Charleston is the summer is hot! And we’re not just talking about the temperature. The warm weather takes a backseat to downtown adventures, beach trips and history tours all around the Lowcountry. The beautiful sunshine and smell of saltwater will follow you through every nook and cranny of Charleston while the history and architecture leaves you awestruck.
Wondering where to begin? Here’s our list of 10 top summer activities in Charleston:
10. Sunset Water Cruises
Just as the sun starts to go down, hop on one of Charleston’s many charter boats to catch one of the best sunset views. As the sun meets the water, enjoy a cocktail and live music while observing the entire city of Charleston from the harbor. Make sure your camera or phone is charged and ready to snap a sunset selfie.
9. Farmers Markets
Fresh, local, and fun — Charleston’s array of farmers markets is extensive and convenient. Just about every day of the week you can find a different market packed with fresh produce and local crafts from Charleston vendors. Read about the markets, including times and locations.
8. Baseball with the RiverDogs
Let us take you out to the ballgame! Head to Joe Riley Stadium on the banks of the Ashley River for a game of minor league baseball with the Charleston RiverDogs. Grab some boiled peanuts (a Southern delicacy), a hot dog or a $1 beer on beer night. Tickets are reasonably priced, making this great family friendly option.
7. Weekend Brunch
In Charleston, brunch isn’t just a six-letter word — it’s a way of life. All week locals look forward to bottomless mimosas at one of Charleston’s many brunch hot spots. We love brunch so much, some restaurants are starting to serve it all day … every day! Whether you love shrimp and grits or a fat stack of pancakes, Charleston has it all. Check out our list of favorite brunch destinations around the Holy City.
6. Hit the Beaches
No summertime trip to Charleston is complete without a trip to one of the area’s beautiful beaches. Soak up the laid-back vibe of Folly Beach, the family friendly feel of Isle of Palms or the unspoiled ocean views at Sullivan’s Island. Each beach has its own character and appeal along with varying selections of amenities and restaurants. Dip your toes in the saltwater for an unforgettable experience. Oh, and don’t forget to keep your eyes peeled for dolphins, they love to welcome visitors. Read our Charleston Area Beach Guide.
5. Sightseeing with the Charleston Tour Pass
New to the Lowcountry is the Charleston Tour Pass — making exploring as easy as possible. Receive instant access to more than 30 of Charleston’s best attractions. Choose from a one-, two- or three-day pass that allows you to visit museums, plantations, and more throughout the city. The Tour Pass also includes discounts at restaurants and breweries around town. Save up to 50% on tickets and entrance fees by using a Tour Pass.
4. Downtown Biking
Bike sharing is one of the newest trends in major cities and Charleston is no exception. Download the Holy Spokes app and jump on a bike to explore the city in a fun and healthy way. There are many miles of history and beauty to cover, don’t waste time walking.
3. Brewery Hopping
Charleston’s premier brewery district has earned attention from beer lovers all over the world. The city’s craft beer selection continues to grow and micro breweries are quick to follow. You can make an entire day out of brewery hopping — the perfect way to cool off during a hot summer day. Enjoy small bites, fun games and good company while tasting fresh new brews. Read more about the options in the brewery district to help you decide while seasonal ale sounds best.
2. Visit the Aquarium
Get up close and personal with birds, sea turtles, fish and reptiles at the South Carolina Aquarium. Don’t miss the Zucker Family Sea Turtle Recovery area of the aquarium, which walks visitors along the path of a rescued sea turtle as it moves through treatment and rehabilitation and ultimately to release back into the ocean.
1. The View from Above
Charleston is known for her spectacular skyline. From the diamond spans of the Arthur Ravenel Jr. Bridge over the Cooper River to sunsets on the water to church steeples dotting the horizon, this city is postcard worthy. Your trip wouldn’t be complete without a bird’s eye look of these breathtaking views. Find one of the Charleston’s most popular rooftop restaurants or bars to enjoy two of our city’s best features -– her good looks and her good food.