The start to summer is coming and we can hardly wait to welcome the many visitors for Memorial Day weekend in Charleston. If you haven’t already planned your trip we would hate for you to miss out on all the fun! Our history filled city is the perfect place to spend this important holiday. To honor those that have made the ultimate sacrifice, and start Summer off right, we have several excursions you can’t miss.
The first stop on your trip must be the incredible naval museum located at the mouth of the Cooper River. This especially relevant landmark, housed in an aircraft carrier, includes a Vietnam Experience Exhibit and a Medal of Honor museum. As a special treat Patriots Point will host two free showings of the Griffin Theatre Company’s critically-acclaimed stage production, “Letters Home.” This is a great way to learn more about what it is like for soldiers at abroad. While you are there, make sure to ask plenty of questions. The guides at Patriot’s Point are passionate and eager to educate guests.
The Charleston Farmers Market is a great place to grab breakfast and pick up some gifts for your friends back home. Local Vendors sell everything from locally grown grits to jewelry created out of vintage finds. You could easily spend 2 hours here relaxing, snacking and browsing. The Market is open every Saturday from 8 am to 2 pm in Marion Square.
A cruise through the Charleston harbor is one of the most relaxing ways to explore the city’s waterways this Memorial Day Weekend. Soak in the sea breezes, relax, and unwind with a view of many historically significant sites including Fort Sumter and Fort Moultrie. Keep your eyes peeled and you just might spot a bottlenose dolphin swimming nearby.
Soaking in some sun on the beach is a popular activity for Memorial Day weekend in Charleston. While hitting the beach is always a good idea, choosing where to go is another story. We have five sandy beaches, each boasting its own wonderful qualities. Learn more here about our two favorite beaches: Folly Beach and Sullivan’s Island. Pack a lunch, some sunscreen, and a boogie board and you’ll be all set for the day. Make sure you head out early to beat the traffic!
Another must while here for Memorial Day Weekend the Spoleto Festival. Whether you are interested in seeing a contemporary dance performance, or a lively concert at a 250-year-old plantation, Spoleto has something for everyone. Charleston’s creative culture truly comes alive as this highly recognized and internationally acclaimed festival hosts 17-days worth of events showcasing more than 150 performances of opera, dance, theater, classical music, and jazz. Make sure you check out Circa 1886 Restaurant with their extended hours during the festival so dinner doesn’t interfere with your festival event.