Thanks to the area's mild weather, residents of James Island spend a great deal of time outdoors. The 643-acre James Island County Park is a popular year-round destination. The park offers a wide variety of free features including fishing, trails for walking, biking and skating; a children's playground, a picnic center and a park center. Also located with the park are the Splash Zone Waterpark, a climbing wall, campgrounds, cottages, a rental center and meeting facilities.
The Charleston-Trident area, comprised of Berkeley, Charleston and Dorchester Counties, encompasses a 2,600 square mile region located at the southern most end of Interstate 26, along the Atlantic Ocean. Berkeley County is the largest of the three, and the third largest in the state, with 1,110 square miles. The new low country community of Daniel Island is located in Berkeley County, which has access to the Atlantic Ocean via the Cooper River and Charleston Harbor. Lake Marion, Lake Moultrie and the Francis Marion National Forest provide excellent outdoor recreation for area residents.
Charleston County is the most urbanized of the three, and covers 939 square miles with over 90 miles of Atlantic coastline. Although Charleston and North Charleston are considered to be central cities in the county, other communities in the area are Mount Pleasant, Folly Beach, Awendaw, James Island, Isle of Palms, Sullivan's Island, Seabrook Island and Kiawah Island.
A haven for traveling actors during the colonial days, Charleston became the undisputed center of artist activity of the age. Over the years, Charleston has held fast to a tradition of providing the finest in art, dance, opera, music and theater, and all these art forms thrive in the Trident area today. Fortunately for art lovers, a number of performing and visual artists call the Trident area home year-round. The crowning glory of the Charleston art scene is Spoleto Festival U.S.A. Founded in 1977, by the world famous, Pulitzer Prize-winning composer, Gian Carlo Menotti, Spoleto Festival U.S.A. became the new world counterpart to his Festival dei Due Mondi (Festival of Two Worlds) held annually in Spoleto, Italy; Spoleto is held annually in Charleston during late spring.
The first museum in North America was founded in Charleston in 1773. Today, it and other museums offer residents a broad perspective of the cultural and sociological life that is in Charleston. The history of this 300-year-old community intertwines with a rich and exciting cultural agenda, creating a way of life in which each day brings a new and exciting experience.
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