Spring Break in Charleston

It’s time to start planning that Charleston Spring Break getaway! With March and April’s warm weather and tons of events and activities, this is your perfect opportunity to soak up the sun and enjoy the festivities. 

To help you plan your vacation, we’ve created a 4-day itinerary that includes the best things to do at Charleston’s beaches plus our favorite springtime events.

4-Day Itinerary: Spring Break in Charleston

Each day take your turn soaking up the sun at a different Lowcountry beach. You can spend an entire day at the beach or add in any of the special events listed below. 

Day One: Isle of Palms

Start your adventure biking across breach inlet, connecting Isle of Palms and Sullivan’s Island, where you’re surrounded by lush marshes and ocean vistas everywhere you turn. 

Finish your ride by cruising over to Front Beach between 10th and 14th Avenue to hit the beach volleyball courts. 

For the golfer, Wild Dunes Harbor Course offers views like no other. Tee off alongside lagoons, marshes, and the Atlantic Intracoastal Waterway. 

Finish out the day with dinner at Coda del Pesce (Italian for “tail of the fish”). Enjoy the view, the ocean, and a menu highlighting its incredible bounty. 

Click for more ideas and places to eat on Isle of Palms. 

Day Two: Sullivan’s Island

Start your day at Fort Moultrie, one of the oldest remaining forts on the East Coast. Originally constructed in 1776 to protect Charleston, this fort has a fascinating history spanning from the American Revolution through World War II.

Next, head over to Station 16’s community dock to do some crabbing on the Intracoastal Waterway, a favorite for locals.

Take a sunset stroll along the beach to the lighthouse by Station 18. You’ll probably find a few shells and sand dollars along the way! 

Walk back up to end the day with some down home Southern cookin’ at Home Team BBQ by Station 22.

Click for more ideas and places to eat on Sullivan’s Island.

Day Three: Folly Beach (aka The Edge of America)

Try your hand at fishing on the Folly Beach Pier. This popular pier jets a thousand feet into the Atlantic Ocean, making it the East Coast’s second-longest pier (and a perfect spot to take in the scenery and snap some memorable photos). 

Head back up the pier for a casual lunch at Pier 101, known for its fried seafood, frozen drinks, live music, and wraparound views of “The Edge of America.”

Walk off your lunch with a stroll along Center Street’s funky surf shops and bohemian boutiques to find that perfect souvenir.

Finally, climb aboard the Carolina Skiff with Charleston Outdoor Adventures for a six-mile cruise to Morris Island Lighthouse (another photographer’s dream location). Be on the lookout for dolphins playing and jumping in the waves. 

Day Four: Kiawah Island

A golfer’s paradise, Kiawah Island boasts five championship courses, each with its own breathtaking view and claim to fame (like the Ocean Course, which has hosted every major PGA event in the U.S.).

Do a little shopping at Freshfields Village with various cafes, restaurants, and boutiques like Lilly Pulitzer, Tommy Bahama, and Vineyard Vines.

As if all this time at the beach hasn’t relaxed you enough, a day at the 5-star Sanctuary Spa will definitely do the trick. 

All this relaxing works up an appetite, so you will not want to leave Kiawah without one final indulgence: dinner at The Ocean Room. 

Special Events in Charleston in March and April

March 4-8: Charleston Wine + Food Festival

Charleston Wine + Food Festival draws visitors from around the world to celebrate Charleston’s famous culinary scene. In addition to celebrity chef sightings, the festival also offers workshops, hands-on classes, excursions, and signature dinners. 

Most events are within a short walk from The Charleston Chestnut Mansion. And you’ll need a good walk after feasting on all the fabulous food and drinks!

March 17: St. Patrick’s Day

On Tuesday, rise ‘n shine for the St. Patrick’s Day Parade (the largest is South Carolina). Walk down to Miller’s All Day at 120 King Street (near the corner of King and Broad Streets) for breakfast. 

If you’re an early bird, head to St. Patrick’s Church on the corner St. Phillips and Radcliffe for a celebratory mass at 8:00 am. 

The parade kicks off at 10:00 am at the corner of King and Radcliffe Streets. The parade proceeds down King Street and then turns onto Broad Street.

At the end of the parade (around 11:30 am) Charleston’s favorite Irish sons and daughters will perform the flag raising at City Hall. 

Throughout the weekend, you may also want to check out the Festival of Houses & Gardens, which runs from March 11 – April 18 and is a just short walk from The Charleston Chestnut Mansion.

April 4: The Cooper River Bridge Run

This 10k race draws nearly 50,000 seasoned and novice runners alike to one of the most picturesque runs in the world. Start in Mount Pleasant, enjoy stunning views all the way across the Ravenel Bridge spanning the Cooper River, and end at Marion Square, just blocks from The Charleston Chestnut Mansion. For more information and to register, head to BridgeRun.com.

April 4-12: Volvo Car Open

Experience up close and personal some of the best women’s tennis players in the world at the Volvo Car Stadium on Daniel Island in Charleston. This is an unforgettable week of tennis, special events, and the best fans. For a full schedule and tickets, head to VolvoCarOpen.com