Residents of West Ashley have many options when it comes to recreation, especially since they are surrounded by creeks, marshes, rivers, and the Intracoastal Waterway. Golfing opportunities are abundant, with more than 30 challenging area courses that reflect the natural beauty of the South Carolina "Lowcountry."
Shopping is one of the area's most uniquely rewarding pursuits with native sweet grass baskets and other handmade crafts found in Charleston's famous open-air market. Locally, residents can take care of all of their everyday shopping needs at Ashley Landing, Citadel Mall, St. Andrews Center, West Ashley Shoppes, Ashley Crossing, and Crossroads Center, among others. Boutiques, art galleries and antique shops can be easily found throughout the Charleston area.
Historical attractions such as the Charles Towne Landing State Historic Site are also a hit among residents and families. Here at Charles Towne Landing, visitors can explore the Animal Forest, the site's very own zoo, and Adventure, a replica of a 17th century trading ship. Other historical sites of interest include Drayton Hall, Middleton Place, and Magnolia Plantation—the area's three historic plantation homes. Other historical attractions within Charleston include the Charleston County Courthouse, the Old Citadel and the South Carolina Society Hall.
Nearby Charleston is home to a number of outstanding cultural attractions. The South Carolina Aquarium is located on Charleston Harbor and is a recognized environmental and educational institution. The two-week Spoleto Festival and the Southeastern Wildlife Exposition draw participants and attendees from around the world. The Charleston Museum, the Gibbes Museum of Art, Patriots Point Naval and Maritime Museum (home of the WWII aircraft carrier Yorktown) are just a few of the area's other renowned attractions.
Charleston is one of the country's most treasured cities. With its historic charm, diverse economic system and fabulous location, Charleston today is one of the best places to live in the country. Readers of Condé Nast Traveler have named the city a "Top Ten" domestic destination for six consecutive years in Reader's Choice Polls. In fact, the polls have cited Charleston as one of the "Top Twenty" destinations in the world. Charleston is reported to have more gourmet restaurants than any other city of its size in the U.S.
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