North Charleston (population around 97,400) is a city in South Carolina State, United States. North Charleston was not incorporated as a city until the year 1972. Today it is the 3rd largest city in the state, and is considered a major industrial and retail center. The city of North Charleston incorporates parts of Charleston, Berkeley and Dorchester counties. The total land area of the city is 198 km2.
The city of North Charleston has various museums, historical sites and other attractions. The American LaFrance Fire Museum & Educational Center features antique and one-of-a-kind vehicles and fire equipment dating back to the mid 18th century. The Museum is situated between North Charleston Coliseum and Tanger outlet mall.
On display at the H.L. Hunley Museum is a Civil War era submarine, which is known as the globe's first successful combat submarine. Lifted from the ocean floor during the year 2000, the submarine is being restored together with various artifacts which were recovered at the site. The museum is situated at the old Naval Base in North Charleston.
There are sculptures of various types of ships made and serviced at the Charleston Naval Shipyard. These sculpture exhibits are featured at the Greater Charleston Naval Memorial. The Memorial is located on the old Navy Yard at Riverfront Park.
The Charleston Area Convention Center has brought millions of visitors and guests to North Charleston ever since its establishment during the year 1999. The facility provides meeting rooms, exhibition halls and ballrooms. The Convention Center contributes significantly to the regional and local economy.
The 13,295-seat North Charleston Coliseum offers an excellent place for special events, local graduations and concerts. It is among South Carolina's biggest venues and home to the ECHL's South Carolina Stingrays hockey team. The Coliseum is conveniently situated near the Charleston International Airport.
The North Charleston Performing Arts Center seats more than 2,000 and offers an excellent venue for major Broadway shows, world-renowned theatrical and musical performances.
The Charleston Area Convention Center, the North Charleston Coliseum and the Performing Arts Center are part of a bigger cultural and entertainment complex that residents and visitors to the region can enjoy. These facilities are owned by the city of North Charleston.