Activities and excursions

Golf at Wild Dunes on the Harbor Course
Monday, June 26, 2023,  08:00-16:00
$165 USD + $60 club rental (if needed)
The golf outing will take place at the Wild Dunes Harbor Course designed by Tom Fazio – one of Charleston’s best. The Harbor Golf Course is known for its challenging design and beautiful views, and most of all, water. From lagoons and salt marshes to the Intracoastal Waterway, this varied golf course in Charleston, South Carolina will test all aspects of your game. This activity includes transportation to and from the conference venue, a boxed lunch, 18-holes of golf, golf cart access, and practice balls.
5k Run on the Cooper River Bridge
Thursday, June 29, 2023, 06:00-07:00
$33 USD
The 5k Fun Run will take you to the peak of the Cooper River Bridge and back to the historic Cigar Factory building for breakfast.  The Annual Cooper River Bridge 10k (typically held on the first Saturday in April) was founded in 1978 by Dr. Marcus Newberry of the Medical University of South Carolina, to encourage fitness in the Charleston Metropolitan region. Based on the number of race finishers, the event is the third-largest 10K and the fifth-largest road race in the United States. This event includes transportation to and from the course starting point (if desired), a t-shirt, runner number/pins, bottled water, and a post-run breakfast at the Cigar Factory.
Excursion to USS Yorktown via Harbor Water Taxi
Tuesday, June 27, 2023, 10:00-14:00
$72 USD
The USS YORKTOWN (CV-10) was the tenth aircraft carrier to serve in the United States Navy. Built in an amazing 16 ½ months at Newport News, Virginia, YORKTOWN was commissioned on April 15, 1943. World War II’s famous “Fighting Lady” would participate significantly in the Pacific offensive that began in late 1943 and ended with the defeat of Japan in 1945. YORKTOWN received the Presidential Unit Citation and earned 11 battle stars for service in World War II.  The USS Yorktown excursion will include the Captain’s Guided Tour to sites that are off-limits to the general public. 

Learn about what life was like for sailors at sea aboard the Yorktown during World War II, Vietnam, and during the recovery of the Apollo 8 space capsule. Discover the original Captain’s Quarters and hear about the men who commanded such titanic vessels including the Yorktown’s first Captain, Adm. Joseph J. Clark. Explore the anchor room or forecastle of the Yorktown and even climb into a B-25 bomber. This excursion includes entry to USS Yorktown, the Captain’s Guided Tour, a self-guided tour of the aircraft carrier and museum, and all-day water taxi fare which provides access to the USS Yorktown and other harbor sites.  The water taxi boarding site is a walkable 0.8 mi from the conference hotel, or via the free DASH shuttle.  Lunch items will be available for purchase on-site. 
Excursion to Boone Hall Plantation
Wednesday, June 28, 2023, 08:30 -13:30
$105 USD
The Boone Hall Plantation was founded in 1681 when Englishman Major John Boone came to Charleston and established a lucrative plantation and gracious home on the banks of Wampacheone Creek. In 1743, the son of Major John Boone planted live oak trees, arranging them in two evenly spaced rows. This spectacular approach to his home symbolizes southern heritage and will take root in your memory for many years to come.

It took two centuries for the massive, moss-draped live oak branches to meet overhead, forming today’s natural corridor and a scene that everyone says is “a must-see stop” on any trip to Charleston. This excursion includes transportation to and from Boone Hall Plantation, entry fees, a guided tour of the grounds in a covered wagon, a guided tour of the house, slave quarters, garden, and butterfly pavilion.  In addition, guests will have a delicious southern-style farm-to-table Gullah luncheon with private table seating underneath the pavilion located on Boone Hall’s beautiful back lawn, and a private performance during lunch featuring the rich history of the Gullah Culture.
Historic Journey through Downtown Charleston
Thursday, June 29, 2023, 08:30-13:30
$60 USD
Starting at the historic Cigar Factory on East Bay Street, home to the  Clemson Design Center in Charleston (CDC.C) - a unique collection of design and preservation programs, we will begin our journey back in time.  We will enjoy coffee and hear how Clemson students learn preservation by doing preservation with Charleston’s foremost experts in architectural conservation, architectural history, landscape preservation, and urban/preservation planning.

Then we will take off on a guided walking tour to some amazing places hidden around downtown Charleston, and visit the Aiken-Rhett House – the city’s most intact antebellum urban complex with slave quarters and a work yard. After all the activity, we will relax with a southern farm-to-table style brunch.  

On the short walk back to the hotel, we will take in the Preservation Society of Charleston Store so you can bring home your own unique piece Charleston!
Schooner Pride Sunset Sail on the Charleston Harbor
Monday, June 26, 2023, 19:00-21:00
$125 USD
Come enjoy an evening on the water with a fabulous sunset view of the city, Fort Sumter, and coastal areas in Charleston! Watch a gorgeous Charleston sunset while enjoying this two-hour sail aboard the Schooner Pride. Sit back and relax on deck while the sun drops slowly towards the horizon, illuminating the countless steeples of the Holy City.

The Schooner Pride, is an 84-foot, three-mast schooner modeled after the classic coastal trading schooners. She is an authentic tall ship and possesses all the character and class of a ship designed during the great days of sail. She is USCG certified to hold up to 49 passengers. Make sure to reserve your spot now – they are limited! During the sail, complimentary beer and wine will be available along with dinner (vegetarian option available).

The cruise departs from the Aquarium Wharf, 360 Concord Street, Charleston, SC, a short walk from The Charleston Place. We have arranged for a bus to the wharf departing The Charleston Place valet at 18:15 pm. Don’t miss this classic Charleston experience! Due to the limited seating, reservation requests are only accepted by email to