One of Charleston’s major draws is its water – from oceans to creeks to rivers, this stretch of coastal South Carolina has plenty of ways for people to explore the open ocean and the marvelous marshes.
Here are a few of our favorite ways to enjoy Charleston’s waterways:
- Go kayaking on Shem Creek. Book a tour with Nature Outfitters Adventures and go kayaking on the waters of the creek where dolphins play and shrimp boats return in the evening with their seafood bounty. No kayaking experience is needed, although kayak instruction is available.
- Walk the Pitt Street Bridge, nestled in the Old Village of Mount Pleasant. Pack a picnic for incredible sunset views or bring your dog for a leisurely stroll. The park area is located at Pitt and William streets. Grab your picnic fixings or an evening coffee and dessert at the locally owned Village Street Bakery on Pitt Street.
- Take an afternoon dolphin cruise aboard the Schooner Pride, a charming 84-foot tall ship cruising the Charleston harbor. The ship is modeled after the 18th-century trading schooners once so prevalent in Charleston’s waterways.
- Catch the big one from the Folly Beach Fishing Pier. Try your hand at saltwater fishing from this
beautiful structure stretching 1,045 feet into the sparkling waters of the Atlantic Ocean. The pier has a tackle shop, rod rentals, restrooms and a full-service restaurant.
- Hunt for seashells on Sullivan’s Island, a peaceful stretch of beach frequented by locals. Have lunch at one of the many fabulous restaurants on Middle Street like Poe’s Tavern for fish tacos and a cold beer. Fun fact: Edgar Allan Poe lived on Sullivan’s Island for two years while stationed at Fort Moultrie.
What are your favorite ways to explore Charleston on the water?