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Downtown Charleston SC

05 March . 2019

Out & About: Spring around Charleston

Feel that? The buzz in the air. The breeze through the palms. Spring has arrived in Charleston and the azaleas and magnolias are welcoming it in glorious fashion. Arguably the Lowcountry’s best season (though – they’re all pretty spectacular!), spring ushers in perfect temps for exploring city, suburb, and beach. Below, some of our favorite ways to kick off a season of blue skies and sunshine in the Charleston region.

Bike the town

You know we love exploring the world on two wheels. The bike share program dotting downtown Charleston, Holy City Spokes, makes visiting the various boroughs a breeze. There are 27 locations for snagging a bicycle across the peninsula. Pay a small fee to use it all day and skip traffic congestion and forget parking woes. The biggest benefit is what you’ll see and experience when not confined to a car. Sights, sounds, and scenery will take an entirely new form. Take pictures. We want to see!

Attend an event

So many incredible events, so little time! Here’s a little taste of what’s happening this spring. Want more? Here’s a good place to start. You can also check our our month-by-month list of Charleston region events here.

Color of Music festival

Learn about the historical impact of black classical composers and performers on American and world culture. The annual Color of Music Festival will takes place throughout historic Charleston from March 27 – 30.

Volvo Car Open

The largest women’s only tennis tournament in North America takes place March 30-April 7 on Daniel Island. Watch the best in professional tennis over nine days. Yearly attendance is approaching 100,000 people. Get tickets.

Cooper River Bridge Run

Join 40,000 runners, walkers, and fitness buffs from around the United States in one of the Lowcountry’s most anticipated events. The Cooper River Bridge Run is an experience as much as it is a run. Start in Mt. Pleasant and finish in downtown Charleston, soaking in sweeping views from the Cooper River Bridge in between.

Have a cocktail or two

An ice-cold drink on a warm day. What’s better? Whether you prefer a Paloma or a Pale Ale, Charleston has a hot spot for some midday sipping.  Try the Rooftop at the Vendue Inn for spectacular city views. The Blind Tiger for its pub-like vibe and one-of-a-kind, historic courtyard dating back to 1803. Or hit up one of the city’s many breweries. Palmetto Brewing is a surefire win, but you can explore an entire brewery district at your leisure.

History at your fingertips

Drayton Hall. Charleston Tea Plantation. Magnolia Gardens. Middleton Place. We couldn’t pick a favorite – they’re all unique experiences touching on the incredible history, architecture, and culture of the Charleston region. Spring is an exceptionally good time to visit any of the Lowcountry’s many plantations; you’ll be delighted by the exceptionally landscaped gardens. If you’re local, make it a goal to visit one each month this year. Visiting? Here’s a good summary of each.

If you have Charleston on your must-visit list, there's a little something for every type of tourist, even a number of free ways to explore. Charmed and want to make this place home? Visit Nexton, where new homes start in the $200s.