The start of a new year is the perfect time create a bucket list of to-dos. (Besides having a bucket list of fun activities sounds much more fun than a list of daunting resolutions.) We suggest your 2015 bucket list be all about Charleston and digging into the city’s history, culture and beauty.
Whether you’re visiting Charleston for vacation or you’re a local, these activities are perfect for getting to know the Lowcountry a little bit better in 2015.
- Attend an oyster roast. Fall and winter are perfect for gathering around a fire pit and enjoying steaming oysters and a cold beverage. Check out one of our previous blog posts for tips on how to host your own oyster roast. Or, simply let someone do the heavy lifting and you just sit back and shuck. The annual Lowcountry Oyster Roast at Boone Hall Plantation in Mount Pleasant is on Sunday, Jan. 25. Dubbed the world’s largest oyster festival this event boosts 80,000 pounds of oysters plus an oyster eating contest, live music and a kids’ area.
- Visit Magnolia Plantation & Gardens to experience Charleston’s plantation days. Celebrate the arrival of spring in all her flowering glory at one of Charleston’s historic plantations. Visit in April or May to soak up the blooms of azaleas, daffodils, honeysuckle, roses, tulips, day lilies, hydrangeas and oleander. Don’t forget your camera!
- Explore a natural setting. An excellent choice is Capers Island State Heritage Preserve, an undeveloped barrier island about 15 miles north of Charleston. The front beach is known as the “boneyard” because of the many old tree skeletons and stumps that have been bleached by the sun. Catch a glimpse of alligators, deer, raccoon and loggerhead sea turtles plus several species of birds in this natural setting.
- Take a sunset sail on the Schooner Pride. Perfect for a summertime evening, you can board this 84-foot tall ship for a sunset sail in the Charleston Harbor. If you need an idea for a date night, this is it.
- Take part in Second Sunday on King. From 1-5 p.m. on the second Sunday of each month, a portion of King Street is closed to vehicular traffic, allowing pedestrians to stroll the street. Restaurants have outdoor dining, boutiques are open for shopping and special entertainment fills the street.
- Stroll downtown Summerville. About 20 minutes from downtown Charleston, Summerville is ripe for exploration. Its quaint downtown is filled with antique shops, boutiques, restaurants and a community theater. Plus, just past downtown is the beautiful Azalea Park, 12 acres of peaceful, natural beauty.
The list of possibilities is endless but we hope this gives you a good start for exploring the Charleston area. Let us know what’s on your Charleston bucket list in 2015.