Charleston, SC is a wonderful vacation destination year round. But springtime may be the tops! There is never a shortage of fun things to do—sporting events, cultural affairs, extravagant tours. The city is abuzz with entertainment. Don’t believe us? Here are 10 reasons to visit Charleston in the spring!
Charleston’s temperate climate makes it a pleasant spot to relax and rejuvenate no matter the season. But spring strikes that perfect balance of not-too-cold, not-too-hot. Daytimes can be spent in shorts and a tank top, while nights may require just a light jacket. You can peruse the city streets with ease, without worrying about a brisk cold snap or the blistering heat of the summer sun. Plus it's always the perfect season to float, pedal & party with us on a Saltwater Cycle Cruise.
Charleston is a world-renowned culinary hub. One reason for that is the many award-winning chefs that call the Holy City home. As artists, they demand to use fresh, seasonal, locally sourced ingredients. So some of the best food in Charleston is only available in the spring. One delicacy of note: soft-shell crab. In early-mid spring, this delectable offering is prepared uniquely at a multitude of restaurants in the area, and it’s only available for a very limited time.
MAGNOLIA PLANTATION AND GARDENS
Magnolia Plantation and Gardens is home to vast collections of azaleas and camellias. And wouldn’t you know it? They bloom in the spring! Walking through the gardens in spring, you are transported to a wonderland of pinks, reds, whites, and yellows. Flowers bursting with color are set against the serene waterways, live oaks, and Spanish moss that permeate the surroundings. A beautiful way to spend the day!
Summer may seem like the right time for beach travels, but spring has its benefits. The weather warms up so early in Charleston that the beach is already beckoning by May. The water may still be a bit chilly, but refreshing seems the more appropriate word. And there’s the bonus of far less traffic and tourists. Spring is the time when lying on your beach blanket in the sun is the height of relaxation.
Shem Creek is a lovely little spot just over the Ravenel Bridge in Mt. Pleasant. Restaurants and bars line both sides of the idyllic waterway, and there are plenty of patios. Sit and enjoy decadent food and cocktails while a soft spring breeze blows through. And keep an eye on the water—dolphin sightings are a regular event here!
Speaking of eating outdoors, Charleston is known for its Sunday brunch scene. With many places offering specialty menu items and live entertainment, it’s obvious the Holy City takes its brunch seriously. So pick a place with a patio and enjoy the amazing spring weather while sipping mimosas.
FESTIVAL OF HOUSES AND GARDENS
The Festival of Houses and Gardens is a one-of-a-kind opportunity to see the insides of some of Charleston’s most opulent and historic private homes. Take tours of these awe-inspiring buildings and saunter through their majestic gardens. From seeing the unique architecture to the flower boxes flooded with colorful flowers, experiencing these homes is a treat for the senses.