Travelers come to Charleston for the nearby beaches, the historic streets and the amazing food, but what surprises many visitors are the adventures awaiting around every corner in South Carolina’s Lowcountry. Check out four of the best outdoor adventures in the area – plus one hip indoor adventure in case you’re caught under spring showers.
A journey with the tide
Explore the Lowcountry’s many waterways with a stop at Coastal Expeditions. The company’s three locations offer kayak tours, lessons and rentals. They offer specialty outings such as low-tide dolphin tours, monthly full-moon tours, and even daybreak and sunset tours. Wanna explore on your own? They’ll teach you how and send you on your way with a rental for the afternoon.
Get roped in
Wild Blue Ropes, a brand-new elevated ropes course, welcomes up to 135 thrill seekers every hour. Perfect for group getaways and families, Wild Blue Ropes offers four courses, each with a different difficulty level.
Twenty-two tower poles and nearly 70 course elements support suspended steps, ladders, bridges and other challenges at either 15 or 25 feet in the air. It’s just across the river from Charleston proper, located on James Island.
Conquer the water
Air & Earth is a one-stop-shop with everything you need to catch a wave or ride the tide: rentals range from surf, skim and body boards to stand-up paddle (SUP) boards – the most beginner-friendly water sport. Rent by the day or book a lesson in kiteboarding, surfing or stand-up paddle boarding. The Air team has experts who can get you atop the water in no time. Pro tip: Many Charleston locals swear by the surfing at nearby Folly Beach.
Ride the waves
Charleston County may have plenty of rivers and even nearby surf zones, but the county’s parks and recreation department also operates three water parks, which mean three times the options for aquatic adventures.
Whirlin’ Waters, Splash Zone and Splash Island all have different features that appeal to kids of all ages. Seek out wave pools, lazy rivers and waterfalls. All three parks open May 3 and are weekends-only through May 25. Parks open daily May 26-Aug. 15.
Get bowled over
If the skies are filled with doom and gloom, stash the kayaks and surfboards, and put away your sunglasses. Your alternate destination should be downtown’s hip bowling alley, conveniently monikered The Alley. It has a famed list of White Russian cocktails that could be a draw on its own, but the eight lanes of bowling and collection of retro arcade games keep kiddos big and small entertained and out of the sun. A full restaurant and ongoing specials make this bowling alley a cut above the rest.
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