Visiting Charleston in the Fall

Broad Street

We just adore the fall season in Charleston. There’s a slight nip in the air (just so you know, our definition of “nip” is 78 degrees), football games are on every TV and outdoor festivals and activities keep our weekends busy.

If you haven’t visited Charleston in the fall before, we thought we’d share some tips for your autumn visit so you can make the most of your time in the Holy City:

  • It’s still warm here. While our friends up North are taking their sweaters out of summer storage, we’re still wearing flip-flops. Yes, it’s cooler than, say, mid-July, but the heat of the day can still get toasty. So pack accordingly and throw a pair of shorts in the suitcase along with that hoodie.
  •  Expect people to be totally consumed with college football on Saturday. And if you’re here for Thanksgiving, go ahead and plan to be inundated with smack talk that Saturday (Nov. 24) as rivals Clemson Tigers and South Carolina Gamecocks go to head to head.
  •  Bring your walking shoes – and your running shoes. Spend some time walking the cobblestone streets of downtown or the flower-lined paths of the plantations. We also love our 5K races here so there’s a good chance you can jump in on a race if you’re in the mood for some exercise and great scenery. (Check out the list of local races compiled by the Charleston Running Club.)
  • Eat some seafood and then eat a little more seafood. An abundance of seafood is in season this time of year, so sample shrimp, blue crab, wreckfish, swordfish and black sea bass plus shellfish like oysters and clams.

Are you planning a fall visit to Charleston? What do you enjoy about Charleston in the fall or what are you most looking forward to doing while here?