Image to the left taken from The Alley’s Facebook Page
Dining out is a wonderful and relaxing way to spend a warm summer evening in Charleston—especially because there are so many awesome restaurants to choose from! However, if you are looking to have some fun in the evening that does not involve food, there is an abundance of alternative activities to engage in.
Below are some of our top ways to enjoy Charleston at night (without spending money on food):
A little competition: Whether you are out as a couple or a family, consider a game or two of bowling. There are actually a number of bowling allies in and around Charleston to choose from. Located downtown in the upper King Street area on Columbus Street is The Alley. Here you can bowl, play arcade games, pinball, and much more. Just over the Ravenel Bridge in Mount Pleasant, is Sparians at River Bowl Charleston on Johnnie Dodds Boulevard. Check their websites for directions and hours.
Movie night! Perhaps a good movie is what you are in the mood for. There are a number of theaters in the area, but two of the most unique include Cinebarre in Mount Pleasant, and Hippodrome in downtown Charleston.
At Cinebarre both Cinebarre and the Hippodrome, you can enjoy adult beverages while watching your movie of choice! The Cinebarre has waiters and waitresses who tend to you during the movie, while the Hippodrome does not. However, the Hippodrome has a HUGE screen—the size of an Imax theater screen, in fact.
Take me out to the ball game . . . A great way to spend an entertaining evening is at a Charleston RiverDogs baseball game, located at Joseph P. Riley, Jr. Park on the banks of the Ashley River, at 360 Fishburne Street in the heart of downtown. This is always good family fun! Tickets can be purchased online or at their box office. Check their website for the many specials and promotions that they offer.
Pretend you’re at the Master’s: Of course, the summer is never complete without a game of Charleston mini golf! Try Blackbeard’s Cove, a family fun park, located at 3255 US 17 in Mount Pleasant. Aside from two 18-hole miniature golf courses, the Fort Course and the Island Course, there is a climbing wall, go-carts, an arcade, and more. Click here to view their website.
Miniature golf and family fun can also be found at Frankie’s Fun Park, at 5000 Ashley Phosphate Road in North Charleston. Along with miniature golf, there are batting cages, a driving range, go-carts, an arcade, and much more. Check their websites for directions, hours, and rates.