5 Things to Do in Charleston on a Rainy Day

5 Things to Do in Charleston on a Rainy Day

Falling RainAlthough it’s almost always blue skies in Charleston, there are some days where it’s just plain icky outside. So on those not-so-fabulous days in Charleston, here are a few fun ways to spend your time:

1. Visit the USS Yorktown: A heroic icon in Charleston harbor, the USS Yorktown is a main Charleston attraction that is perfect for exploring during both sunny days and rainy ones. Most of the museum is indoors while the top flight deck is completely open to the outdoors. So if there is a dull moment in the rain coming down, definitely head up to the top deck before exploring the rest of the museum.

Aboard this 888 foot aircraft carrier, visitors can explore a variety of educational exhibits, including the Medal of Honor Museum (a truly inspirational experience that is a favorite among visitors), The Charleston Navy Shipyard Museum, the Engine Room, and, of course, the flight deck, which features a variety of aircrafts.

There’s even a flight simulator in the Yorktown, so if you’ve got the rainy day blues, a ride through the simulator will perk you right up!

2. Explore the wildlife of the world at the South Carolina Aquarium: What better way to spend a rainy day than with adorable, mysterious, and fascinating animals! At the South Carolina Aquarium, visitors can explore a wide range of exhibits and habitats, including Madagascar Journey (which features endemic animals from Madagascar), Mountain Forest, Piedmont, Coastal Plains, Saltmarsh Aviary, Coast, and Ocean.

3. Paint some pottery: Grab a friend or a family member and paint a cute plate or coasters together at Kiln’ Time! Located at 1111 Bowman Rd. in Mount Pleasant, Kiln’ Time is a is a “paint your own pottery” studio that’s a great place to exercise your artistic skills, have a fun time, and enjoy the soft sounds of the rain without getting wet! The studio offers a wide selection of different pottery items. From batman to unicorns, and coasters to plates and other kitchenware, kids and adults can select from a variety of different types of pottery shapes.

4. Soak in some culture at the Gibbes Museum in downtown Charleston: Nestled within Charleston’s Historic District, the Gibbes Museum of Art boasts a collection of various exhibits, each completely unique from the next. At all times, however, the Gibbes Museum features the Charleston Story exhibit, which is a permanent collection that depicts Charleston history, culture, and life.

Visitors to the museum can enjoy a complimentary cell phone audio tour, or make an appointment to experience the Art Discovery Walking Tour or South of Broad Walking Tour.

For a full list of current exhibits, click here. And for upcoming events, view the Gibbes Museum calendar here.

5. Enjoy a long lunch at one of downtown Charleston’s acclaimed restaurants: Don’t let a rainy day ruin your plans for exploring downtown Charleston. Instead, relax with a delicious lunch, glass of wine or cocktail, and chat with friends at one of the many celebrated Charleston restaurants. If you want to stay within the historic district, some of our favorite lunch spots include Slightly North of Broad ($$$), Southend Brewery ($$), Amen Street Fish & Raw Bar ($$), Eli’s Table ($$), Sermet’s on King St. ($$), and MANY more.


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