Off the Beaten Path in Charleston

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Another weekend, another debate about what to do outside. Chill at the beach or push yourself and try a new experience? Testing the limits doesn't necessarily mean taking unnecessary risks, but rather enjoying the thrill of trying something new. Here are some options that will definitely get you out of your comfort zone, and will probably add to your repertoire of stories you'll tell your friends for the rest of your life.

Wild Blue Ropes Course

Wild Blue

[Wild Blue]( is a ropes course that opened up on James Island this spring. With four courses ranging in difficulty, your entire group will have the opportunity to test their skills. This is not one of those run-of-the-mill theme park ropes courses, Wild Blue was designed and crafted by professionals who specialize in creating course problems to test your physical and mental limits. Whether you want to prove to yourself that you can swing from rope to rope 35 feet in the air, or watch your family have the time of their lives in a brand new environment, Wild Blue delivers.

Fishing Charter

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The waters surrounding the lowcountry are some of the most bountiful on the East Coast. Venture 60 miles offshore to the gulfstream to fight gigantic fish all day, or head deep inshore to Charleston’s tidal creeks and rivers to land redfish, flounder, and trout on your fly rod or with light tackle. With so many inshore and offshore guides available in the Charleston area, you have plenty of options for going out and landing quite possibly the best seafood dinner you’ll ever have. After an incredible day trip on the water you will have an entire new outlook and respect for the waters the Holy City thrives on. Fair warning: most first timers do not realize they’re prone to seasickness until they are rolling up and down on a 20 foot swell somewhere in the Atlantic Ocean, so be prepared just in case. Be sure to research which guide will best suit your trip, and be able to accommodate your crew. Contact Lowcountry Fly Shop or Haddrell’s Point Tackle to find out more.

Near Shore Paddling with Charleston Paddler

Charleston Paddler

Sometimes an out of the ordinary experience is just beyond your reach. Charleston visitors can get out on the water with the dolphins and manatees that spend their summers in Shem Creek, on a paddleboard or kayak. If you’ve never experienced a dolphin cruising up to check you out on your paddleboard, it is something that will be forever ingrained in your memory. With Charleston Paddler there to facilitate your day on the water, this experience is no longer inconceivable, and too great to miss out on.

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