You may not realize the City of Charleston has more than 120 parks and green spaces. Yep, that’s 120 places to kick back and relax, read a book, sip a coffee, play with the kids or walk the dog. Many visitors are familiar with places like Marion Square on King Street or Waterfront Park on the Charleston harbor, but Charleston has some other great parks tucked away in all corners of the city – both in the heart of downtown and beyond.
Here are a few favorites:
Visit the newly renovated Gadsdenboro Park on Concord Street across from the Charleston Maritime Center and near the South Carolina Aquarium. Formerly called Concord Park, this is a vast public green space with sports fields and a host of amenities, including a walking path, nautical-themed playground, game tables, a bocce court and public restrooms. The park underwent a $5.7 million renovation and re-opened to the public in May 2015. Be sure to check out the beautiful fountain and sculpture of flying birds at the corner of the park.
Tiedemann Park and Nature Center is tucked away on Elizabeth Street, about a block over from the Charleston Museum. Local nonprofit the Charleston Parks Conservancy worked with the city, the neighborhood and volunteers to renovate this park, adding a new fence lined with beautiful plants. There’s a new playground and plenty of green space for people and pets.
Angel Oak Park is a must-see attraction and worth the short drive from downtown Charleston. The highlight of this 3-acre park is the majestic Angel Oak, thought to be one of the oldest living things east of the Mississippi River. This incredible live oak tree stands 65 feet high with a 17,000-square-foot canopy of branches.
Take the kids for a picnic lunch at Brittlebank Park on the banks of the Ashley River. This park has plenty of room to run plus picnic tables and a playground. There’s even a fishing pier if you want to cast a line and do a little afternoon fishing.
Do you have a favorite Charleston area park? To find other parks around Charleston and explore new spaces, visit the Park Directory maintained by the Charleston Parks Conservancy.