The Charleston area has so many attractions, activities, outdoor amenities and events it can be tough to narrow down your choices. Let’s prioritize. We’ve created a lineup of sizzlin’ summer activities for your own Charleston bucket list.
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You can’t go wrong with a trip to the beach. Whether you’re reading a juicy paperback in your beach chair, splashing in the waves with the kiddos or channeling your inner architect to build a serious sandcastle, nothing beats a day at the beach. (Check out our beach guide.)
Marion Square is abuzz with activity on Saturdays as shoppers head to the Charleston Farmers Market for local produce and veggies, food vendors and a wide selection of arts and crafts perfect for souvenirs and gifts. Or stop off at the Mount Pleasant Farmers Market on Tuesday afternoons for a selection of local flowers, produce and baked goods (located a Moultrie Middle School on Coleman Boulevard).
Sweet tea tastin’
The Sweet Tea Trail stretches along five districts of Summerville, giving visitors uniquely Southern dining, shopping, historical and cultural experiences along the way. Known as the “birthplace of sweet tea,” visit Summerville on Sept. 15 for the Sweet Tea Festival.
Get on the water
In the heat of the summer, cool off with a tour around the Charleston harbor, learning about the city’s history and landmarks. Or take an eco-tour, rent a kayak or get a bird’s eye view of Charleston while parasailing. (See the list of Boat & Water Tours.)
See the new Gibbes
Visit the newly renovated Gibbes Museum of Art, which reopened in May after a two-year renovation. Visitors are invited into the activity filled first floor that’s free and open to the public; purchase tickets to tour the second- and third-floor galleries.
Drinks and a view
Kick back with a cocktail and take in the Charleston skyline from one of the city’s rooftop bars, including the Rooftop Cocktail Bar at the Vendue Inn, Pavilion Bar or Stars Rooftop & Grill Room – all located in the heart of downtown Charleston. Check out our blog post on more places to enjoy outdoor dining.
Sit in the shade
Admire the Angel Oak, a majestic oak tree thought to be one of the oldest living things east of the Mississippi River. For centuries, the Angel Oak has grown up to 65 feet and has a shady canopy of branches spanning 17,000 square feet.
Let loose and go wild with some of Charleston’s most adventurous activities. Master the ropes course at Wild Blue Ropes, test your balance paddleboarding on Shem Creek or fly through the trees at the new Charleston Zip Line Adventures located just north of Mount Pleasant.