Here are some of great things to do just for fun.
Walk and Run the Bridge. When we say “the Bridge” in
Charleston, it’s not like there is only one. But, there is only one that dominates the skyline, and that is
the Ravenel Bridge that spans the Cooper River. It features a pedestrian area, and I remember walking on the
bridge just before it opened about two years ago. The bridge also serves as the site for the Cooper River
Bridge Run in May, which attracts more than 40,000 participants from all over the world!
Equestrian Centers. Johns Island, one of the coastal islands about
15 minutes from downtown, houses a number of horse farms and equestrian centers. Not only is the drive out to
Johns Island beautiful and relaxing, but the horse farms are world-class.
Charleston County Parks. Charleston is blessed with a number
of wonderful public parks, many of which are public access beaches with bath houses, restrooms facilities and snack
bars. James Island County Park hosts a Holiday Festival of Lights and also features a “splash zone” water
park. There are biking trails, dog recreation areas and so much more. Charleston County Parks are fun and convenient.
Sailing and Water Sports. Being surrounded by water,
Charleston is heaven for those who love sailing, kayaking, fishing, excursion boating and more. There are so
many meandering tidal creeks that empty into lazy rivers that in turn lead to the ocean. I love
taking the Spirit of Charleston harbor cruises, relaxing over dinner while enjoying the sunset over the harbor.
Beaches. Being a beach lover myself is what drew me
back to Charleston. There are three areas I visit: Sullivan’s Island, Isle of Palms and Folly
Beach. Each has its own personality, with fun shopping and great dining nearby.
South Carolina Aquarium. This
world-class aquarium sits on the Cooper River just north of the historic area. It has great wildlife
displays and wonderful views of the Cooper River.
USS Yorktown. As you stroll along the walkway at the
Aquarium, you will see an aircraft carrier across the river. That’s the USS Yorktown, a ship that was retired
from the U.S. Navy after WWII. The entire area is known as Patriot’s Point, and it features a number of museums and salutes to our armed forces.
Coastal Resorts. The Lowcountry boasts four resorts that
have been recognized by various travel publications as some of the best in the country if not the world. They
all offer world-class golf, tennis and various recreational activities. They are: