Distinct sections flow from one to the next as you stroll where the spirit takes you. The wide pier at the northern end is sheltered by a giant gazebo with family-size porch swings and picnic tables. A floating dock at its end provides unobstructed views of the harbor, Patriot’s Point, Castle Pinckney, and Fort Sumter. The middle of the park contains a dense canopy of live oak trees and intimate gardens, a large rectangular lawn perfect for spreading out a blanket or tossing a football, and a 1,200-foot esplanade alongside the river lined with palmetto trees. As the shore curves toward the southern end, the park melds into salt marsh and another, smaller pier rebuilt from the centuries-old original.
Waterfront Park is an ideal spot for bird watching, and people watching too. Wide paths and dozens of old fashioned benches attract those looking to be active and those looking for a rest. Its two picturesque fountains, (including the famous pineapple one signifying hospitality), are delightful during the day and romantic lit up at night. Enjoy the free wi-fi and check out the adjacent City Gallery before heading a few blocks over to your next stop for today…
CHARLESTON CITY MARKET
No trip to downtown Charleston is complete without a visit to The City Market. Pro Tip: Unless you are parked nearby, definitely stop here last so you don’t have to carry everything you’ll purchase around all day! The Great Hall and blocks-long open-air sheds feature local companies and skilled artisans peddling art, jewelry, apparel, food items, housewares, toys, books, and every Charleston memento imaginable. This hopping place is the largest hand-made market in the Southeast and open every day except Christmas. If shopping makes you hungry, no worries, you are in the right place. Grab a delicious coffee, lunch, dinner, or dessert at any of the wonderful establishments in the area.