Charleston, South Carolina
During the first half of our East Coast road trip, we decided to stop in Charleston, South Carolina for four nights. We arrived in Charleston on October 28th, after spending two nights in Raleigh, North Carolina; and stayed through Halloween, before leaving on November 1st for Orlando, Florida.
Day 1 – Wandering the Battery
We spent our first morning in South Carolina exploring Charleston’s Battery. The Battery was built to be a defensive seawall, however today it is home to a promenade and the White Point Gardens. The waterfront is lined with many Antebellum homes of different shapes and sizes.
After wandering the waterfront for an hour or so we grabbed a bite to eat at the Brown Dog Deli. Just a few blocks away on Broad Street, the Brown Dog Deli is conveniently located near the Battery. We recommend the Apple “Butter” Jeans panini, which has melted brie, sliced granny smith apples, apple butter, arugula, mesquite smoked turkey, honey ham, and applewood-smoked bacon all on a french baguette.
Day 2 – The Center for Birds of Prey
On our second day we visited The Avian Conservation Center in Awendaw, South Carolina; which is a 40 minute drive from downtown Charleston. Covering 152-acres, the Center for Birds of Prey rehabilitates around 500 birds each year. After exploring the grounds on our own, we took a guided tour of the bird exhibits and watched a flight demonstration that included a red-tailed hawk, turkey vulture, wood owl and a yellow-billed kite.
Day 3 – Magnolia Plantation
On Halloween, our final day in Charleston, we spent the afternoon exploring the grounds of Magnolia Plantation. Founded in 1676, Magnolia Plantation is 100 years older than the United States itself! We chose to spend the afternoon walking the gardens and hanging out in the petting zoo.
The petting zoo was by far our favorite part of the plantation. Don’t get us wrong, the grounds were beautiful and the gardens lovely, but we just have a thing for cute animals. Besides the usual farm animals (goats, pigs, chickens, etc.), the petting zoo at Magnolia Plantations has several white-tailed deer!