Top 10 Things to Do in Mount Pleasant
Tour Boone Hall Plantation
With 738 acres to explore, Boone Hall is one of Charleston’s most picturesque plantations. Visitors can tour the home, which is furnished with fantastic antiques, experience the azaleas in full bloom, catch a glimpse of farming and plantation life, learn about the struggle of slavery at the original slave cabins, and gain a greater understanding of the role Charleston has played in our country’s heritage. Visitors can harvest veggies and pumpkins from its U-Pick fields which have grown crops for over 325 years. Halloween brings the annual event, Fright Nights, which features South Carolina’s largest haunted house. The October corn maze is a great way for kids to get outdoor exercise. Boone Hall also hosts the Lowcountry Oyster Festival (usually in January), which is the largest oyster festival in the Low Country. Last year, about 80,000 pounds of oysters were shucked! You’ll find additional educational programs and fun events at Boone Hall throughout the year.
Located at 1235 Longpoint Road
Take Sailing Lessons on the Harbor
Perhaps the only thing that’s better than gazing at the Charleston Harbor is being able to see the city directly on the water! Whether you’re a novice or an avid boater, these lessons are an affordable way to enjoy sailing without having to purchase your own equipment. Plus, the instructor is on the boat with you the entire time. Having taken the classes ourselves, we encourage you to sign up for at just one to give it a try. If you can get a small group of four or five people, your instructor will be able to tailor the lessons so that you learn more and more each session. The instructors are extremely knowledgeable at the Ocean Sailing Academy, and you’ll be amazed at how much there is to learn about knots, wind conditions, general sailor jargon, the physics of the boat, and more.
Located at 24 Patriots Point Road
Explore Patriots Point Naval and Maritime Museum
Take a self guided tour of the aircraft carrier Yorktown, which was commissioned in 1943 and served during World War II and Vietnam. You can browse the planes on its 40,000 square foot hangar deck, view the engine rooms that powered the ship, imagine what daily life would have been like in the bunk rooms and living quarters, and pay homage to the many memorials throughout the ship. At 888 feet long, the massive scale of this preserved vessel can only be appreciated in person. Visitors can also tour the adjacent submarine USS Clagamore with additional paid admission. Active duty military men and women in uniform can enjoy free admission to both sites. Youth groups can sign up for overnight camping among other educational programs.
Located at 40 Patriots Point Road
Eat or Shop in the Old Village Commercial District
Don’t get us wrong – Towne Center is fantastic for catching a movie or browsing the large retail stores, but there’s a charm in the Old Village commercial district that’s hard to find. You might recognize Pitt Street Pharmacy from the movie The Notebook. The store has changed little since it opened its doors over 60 years ago, and getting a drink from their soda fountain is a popular treat among locals. You’ll find an indulgent array of desserts and sandwiches at The Village Bakery. The Old Village Post House Inn offers 6 guest rooms and quaint yet gracious hospitality. On the ground floor of the inn, you’ll find one of the best brunches on Saturdays and Sundays at its restaurant. Dinner is also served nightly there, and both guests of the inn and street goers are welcome (we recommend making a reservation).
Located along Pitt Street
Fish or Take a Stroll on the Mount Pleasant Pier
This 1,250 foot long pier stretches into the Charleston Harbor beside the iconic Ravenel Bridge. Visitors can enjoy harbor views from the bench swings and shady spots spaced throughout the pier. The River Watch Café and Gift Shop sells sandwiches that are made to order along with other snacks. There are fishing rod rentals available and tackle sales here as well. You’ll also find events throughout the year hosted on the 8,100 square foot covered pavilion such as Shaggin’ on the Cooper and Movies on the Grand Lawn. The pier is just one of many sites operated by the Charleston County Park and Recreation Commission. If the pier catches your fancy, you might also check out Palmetto Islands County Park in Mount Pleasant which offers 943 acres of running and biking trails, a dog park, the Splash Island Waterpark, a smaller crabbing dock, kids’ playground, and much more.
Located at 71 Harry M. Hallman Jr Boulevard at Memorial Waterfront Park
Golf Where the Pros have Trodden
With 4 golf courses that are open to the public, Mount Pleasant is a fantastic place to enjoy Charleston’s mild weather year round. Patriots Point Links is the main public golf course in Mt. Pleasant, and its location overlooking the Charleston Harbor offers big views with a surprising small price. Dunes West is the city’s most impressive golf community, and its Arthur Hills designed course is immaculately maintained. After a round of golf, you might enjoy lunch or a cocktail at its Low Country styled club house (the wrap around porch offers peaceful marsh views). Rivertowne Country Club boasts an Arnold Palmer Signature course which was the site of the 2007 LPGA. Charleston National offers a Rees Jones course positioned along the Intracoastal Waterway and is also reasonably priced.
Kayak or Paddleboard Shem Creek
Coastal Expeditions offers a great kayak tour that starts in Mount Pleasant’s quaint Shem Creek and takes you to the Charleston Harbor where you can see the Holy City’s skyline and Crab Bank Seabird Sanctuary. Shem Creek is a fun waterway to explore since the shrimp boats attract lots of birds, dolphins, and other wildlife. You can also find kayak and paddleboard rentals at Nature Adventures Outfitters conveniently located on the creek. After your adventure, be sure to walk the 2,200 foot long boardwalk (for free) at Shem Creek Park. There are also good outdoor dining options at Tavern and Table, Red’s Ice House (very casual), or RB’s Seafood.
Nature Adventures Outfitters
Walk or Run the Cooper River Bridge
Everyone should – at least once in their lives – experience the thrill and the chaos of tens of thousands of people running and walking the length of the Ravenel Bridge during the Cooper River Bridge Run. We’re still relieved that the rickety old Cooper River Bridge has been replaced with the massive, cable stayed Arthur Ravenel Bridge. Not only does it feel much more structurally sound, but its 8 lanes offer more room and a higher vantage point. The 10K race usually takes place in April. Or, if you want to avoid the crowds, you can walk or run the pedestrian lane which offers phenomenal Charleston Harbor views for free!
Cooper River Bridge Run
Enjoy Panoramic Views at Pitt Street Park
A lesser known local gem, Pitt Street Park is laid on top of the old Pitt Street Bridge which connects Mount Pleasant to Sullivan’s Island. Before the Revolutionary War, it was a plank bridge that was built on barrels. In 1864, the submarine HL Hunley crossed the footbridge to access Breach Inlet on its test dive. From 1898 to 1927, a trolley provided the only access to the island from the mainland. Today, Pitt Street Park charges no admission fee, and you’ll be hard pressed to find a better backdrop than the panoramic views of the marsh and Cove Inlet. The historic markers also make for a unique exercise experience.
Located at the end of Pitt Street in Old Village
Picnic at Charles Pinckney National Historic Site
Attention history buffs and political junkies: Mount Pleasant was once home to a Founding Father. Charles Pinckney was a principle author and signer of the U.S. Constitution in addition to being a South Carolina governor, a United States senator, and a member of the House of Representatives. The Charles Pinckney Historic Site is a small portion of the family’s original 715 acre plantation, Snee Farm. The site is often overlooked among Charleston’s long list of historic hot spots. However, this cultural environment strongly influenced Pinckney as he helped to frame the Constitution – a document which restructured the foundation of our government to accommodate the growing pains of the United States in the mid 1780s (well after the 1776 Declaration of Independence). Only an hour or two is needed for this site, since the tour only consists of the home, a gift shop, and a video. We’d recommend bringing your own picnic so that you can enjoy the grounds. Perhaps the best part is that it has free admission!
Located at 1254 Longpoint Road
Our Favorite Restaurants in Mt. Pleasant
With the best shrimp and grits in Charleston, this local diner serves Southern styled dishes that would make Paula Deen jealous!
SOL Southwest Kitchen and Tequila Bar
This trendy and modern cantina is far from your traditional Mexican restaurant!
Old Village Post House
Located at the bottom of a quaint inn in the historic Old Village, the refined Post House offers a phenomenal brunch on Saturdays and Sundays in addition to nightly dinners.
Tavern and Table
Overlooking Shem Creek in Mt. Pleasant, this is a fantastic place to enjoy a sunset with seafood, burgers, and cocktails.
In addition to a contemporary atmosphere, you’ll find simply the best Thai food in Charleston.
In our minds, Boulevard Diner is second only to Page’s Grill for its Southern, home style cooking.
The Mustard Seed
Offering a healthier menu, this upscale restaurant is an ideal spot for vegetarians since they have a large selection of options!
Coleman Public House
This pub has an ever changing selection of taps in addition to hearty appetizers and burgers.
Five Loaves Café
With several locations throughout Charleston, this local café has the best sandwiches and soups in Mount Pleasant and is a great place to meet up for lunch!
Jack’s Cosmic Dogs
You’ll find just about any type of hot dog imaginable, plus their fresh cut fries are crisped to perfection!
This regional chain is known for their delicious handcrafted pizza, laid back atmosphere, and hippy inclinations.
Entertainment Within a 15 Minute Drive of Mount Pleasant
Isle of Palms and Sullivan’s Island
Most homes in Mount Pleasant are within a 5-15 minute drive to these 2 beaches!
Shopping on King Street
Nowhere in Charleston do history and modern life blend effortlessly than the trendy boutique stores, restaurants, bars, hotels, and coffee shops in charming 1920’s storefronts of King Street.
Ideally located on the Charleston Harbor, this attraction is popular with kids and adults of all ages! Check their calendar for interactive dive shows, free events, and updates from the sea turtle hospital.
The United States’ oldest museum was established here in 1773. In addition to silver, pottery, and weaponry, you can learn to make sweetgrass baskets at their workshops. You’ll find lots of kids’ events, too!
Perfect for rainy or warm weather, kids will find hours of indoor entertainment at their art center, medieval creativity castle, grocery play room, water tables, and pirate playground!
Walk the island fort where the Civil War began in 1861, plus enjoy a scenic boat ride with great views of the Ravenel Bridge, harbor, and downtown.
Family Circle Cup
The world’s largest women’s tennis tournament takes place on Daniel Island each spring.
Charleston’s professional soccer team also plays on Daniel Island, and their season usually runs from March to September.
Bulls Island Ferry Rides and Eco Tours
Coastal Expeditions works in partnership with the Cape Romain National Wildlife Refuge and the US Fish and Wildlife Service to offer ferry services, eco tours, guided bird migration trips, and more.
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