Things to do

Isle Of Palms, In The Palm Of Your Hands

From Isle of Palms to Shem Creek to Sullivan’s Island and Charleston, there’s an overabundance of activities and events in the area to make your stay memorable and entertaining. Enjoy the South Carolina beaches, the Lowcountry vibe and coastal cuisine, golf, water sports and so much more.

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Isle of Palms

Sun-splashed and self-contained, Isle of Palms has everything vacationers need for a fun, well-rounded visit, including miles of beaches, championship golf, and ocean swimming. While it’s just 12 miles from Charleston, Isle of Palms has its own small city eco-system with no need to venture too far once you’re here.

Don’t Miss:

Isle of Palms Farmers' Market (in season)

Acme Lowcountry Kitchen

A local favorite, this casual beach restaurant serves up fresh local ingredients and incredible seafood.

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Sullivan's Island

Located at the mouth of the Charleston Harbor, Sullivan's Island has an engrossing history and laid-back vibe. The town offers beautiful beaches, a choice of enticing restaurants, and unique shops.

Don’t Miss:

Fort Moultrie

The first fort on Sullivan's Island, this is the site of important battles during the American Revolution and the Civil War.

Poe's Tavern

Named after writer Edgar Allan Poe, who was stationed at Fort Moultrie from 1827 to 1828.

Sullivan’s Island Lighthouse

Known as “Charleston Light,” this unique triangular lighthouse was built in 1962, making it the “newest” in the country.

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Shem Creek

Shem Creek is a casual, low-key, Lowcountry paradise where you can experience everything from paddle boarding to dolphin sightings.

Don’t Miss:

The Shem Creek Boardwalk

A popular dining and drinking district, you can also enjoy panoramic views of the marsh and Charleston Harbor from here.

Water’s Edge Restaurant

Watch fish and shrimp boats unloading their daily catches as you enjoy lobster and cocktails.

Shem Creek Park

Called the most picturesque waterway in the Lowcountry; be awed by glorious sunsets as you enjoy a stroll on the docks.

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Charleston, the South Carolina port city founded in 1670, is defined by its cobblestone streets, horse-drawn carriages and pastel antebellum houses. Isle of Palms, Sullivan’s Island and Shem Creek are all within close driving distance of the city. Charleston has heart, charm, shopping, busy markets, world class restaurants, art, history, and more!

Don’t Miss:

Magnolia Plantation and Gardens

This plantation and lush garden dates back to the pre-Revolutionary War. Take a train or boat tour and visit the petting zoo.

Old South Carriage Company

A horse-drawn carriage tour that highlights antebellum mansions, churches, and gardens.

Charleston Pirate Tours

Eric and Sabrina Lavender - and their parrots - walk guests through the French Quarter and along the waterfront talking about Charleston’s pirate history.

Charleston City Market

Over 200 years old, this four-block city market is a favorite for local food, art, and “meet and greets” with craft vendors.