Sometimes you just need an escape from the usual routine. A weekend getaway can be the perfect solution to help you find a rejuvenating change of pace. Charleston, SC offers plenty of things to do, attractions to see, and culture to experience to make for the perfect Southern weekend getaways!
In this post we’ll offer some tips to help you get the most out of your Charleston weekend vacation. Plan your days and nights in a way that will maximize your enjoyment!
Eat A Big, Southern Breakfast To Get Started
In Charleston, breakfast isn’t just the usual bacon and eggs. You can count on a basket of biscuits with jam, fried green tomatoes and of course, grits. Be sure to visit the ATM first, as some of Charleston’s best greasy spoons are cash only. Not sure where to go? Check out Trip Advisor’s list of the 10 Best Breakfast Restaurants in Charleston.
Hit The Beach Early To Beat The Crowds
Charleston has three popular beaches: Folly Beach, Sullivan’s Island and Isle of Palms—and each has its own personality. Wherever you go, one thing is certain: there will be lots of other visitors enjoying their Southern weekend getaways in Charleston, SC too. That means you’ll want to get there early to find parking. It doesn’t hurt to enjoy the cooler temperatures of the morning and early afternoon either. Work up an appetite and grab fish tacos for lunch. Each beach also has dog-friendly hours if you want to bring the pup!
Take A Tour Of The Town … And Go Back In Time
Charleston’s history intertwines with some of our nation’s landmark moments in The Revolutionary and Civil War. With one of the largest historic districts in the nation, Charleston is a paradise for history buffs. One of the quintessential activities for a southern weekend getaway in Charleston, SC is to take a carriage tour. Beef up your historical knowledge while seeing the town from a horse drawn carriage!
Grab A Drink (Or Two)
It’s no secret that the Holy City likes to have it’s fun. The downtown streets are lined with bars, cafes, and bistros that offer competitive happy hour specials for a pre-dinner drink. Around the perimeter of downtown Charleston, moving toward the outer limits, an emerging local beer scene has also sprouted, with nearly a dozen different breweries. Need to narrow down your choices? Check out Eater’s list of 29 Essential Charleston Bars. Cheers!
Charleston-Only Attractions & Activities
When planning out your vacation, be sure to include a few of these activities, as they’re only available in Charleston!
- Visit the Angel Oak Tree (John’s Island)
- Paddleboard at Shem Creek (Mount Pleasant)
- Kayak at Middlebrook Plantation (Mount Pleasant)
- Take a walk along Rainbow Row (Downtown)
- Visit a Civil War-era submarine, The H.L. Hunley (North Charleston)
- Walk the deck of the WWII-era, U.S.S. Yorktown (Mount Pleasant)
Fall & Winter Getaways In Charleston
Charleston may get the most attention in the warmer summer months, but the city has plenty of options, year round—and the cooler months often offer less crowds. Consider a fall or winter weekend getaway in Charleston when you don’t mind not taking a dip in the ocean. In the later months, you can still enjoy the beach and Southern culture, including the fine dining all across the city. Without the beach to divert the crowds, theatres, music venues and other live performances come to the forefront. Also, September-March is prime time to catch one of the many oyster roasts or Lowcountry boils that are thrown seemingly every weekend—a true Southern weekend getaway experience!
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