Spring time is in the air here in the Lowcountry and soon we will be welcoming beach days, longer nights and some of the most cherished time- where its not too hot or too cold but just right. Visiting Charleston in March is an absolutely gem; you’ll beat the summer crowds and the summer heat. Since you’ll be booking a stay in the heart of Charleston, you’ll be within walking distance of so many places to dine, drink and shop. Sometimes it can be overwhelming on where to start planning your activities. We’ve compiled a list of must see and do things while you’re in Charleston this March.
- Magnolia Gardens
America’s last large-scale Romantic-style Garden, Magnolia Gardens is unlike many other gardens and has been welcoming guests since the 1870s. The Gardens interact with nature in a way that are not as formal as most gardens but instead Magnolia cooperates with nature to create a tranquil landscape. “Today there are various varieties of flowers from camellias, daffodils, to azaleas and countless other species in bloom year round, with the climax of incredible beauty building towards the spring bloom.”
Fore more information: Magnolia Gardens.
- Angel Oak Tree
This beautiful & historic living angel oak tree is loved by both tourists and locals alike. Thought to be at least 500 years old, this majestic tree is located on Johns Island which makes for a scenic 20 minute drive from the hotel. While you’re on the island, visit Tattooed Moose for lunch or drinks, stop in Low Tide Brewery for a local draft, take a walk at Caw Caw Interpretive Center.
- Walk Across the Ravenel Bridge
Officially opening in 2005, the iconic Ravenel Bridge is a beloved part of the Charleston skyline. Spanning two and a half miles, the bridge offers a pedestrian and bike way that can be accessed from either downtown Charleston or from the opposite side in Mount Pleasant. It’s a great way to get some exercise in and see the harbor from a birds eye point of view. You’ll catch some ships coming into the port, be able to view the U.S.S. Yorktown and enjoy the Charleston breeze.
- Shop along King Street
King street offers a vast variety of shops. From clothing, jewelry, soaps, candles, luxury stores, shoes, rugs… the list goes on. If you can’t find it on King Street, you probably can’t find it anywhere else. Home to a lot of locally owned & operate stores, its the perfect spot to find something unique and one of a kind. Don’t feel overwhelmed by the options, here is a complete guide to what shops King Street houses. Plan out which ones you have to stop at before you’re even in town!
- Dine Outside at Locally Loved Restaurants
We don’t need to tell you for the millionth time that Charleston’s dining scene is the best- that’s part of he reason why you’re visiting us! Here is a quick list of restaurants that offer wonderful food, drinks & outdoor dining:
Brown Dog Deli
39 Rue de Jean
The Park Café
Rodney Scott’s BBQ
The Royal American
- Explore the Charleston Brewery District
The craft beer scene in Charleston has truly taken off. Home to some of the best, award winning beers & breweries, there’s a newly dubbed Brewery District that gives the latest up to date information and locations of the newest spots to check out. Book a brewery tour and take the worry out of driving yourself. If you opt to forego the tour route, download the Uber or Lyft app.
- Check out Folly Beach
Plan to take another quick 20 minute drive or Uber to bask in the sunshine, Folly Beach’s eclectic & family friendly vibe is the perfect pace to sit back and relax. Famous for finding shark teeth and offering activities like renting a jet ski or learning how to surf, or for the more chill person- rent some beach chairs- there’s a little bit of everything at Folly Beach.
- Visit Firefly Distillery & Explore all of Park Circle
Home to Sweet Tea Vodka, Firefly Distillery offers 25 different spirits and the opportunity to taste a variety when you visit the North Charleston location. Offering a giant lawn perfect to spread out with your four-legged furry pal while sipping one of their cocktails, Firefly is the perfect spot to enjoy that perfect Spring Day at. Sitting just right outside the Park Circle neighborhood, its worth making the few second drive to check out this adorable neighborhood. With other bars, restaurants & shops, you can spend an entire dat hanging out and relaxing in Park Circle.
- Festival of House and Gardens
Beginning March 11th, the Festival of House and Gardens features virtual and in-person events this year to insure all safety measures are taken and still be able to offer one of Charleston’s favorite festivals. With tours of magnificent gardens, find yourself mesmerized by the spring blooms, historic charms and much more when on one of the guided tours or virtual tours.
- Explore one of the many Charleston County Parks
Charleston County offers over 30 parks throughout the area. Each offering different reasons to visit, you cannot make a mistake when you choose any of them to visit when you are staying in Charleston. A few favorites include: James Island County Park
Lighthouse Inlet Heritage Preserve
Stono River County Park
View a complete list of parks here.