Quality Inn Coliseum
5055 North Arco Lane
North Charleston, SC 29418
Phone: (843) 554-6485
Fax: (843) 566-9466
Located on the grounds of the Magnolia Plantation and Gardens, the Audubon Swamp Garden is a beautifully preserved stretch of blackwater swamp. Explore the 60 acres (24 hectares) of swamp land using their system of boardwalks, bridges and dikes. Within the garden you can see a large number of native species, including herons, egrets, turtles and alligators, along with the beautiful natural flora. Admission is only an additional eight dollars when you buy a general garden ticket.
Charles Towne Landing is the site of the first South Carolina permanent English settlement. With a history dating back to 1670, the 80 acres of this park have become a living museum, featuring historical attractions, educational activities and plenty of outdoor spaces to explore. There's a visitor center that introduces kids and adults to life in colonial times. Experience hands-on activities and go on a self-guided tour of the area. Visit the Animal Forest to see species that the settlers encountered, like bears and pumas. Special events are frequent, including live cannon firings and musket demonstrations. Bring a lunch or purchase food from one of the vendors onsite.
Get the family together and spend some time playing the 18-hole "tropical" miniature golf course, riding go-karts and tooling around on the bumper boats. The park also offers a large arcade, batting cage and rock climbing wall. For the really adventurous, there's the "Trampoline Thing." Golf fans are happy to send their kids off with a handful of tokens and practice their swing at the Golf Range. The Pizza Shop on site lets you spend the whole day playing. Party packages are available.
Built in the late 1700s by the South Carolina Jockey Club (the first jockey club in the United States), this lovely park was once the center of fabled "Race Week", held every February as one of Charleston's grandest social events. Originally called Washington Racecourse, the oval shape of the race course can still be seen today amidst colorful landscaped gardens, bridges, picnic areas, playground, walking trails, a pond, and a fountain. In 1901 this was the site of the magnificent West Indian Exposition—the bandstand pavilion remains from that event. It's a hidden gem of the city.
Built in 1939, the McAlister Field House is known for hosting some of the most awaited sports events of the season. Featuring three courts for basketball, this space can accommodate around 6000 people during game nights. A part of 'The Citadel', this facility holds wrestling matches, volleyball games and men's basketball matches. Catch all the action amongst cheering crowds and feel the adrenaline rush at this well-equipped stadium.
Opened in 1948, the Johnson Hagood Stadium is a 18,000-seat football stadium named after Brigadier General Johnson Hagood. Home to the Citadel Bulldogs football team, the venue has hosted the NCAA Division I National Championship game in 1983 and '84. The stadium was purchased by The Citadel from the city of Charleston in 1963. The stadium has undergone a 40 million dollar makeover and the finished facility includes grandstands with premier seating sections, a press box, club level seating and a club lounge.
Surrounded by lush landscape and old oaks, the Family Circle Tennis Center on Daniel Island is host to the Family Circle Cup. Located along the banks of the Wando River, this 17 court complex includes 13 composition and four hard surface courts. One of them can seat 10,000 fans! Around the courts there is a handsome two-story clubhouse with an expansive pro shop, cherry-wood floors, locker rooms and a small fitness room. Although it looks like a private club, it is, in fact, a public facility, open to all. So you can schedule a tennis vacation and get instructed on the perfect serve. And when you're not hitting those forehands, seize the opportunity to explore the historic and cultural nuances around Charleston.
Smythe Park is a quiet park in an upscale neighborhood of Daniel island. It features several walkways around the large lake, where you can relax and unwind with a nice stroll. There are also picnic table and a fun playground for the kids, which make this park a great place to spend a day with family.
The Cooper Rive Bridge (officially known as the Arthur Ravenel Jr. Bridge) connects Downtown Charleston with Mount Pleasant. Along the bridge's 1,546 feet (471 m) span, there are two separate lanes for running and biking. This is the perfect place to get some great exercise while looking over the beautiful harbor that the bridge crosses.
The Karpeles library is the world's largest repository of original manuscripts and documents. David and Marsha Karpeles founded the institution in 1983 to encourage children to learn. It is one of nine branches nationwide. It is housed in a building dating back to 1791 and served as a Methodist church and a Confederate hospital. In addition to historical manuscripts, the museum in Charleston makes space available for school programs, art exhibits and community service. All library services are free.
The Charleston City Marina is a huge space to dock your boat. It features a range of amenities from power hook-ups and showers to Wifi and cable TV. The spaces are big enough to house everything from a small boat to a MegaYacht. Plus, it's close to Charleston's historic downtown, where you can enjoy everything the city has to offer.
An arena which has facilities for many sports like basketball, racquetball, volleyball and badminton. With an excellent hardwood floored basketball court, it is named after Head Men's Basketball Coach John Kresse. The arena has hosted many major tournaments and is buzzing with matches in many seasons. So do catch up with the latest basketball games in South Carolina.