June | Things to Do in Charleston, SC

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Charleston is loaded with sightseeing opportunities and outdoor activities that will make this summer unforgettable. This month the temperature will start to heat up in the Holy City, but not to worry! Stay cool by dipping into the Atlantic Ocean at one of Charleston’s beaches or cool down by getting out on the water. The summer months always have a way of flying by, let’s enjoy them while we can. Happy June, Charleston Travelers!


1. Check out some of our favorite June Charleston Events: 

Reggae Nights Summer Concert Series: June 2 & 23

This evening event features old school roots reggae with a new school attitude at James Island County Park. 

Spoleto Festival USA: through June 11th

For 17 days and nights each spring, Spoleto Festival USA fills Charleston’s historic theaters, churches, and outdoor spaces with performances by renowned artists as well as emerging performers in opera; theater; dance; and chamber, symphonic, choral, and jazz music. Spoleto Festival USA is internationally recognized as America’s premier performing arts festival.

Deep Water Vineyard Weekend Wine-Down

Every Saturday from 10:00 – 5:00 p.m, there are rotating food trucks and live music (music is from 1-4) to entertain all the visitors. Enjoy your tastings with some food in your stomach, while you eat you can listen to local musicians and enjoy the tranquil surroundings of the vineyard.

To view all  Charleston area June events, visit our Events Calendar, updated daily!


2. Visit a Plantation

There are several Plantations located outside of Charleston, SC that offer a unique view into the past. Each one offers different experiences from guided tours to special events or educational programs. A few of our favorites include:


3. Explore the City:

Charleston is known for its cobblestoned streets lined with pastel-colored homes, rich history and beautiful gardens. Take a tour to get an up-close look at some of the most famous sites in the city including Rainbow Row, The Battery, and White Point Gardens. We recommend the following tours:


 4. Get Outdoors and Experience Nature:

June is the perfect time to get out on the water and explore Charleston from a different perspective. Some of our favorite outdoor activities include kayak tours, paddle boarding, jet skiing, and going to the beach.


5. Cool Off With a Beer

Spend an afternoon in Charleston’s Brewery District, sampling a seasonal ale or a Belgian brew at one of these local breweries:

Palmetto Brewery

Revelry Brewing: 10 Conroy St., Charleston

Fatty’s Beerworks: 1436 Meeting St, Charleston

Lo-Fi Brewing Co.: 2038 Meeting Street Rd

Tradesman Brewing: 1647 King St., Charleston

Munkle Brewing Company: 1513 Meeting St., Charleston

Cooper River Brewing: 2201-B Mechanic St., Charleston

Edmund’s Oast Brewing Co.: 1505 King St #115, Charleston

Palmetto Brewery Co.: 289 Huger St, Charleston


6. How to Spend Father’s Day:

It’s all about experiences! Book a family Sunset Shark Fishing Charter with Barrier Island Eco-Tours


7. Don’t Forget Your Charleston Tour Pass

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Charleston FAQ's

Choosing a hotel and where to stay in Charleston all depends on your budget and goals. Do you want to stay Downtown, at the beach or in the outer areas such as North Charleston where you have to drive to get everywhere? For more help on deciding: https://travelerofcharleston.com/articles/hotels/

Charleston has 3 main public beaches which are: Folly, Isle of Palms and Sullivans. Each beach has it’s own atmosphere. The most common beach that people visit is Folly Beach and then Isle of Palms followed by Sullivans Island. For more info on Charleston’s beaches visit: https://travelerofcharleston.com/guide-charlestons-beaches/

Charleston, SC is full of historical things to do. Everything from museums, to public sites and free landmark sites such as Rainbow Row and the Battery can be seen. For more info on Charleston’s top historical sites visit: https://travelerofcharleston.com/places-to-learn-about-charleston-sc-history/

There are many things that will keep the kids and family entertained and educated in Charleston. There are historic sites such as Fort Sumter, a Children’s Museum, Aquarium and the USS Yorktown…a WWII era aircraft carrier you can tour. For more info visit: https://travelerofcharleston.com/charleston-family-fun-activities/

There’s so many  things you could do in Charleston it can be overwhelming. We recommend that first time visitors, checkout the ultimate first-time visitor guide here: https://travelerofcharleston.com/charleston-first-time-visitors-guide/

Spring in Charleston, SC is an amazing time of year to visit. The flowers are blooming and the weather is mild and sunny. For more info, check-out our spring guide to Charleston here: https://travelerofcharleston.com/the-ultimate-guide-to-springtime-in-charleston/

Summer in Charleston is a great time to visit. There’s plenty of things to keep you busy and visiting the beach will probably….or should be on your short-list. Also water-based activities and tours are popular. Checkout this summer guide to Charleston for more info: 

Our 10 Favorite Summer Activities in Charleston

Fall is one of the best times to visit. The weather cools down a bit and the skies are typically blue and clear. In addition there are many great events, festivals and the large crowds of summer have gone back to school or work. For more info on visiting in the fall, checkout this article: https://travelerofcharleston.com/charleston-12-things-to-do-fall/

There are so many great things to do that it’s difficult to narrow the list down. This article does a great job with figuring out the must do things to do in Charleston

7 Can’t Miss Reasons to Visit Charleston, SC Now

The consensus is a minimum of 3-days is needed to settle in and experience Charleston. For instance, many people take 2 days exploring downtown and another day visiting sites outside of downtown such as the plantations, Angel Oak Tree or beaches. Checkout this page for a list of tours and attractions: 

Charleston’s Top Tours & Attractions | Things to do

Downtown Charleston was made for walking and for sure one of the best way to soak up and experience the history first-hand. This article goes over getting around Charleston with and without a car as well: 

Getting Around Charleston, SC

We’re of course partial to Charleston, but here’s the truth. There are many similarities however there are some differences in our opinion: 

  • Both cities are historic and beautiful. 
  • Both cities are extremely walkable. Savannah, with it’s park-like squares maybe more walkable than Charleston. 
  • Charleston has a more established and food scene with many more options. 
  • Charleston has better hotels and shopping.
  • Both cities have equally good tours.
  • Charleston has better beach options. Savannah has Tybee which is great, however it’s 1 beach vibe versus Charleston which has 3 beaches with different vibes. Checkout this Charleston beach guide article: https://travelerofcharleston.com/guide-charlestons-beaches/
  • In Savannah you can walk with alcoholic beverages on the street. This is not allowed in Charleston. This can be good or bad depending on your stance. 
  • Savannah is more affordable.
  • TourPass offers all-inclusive passes in both cities: https://tourpass.com

There are always great and world-class events happening in Charleston. For a calendar of events and things to do in Charleston, checkout our online calendar of events: https://travelerofcharleston.com/events/

Of course there are free money-saving coupons that you can use. Visit the coupons page for a bunch of ways to save: https://travelerofcharleston.com/coupon/

Charleston has some fantastic can’t miss tours such as Fort Sumter, carriage, ghost, harbor, historic and culinary tours. For a full list with more info visit: https://travelerofcharleston.com/attractions/

Checkout the Charleston Relocation Guide page which will guide you during your move: https://travelerofcharleston.com/charleston-sc-relocation-guide/

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