19 Must-Do Charleston Adventures in 2015

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2014 has come and gone. Hopefully, everyone celebrated the end of the year with a bang, while reflecting on all the amazing adventures that were had. Now it's time to plan ahead for 2015 and make sure this year is even better than the last. Here are 19 uniquely Charleston resolutions that will ensure an unforgettable year and total immersion in the best of the Lowcountry. You might get sweaty and sandy, but you'll never be bored.

1. Wake up on the beach.

There's nothing like waking up in a tent and seeing the sun rise over the ocean. Brew a fresh pot of coffee and enjoy the view bright and early on Capers Island.

2. Paddle with dolphins.

One of the most magical (and, at first, slightly terrifying) Charleston experiences of all time.

Jake Wheeler

3. Get lost in the marsh and find your way home.

Go explore a new creek, get stuck in the mud, and be humbled by the beauty of the Lowcountry habitat.

4. Visit Westbrook, Holy City, and Palmetto Brewery in one day.

Treat yourself to some of the best local craft brews in the Lowcountry. Each brewery offers a distinct experience.

5. Eat something weird at Two Boroughs Larder.

Take your taste buds on a culinary journey with TBL's out-of-the ordinary dishes. If you can find an entree you've had before on their menu, our hats are off to you.

6. Surf the Washout during a storm.

It might be a little choppy out there, but the huge waves at one of Charleston's best beaches are hard to beat.

7. Catch a big-ass redfish.

They're out there, and when you hook one you'll know it. Head out to the marsh with your fly rod, or out to the surf with your bait-caster and just wait for the glory.

Logan Waddell

8. Finish the Cooper River Bridge Run.

Enjoy incredible views of Charleston during this world-class 10k while getting in a nice workout before day drinking at watering holes across the city. The post-party festivities are as fun as the race itself.

9. Bike from Sullivan's Island to Folly Beach.

This 20-plus mile ride is ambitious, but it's a must-do, with epic views throughout.

Brooke McCallion

10. Read all of Pat Conroy's Books (and thank us later).

This literary great, who lives on a barrier island about two hours south of the city, has made the Lowcountry a character in many of his popular novels. Head to the beach with one of Conroy's masterpieces, and prepare for a full day of reading.

11. Have an oyster roast with friends.

A Lowcountry staple: Grab your buddies, steam those bivalves over hot iron and under a saltwater-soaked sack, and start shuckin'.

12. Climb to the top of the wall at James Island County Park.

If you've been in the city for a while, it's a refreshing way to get a new perspective on things. The view from the top of this wall is stunning.

13. Take a walk South of Broad.

Stroll down the Holy City's age-old alleyways and get a feel for what life was like in the 17th century.

Charleston's TheDigitel

14. Run the first section of the Palmetto Trail.

Need some incentive for training for that ultra? The 28-mile out-and-back Awendaw Passage is a great way to get in shape and explore the swamp at the same time.

15. Watch the sun set on Pitt Street Bridge.

Enjoy a quiet evening on Pitt Street with a bottle of wine and some beach chairs.

16. Pick your own produce from a Johns Island farm.

If healthier eating is on your list of resolutions this year, produce sourced from South Carolina's largest island is the way to go. After you've had a Johns Island tomato, there's no going back.

17. Paddle from Sol Legare to Kiawah Island.

View Kiawah from the other side during this epic, 2.5-mile paddling experience, which will likely include viewing bottlenose dolphins that love to swim up to kayakers.

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18. Walk the Morris Island Lighthouse trail.

This short walk yields one of the most breathtaking views of this historic lighthouse, which was completed in 1876 and now stands completely surrounded by water.

19. Spend the day at the Battery.

Bring a Frisbee or a ball for a day of chilling in the park. When you're ready for a break, catch a few z's beneath the shade of a massive live oak in a hammock.

Complete every single item on this list—or even just a few—and you're certain to have one hell of a uniquely Charleston experience. 

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