Fall is one of our favorite times of year in Charleston. The air is crisp (a nice change from the muggy humidity!), the leaves begin to change, Halloween festivities start to emerge, and exciting Charleston festivals and festivities pop up around the area. Although the air is crisper, the temperatures still remain in the high 60s and low 70s, which make outdoor activities extremely enjoyable to take part in.
Below are some of our favorite ways to enjoy autumn outdoors in Charleston:
Visit the Boone Hall Plantation Pumpkin Patch: A long standing tradition for many locals in Charleston, visiting Boone Hall Plantation’s Pumpkin Patch marks the start of the holiday season and a time when autumn colors and flavors start to emerge outside and in the home.
Families visit the Boone Hall Pumpkin Patch to find the perfect pumpkin(s) for carving and making warm pumpkin pie and toasted pumpkin seeds! In addition to searching for the ultimate pumpkin for the home, visitors can also take part in some family-fun activities, including a walk through the Live 5 Corn Maze or goat and rabbit enclosure, and a hayride down “Monster” Alley. Visitors can also play on the Jump Pillow, Giant Slide Tower, Hay Mountain, and Tube Swings, and participate in Corn Hole Toss and Water Pump Duck Races.
The Boone Hall Pumpkin Patch will be open everyday from October 1 – October 31. Click here to visit their website for admission details and hours of operation.
(It’s also important to note that a walk through Boone Hall Plantation is a great way to enjoy the fall weather! Try the Boone Hall Plantation + Charleston Harbor Tours combination ticket.)
Take a Specialty Cruise Around Charleston Harbor: Visitors and locals alike in Charleston love taking The Schooner Pride (an 84’ tall ship) along Charleston harbor during the cooler autumn months. From afternoon dolphin sails to sunset sails and specialty cruises, The Schooner Pride offers a variety of sails to choose from.
Daily afternoon dolphin sails and sunset sails are offered aboard the Pride until the middle of November. During these two-hour sails, guests can soak in the sites of Charleston harbor while enjoying a chat with friends and / or a glass of wine or beer.
The Schooner Pride will also be hosting a highly popular Wine Tasting Sunset Sail on Thursday, September 27 at 5:30 pm and Thursday, October 25 at 5 pm (both two hours in duration). During these sails, guests enjoy a delicious tasting of 4 -5 wines that are hand-selected by the wine experts at Ben Arnold Beverage Company and light hors d’oeuvres provided by the Goat.Sheep.Cow. cheese and wine shop.
Aboard The Carolina Queen, a traditional paddlewheel boat, there will be a Weihenstephan Craft Beer Boat Cruise coming up on Friday, September 28 that will feature Ben Fagan & The Holy City Hooligans. This two-hour harbor cruise will be dedicated to the world’s oldest brewery, Weihenstephan. Climb aboard the three-deck Carolina Queen at 6:30 PM, depart at 7:00 PM, to enjoy views of the sunset over the Charleston harbor. Then the party will really kick up with live music from Ben Fagan & The Holy City Hooligans, and three bars, all featuring 17 oz. Weihenstephan Original Premium Lager, Hefeweissbier (wheat beer), and Hefeweissbier Dunkel (dark wheat beer) on sale for just $4. German-style, Oktoberfest-themed food from Pot Kettle Black will also be available for purchase. The fun doesn’t stop until the boat docks at 9 PM.
Tickets are $20 in advance and $25 on the dock the day of the cruise. Your ticket includes free parking at City Marina.
Logo to the left taken from CharlestonRestaurantAssociation.com
Attend Southern Living Taste of Charleston: On Sunday, September 30, the Charleston Restaurant Association will be hosting the Southern Living Taste of Charleston event where attendees can taste some of the most delectable Lowcountry cuisine that Charleston’s best restaurants have to offer.
The event takes place at the historic Boone Hall Plantation in Mount Pleasant where more than 50 casual and fine dining restaurants will be present, serving up some tasting-size portions of their famous dishes. There will also be specialty beer, live music, and international wines.
Home & Garden Fall Tours: Take a step into the enchanting world of downtown Charleston as you visit some of the area’s most architecturally and historically significant homes, gardens, churches, and public buildings.
The tours begin on September 27 and are offered up until October 28, 2012.