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SPORTS & LEISURE. Charleston is one of the most active cities in the country and it is no wonder. The weather, for the better part of the year, is warm to hot. You can’t help but be outside! You can kayak, boat, sail, and fish pretty much year round.
All around, you will see people jogging and walking (many with “man’s best friend”). Charleston is a very dog-friendly city! Try walking (or jogging) over the Ravenel Bridge along the pedestrian walkway that spans the entire length of the bridge with an exceptional view of the Yorktown at Patriot’s Point and the beautiful harbor below.
Perhaps you want to try your luck at fishing. You can take a charter fishing trip out of Shem Creek in Mt. Pleasant where the shrimp boats are docked. There are also various different outfitters that offer kayaking or sailing instructions and tours. Or, if you’ve already done your allotment of daily activity and would rather sit back, relax, and enjoy some time on the water, consider a Charleston Harbor Tour aboard one of our beautiful motor yachts. All you have to do is enjoy a refreshing and cooling drink and take in the sites, both beautiful and historic, while you relax.
And for all you golf-lovers out there you’ve hit the jackpot! Charleston offers 20 championship courses from beautiful coastal terrain, to links-style, to lowcountry forests; it is quite simply perfect for every player.
Tennis is another very popular sport in Charleston. Fans flock from all over the country to view the Family Circle Cup Tennis pro tournament held every spring at the Family Circle Cup Stadium on Daniel Island.
If you are a runner, the Cooper River Bridge Run is Charleston’s annual 10K race, benefiting various different charities, starting in Mt. Pleasant and ending at Marion Square in downtown Charleston. This past spring, there were over 40,000 participants! (There is a kid’s fun run also.) Speaking of kids, there are lots of other things that kids can enjoy in Charleston, as well. Take them to the Joseph P. Riley, Jr. Park, in downtown Charleston, home of the Charleston River Dogs, for a baseball game. The River Dogs are a minor league team affiliated with the New York Yankees. Grab a hotdog or a cup of boiled peanuts!
Another excellent kid-friendly venue is the South Carolina Aquarium on Charleston Harbor, located in downtown Charleston. The kids will love it. There is always a new exhibit and event going on (right now, they have a Madagascar exhibit with lemurs and other exotic critters!). Check out their website to learn more.
Another activity that you cannot miss is the Saturday morning Farmers Market at Marion Square in downtown Charleston (Marion Square is located across from the Francis Marion Hotel). Enjoy fresh local produce, crafts, food, art, and much more. You can have a cup of coffee and sample a chocolate strawberry crepe while you stroll through the market. These are just a few things to keep you busy! Aside from all of the above, there are so many special events going on in Charleston every month. Check the Charleston Visitor’s Bureau website before you come.
ARTS. Each year for 17 days, at the end of May and the beginning of June, the Holy City has the honor of hosting the Spoleto Festival USA. Spoleto is one of the biggest yearly events in Charleston, bringing in visitors from all around the United States and beyond. It is the American version of the international arts festival, celebrated in Spoleto, Italy each year.
Spoleto offers world-class performances by renowned artists and up and coming artists, from operas, chamber music, jazz, plays, exhibits, concerts, and much more. Tickets should be purchased well in advance because seating is limited and this is an extremely popular festival. It is held in downtown Charleston, filling up historic theaters, churches, and outdoor spaces.
In February each year, the Southeastern Wildlife Exposition (known as SEWE) is hosted in Charleston. It is the largest wildlife art / nature event in the nation. Enjoy a cooking class, oyster roast, birds of prey flight demo, rock climbing, cast net demo and much more. There are lots of things kids can do, too. One of the most popular events at SEWE is the dock diving dogs competition. Basically, the dogs jump into a 25,000-gallon tank of water and incorporate the long jump, the high jump, and the speed retreat. This competition goes on for a weekend and culminates with a winner at the end. This event is always quite popular and enjoyed by everyone! Purchase or just enjoy the beautiful handcrafted, as well as painted art, from talented artists all over the country.
For some musical entertainment, check out the North Charleston Coliseum. Visit their website for future engagements, including a complete listing of Broadway plays, performed by world-famous touring groups, and concerts by renowned artists, from country to rock. As you can see, you are never far from the arts in Charleston!
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