Charleston looks good from all angles in the spring. Wisteria has started blooming on every corner, the city is slowly being consumed by colorful buds, and the breeze coming off of the ocean is starting to warm up the peninsula.
Spring is arguably the best time to visit the Holy City due to the warm (not ridiculously hot) weather, the uncrowded beaches, and the fact that tourist season hasn't quite started yet. Picture having all the best restaurants, trails, and waterways in Charleston to yourself, and then add some perfect weather to the mix.
While you're in town this spring be sure to take complete advantage of all the area's resources. Below is a guide to some of our favorite spring outings, some of which are well known, others which remain some of the city's best kept secrets.
The Intracoastal Waterway follows the East Coast of the United States, and serves as a safe passage way for boats, weaving in between the mainland and barrier islands. This waterway runs along the entire length of Charleston, and is a great route to paddle. If you're feeling particularly ambitious, try paddling from Isle of Palms to Kiawah Island.
There's nothing that stacks up to surfing for the first time. Finding a line on a wave, cruising in front of the force of the ocean, time seems to stand still and you can feel a connection between yourself and the water. Any trip to Charleston without experiencing that feeling is incomplete. On your way out to Folly Beach, stop by Ocean Surf Shop . They will set you up with a proper board and send you along to The Washout .
Upon first glance at TBL's menu, you may have trouble finding something you've heard of. Our advice? Blindly choose an entree, everything is fantastically presented, tastes incredible, and will turn you into an instant foodie. Try the Sweetbreads and thank us later.
Perhaps the most popular trail in the area, the Awendaw Passage is the best way to experience a Lowcountry trail. It's near the city, extremely easy to get to, and is a good distance for an all day hike or trail run. The trail will lead you through swamps, marsh, and pine before winding through hardwood forests further inshore. A day on the passage is a day well spent, and the perfect way to get out of the city for a little bit.
Pack your cooler, bring your beach chair, maybe some speakers, and cast a line into the mighty Atlantic off of the Morris Island Lighthouse Trail. The further you walk up the beach the more desolate it becomes. In other words, if you want a relaxing evening on the beach with no one else around, go here. Throw bait towards the inlet between Folly and Morris Island, and you're sure to bring in a few Redfish and maybe even a sand shark or two. Even if you come home empty handed, you'll get to see one hell of a sunset, and be sporting a nice tan as well.