Charleston and the Low Country

This 5-day tour of Charleston and the Low Country centers around the Patriots Point experience with two overnights on the USS Yorktown as well as a performance aboard the aircraft carrier.  Students have the opportunity to participate in a performance workshop and to perform at the Citadel or a similar venue.  Students explore the culture and history of Charleston with visits to the City Market and the Battery as well as Boone Hall Plantation, where the Gullah tradition comes alive through performance.  A boat from Patriots Point takes students to Fort Sumter, the site of the first battle of the Civil War.   An eco-tour by boat to Bulls Island includes a hike from the swamps to the beach with dolphin, alligator, and bird sightings.  No trip to the Low Country would be complete without a taste of Frogmore Stew.  Schools traveling from Memorial Day to the second week in June can revise their itinerary to take advantage of several performances as part of the Spoleto Festival.  


Day 1


  • Arrive in Charleston, S.C.
  • Visit the City Market and sweet water basket demonstration
  • Visit the Battery
  • Low-country boil dinner
  • Check into camping on board and explore museum at Patriots Point
  • Overnight on USS Yorktown
  • Movie and Taps


Day 2


  • Reveille and breakfast
  • Boat trip to Fort Sumter  (2.5 hours)
  • Return to USS Yorktown for lunch
  • Performance on the USS Yorktown
  • More time to explore Patriot Point Museums
  • Dinner
  • Taps and overnight on USS Yorktown


Day 3


  • Reveille and breakfast
  • Visit Boone Hall Plantation, with Gullah performance
  • Lunch
  • Gibbes Museum of Art
  • Evening performance at Dock Street Theater or similar venue
  • Overnight at the Quality Inn at


Day 4


  • Breakfast at the hotel
  • Ecotour cruise and hike of Bulls Island
  • Brown bag lunch on return cruise
  • Performance workshop at College of Charleston
  • Dinner
  • Night climb at Wild Blue Ropes


Day 5


    • Breakfast at the hotel
    • Tour of the Citadel
    • Performance in the Summerall Chapel at the Citadel (limited availability)
    • Depart for home