May 19, 2021

Best Picnic Spots in Charleston

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It’s springtime in Charleston, and you can bet we’re spending as much time as possible outdoors enjoying the sunshine, warm breezes, and beautiful blooms. In addition to recreational activities, one of the best ways to enjoy spring in Charleston is to order takeout from your favorite restaurant and go on a picnic with family and friends. Let William Means be your guide to the best picnic spots in Charleston!

Pitt Street Bridge | Mount Pleasant

Once a trolley bridge connecting Mount Pleasant and Sullivan’s Island, Pitt Street Bridge at Cove Inlet offers views of Sullivan’s Island, the marsh, and Charleston Harbor. This quiet and peaceful causeway with a wide lawn is the perfect place for a picnic dinner as it boasts incredible sunset views.

Waterfront Park | Downtown Charleston

Grab lunch to-go from one of historic Charleston’s many delicious eateries and head to Waterfront Park, where you can enjoy cool breezes under the shade of palm trees and live oaks while you eat.

Sullivan’s Island Beach | Sullivan’s Island

For a fun day in the sun, visit Sullivan’s Island beach with your favorite picnic lunch and watch ships go by in the Atlantic Ocean. After you eat, take a stroll down the beach and admire the stunning beachfront homes. Keep an eye out for dolphins, too!

Maybank Green | I’On

Set in one of our favorite Mount Pleasant neighborhoods, Maybank Green is located at the heart of the I’On neighborhood. Surrounded by quiet residential streets, this spacious lawn is perfect for enjoying a picnic lunch followed by a nap in the sun or game of bocci ball.

Hampton Park | Downtown Charleston

The City of Charleston’s largest park, Hampton Park is home to an impressive array of blooming flowers that peak in the springtime. Enjoy a meal on the lawn and then take time to stroll through the park to take in the sights and sounds of fountains, wildlife and beautiful plantings.

The Washout | Folly Beach

Drive to the northern end of E Ashley Avenue on Folly Beach and you’ll find the hidden gem that is the Washout, also known as the Lighthouse Inlet Preserve. Walk the paved pathway to the beachfront where you can view the Morris Island Lighthouse while enjoying a picnic lunch on the sand.

James Island County Park | James Island

If you’re more interested in a cook-out style picnic, visit James Island County Park where numerous shelters offer a grill and picnic tables for get-togethers with family and friends.

We hope you enjoy the beautiful spring weather in Charleston!

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