Located where the Cooper and Ashley rivers converge to form the historic Charleston Harbor, views and water activity abound at, and on The Battery. Sailboats keel in the steady wind, dotting between cruise ships as tugboats steer merchant containers upriver to port. Locals cast lines off the old embattlement, luring fish from dolphins offshore. Tourists stroll along in fresh air discovery, giving way to bicyclists pedaling leisurely along. A magical place with an easy pace.
One of many crown jewels of the historic district—at the intersection of the Cooper River along East Bay Street and the Ashley River along Murray Boulevard—The Battery borders the 5-acre White Point Gardens. Formerly a defense artillery battery, thus named The Battery, the landmark seawall is now a glorious 1+ mile-long promenade bordered by rivers that form Charleston’s harbor. Glorious architectural eye candy stretches in both directions, satiating visual appetites for antebellum splendor with historic mansions and charming gardens. You won't find more expansive or rewarding harbor views anywhere in the city.
First used as a public garden in 1837, White Point Garden earned its name from the mounds of discarded oyster shells left by Indians and early settlers. With the outbreak of the Civil War, it became a fortification for the city. If you're looking for free outdoor leisure activities in the downtown area, this is the place to go. Lush old trees now form a welcoming canopy over pathways and a central gazebo. The park offers ample outdoor space for kids to romp alongside frisbee players, afternoon picnickers, pensive book readers and inquisitive tourists. Frequently used for wedding portraits and family reunions, it's a great people-watching spot too. Civil War cannons and monuments dot the perimeter—look for one about Stede Bonnet the gentleman pirate’s hanging here—along with a picturesque gazebo, grassy grounds, and charming Charleston benches (yes, there is such a dedicated thing).
Take a walk and a step back in time to a slower pace of life. Open daily. Free admission.