Charleston is an all-season place to visit, but some folks find it too hot and humid on the streets during the height of the summer. No problem, come visit anyway.
Besides five of the most fabulous beaches in the world, there’s plenty to do that will keep you cool. Try some of these:
- Get out on the water in a canoe or kayak. The Lowcountry teems with creeks, streams, rivers and the big water of the Atlantic Ocean. Rent a kayak, canoe or paddleboard and paddle out Shem Creek, down the ACE basin or into the surf.
- Take a harbor tour! Feel the breeze in your hair while your mind expands. Learning about the history and natural and man-made features of the area is fun and feels good too.
- Take the kids to the Waterfront Park fountain. Lounge on a jumbo swing along the pier while the children cavort in the cooling jet sprays. Or join them! Watch the Cooper River for dolphins while gazing off at Patriots Point and the famed Cooper River bridge.
- Visit the South Carolina Aquarium. Water you waiting for?! Watch aquatic life swim by in the Great Ocean Tank and commune in climate-controlled comfort with 6,000 animals, from sharks to alligators. Better yet, purchase a combo tour ticket and do the harbor tour and the aquarium!
- Charter a fishing boat and catch Cobia, King Mackerel, Spanish Mackerel, Black Sea Bass, Snapper, Spadefish, Triggerfish, Tarpon, Trout, Redfish, and Sharks, or just admire them as they swim by.
- Catch a ball game. The Charleston RiverDogs play Class-A baseball on the banks of the Ashley River, where the breeze cools off the field.
- Have a world class meal in air-conditioned comfort or along the water. Bon Appetit magazine recommends Husk, FIG, The Ordinary, Xiao Biao Bisquit, and Cypress, among other restaurants, but you can hardly go wrong in this culinary All-Star town.
Don’t let the heat hold you back. Charleston was voted the world’s best city because it’s a great place year-round.