Free Walks of Charleston – Waterfront Park
In our opinion, Fall (and in particular November) is one of the best times to visit Charleston. The weather is great for enjoying a walk or picnic lunch outside. If you are planning a trip to Charleston, a visit to the Waterfront Park is definitely a must on your list of free things to do. It is one of our favorite places to take in the views of the surrounding area. You can grab a sandwich just a couple of blocks away on Church Street from goat.sheep.cow (they have a daily specialty sandwich selected from the products they sell in the store). And if they are sold out of the daily sandwich (which is not unusual), just grab a baguette, your favorite cheese (I recommend Sweet Grass Dairy’s Camembert) and a bottle of wine to go. And because I am a sucker for tunics and anything embroidered, during my “research” I had to stop in at the new boutique store front for locally owned Madison Mathews which is just across the street. I mean, wouldn’t you stop too?
Where were we going? Oh yes, Waterfront Park! So from here we suggest you go north on Church Street toward Broad Street and continue on Church Street to St. Philip’s Church. Along the way, you will see so many picturesque and charming details of this portion of the French Quarter.
Oh and there is that famous church called St Philips too. ?
Head East on Queen street towards the Waterfront to get to the park. From here, just pick a spot to eat those sandwiches that you almost forgot about. The pier is to your left and is a great place to relax with oversized southern-style swings, or just enjoy your picnic lunch on the many grassy areas along the palmetto lined walkway that hugs the waterfront.
From here you can take in the views of the Harbor, the Ravenel bridge, Fort Sumter, Patriot’s Point and you may even see some dolphins at low tide.
The Pineapple Fountain is one of the most photographed water features in the city and is a favorite spot especially for children. Stay tuned for the next post with more “Free Walks of Charleston”. And if you are interested in hearing more about the history of the French Quarter, consider booking our Historic Charleston Walking Tour.