Cruising the Parks
Cruise ships in the Charleston harbor have been regular sightings as the cruise industry has expanded into Charleston. While we locals enjoy the ease of hopping on the ship and setting sail, others are visiting Charleston and hoping to take in some local attractions.
Visitors who don’t have time to wander too far from the port can explore some of our local parks that are within walking distance – or a short pedicab ride – from the cruise ship.
Waterfront Park: Walk just up East Bay Street to 1 Vendue to see one of Charleston’s most visited parks. With a fountain, over-sized swings and views of the harbor, it’s a great place to snap some photos and soak in beauty of the Holy City. Keep your eyes on the water for dolphins playing at the end of the pier. Also walk just past Waterfront Park to see the famed Pineapple Fountain (go ahead and dip your toes in the water!).
Ansonborough Field: This park on Concord Street is an open field typically used for sporting events or large gatherings. It’s a great place to stretch your legs and let the kids run around.
Ansonborough Tot Lot: Take the kids and a cup of coffee to this playground shades by huge southern magnolias. Just across the street from the Gaillard Auditorium, it’s a nice place to relax while the kids play.
Chapel Street Fountain Park: If you really want a peaceful perch, check out Chapel Street Fountain Park, a small neighborhood park with benches and a water fountain.
Washington Square: If you’re up for a little stroll into the heart of historic downtown, head to the corner of Broad and Meeting streets to see Washington Square near the Charleston City Hall. With its canopy of live oaks, it’s a great spot to take cover from the summer heat.