If you’ve ever visited Charleston in the fall, you know it’s an ideal time of year. The days are warm and the evenings are cool. The sun is shining and blue skies make for idyllic weekends of fun. It’s why the event calendars are brimming with activities. But it’s also the perfect time to just relax, soak in the beautiful Lowcountry scenery and unwind before we’re hit with the busy holiday season.
- The beach. It might seem odd to suggest going to the beach in the fall, but during the off season the beaches are much less crowded. It’s the perfect time to take a leisurely morning stroll with a hot cup of coffee in hand and your eyes skimming the horizon for dolphins at play.
- The parks. You might not realize the City of Charleston has more than 120 parks and green spaces. Local nonprofit the Charleston Parks Conservancy keeps more than 20 of these parks pristine with amazing fall plantings and beautiful garden beds. Take Ashley Avenue and stop off at Allan Park, a little neighborhood park with a fountain, stunning floral displays and a bench perfect for relaxing. If you have children or dogs, swing by Tiedemman Park and Nature Center on Elizabeth Street (near the Charleston Museum). The Conservancy recently gave this park a facelift, and it is putting on quite a fantastic floral show this fall. Plus, the grassy open area and playground will keep the pups and kids busy.
- The Town of Summerville. Head about 20 miles outside of downtown to Charleston to the picturesque Town of Summerville. You’ll definitely want to explore the historic town square with boutique, antique shops, restaurants, a community theater, coffee shop and more. Visit on the third Thursday of the month for an evening street fair with special events and activities. Also, check out the Harvest Festival activities, including a ghostwalk, hayrides and decorated scarecrows all over town square.
Let us know if you visit any of these great Charleston spots or if you discover a fabulous new fall attraction.
Photo: Tiedemann Park and Nature Center (photo/Charleston Parks Conservancy)