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Six Ways to Explore Charleston's Great Outdoors

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Charleston offers travelers some decidedly urban charms, starting with its cobblestone streets, craft cocktail scene, and one-of-a-kind boutiques. But you can complement memorable meals and museum visits with at least as many opportunities to experience the great outdoors. Here’s where to get your heart pumping in the South Carolina Lowcountry, whether you want to hike, kayak, or play a round or two of golf.
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Kiawah Island, SC, USA
No trip to Charleston would be complete without spending at least some time by the sea. Nearby you’ll find beaches for every style and season, from the family favorite Isle of Palms to the quiet, exclusive Seabrook Island. Kiawah Island...
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3772 Seabrook Island Rd, Johns Island, SC 29455, USA
On neighboring Seabrook Island, you can hop on a horse and go for a trail ride or beach trot. Both Kiawah and Seabrook offer access to Beachwalker Park, which is ideal for families with little ones, though they are only open to those staying...
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1214 Middle St, Sullivan's Island, SC 29482, USA
North of the Charleston peninsula, you’ll find the town of Mount Pleasant along with Sullivan’s Island and Isle of Palms. While more residential than Kiawah, Mount Pleasant is full of gems such as the 943-acre Palmetto Islands County Park, with...
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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,...
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1235 Long Point Rd, Mt Pleasant, SC 29464, USA
The magnificent avenue of oak trees that greets visitors at Boone Hall Plantation is, on its own, a Charleston must-see. After taking it in, guests can walk through the plantation mansion or take a driving tour of the grounds, which cover 738...
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Like many coastal towns, Charleston’s pulse can be found in its boating community, particularly at the handful of central docks like Patriots Point. Anchored there, the USS Yorktown was a key player in the World War II offensive against the...