Located just across the Cooper River from Charleston lies the lovely and historic town of Mount Pleasant, founded in 1680. During the past several years, Mount Pleasant has experienced rapid, but carefully planned development. While gaining the positive attributes of a city, Mount Pleasant has carefully preserved its rich heritage and small town appeal. The Mount Pleasant/Isle of Palms Visitor Center, located at the corner of US Highway 17 and Magrath Darby Boulevard, is the perfect place to begin a visit. The Visitor Center is within the hotel and motel district of the town.
Patriots Point, Mount Pleasant's biggest attraction, is one of the world's largest naval and maritime museums. Here visitors may board the aircraft carrier Yorktown, World War II's famous
Fighting Lady and other permanently moored ships, including the WWII destroyer Laffey, submarine Clamagore and cutter
Nearby is the original heart of the town, the Old Village. This National Register district provides visitors with an up close look at beautiful homes from both the colonial and antebellum periods. The Old Village offers a panoramic view of the harbor, as well as a beautiful public park.
As one of the most photographed spots in the Charleston area, picturesque Shem Creek has long delighted visitors and, adjacent to the Old Village, it serves as port for the area's shrimping fleet. Seafood restaurants line both sides of the creek, serving some of the tastiest seafood in the Southeast. Visiting fishermen will want to test their luck aboard one of the offshore fishing party boats that are moored along Shem Creek. The newest addition to this popular area is the Shem Creek Maritime Center and Museum.
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