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Reasons to Visit Charleston in Spring

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We happen to think any time of year is the best time to visit Charleston. 

But, we’re also a little biased! Yet, spring truly is one of the best seasons for a visit to the Holy City. The weather is practically perfect in every way, the flowers are blooming, and there are plenty of events and festivals this time of year.

Some of our favorite reasons to visit Charleston in the spring include enjoying outdoor activities and bars. And of course, no visit to Charleston is complete without enjoying a little lowcountry cuisine on the patio. 

 

Top Reasons to Visit Charleston in the Spring

Spring Weather

Here in Charleston, we see some pretty wonderful weather in the spring. You’ll see highs in the upper 70s and lows in the low 50s here from March through May.

In March, highs are in the mid-60s; in April, highs rise to the upper 60s; and in May, you may even see some highs in the upper-70s/low-80s. 

The best part? It hardly rains in Charleston in the spring. On average, we see about five days of rainfall per month. 

That means you can enjoy outdoor activities in the Holy City in the spring. That’s why we’ve included some of our favorite Charleston outdoor activities on this list. 

 

Charleston Blooms in the Spring

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Charleston is known for being home to some of the prettiest streets in the nation. 

You’ll get to stroll down cobblestone streets, back alleyways and passages, and pass by some of the most stunning candy-colored structures. 

And to top it all off? Spring is when Charleston blooms. You’ll find some of the most picture-perfect flowers coming to life in March, April, and May, including wisteria and jasmine. These beautiful blooms grow gracefully up trellises, along fences, and on porches of some of the most famous homes in the city. 

You’ll be able to spy on some of the city’s most eye-catching flora on any of our historic walking tours

 

Outdoor Activities

The weather in Charleston stays much warmer in the winter than in most of the U.S. 

And spring brings some even better weather — perfect for enjoying some outdoor activities. If you happen to visit us this spring, we recommend booking a walking tour, eating at a rooftop bar or restaurant, or exploring Charleston by boat or horse-drawn carriage. 

 

Walking Tours

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One of the best ways to see the city is on foot. And one of the most engaging ways to walk through Charleston? By guided tour. 

Yes, we’re a little bit biased, but we happen to think that walking tours are one of the best ways to get to know a city. Not only will you get a tour of some of the most iconic and interesting spots in Charleston, but you’ll also get the inside scoop on all the stories you never would have known about without your trusted guide. 

If you want to enjoy the spring weather, we recommend our Charleston Alleys and Hidden Passages tour. 

 

Rooftop Bars and Restaurants

In Charleston, we’re practically surrounded by water. Pair that with a temperate climate, and you get a recipe for dining al fresco. 

Charleston is full of rooftop bars and restaurants that overlook our many waterways, bridges, and historic structures. Some of our favorite Charleston rooftop bars and restaurants include:

  • Pavilion Bar
  • Stars Rooftop Bar and Grill
  • Rooftop at the Vendue
  • Eleve

Just to name a few!

 

Charleston Boat Rides

Another great way to get out and enjoy the beautiful spring weather is by boat. And with so much water surrounding Charleston, a beautiful way to enjoy the scenery (and to get around) is by boat.

Charleston makes it really easy to enjoy the city by boat — regardless of your budget. 

The Charleston Water Taxi stops at the Charleston Waterfront/Marina, Patriot’s Point, and the Waterfront Park. It’s a great way to see the city from the water and an easy way to get across the Cooper River to Patriot’s Point. 

If you want to spend some more time on the water, you can always charter a fishing boat or a sailboat for the day. Or, you can DIY your Charleston boating adventure by renting a kayak, paddleboat, or canoe. 

 

Horse and Carriage Rides

A horse-drawn carriage ride is one of the most iconic events in Charleston. And what better time of year to take one than in the spring? 

Take a private or group carriage ride with our partner, Carolina Polo & Carriage Co

Outdoor Festivals and Events

Charleston is home to dozens of outdoor festivals and events each year. Just a few we’re excited about this spring include the Annual Festival of Houses and Gardens, the Highwater Festival, and Easter Weekend festivities.

Many of these events were canceled in previous years, so this year we expect organizers to go all out!

 

Annual Festival of Houses & Gardens

The Annual Festival of Houses and Gardens takes place each year in March in April. There’s no way we would give up the opportunity to check out some of the most elegantly designed homes in the South!

If you visit during the festival, you’ll get the opportunity to tour some of the city’s most iconic privately owned homes and gardens. Learn about different architectural styles and the history of the city’s famous families. 

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Highwater Festival

The Highwater Festival is officially back! This two-day festival gathers together some of the best musicians and restaurants in the Lowcountry. 

This year’s musical headliners include Jack White and Modest Mouse. There will be plenty of good eats and libations, provided by some of the most popular restaurants in Charleston. 

 

Easter Weekend

Easter Weekend is one of the most popular weekends to visit Charleston. 

Each year, the city organizes an Easter egg hunt for the little ones, and the annual Easter parade will be held on the Kiawah Island Golf Resort. 

 

What are your favorite reasons to visit Charleston in the spring? 

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