We had a wonderful time during our visit to Charleston, SC. Of course our big thing was to visit as many wonderful restaurants as possible during our stay, but as the saying goes, you can’t live by bread alone. A previous article highlighted many of our adventures, but there were three more fun places I want to recommend that we enjoyed while we were there.
Our first stop was at Folly Beach Pier. I really enjoyed our time here. One nice advantage for a family friendly visit is that there was no admission to the pier. I know we appreciate places that don’t cost a fortune to visit. It is a long pier (2nd longest on the east coast) and has a second story at the end with beautiful views of the shore. If your family is into fishing, you can fish from the pier and there are cleaning stations at several locations along the pier.
The day we visited, it wasn’t very crowded and we enjoyed watching a lady surrounded by seagulls in a feeding frenzy as she was tossing out dried bread for them. If this is something your kids would like to do be sure to have something they can toss out to the birds.
There is a restaurant for refreshments and a nice gift shop along with clean restrooms at the entrance to the pier. The beach is quite nice and as always we had to take some time to walk along the shore and look for shells. This would be a great place for a picnic lunch on a blanket in the sand.
Our next stop was at Morris Island Lighthouse. If you love lighthouses like a lot of us, this is a beautiful place to visit. It is at the end of Folly Beach and there is a limited amount of free parking at the end of the cul-de-sac. To get to the lighthouse there is a short walk (about a ¼ to ½ mile) on a paved old roadway. Then there is another walk through sand dunes to the beach. Once at the beach you will see a beautiful serene and secluded beach with the old lighthouse out in the water. It’s a great place to just sit and relax and take in all the beauty or if you are like me, take lots and lots of pictures.
We were even told that you can see dolphins swimming in the bay, though we didn’t see any while we were there. We were also told that getting in the water is not advised as the currents are very treacherous and not worth the gamble. This is also designated a wildlife preserve, so don’t disturb the flora or fauna.
Our third and final stop was at the Angel Tree. It was a little bit hard to find, but was worth the stop. Located on John’s Island, the property is maintained by the city of Charleston. There is no admission to see the tree and there is a little gift shop where you can purchase some souvenirs. Other than looking at the tree, there is really nothing else to see. But what a beautiful tree!
Although you might think the name comes from the way the tree spreads its branches, it is really named for the property’s previous owners, Martha and Justice Angel. It is 66.5 ft. tall, has a circumference of 31.5 feet and provides shade for 17,000 square feet. It is the largest Southern Live Oak east of the Mississippi and is estimated to be 300 to 400 years old or maybe even longer. The life expectancy of Live Oaks can be 700 to 900 years old.
I hope this gigantic tree will be around that long to show off it’s beauty for families for generations to come.
If you are looking for a great family vacation trip, I hope you consider stopping in Charleston, SC. There is so much to see and do, I’m sure you will love it as much as our family did.