From an expansive coastline to winding waterways, Charleston offers countless ways to cool off on hot summer days. As a peninsula, downtown Charleston is surrounded by water and with miles of Atlantic beaches on the surrounding sea islands, a visit isn't complete without exploring on the water. Whether you are a sun seeker, adventurer, or workout enthusiast, Charleston’s waterways has activities for all levels of water lovers. With warm summer days right around the corner, here are the best ways to cool off from Folly Beach to Isle of Palms!
The Holy City is known for its deep history, natural beauty, and elevated Southern cuisine, among many other distinctions, and year after year Charleston tops national lists as one of the best cities to visit and live. Home to the South Carolina Aquarium and The Charleston Riverdogs baseball team, it's also a city full of fun for the whole family, with activities and attractions the little ones (and little ones at heart) are sure to enjoy.
What is your ideal day at the beach? A big umbrella and a good book? Boogie boarding and sand castles? Wading in the waves? Between Charleston's 4 public beaches, each with its own unique scene and amenities, Charleston truly has it all. Locals tend to visit the beach closest to their home (for obvious reasons), which means the beaches often mirror the communities that border them, but no matter where you are staying in Charleston, you're always just a few minutes from putting your toes in the sand.
Widely known for its history as an early American port city, strategic military post, and booming gem of the antebellum South, Charleston has long been a popular destination for history lovers. Among the many popular historic sites and landmarks, visitors rarely make a trip to Charleston without experiencing one of the beautiful and sprawling plantations throughout the lowcountry. Oak-lined alleyways. Expansive grounds and gardens. Historical significance. Not only are plantations some of the most picturesque areas of the Holy City, they offer a glimpse into Charleston life throughout the years. But which one should you visit?
Whether you're a longtime oyster aficionado or are falling in love with them for the first time, you'll notice right away that oysters from different regions have distinct flavors. Unlike most delicacies, oysters don't get their flavors from a sauce or seasoning, they develop their unique salty brine from their environment. The coastal waters surrounding Charleston SC have their own ecosystem and produce oysters with a flavor that you won't find anywhere else. For the freshest oysters, best variety, and enjoyable atmosphere, you'll want to visit these 5 local oyster bars when you're in the Holy City:
Vacations and margaritas go together like limes and tequila. Whether you like yours "blended & frozen," or "on the rocks," this classic cocktail is a popular staple of any beach vacation. Anyone who loves a good marg will tell you, there's simply nothing worse than a weak margarita, and oftentimes, using a top shelf tequila is key to getting it right. These longtime local favorite Mexican spots serve up the best margaritas in the Lowcountry.
We can all agree, brunch is a staple of any good vacation. The mid-morning combination of breakfast and lunch, with a tasty cocktail, is hard to beat. This is even more true in a foodie destination such as Charleston, where seemingly every restaurant serves up their own unique twist on southern breakfast favorites. From elevating humble grits to incorporating locally caught seafood into traditional egg dishes, or a dish of oysters plated over ice, Charleston knows how to do brunch. It wouldn't be a southern brunch without a cool, sippable cocktail, like the over-the-top Bloody Mary garnished with okra, pickles and even bacon, or the bottomless pitchers of bubbly mimosas. In no particular order, here are our top 7 "lesser-known," but still savory and scrumptious brunch spots in Charleston SC:
Broad Street has been at the heart of life in the Charleston since the early 1700s and as the city spread out, Broad Street maintained its historic appeal. Anchored by the Four Corners of Law (made up by the Federal Courthouse & Post Office, the County Courthouse, City Hall, and St. Michael's Episcopal Church), Broad Street has come to separate the downtown Charleston peninsula with the South of Broad neighborhood, and North of Broad neighborhoods. Today, this historic street remains at the heart of the city, bustling with businesses, carriage tours, local eateries and shops. It's a "can't miss" when visiting the city of Charleston for so many reasons.
With a spring event season stretching from January all the way through to June, there's a lot to do and see in Charleston SC. Visitors flock to the area from around the world, not only to experience these top tier events for themselves, but to experience them in the unparalled setting that is uniquely The Holy City. This historic city makes for a unique backdrop with it's deep history, breathtaking and diverse architecture, and seemingly endless southern charm. Though the festivals draw crowds to the city, it's the city that keeps them coming back year after year. Here are some of Charleston's top festivals - so mark you calendar now!
Bright, colorful lights are a staple of the holiday season. A tradition dating back to the 18th century, the first holiday lights consisted of small candles or lanterns used to decorate Christmas trees. They've come a long way in the centuries since with the spread of electric lighting and new technologies. Modern light displays can include color changing LED bulbs, laser lights, and lighted inflatable characters. When it comes to "over the top" holiday light displays Charleston decks the halls like no other with long running traditions that are MUST-DO events if you're making a holiday visit to the Holy City.