Hammocks, Hoops and Happy Places Abound in Charleston | Charleston’s Choice
As an outdoor enthusiast, I’m one to “tie my hammock under the Isle of Palms pier”.
If the waves are good, I might venture to catch one on a bodyboard.
As a family, the beach is our happy place, and the Charleston area is full of good ones, including beautiful Charleston County parks.
Isle of Palms County Park is where you can most often find us, under the nearby fishing pier or floating in the Atlantic Ocean.
The parks have lifeguards on duty during the summer season, along with boardwalks and ramps, beach chair and umbrella rentals, and a concession stand.
For children tired of the sand, there is a playground, a volleyball court and a picnic area. Outdoor toilets and showers are available.
We try to meet our friends and family at least once a summer at Kiawah Beachwalker Park on the western end of Sea Island.
It’s the only public beach access on the island, and everything you might need is for rent. Dogs must be kept on a leash at all times.
And take it from my left foot – there are streaks in the water.
On the edge of America is Folly Beach County Park, with approximately 2,500 feet of shoreline. The recently renovated park has changing rooms, showers, picnic areas and a snack bar.
You can rent everything from surfboards to chairs and umbrellas if you don’t have any.
Other county parks offer their own attractions: you can stroll along a peaceful tidal stream (or fish or kayak) at the Palmetto Islands in Mount Pleasant; enjoy water parks at James Island and Wannamaker County Parks; and commune with alligators at the Caw Caw Interpretive Center in Ravenel.
One of the newest parks to visit is in Summerville at Ashley River Park, which opened in March 2022.
The $13.1 million park covers 85 acres along the beautiful Ashley River and features a zip line, kayak launch, docks and two dog parks.
When a dose of history combined with the outdoors is needed, we head to Charles Towne Landing, across the Ashley River from Charleston, or drive downtown to walk along the Battery and we stroll through White Point Garden. At Charleston’s Waterfront Park, try your luck and catch one of the swings along the Cooper River.
Sunset? Try the Pitt Street Bridge or Mount Pleasant Pier. The beach near Fort Moultrie on Sullivan’s Island is also a good place.
And one of my favorite places to shoot hoops is on the public grounds of Sullivan’s Island, recently named after longtime island resident Les Robinson, who was an athletic director and basketball coach. at the Citadel, in the Eastern State of Tennessee and in the State of North Carolina.
It may seem tame to some of you, but there are plenty of ways to get your adrenaline pumping.
Charleston Outdoor Adventures, Lowcountry Water Adventures, and Speed Boat Adventures can get you out on the water, and there are plenty of fishing guides around too. Kitesurfing and windsurfing opportunities are plentiful, and kayaking on Shem Creek offers a glimpse of aquatic and bird life, as well as humans at the creekside bars and restaurants.
One of my favorite places to golf is at Patriots Point Links in Mount Pleasant, and the newly remodeled Municipality of Charleston is very busy these days. If your game and wallet are in good shape, the Ocean Course on Kiawah Island is the experience of a lifetime.