Conde Naste has named Charleston, South Carolina the #1 small city in the country for eight years in a row and we think it’s easy to see why… The beautiful scenery, the idyllic streets & the endless supply of delicious restaurants make Charleston easy to love and nearly impossible to leave. There’s no wrong time to visit but personally we think springtime may be the best! Don’t believe us? Here are the top 10 things to do in Charleston in the Spring and just reasons that Charleston does Spring better than the rest of the country.
1. THE WEATHER
Charleston’s temperate climate makes it a pleasant spot to relax and rejuvenate no matter the season, but Springtime in Charleston strikes that perfect balance of not-too-cold, not-too-hot. Daytimes can be spent in shorts and a tank top, while nights may require just a light jacket. There is truly no better way to experience our beautiful city than by taking in the Lowcountry landscape outdoors.
Our recommendation: Be on the lookout for Gotcha rental bikes throughout the City for a great way to tour Downtown!
2. See The Sights
Whether it’s by boat, bike, carriage tour or on a walking tour, you will see a different side of the city with each tour. It should come as no surprise that for a city as packed with history, there is a wide variety of tour options available for whatever your style may be.
3. Float, Pedal & Party
There is no better way to live like a local than by cruising with Saltwater Cycle (no surprise there!) Our one hour and forty minute tours pedal down the scenic Ashley River in style. Our cruises are perfect for bachelor/bachelorette parties, birthday parties, family outings, or just a much needed booze cruise! The tours always include drinking games, dance parties, and dolphin sightings. Come float, pedal, party & explore the Lowcountry waterways with us on the only pedal boat tour in Charleston!
4. WINE & DINE
Charleston is a world-renowned culinary hub home to some of the best chefs and restaurateurs in the country, so it shouldn’t come as any surprise that our restaurants are some of the best in the country. From BBQ, steakhouses, raw bars to some of the best traditional Southern cooking, no matter the cuisine type, there is a restaurant for you.
One delicacy of note: soft-shell crab. In early-mid spring, this delectable offering is prepared uniquely at some of our favorite restaurants in the area, and it’s only available for a very limited time. Another local favorite for Spring? Locally sourced and fresh oysters.
It may seem like this should count as the same reason as the fabulous restaurants, but us Charlestonians take our brunch seriously. Charleston is known for its Sunday brunch scene & it certainly deserves its own highlight. Many places offer specialty menu items and live entertainment during their extended brunch hours. So pick a place with a patio and enjoy the amazing spring weather while sipping on speciality mimosas or bloody marys. Yes, that is a Bloody Mary with shrimp, crab leg, and hush puppies. Check out The Darling to try it! We also recommend Miller's All Day, Bodega, and Page's Okra Grill.
6. Historical Sites
With such a rich history, there is no shortage of beautiful, historic & informative locations to visit. The landscaping, gardens & courtyards are in full bloom with beautiful flowers to admire.
Magnolia Plantation and Gardens may be the best place to do that as it is home to vast collections of azaleas and camellias. And wouldn’t you know it? They bloom in the spring! Walking through the gardens in spring, you are transported to a wonderland of pinks, reds, whites, and yellows. Flowers bursting with color are set against the serene waterways, live oaks, and Spanish moss that permeate the surroundings. A beautiful way to spend the day!
7. THE BEACHES
Summer may seem like the right time for beach travels, but spring has its benefits. The weather warms up so early in Charleston that the beach is already usually calling by April. The water may still be a bit chilly, but refreshing seems the more appropriate word. And there’s the bonus of far less traffic and tourists. Spring is the time when lying on your beach blanket in the sun is the height of relaxation.
Our recommendation: Sullivan’s Island, it's a bit less touristy and has an adorable Downtown area with great food, bars, and shops!
8. SHEM CREEK
Shem Creek is a lovely little spot just over the Ravenel Bridge in Mt. Pleasant. Restaurants and bars line both sides of the idyllic waterway, and there are plenty of patios to sit and soak up the sunshine. Known for their seafood, views & environment, you can’t go wrong with any of the many options. Grab a drink, order some apps & enjoy the view while a soft spring breeze blows through. Make sure to keep an eye on the water— as dolphins are the real regulars here.
9. Rooftop Season
When talking about the outdoors & top views, you can’t beat the rooftops of Downtown Charleston. Up and down the peninsula there is no shortage of rooftops to visit. From The Vendue Hotel near Waterfront Park all the way up to Revelry Brewings, you just can’t beat the views with a cocktail in hand, especially during Happy Hour. Trust me when I say, there is a rooftop to match your vibe. Below are just a few of our favorites.
- While 2021 is still the year of cancelled gatherings, we cannot stop looking forward to when we can finally head to some of our favorites. Lucky for us, Charleston plays host to some amazing annual events!