Places to Go and Things to Do in Charleston

Charleston Essentials: Playing Outdoors

The Low Country is one big playground for outdoor enthusiasts, especially those who love the water. With the Francis Marion National Forest, the Cape Romain National Seashore and the ACE Basin all at our backdoor, the area is also blessed with great birding, wildlife and opportunities to explore nature.

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HANG TEN
Surf's up at Folly Beach (the Washout) and the Isle of Palms (near the Pier, or around 31st Avenue), where long and short boarders catch wave action.
For year-round surf lessons, Kai Dilling at Sol Surfers is the man.
Surfboard rentals:
Charleston Watersport
1255 Ben Sawyer Blvd., Mt. Pleasant
McKevlin's Surf Shop
8 Center St., Folly Beach

PADDLEBOARD
Stand-up paddleboarding is the perfect way to enjoy Charleston's creeks, rivers, ocean or harbor, and get a great workout while you're at it. Shem Creek Boat Landing (Mt. Pleasant) is a popular put-in spot.
Paddleboard rentals:
Charleston Watersport
1255 Ben Sawyer Blvd., Mt. Pleasant
Nature Adventures Outfitters
483 West Coleman Blvd., Mt. Pleasant

GO FISH
For inshore fishing, cast from Mt. Pleasant Pier or any of the beaches. Offshore charters leave from Shem Creek and the Isle of Palms Marina. For gear and info:
Haddrell's Point Tackle & Supply
885 Ben Sawyer Blvd., Mt. Pleasant
Charleston Angler
1113-J Market Center Blvd., Mt. Pleasant

KAYAK
Poke around tidal creeks and salt marshes, or paddle to barrier islands. It's a great way to see aquatic birds and wildlife.
Nature Adventures Outfitters (guided tours or kayak rentals)
483 West Coleman Blvd., Mt. Pleasant, on Shem Creek

BICYCLE
Charleston was made for two wheels. Whether you meander through historic neighborhoods downtown, or log serious miles over the Ravenel Bridge and beyond, cyclists love the Low Country's flat roads and scenic surrounds.
The Bicycle Shoppe
280 Meeting St., Charleston
Sweetgrass Cycles
234 Mathis Ferry Rd., Mt. Pleasant

HIKE
The Longleaf pine forests and swamps of nearby Francis Marion National Forest offer hours of peaceful hiking, including the end section of the Palmetto Trail.
Buck Hall Recreation Area, Highway 17N
Half-Moon Outfitters
280 King St., Charleston

GO SHELLING
On undeveloped Capers Island you'll find an abundance of seashells and other marine marvels. Remember sunscreen and bug spray!
Barrier Island Eco Tours
50 41st Ave., Isle of Palms Marina


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