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. Along the way enjoy views of pastel colored homes along The Battery, historic church steeples and an up-close view of the Ravenel Bridge. Passengers can help raise and trim the sails or relax while exploring the Holy City’s vibrant coast.
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 take a tour near dusk, you are sure to see a 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, nearshore – 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 and crew will accommodate your skill level to help you catch the biggest fish out there.
Concierge Tip: If you catch a “keeper” sized 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 Capers Island on a pontoon boat and learn a thing or two about the native fauna. As one of the few existing undeveloped islands in the area, this hidden retreat is a special place. You are bound to see dolphins, bald eagles, herons, pelicans and more. Once you reach its sandy shore, explore its untouched “Bone-yard Beach” and freshwater ponds.
Fun Fact: High School buddies Jose Hernandez and Shane Ziegler started this tour company in 1997, and today it is managed by Shane and his wife, Morgan. The team is highly experienced with many of the captains and naturalists having over 10 years of experience leading excursions.
Cypress Gardens Boat Ride
Cypress Gardens is a 170-acre preserve and gardens centered around a tupelo swamp enclosed by lush greenery. Enjoy the tall, enchanting cypress trees while paddling in a classic wooden row boat. The ambiance radiates romance, making it the perfect destination for a couple in search of an intimate and unforgettable 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 in this very swamp in Cypress Gardens.