As a Southern, coastal city, Charleston is known to have gorgeous weather most of the year, but in the summer we can usually count on an afternoon rain storm to cool off those hot days. If you've been caught in the rain during your trip to Charleston, don't let soggy weather get you down. One wonderful thing about the city of Charleston is the countless activities to do and landmarks to see, all with their own flavor of the Holy City. With as many indoor activities as there are outdoor, you are sure to find something to help you get through a rain day in Charleston without missing out on the fun. Here are a few of our favorites:
Ready to shop until you drop? Charleston’s iconic King Street is a two-mile strip of endless boutiques and retailers. Charming shops placed along the famous street offer a variety of commodities; brand name clothing, hand made accessories, bags, hats, shoes and so much more. Whether you’re looking for the latest trends, handmade pieces, top brands, or local designs, you'll find it all on King Street. Often compared to California’s Rodeo Drive, it's every East Coast fashionista's favorite place to shop!
Much of the music enjoyed today can trace its roots back to the South, some including the influences of Gullah culture. Spirituals and gospel hymns became the basis for the swing, jazz, and big band of the early twentieth century which grew into rock & roll and eventually hiphop, pop, and R&B music that's popular today. While bluegrass and country music grew up in the mountains of Tennessee, they've become a staple of the music scene in Charleston. It should come as no surprise that Charleston, a part of the Gullah Geechee Corridor, inspires musicians of all genres with its beauty and culture. Live music can be found just about anywhere you look in Charleston these days. And at these locally known Charleston venues, you might discover your next, new favorite artist or band performing.
Outdoor living is a signature of life in Charleston SC, dating back to the city's inception when Charleston Single homes were built with piazzas oriented to take advantage of the ocean breezes. Whether it's shopping at the market downtown, relaxing on the beach, biking the Battery, or attending festivals in Marion Square, we know that everything is better outside in the summer - dining and cocktails are no exception! The only thing better than a delicious, lowcountry meal is one served with a view! Enjoy the Charleston weather from any of these top Holy City rooftops and outdoor patios...
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.