Boating and Kayaking – Those of us who are lucky enough to live downtown have access to several marinas from which to launch a boat or take a chartered cruise. Since Charleston is a peninsula surrounding by rivers on each side – the Ashley on the west and the Cooper on the east, both merging into the Charleston Harbor, opportunities to enjoy the water abound. The largest marina, the City Marina, has slips for all sizes including their MegaDock for Yachts and Schooners. Boats at the Maritime Center have easy access to the harbor, Mt. Pleasant, the Intracoastal Waterway and the open ocean.
Biking – Probably the best way to get around downtown is on a bike. Not only is it utilitarian, but it is also a pleasure, allowing you to see a part of Charleston you don’t notice from a car. This is why I started helping you find your new home on a bicycle. Most drivers respect a bicycle’s right-of-way, but of course always exercise caution! One of the best features of Charleston bicycling is the run/bike path over the new Ravenel Bridge into Mt. Pleasant. If you want a great workout and a spectacular view – I highly recommend it!
There are also great biking trails not too far from Downtown and of course beach biking is an experience second-to-none.
Running and Walking – There are many beautiful 2-5 mile routes around downtown Charleston, though sometimes it is fun to just let your feet wander. Many people enjoy a run along the Battery, heading southeast along the water to see the sunrise, or northwest to see the sunset. Dolphins, pelicans and seagulls will keep you company along your way. The perimeter of Colonial Lake is just under half a mile, and you’ll find many walkers and runners there stretching their legs.
Picnicking – In a town with countless parks, beautiful vistas and great weather, a picnic is a must. Enjoy White Point Gardens with the historic cannons, Waterfront Park with the swings and fountains or Marion Square with the Farmers Market and college students playing frisbee. Or discover your own special place – they are everywhere. Go to Ted’s Butcherblock or Caviar & Bananas to pick up some divine creations.
Fishing – Yes, you can fish Downtown. Anywhere there is water, there are fish. Catch the fishing report on the evening news to determine the best time.
Tennis – The City of Charleston operates public tennis courts throughout the city, offering leagues, programs and lessons for players of all ages.
Beaches – All of Charleston’s beaches are a 10-20 minute drive from Downtown. In fact, they are so close, it is tradition to keep a couple of beach chairs, a bathing suit and a towel in your car at all time in case the mood strikes you. Sullivan’s Island, Isle of Palms, and Folly Beach all offer different cultures and vistas, but the same gorgeous sands and opportunity for relaxation.
Check out this great video from the Charleston Convention and Visitors Bureau about Activities in Charleston.