While Charleston is known for its rich history, trendy boutiques and delectable cuisine – one of the Holy City’s greatest attributes is its prime location near the water. The city is surrounded by the Atlantic Ocean, fresh water lakes, and winding rivers making endless options for water activities.
So, take advantage of what the Lowcountry has to offer and enjoy these outdoor recreations.
Schooner Pride Sail
Take an afternoon dolphin sail, sunset or moonlight journey around the Charleston Harbor and take in views of pastel colored homes along The Battery, historic church steeples and an upclose view of the Ravenel Bridge. Passengers can help raise and trim the sails or relax while listening to the history of the Holy City.
Concierge Tip: Beverages are sold on the boat, but if you want to eat be sure to bring your own picnic lunch.
If you have never paddle boarded before then Charleston is the best place to do it, as the water is relatively flat and calm. Expect to see dolphins and indigenous birds while paddling Folly River, or if you are more advanced, adventure out on the ocean waves with Charleston Sup Safaris. If you choose to do a tour near dusk, you will see the most magical sunset and moonrise. Whether you are solo or with a group of friends, this is a great way to see Charleston’s sights and aquatic life.
Concierge Tip: Bring a disposable waterproof camera to snap a shot of the dolphins and breathtaking views.
Fishing in the Lowcountry
Saltwater fishing, inshore, offshore, fly-fishing – Charleston has it all! Experience an afternoon or sunset session of fishing on Charleston’s glistening water. Whether you are a fishing guru or a complete novice, the captain or crew will accommodate your skill level to help you catch the biggest fish out there.
Concierge Tip: If you catch a “keeper” size fish, the captain will recommend some restaurants where they will prepare it for you.
Eco Tour – Barrier Island Exploration
Curious about Charleston’s wildlife? Venture to Caper’s Island on a pontoon boat to explore the native fauna of this region and learn a thing or two. This island is one of the few existing undeveloped islands, which makes it a special place. You are bound to see dolphins, bald eagles, herons, pelicans and more. Once you reach the island, walk around its untouched sandy “Bone-yard Beach” and freshwater ponds.
Fun Fact: Married couple Shane and Morgan Ziegler started this tour company in 1997. Their dog, Princess Emma, enjoys water activities and even partakes in some of the outdoor adventures.
Cypress Gardens Boat Ride
Cypress Gardens is a 170-acre preserve and gardens centered around a tupelo swamp enclosed with green lush plants and trees. Enjoy the tall, enchanting cypress trees while paddling in a classic wooden row boat. The ambiance radiates romance, and is perfect for a couple looking for an unforgettable and intimate Lowcountry experience. As you paddle among the lily pads, keep an eye out for the turtles and birds while listening to the peaceful sounds of nature’s wildlife.
Fun Fact: A scene from the movie The Notebook was filmed on this very swamp in Cypress Gardens.