Coastal Discovery Museum


A Smithsonian Affiliate, this museum is well worth a trip for its exhibits highlighting the island's rich Gullah history, natural wonders and other coastal treasures. A trail system on the 62-acre property winds past ancient oak trees, lush gardens and historic buildings. The museum suggests a donation of $5.

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