Charleston Beyond the Peninsula
Collected by Angela Fleury , AFAR Local Expert
Downtown Charleston is only a small fraction of what the area has to offer. Head out to the beaches, farms, former plantations, and tidal creeks for a fuller taste of the Lowcountry.
101 E Arctic Ave, Folly Beach, SC 29439, USA
Officially named the Edwin S. Taylor Folly Beach Fishing Pier, this landmark extends 1,045 feet into the Atlantic Ocean, making it the second-longest pier on the East Coast. It’s also 25 feet wide, allowing ample room for walkers, fishermen, and...
Kiawah Island, SC, USA
The greater Charleston area claims some of the most beautiful coastline in the eastern United States, including Kiawah Island, a 10,000-acre private community just 21 miles west of downtown. Visitors can explore its marshy tributaries by kayak,...
6812, 6775 Bears Bluff Rd, Wadmalaw Island, SC 29487, USA
There may be imitators out there, but when it comes to sweet tea vodka, the best, and original, is Firefly. Located on a barrier island 45 minutes from Charleston, South Carolina, this vineyard started making their own muscadine vodka back in...
Charleston, SC, USA
A colonial classic, Charleston might initially come off as a little ye olde. But if you look more closely, this 340-year-old harbor city actually lives in the present. Bars reinvent Southern spirits, boutiques showcase new spins on cotton, and the...
3550 Ashley River Rd, Charleston, SC 29414, USA
A visit to a Charleston historic plantation is typically on every traveler’s itinerary, but choosing which one can prove difficult. Magnolia Plantation & Gardens makes its case with Lowcountry wilderness rather than tamed rows and...
6617 Maybank Hwy, Wadmalaw Island, SC 29487, USA
Charleston has a long plantation history, but the most unique attraction in the city is the Charleston Tea Plantation. Located on Wadmalaw Island, it's one of the few places where tea is still grown and produced in the United States. The tea...
Shrimp Boat Ln, Mt Pleasant, SC 29464, USA
Shem Creek in Mount Pleasant is practically right over the river from downtown Charleston. The tidal marsh is a beautiful example of the Lowcountry landscape. Walk along the park's boardwalk, rent a kayak, and eat some fresh-caught seafood.
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