Drayton Hall is one of the oldest standing plantations in America and has lasted through two wars and seven generations. Take a tour through the house to see the beautiful Georgian-Palladian architecture and learn about slave culture and their connection to Africa. There is a fee to get in but military and AAA members get a discount.
This plantation has been named as the number one plantation in the Charleston area. One of the unique things about this estate is that they perform a live presentation of the unique culture of African slaves. You can also take a guided tour through the house and grounds.
The Ravenel Bridge was built in 2005 and stands as an important part of the skyline in Charleston. This bridge allows visitors to get in and around the area as well as lets ocean freighters bring their goods into the port. You can visit this bridge for free and walk along the pedestrian/bike path.
The Old Exchange has always been a public building and back during the Colonial and Revolutionary Wars, it stood as an important part of American history. You can take docent-led tours through the house as well as go down to the dungeon. There is no fee to get in but if you have a group that would like a tour, you need to call ahead.
Many people might not realize that submarines were around long before World War I and II. The Hunley was used in the Civil War and was one of the first successful combat submarines. On the weekends you can take a free tour of the Hunley and learn more about how it changed the scope of war and led to the submarines we have today.
The Gibbes Museum of Art strives to display the works or artists that have some tie to the Charleston area. In fact, the second and third floor only feature the works of such artists. They also have rotating special exhibits that change every few months, so there is always something new to see.
Come to the site where the Carolinas began! There is so much to do at Charles Towne Landing including a museum, zoo, parks, burial sites, historic homes, and gardens. There are occasional guided tours through the grounds, but you will have to check their availability when you arrive.
10. USS Clamagore
This is the only Guppy III submarine that has been preserved in US history. You can take a tour of the ship and learn about its missions during the Cold War.
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