You know the saying: "April showers bring May flowers." Well, we're about to exit the coldest temperatures of the year here in Charleston, and head straight into the rainy season. If you're familiar with Charleston after a week of light rain showers, you know that the city may as well be called Atlantis. Almost every street floods with at least 6 inches of water, and driving 10 blocks up from Broad Street to Calhoun can take anywhere from 15 to 30 minutes.
In other words, it's a nightmare. Here are a few cures to the rainy day blues in Charleston—one of which may not be entirely legal....
1. Surf The Washout / Hang at Rita's
That's right, put on your wetsuit, grab your board, and hit The Washout out for those knee-high, glassy slabs that tend to always follow the rain. You'll be in the water already, so a little rain isn't going to kill you. The rain also drives a lot of surfers away from the beach, so the line-up will be a little less crowded. After you've had your fill of waves, go to Rita's for a world class margarita, and sit outside under the porch roof while you watch the rain fall.
2. Coastal Climbing / Chow Down at Butcher & Bee
If you're not feeling the rain at all, and want to get a good work out in and have a blast at the same time, head over to Coastal Climbing and solve a few problems in the gym. There's no better way to forget about the rain than by listening to tunes, hanging out on a matress floor, and climbing all at the same time. As soon as you can no longer feel your forearms, walk one block down King Street to Butcher & Bee for a recovery meal and a beer. We highly recommend the pastrami sandwich or the B&B Burger, both of which will have you coming back the next day for more.
3. Run the Awendaw Passage / Recover at The Shelter
Do you like to get muddy? Then go run The Awendaw Passage. Going for a run in the rain is one of the most freeing experiences to be had on the trail. The rain cools you off, its fun to get muddy, and you're not going to have to dodge other walkers, runners, or hikers. After you've been sufficiently covered with mud from head to toe, hit The Shelter for a burger and brew. Just remember to hose off and make yourself somewhat presentable. You don't want to cause any envious stares while you're chowing down...you also don't want to be thrown out of the restaurant.
4. Urban Paddling / Hide Out at The Blind Tiger
Charleston's streets, after a good thunder storm, may as well be a system of canals and waterways similar to those you'd see in Venice. Some streets will flood with upwards of 10 inches of water, others over a foot. How cool would it be to take your kayak or stand up paddleboard (or even wakeboard) to the streets? Then, after your urban paddle down Ashley Avenue past all the motorists stuck in traffic, hit The Blind Tiger for the best bar food in town, and a huge selection of local beers at Charleston's favorite pub.