Fun Things to Do in Spring

When winter gives way to spring, there is a unique energy that envelops Charleston. The scent of Carolina Jasmine is simply intoxicating, and the streets buzz with excitement as locals and visitors begin enjoying restaurant patios, taking horse and carriage rides, and strolling along the waterfront. There is no shortage of fun things to do in Charleston in Spring, and we’ve made a list of a few of our favorites.


Plan a Beach Day

Springtime is one of the best times to explore one of the many nearby beaches. Folly, Sullivan’s Island, Isle of Palms, and Kiawah Island are all just minutes from downtown Charleston. Each offers its own personality and charm. Some even allow dogs. Click here for more details about our favorite beach spots.

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Explore Waterfront Park

Waterfront Park is a popular spot for locals and visitors alike. Located in the historic district of Charleston, it features stunning views of the Cooper River and the Charleston Harbor. Plenty of park benches are available to relax and enjoy the views, but we recommend grabbing a blanket and stretching out on the lush green grass under the large shady oak trees. Be sure to get a photo in front of the famous Pineapple Fountain and cool your feet off on a hot day!


Explore the Arts District During a First Friday ArtWalk

Thrumming with artistic energy, Charleston’s First Friday Artwalks burst onto the scene every month (except January and July). Dive into the heart of the city’s vibrant art scene as dozens of galleries and studios across town throw open their doors, showcasing local and international talent. Whether you’re an art aficionado or simply curious, the Artwalk is the perfect chance to mingle with Charleston’s creative community and discover hidden gems.

Charleston Farmers Market

Buy Local at the Charleston Farmers' Market

Purchase fresh, local fruits and vegetables at Charleston’s Farmers Market every Saturday. More than 200 vendors, from farmers to artisans, fill Marion Square with fresh produce, baked goods, crafts, and more. Live music adds a touch of atmosphere, making it a great way to kick off your Saturday from 8-2 pm.

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Visit the Largest Live Oak Tree East of the Mississippi

Just a short drive from Charleston on John’s Island, you will find a majestic live Oak Tree–The Angel Oak. This oak tree stands 65 feet high and is 25.5 feet in diameter, delivering shade to the surrounding 17,000 square feet. Admission to the park is free, but donations are highly encouraged. There is also a lovely gift shop to purchase a keepsake. Learn more about Charleston’s County Parks here.

Schooner Pride

See the Charleston's Skyline from the Water

Glide through Charleston’s historic harbor with Charleston Tours & Events. Choose from daily tours offering iconic sights, intimate celebrations on the Charleston Lady, or unique adventures on the city’s only 3-mast sailboat, the Schooner Pride. Dolphin sightings, sunset sails, and moonlight cruises await, each revealing Charleston’s beauty. See more tours and adventures here.

Patriots Point

Visit Patriot’s Point Naval & Maritime Museum

At Patriots Point, history takes flight aboard the iconic USS Yorktown. This landmark naval museum immerses you in the heart of Charleston’s maritime legacy, offering poignant glimpses into the Vietnam War and inspiring displays of American courage through the Medal of Honor Museum. Let the exhibits speak to you, and be sure to engage with the knowledgeable guides who make the past come alive. Click here for your nautical adventure. Click here for more information.

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Meander through the historic district via horse and carriage

Immerse yourself in Charleston’s timeless charm with Palmetto Carriage Works. Journey through the historic streets in a horse-drawn carriage, choosing between daytime explorations of the vibrant residential district or evening tours through the bustling commercial heart. For a touch of intimacy, opt for a private carriage ride, perfect for small groups or romantic outings. Whichever path you choose, you are assured an experience you will never forget. Book your unforgettable adventure today!

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Attend a Festival

There are a variety of fun festivals throughout Spring in Charleston. One of the most popular is The Charleston Festival, formerly known as the Festival of Houses and Gardens. This festival provides a rare opportunity for guests to go inside the private homes and gardens of some of America’s most beautiful historic residences. Set amid the ambiance of the city’s Historic District, this series of award-winning tours and educational events showcase Charleston’s distinctive architecture, history, gardens, and culture. Click here for more Spring Events.

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Visit Fort Sumter

Fort Sumter Tours offers the only tour with boats that dock at Fort Sumter, the site of the first shots fired in the American Civil War. The 30-minute ferry ride from Charleston is relaxing and educational. When you arrive, you’ll be greeted by National Park Service rangers who will provide further details about the fort and its pivotal role in the war. Be sure to keep your eye out for dolphins during the ferry ride!

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Walk and Eat Your Way through the Historic District

When you go on a Food Walking Tour with Bulldog Tours, you will walk, talk, and taste your way through Charleston’s most beloved and renowned culinary destinations. The guides are friendly, knowledgeable, licensed, and passionate about sharing Charleston’s 300 years of rich history and cultural and culinary traditions.

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Explore Waterfront Park in Mount Pleasant

Start your Mount Pleasant Waterfront Park excursion by stopping by the Visitors Center to get information about other attractions and tours in Charleston, and then head to the park. You’ll find artwork, sculptures, and beautiful foliage along the path to the pier. The 1250 ft. pier offers fabulous views of the Arthur Ravenel Bridge and you can stop for lunch or rent a fishing pole for a few dollars at the River Watch Cafe and Gift Shop.

Of course, there are countless additional fun things to do in spring that we couldn’t include here. Our Discover Charleston Guide Page is a great resource to find inspiration for your next visit to Charleston!