Colonial Lake in Charleston, S.C.

Visit Charleston’s Colonial Lake Park


One of Charleston’s most historic parks is back open after a major renovation. Already a lovely public space, this park is certainly on the must-visit list of Charleston landmarks. Colonial Lake is easily accessible at the intersection of Broad Street and Rutledge Avenue. Enjoy a stroll around the lake while admiring the 20,000 plants, trees and shrubs that have been added by the nonprofit Charleston Parks Conservancy and its many volunteers.

Colonial Lake in Charleston, S.C.        Colonial Lake in Charleston, S.C.

Join the Charleston Parks Conservancy and the City of Charleston for a grand reopening and ribbon cutting on Saturday, June 4. The event is 10:30 a.m. to 2 p.m. at Colonial Lake. Part of Piccolo Spoleto, the Colonial Lake celebration will include a variety of entertainment and music, activities for children and food trucks. Conservancy volunteers will provide a horticultural tour of the park’s gardens, and visitors will be able to learn about Colonial Lake’s history. Attendees also will have the opportunity to learn about the construction process and improvements to Colonial Lake, including a new water flow control structure to better manage the water that flows between the lake and the Ashley River.

Additional entertainment includes music by John Cusatis. Plus artists from Redux Contemporary Art Center will be capturing the beauty of Colonial Lake in a plein air painting demonstration, and young artists can paint Colonial Lake with Cookies & Canvas. The Charleston Model Yacht Club will race model sailboats on the lake, and children can enjoy a scavenger hunt around the park, sidewalk chalk and hopscotch and activities with Engaging Creative Minds. Ashley Avenue will be closed to vehicles and attendees can purchase food from Smoke BBQ, Short Grain, Roti Rolls, The Immortal Lobster and Mac Daddy food trucks along with King of Pops.