Discovery

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. 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.

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 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.

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Discovery

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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