Welcome to Charleston, South Carolina! Expect to fall in love with the unique beauty of the lowcountry, where the Deep South meets colonial charm and a strong local community. The loveliness of Charleston is evidenced by its original, colorful architecture, the friendliness of its people, and of course, the idyllic views only found in a Southern harbor town.
One of the best ways to enjoy Charleston's subtropical climate is with time spent at a local park–a picnic lunch or quick break from city exploration both work well as excuses to linger outside. You won't have to venture far to find an ideal park pit stop, as Charleston's best parks are close by in Mount Pleasant, West Ashley, James Island, and of course, downtown.
At each Charleston park, you'll encounter different special features and views, but enjoy the same comfortable, laid-back atmosphere at each. Exercise lovers will enjoy a bike ride or run through historic Hampton Park and its surrounding downtown neighborhoods, as well as the path at the old Pitt Street Bridge in Mount Pleasant. Beach babes can hit the sand and surf (with chair and umbrella rentals) at Folly Beach County Park, while adventurous kiddos will enjoy James Island County Park and the Charles Towne Landing National Historic Site. No trip to Charleston is complete without a visit to the Whitepoint Gardens at Battery Park. Rest in the shade under ancient live oaks draped in Spanish moss, with inspiring views of Fort Sumter and the Charleston Harbor.