Autumn has arrived in Charleston! As the humidity decreases, Charlestonians begin to embrace the cool, fresh air with open arms. The cooler temperatures allow locals and visitors to embrace festive outdoor activities with family and friends. Follow this guide for a collection of our favorite fall activities to enjoy in the Holy City.
Visit a Charleston Plantation. Now that fall is in the air, it’s a great time to visit one of Charleston’s many beautiful plantations. Each plantation offers a different experience. Whether you’re looking for a glimpse into history, Gullah culture or a walk through a beautiful Lowcountry garden, you can find it at one of Charleston’s iconic plantations. A few of our favorites to visit include Boone Hall Plantation, Magnolia Plantation and Gardens and Charleston Tea Plantation.
The Fall Tours and Master Series. Step into history and tour some of the most historic homes and enchanting gardens in America, organized by the Preservation Society of Charleston. The series includes several different categories such as Piazzas and Garden Tours, Master Architecture Series, Master Garden Series, Master Photography Series, Master History Series, Walks and Talks and Virtual Tours. View the schedule, here.
Boone Hall Pumpkin Patch & Corn Maze. The Boone Hall Pumpkin Patch is one of the largest fall festivals in the state of South Carolina, with this year marking the 25th anniversary of this fall tradition. Enjoy the Family-Friendly Monster Hayride, All American Petting Zoo, delicious festival foods, a corn maze and pick out the perfect pumpkin to take home to carve. Get your tickets, here.
Charleston Farmers Market. Ideally located in Marion Square in the heart of downtown Charleston, this is the Lowcountry’s longest-running farmers market. This is a great family-friendly event to enjoy, while also taking advantage of the beautiful fall weather. You’ll find a bounty of fresh local produce, entertainment, food vendors, handcrafted jewelry, art and decorations. This is a great way to get your Christmas shopping done early and support local businesses.
Boone Hall Fright Nights. If you’re looking for frightening entertainment during the month of October, visit South Carolina’s largest haunted event, Boone Hall Fright Nights. The different attractions include Fallen Oaks Motel, Tiny’s Toy Factory Anarchy and Sinister Cinema Haunted Hayride. This event is sure to get you in the Halloween spirit and get your adrenaline pumping. It’s a good idea to purchase tickets ahead of time as they sell out quickly. Get your tickets, here.
Please note that event details may be subject to change. Please visit event websites for the most up-to-date information.