It’s that time of year again! The world-famous annual Cooper River Bridge Run is this weekend! Thousands upon thousands of visitors from all over the world will descend upon the Holy City to partake in this important annual event. The Cooper River Bridge Run provides a world-class 10-K foot race. The race promotes continuous physical activity and a healthy lifestyle through education and opportunity. The Cooper River Bridge Run is the best organized and the best conducted 10-K race in the world. It includes world-class competition in a unique setting with unparalleled participant satisfaction. It broadens community cooperation and participation in healthy events throughout the year. The Cooper River Bridge Run serves as a model of health motivation for other communities throughout the world.
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One of Charleston’s most unique holiday events is our annual parade of boats! This year the parade will be held December 3rd. The parade begins along Mt. Pleasant at 5:00pm, Viewing from the Charleston peninsula begins at 6:30pm; Fireworks begin at approximately 6:45pm
You may participate in the parade by simply registering with the city, decorating your boat from stem to stern with lights, and joining us on the water. Thousands of spectators view the parade along the route from Mt. Pleasant to Charleston each year. The mid-point of the parade features a spectacular fireworks display shot from the harbor.
The parade begins at approximately 5:30PM near the Mt. Pleasant side and ends in the Ashley River, (after processing down the Charleston side of the Cooper River), at approximately 7:30PM. We say approximately, because of various factors, including wind, current, and the ability of the boats to maintain headway.
Captains and crews will be invited to the Captain’s Party at a date, time, and location to be announced. Prizes will be awarded to the 1st, 2nd, and 3rd place boats in both the power and sail categories, with the best-in-show award going to the highest scoring boat overall.
For those who also wish to attend the City of Charleston’s tree lighting ceremony in Marion Square on the same evening, there is ample time to get to the waterfront and enjoy both. We look forward to seeing you on the water!
You can always tell when the air gets just a little bit chilly, fall is close and the Coastal Carolina Fair Charleston event is even closer. Everybody enjoys eating cotton candy, thrill rides, live entertainment, and all the friendly competitions one will see at the fair. Join thousands in the festivities October 27 – November 5, 2011 at the Ladson Fairgrounds Coastal Carolina Fair. Bring your sweater or sweatshirt because it often gets a chilly in Ladson, this time of the year!
This long-lasting Charleston event, which has been held in the low country since 1957, promotes family fun, gives back to the community, and helps corporate supporters showcase their info and products to over 200,000 people who attend.
The “Lakefront Stage” will be the spot to head each afternoon into the night for the hottest in live music and fireworks. There will be plenty of internationally known artists who have come to perform at this years Coastal Carolina Fair just for you! Get ready to boogie!
Also visit the sea lion splash, the petting zoo, a honey bee exhibit, all types of photography, a needle works exhibit, a ceramics exhibit and plenty of rides for the whole family.
Visit http://www.coastalcarolinafair.org/ for all the details….
Here in Charleston, we’ve known it for a long time. Now the rest of the world has finally caught on! On October 11, 2011 Charleston was officially named the #1 Tourist Destination in America by Conde Nast Traveler magazine! Voters annually evaluate cities based on six categories: atmosphere/ambience, culture/sites, friendliness, lodging, restaurants and shopping. The city with the highest composite appeal wins top honors. Not only is Charleston the friendliest city, but our bounty of outstanding restaurants, top-notch hotels, rich history, quaint shops and overall ambience has finally catapulted the Holy City to the top, displacing perennial winner San Francisco, which held the title for 18 years!
Here are the top 10 destinations from Conde Nast readers.
2. San Francisco
3. Santa Fe, New Mexico
6. New York
8. Carmel, Calif
Congratulations, Charleston! Come check us out!
The BBQ and Bluegrass Festival at Boone Hall Plantation has become a popular Lowcountry Labor Day Weekend favorite.There is always a wide variety of delicious BBQ available for everyone in attendance to purchase and enjoy.
This year, Piggly Wiggly will present under “The Big Tent” a number of festivities and demonstrations that will add to the already popular list of events being featured throughout the day. The Celebrity Dunking Booth gives attendees an opportunity to dunk some of their local favorite media personaliities with part of the proceeds going to local charity. The popular Mechanical Bull Riding Contest will be back with the winner taking home some great prizes. There will be plenty of family fun and entertainment and a Zambelli Fireworks Show at the end of the day.
Locals and amateurs are invited to show-off their talents in a a barbecue competition in an effort win cash and prizes.
Sunday Sept. 4, 2011
Gates Open at 12noon
Headline Performers For This Year’s Event:
“The Queen of Bluegrass”
“The King Of Newgrass”
With Special Guests
The Next Best Thing
Homeboy Reunion Bluegrass Band
Beer, Wine, and A Variety of Delicious BBQ
Will Be Available For Purchase.
No coolers or pets allowed.
The Scottish Games and Highland Gathering, featured each September at Boone Hall Plantation, is another one of the special events held at the plantation that makes Boone Hall one of the most unique venues in the Charleston, SC Lowcountry. It features a day packed full of various activities and events that has something for everyone – Scottish style. Whether you’re looking to experience Olympic type competition of the heavy athletics sporting events or the mastery of Scottish music, the Scottish Games and Highland Gathering will offer all you’re looking for and so much more.
The music featured at this annual gathering of Scottish family clans, is a truly unique experience. The music of over 25 bagpipe bands echoes through the plantation’s large oaks and across scenic marshes with sounds that are truly classical Scottish fare. There is Highland Dancing that dates back to the 11th and 12th centuries, Scottish Country Dancing & Fiddling, and Celtic rock bands dressed in kilts.
The Border Collie Demo features some of the most beautiful dogs in the world. The Border Collie was developed in the Border Country of Scotland, an area long known for its sheep industry. In fact, it has been said that without the Border Collie, there would be no sheep industry. Today, this breed of dog is known the world over for its intelligence and livestock-working ability.
There are Children’s games, loosely fashioned after the Heavy Athletics, and much more.
The visual experience of this event promises to leave an impression that will be long remembered. Last year, over 6,000 people from all over the world attended these games, put on for charity that benefits the Scottish Society Of Charleston.
Reggae Nights – Summer Concert Series 2011
Saturdays: 8/6, 8/20
Get ready for a staple Charleston summertime series at James Island and Wannamaker County Parks this 2011 summer. Reggae music, refreshments and summertime live music at its best! 2011 Summer Reggae Concert Series is sponsored and presented by the Piggly Wiggly.
Selected Saturday evenings, during the summertime, around Charleston, SC, Reggae Musics fills the air!
The James Island County Park is a pristine stage for this Charleston, South Carolina event. The fresh saltwater breeze, along with a gorgeous marsh view, will make the evening of “island jams” complete. Wannamaker Park, located in North Charleston, SC has plenty of acreage also, with around 1,015 acres of wetlands and woodlands.
Adults are $8 (or 5 greenbax) and children under the age of 12 are free. Bring your blankets and chairs for a comfy seat. Gates open at 7:30 PM Music begins at 8:30 PM. Adult beverages will be available. No coolers please and keep pets on a leash. Please bring proper ID if you are
Each one of Charleston’s beaches has its own unique charm, and all are worth a visit. In fact, you can choose a beach that suits your mood. Let’s say you’re feeling a little rambunctious. Well, then Folly’s the place for you. But what if you’re in the mood to go kite-boarding? Get thee to Sullivan’s, my friend. Read on to learn exactly what makes each one of these beaches near and dear to our sun-burned hearts.
With wooded beach paths, a lively main street, and a ton of history, Sullivan’s Island is a relaxing, family-friendly local escape. Populated by weather-worn but well-kept cottages of all shapes and sizes, the island is bordered on the west by Charleston Harbor, where Fort Moultrie, which dates back to the 1700s, overlooks the water. For just a couple of bucks, visitors can explore the fort’s surprisingly expansive grounds. Middle Street is the town’s charming retail stretch, with sunny outdoor dining at popular restaurants like Dunleavy’s Pub, Home Team BBQ, Atlanticville, and Poe’s Tavern, named for Edgar Allan Poe, who served a stint at the fort.
After dark, many of the restaurants bring in a partying crowd with live music and flowing drinks. Although some people break the rules, alcohol is not allowed on the beach itself, and violators can be slapped with a $1,090 fine for open containers. There’s also a fairly strict noise ordinance after 11 p.m., so keep your voice down if you’re traipsing around the neighborhoods late at night.
The island keeps things low-key and natural with no public restrooms or lifeguards. There’s no swimming allowed on either side of the island, where the current is dangerously strong, and swimmers should also be wary of going out to the sandbars; they look innocent, but if you get stuck out there while the tide is going out, you’ll have a hard time getting back in. Parking lots are few and far between, and they fill up fast, but you can park for free on the side of any street as long as you’re off the pavement and there’s no sign telling you otherwise. All dogs — even those belonging to visitors — must have a Sullivan’s Island permit, which you can pick up at Town Hall for $35 ($25 if you’re a local). In the summer (May 1-Sept. 30), dogs are allowed on the beach off-leash from 5-10 a.m. and on-leash from 6 p.m.-5 a.m. If you decide to take your chances, know that you could be fined more than $1,000.
Thanks to several sandbars off-shore, Sullivan’s waters are often calm and don’t bode well for surfers, though it occasionally offers baby waves for beginning longboarders. However, kiteboarders flock to the island, particularly to Station 28.5. On a windy day, don’t be surprised to see hundreds of kiteboarders flying through the air — it’s always fun to watch. For watersport rentals and sales, head to the neighboring Isle of Palms. —Erica Jackson Curran
- Folly is a free-spirited and fun-loving town.
Known for its surf, college-aged eye candy, and fun festivals, it’s no secret that Folly Beach is the most attractive local shore for the young adults. Why? Because they allow alcohol. It’s easier to just break out your beer can or Solo cup (glass is not allowed) than it is to try to sneak vodka from a water bottle. The bumper-to-bumper traffic is proof that Folly is the place to be on a sunny day.
But it’s not just the waves and people-watching that make Folly a top destination — their bar and restaurant scene fits perfectly with the beach’s mellow vibe. Center Street has the original Taco Boy, but if you’re not in the mood for a margarita, try one of Surf Bar’s Painkillers. Lost Dog Café can make you a big breakfast whether you like to get up with the sun or are more into an early-afternoon brunch, and the Drop In Deli has sandwiches, burgers, and even Sushi by Lisa.
Check out the Charleston City Paper’s event listings to find out when the next big event is taking place at Folly River Park or on Center Street, like Taste of Folly, the Folly Beach Pub Crawl, and Follypalooza.
Folly is also a great wedding destination – a $25 party permit is all you need to get hitched on the sand, but you’ll have to go inland for the reception.
The beach is always open to the public and a great spot for volleyball, cornhole, or Frisbee, but there are some rules to follow. We already mentioned glass bottles, but dogs are also a big issue. Starting Memorial Day and through Sept. 30, dogs are prohibited on the beach from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m., and they’ve got to be kept on a leash at all times.
If you can spare some cash, feel free to park at one of the area’s beach access points, where it costs $1 an hour. For $6, you can leave your car at Folly Beach County Park. It’s a bit of a walk to the actual beach, but they’ve got public bathrooms, so it kind of evens out. Parking is free if you can find a spot in the grass along one of Folly’s streets, but if you don’t want a ticket, make sure to keep your tires off the pavement, park with the flow of traffic, and don’t park in front of a driveway.
Speaking of tickets, be careful with your trash if you want to avoid a littering ticket that could set you back $1,000 or more. Tickets for bonfires, open alcohol that isn’t in a cup, and messing around on the sand dunes can cause a dent in your wallet too.
So grab a surfboard, paddleboard, or even a kiteboard — McKevlin’s sells boards on consignment and offers one-hour lessons for $40 — and head to the Washout. Or maybe you’d rather bring along your rod and find a spot on the Edwin S. Taylor Folly Beach Fishing Pier, where you can fish for $3-$10 from 6 a.m. to 11 p.m. Either way, pack that cooler full of beer and prepare to spend one of the mellowest afternoons you’ll ever spend at the beach. —Susan Cohen
- Isle of Palms is a pleasant, clean beach virtually free of booze and the college crowd.
Isle of Palms
Of all the beaches in the Charleston area, Isle of Palms offers the most family-friendly shores. But this doesn’t come without a price, as it has tons of tourists and a bevy of rules. The beach doesn’t allow alcohol, glass bottles, fireworks, camping overnight, bonfires, or, of course, littering. Strict rules may put a damper on things, if you’re a college kid looking for a party atmosphere, but they keep the Isle of Palms safe and clean. Pets are allowed, but they must be on a leash at all times (even in the water), except from 5 a.m.-8 a.m. during the summer months, which basically allows residents to get their morning dog walks in before the tourists descend.
Holes dug on the beach must be filled afterward. Not only will it save grandma from falling in and breaking a hip, but it will help sea turtle hatchlings make it out to sea and keep the public safety officers from breaking an axel on their beach carts.
The main watersport at Isle of Palms is kitesurfing due to the open, windy setting. This beach doesn’t offer tasty waves, so surfers are likely to be found elsewhere. And if you do surf, be sure to stay 100 feet from bathers and 200 feet from the pier. (Speaking of sports, IOP also offers opportunities for golfers to get their swing on at the Wild Dunes Resort.)
Isle of Palms has lots of places to park. Along Ocean Boulevard between 10th and 14th avenues, meters are $1 an hour. The bigger city-run lots on Pavilion Drive cost $5 per day or you can buy a season parking decal. You can also park on any road right-of-way, but all four tires need to be off the pavement or you’ll get a parking ticket.
If you want a beach with a lifeguard, head to the county park at 14th Avenue. There, you’ll find restrooms, showers, and picnic tables along with beach chair and umbrella rentals.
CARTA recently added a bus route that drops visitors off at the IOP County Park. The bus stops at Mt. Pleasant Towne Centre every two hours, beginning at 7:45 a.m. Lucky ducks who live within the Route 402 Zone can call and schedule a pickup. Strap your beach cruiser to the front of the bus, pay your $3, and enjoy your day at the beach.
Beachside bars and restaurants include the Windjammer, Banana Cabana, and Coconut Joe’s, all of which have outdoor patios and seating. Hucks Lowcountry Table is a great spot for seasonal fare for lunch and dinner. The Front Beach area also has a cute collection of shops with an ice cream parlor and pizzeria. If you’re in need of gear, check out Beachtown and the Isle Surf Co.
On the back side of the island along the Intracoastal Waterway, you’ll find the marina where you can go parasailing, rent waverunners, and charter fishing boats.
The best place to wed is the Wild Dunes Resort with its upscale amenities, beach access, and open space. The resort even has a team of event planners, if you have the budget for that sort of destination wedding. Another popular wedding venue is the Citadel Beach House. Owned and managed by the local military college, the house is available for event rentals ($2,500-$4,000) and makes for a picture-perfect beachfront wedding and reception.
IOP has a combination of small hotels, condos, and giant beach homes. It’s a good place to host a family reunion, as you can probably sleep 36 people in just a couple of houses. Check out Resort Quest or Island Realty for the latest deals.
Overall, Isle of Palms is a pleasant, clean beach that is ideal for families who don’t want to worry about alcohol, college kids, or (most of the time) dogs off leash. —Stephanie Barna
The Outer Beaches
While the bustling scenes and glimmering sands of Folly Beach, Sullivan’s Island, and the Isle of Palms are convenient to beach-goers, there’s plenty more to enjoy and explore. South of downtown, Edisto, Seabrook, and Kiawah islands offer up plenty of opportunities for coastal fun, while the marshy spots north of the IOP at Capers and Bull islands offer more rustic recreational adventures.
The woodsy, mostly rural Edisto Island is located about 50 miles southwest of Charleston, at the southern-most tip of Charleston County. Edisto Beach is a vacation home hotspot, lined with sleepy roads, impressive houses, golf courses, trails, ponds, and funky shops and restaurants. There are more than three miles of wide beaches. Anglers can enjoy great surf and pier fishing (the most serious go for the deep-sea fishing). Edisto State Park features handicap-friendly bike and hiking trails, cabins, villas, and campsites. The Old Post Office Restaurant, a highly acclaimed old-school seafood eatery on Highway 174, recently reopened with a traditional menu of Lowcountry fare.
Seabrook and Kiawah islands are sibling resort communities with broad beaches, luxurious accommodations, marinas, golf courses, tennis courts, and villas. Private, heavily wooded, and handsomely landscaped, these elite, sumptuous beach towns are destinations for well-to-do vacationers and locals alike.
On the south end of Seabrook Island at the North Edisto River Inlet, you’ll find Pelican Beach, which is convenient to the island’s fancy club facilities. It’s easy to get away from the hub of activity at the marina and take in the terrific beach and dune scenery. Peaceful, vast, and uncrowded, Seabrook is a breezy delight.
About 30 miles south of Charleston, Kiawah Island is a popular beach community and golf resort that boasts more than 10 miles of beach and dunes. Much of the property is set aside as a habitat for a variety of plant and animal species, including sea turtles, wild deer, bobcats, and a variety of birds. The Kiawah Island Golf Resort is a major tourist draw. Beachwalker County Park, a wide public beach with amenities located on the western end of the island, is a favorite destination for locals. Situated at the crossroads of Kiawah, Seabrook, and Johns islands, the Freshfields Village shopping area offers a number of shops and restaurants.
Capers and Bull islands are less about resort living and more about exploring the waters and islands of the Intracoastal Waterway and Cape Romain. Adventure-seekers can take a ferry, boat, or kayak past the Isle of Palms Marina and the cluster of houses on Dewees Island toward both destinations.
Accessible only by boat, the approximately three-square-mile Capers Island is a pristine, undeveloped barrier island with plenty of deer, loggerheads, foxes, alligators, and marine animals. There are more than 200 acres of beach backed by marshes and creeks. Campers must acquire a free permit by calling the S.C. Department of Natural Resources’ Marine Resources Division (843-953-9301).
Bull Island — known as the “gem of Cape Romain”— is a quiet barrier island within the Cape Romain National Wildlife Refuge. Small roads and footpaths provide opportunities for hiking and wildlife observation. Most visitors take the ferry from the IOP offered by Coastal Expeditions. Boneyard Beach is a quiet stretch of sand along the east side, littered with sun-bleached trees and driftwood.
The boat trip out to Capers and Bull is as fun as the stay. A casual cruise up the waterway offers boaters plenty of dolphin-watching, birding, and fishing. Anglers can reel in spottail, trout, flounder, hammerheads, and snapper from the surf.
If you’re traveling to the Charleston area on vacation and have brought your beloved furry friend with you, finding things to do where the WHOLE family is welcome can be a challenge. Beaches are an option provided that you check restrictions regarding hours when pets are / are not allowed and when they must be on leash. Most indoor attractions [museums, galleries, shops, etc] are not going to allow pets inside. There are some walking tours and boating tours that will allow you to bring a small pet [often leashed or in a carrier]. Did you know that Doin’ The Charleston Tours allows you to bring your small pet on our air-conditioned motorized bus tours of historic Charleston? That’s right, you don’t need to leave your furry baby in the hotel while you tour our beautiful Holy City. You can bring him/her with you on our bus! The two of you can sit back and learn all about our historic city with our local guide Marvin and his multi-media presentation while being driven around to the different historic sites.
At Doin’ The Charleston Tours, we love taking tourists and locals alike on informative, educational and FUN tours of our beautiful, historic city! One of our favorite things to do is to take groups on tour of Charleston, groups from all over the country [and world!]. Here are just a few of the groups we have taken on tour this past spring:
- Goldring Arts Journalism Program – Syracuse, NY
- Northwood Temple Senior Eagles – Fayetteville, NC
- Berean Baptist Church Senior Group – Lilburn, GA
- Patrick Henry School – Estill, SC
- St. Gregory the Great Catholic School – Bluffton, SC
- South Carolina Women of the Evangelical Lutheran Church of America ( SCWELCA)
Thanks to all of the groups that have taken tours with us this year! Charleston makes a wonderful day trip for schools, churches and other organizations around the LowCountry. We can help arrange a whole day packed full of activities for you!