Things to Do in Charleston: Outdoor Adventures

When the weather is warm in Charleston (count on April through October), Charleston comes alive with a thousand outdoor adventures. The city itself is on a peninsula that juts out into the Charleston harbor, and it's ringed by marinas where you can find day sailing cruises, water ferries and deep-sea fishing excursions. The nearby islands (almost all of the land around Charleston is islands divided by rivers and tidal creeks) are natural paradises for water sports, great hiking, bicycling tours and more. Most of these outdoor activities are located off of the city's peninsula, which is a great excuse to explore the Lowcountry areas outside of the historic city center. 

A few of our favorite things to do are seeing the ancient live oak trees (head to the Angel Oak), paddleboarding up Shem Creek, kayaking the tidal inlets near Bowen's Island, surfing Folly Beach, working on our suntans at Sullivans Island or at Kiawah Island's Beachwalker Park, and bicycling through the Charleston historic district.

Essentials to pack for these outdoor adventures:

  • A good hat for shade
  • Quick-drying shorts
  • A lightweight shirt (long-sleeve is recommended to help offer sun protection and avoid bugs)
  • Sunglasses and sunscreen
  • Sandals for water activities and good walking shoes for when you're on shore