21 Insider Tips
The inaugural Charleston Hot Air Balloon Festival on Saturday, October 13.
Get a close-up look at the heavens through some powerful telescopes with the Lowcountry Stargazers at their free viewings at Brittlebank Park (generally Wednesday evenings, weather permitting).
Visit Timbo’s stand in West Ashley (2484 Ashley River Road) for what some swear are the best-boiled peanuts around. Served with personality!
Wild Blue Ropes Adventure features 72 high-climbing courses for kids or adults at every level from novice to expert.
Take a walk in Hampton Park and get your exercise at the workout stations placed along the paths.
View the traditional dress parade complete with bagpipe corps at The Citadel.
Mepkin Abbey, founded by Trappist monks who still live, worship and work here, is one of the most beautiful sites in the Lowcountry. Take a day trip and enjoy the awesome landscape or book a longer soulful retreat.
Take a walk through the iconic Old Village of Mt. Pleasant and end up at the picturesque little park known as the Pitt Street Bridge, a birdwatcher's & nature-lover's paradise, featuring expansive views of Charleston Harbor, the Intracoastal Waterway & distant islands. Also a great local fishing, crabbing & shrimping spot.
Have a very European dinner at the counter of Fast and French on Broad Street for just $10.
Buy tiny original art from the Art-o-Mat, a repurposed cigarette machine, at the Halsey Institute for Contemporary Art.
Great bike riding can be had in and around the Francis Marion Forest. Park at the expansive lot next to the famous Sewee Outpost and head out from there. Beautiful lowcountry vistas abound. After a few hours of riding be sure to stop in for their delicious made-from-scratch sausage and ham biscuits. You earned it!.
Share the Fritto Misto seafood platter at Coda del Pesce on a full-moon night on the front beach of Isle of Palms.
Take the family on a road trip to quirky Bee City honeybee farm and petting zoo in Cottageville, SC. It’s one-of-a-kind.
Sullivan’s Island is an unexpected spot for a taste of Ireland, but Dunleavy’s Pub has Guinness and more of the Old Country.
Snag a ticket for the elegant Owls by Moonlight event at The Center for Birds of Prey on Nov. 15 and 20, including a reception with beer, wine and heavy hors d’oeuvres.
If you make the plantation road trip to Drayton Hall, Middleton Place or Magnolia Gardens, stop on your way back to town at Red Orchid, our favorite Chinese restaurant. We seem to order the same thing every time: Black Bean Flounder. 1401 Sam Rittenburg Blvd.
Redux Studios offers a wide variety of traditional and non-traditional classes for adults and kids. Check their schedule to sign up.
After you’ve worn out some shoe leather walking all over Charleston, give your feet a break and get a bird’s eye view. Fly in Helicopters tours take off from Patriots Point daily (weather permitting) at a very affordable price.