Discovery

Top Breathtaking Carolina Sunsets

As Charleston gets warmer and the days grow longer, there isn’t a better way to end the day than with a Holy City sunset. The Lowcountry provides so many great places to take in the beauty of sundown so grab a friend and head to one of these charming spots between 7:30pm and 8:00pm to the catch the last few rays of the day.
The Battery
This inviting park is one of the most visited places in Charleston due to its vast history and gorgeous landscape. Take a stroll along this park at sunset to enjoy the beautiful views with a waterfront backdrop. Arrive early, bring a picnic and blanket and revel in the beauty of the day’s end.
Pitt Street Bridge
Spend the day exploring the Old Village of Mount Pleasant then retreat to the Pitt Street Bridge to experience one of the undisputed, best views of the Lowcountry.  A favorite with locals, the bridge is always filled with people fishing, biking, walking dogs and enjoying the gorgeous scenery. With tidal flats and salt marshes on your left and the Charleston harbor to your right, this hidden gem will leave you yearning to come back again and again.
Schooner Pride Sail
Take a sunset sail on board the Schooner Pride and see the sun slip below the horizon from the harbor. The boat sails around the waters surrounding the peninsula so you will see a marvelous sundown set against church steeples and historic architecture. Help the crew raise and trim the sails or just sit back and enjoy the stunning views.
  
Arthur Ravenel Jr. Bridge
Visiting the Ravenel Bridge is a must when exploring Charleston. Drive or stroll to the middle of the bridge where the Cooper and Ashley Rivers meet and take a break on the benches at dusk to experience an unbelievable sunset. Don’t forget your camera! Almost as beautiful as sundown itself, the bridge offers great charm of its own.

A Charleston sunset is unlike any other so leave yourself plenty of time to take it all in. You’ll be dreaming of it until your next visit to Charleston, which we hope is sooner rather than later.

 

 

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The Cooler Side of Charleston

Summer in Charleston brings beautiful sunny, blue skies, along with high temperatures. Thankfully, there are plenty of ways to stay cool and take in the sights of the Lowcountry, whether it is visiting one of Charleston’s beautiful surrounding beaches, taking the family to an adventurous water park or indoor attraction or retreating to our rooftop pool.

Located just 15 minutes from historic downtown Charleston, Folly Beach offers the biggest surf in Charleston. Enjoy six miles of beach, as well as a picnic area, marina, and several small shops and restaurants. Across the Arthur Ravenel Jr. Bridge towards Mount Pleasant, Isle of Palms, and Sullivan’s Island provide a laid-back and family-friendly atmosphere. Also the site for Fort Moultrie National Park, Sullivan’s Island is a wonderful spot for historic tours of the famed Civil War battlegrounds.

For the golf enthusiast, try the Ocean Course on Kiawah Island, home to the 2012 PGA Championship. There are several golf courses in the Charleston area, designed by legendary golf course architects including Pete Dye, Gary Player, Tom Fazio, and Jack Nicklaus. Request an early tee time to enjoy the cool morning breeze and save time to enjoy the picturesque beaches.

Visitors of all ages can enjoy Charleston’s several water parks including, Splash Island Waterpark and Whirlin’ Waters Adventure Waterpark. Or take the family on a stroll through historic downtown Charleston to Waterfront Park where you can find shaded park swings and water fountains perfect for children to splash and play.

For an indoor adventure, retreat to the South Carolina Aquarium and check out the a new exhibit.

Visitors interested in enjoying a cool meal can retreat to Belmond Charleston Place, for breakfast in the shaded courtyard at the Palmetto Cafe or lunch while lounging at the covered, rooftop infinity pool. These are just a few of the many ways to keep you and your family cool during your visit to Charleston.

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Explore Charleston’s Waterways

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.

Paddle Boarding

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.

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