Charleston is the perfect place to spend a weekend in the fall. While the summer brings beautiful blooms and boatloads (quite literally) of tourists to the area, fall in the Lowcountry has a magic of its own. Whether it’s grabbing a cider from the closest brewery, going to the fair, or simply seeing the marsh grass change color, there’s a little something for everyone. Who knows, maybe we are just so tired of the heat that we welcome fall with open arms! Plan your fall getaway in Charleston with a few of our favorite activities:
And while we can’t guarantee truly chilly weather, we can guarantee that you’ll enjoy your fall weekend in Charleston with some of our favorite things:
Boone Hall Pumpkin Patch and Corn Maze
Just a quick drive over the famous Ravenel Bridge, Boone Hall pulls out all the stops for fall. From hayrides to pumpkin picking, a corn maze to a three-story slide tower, they have something for everyone in your group. And, if you’re feeling particularly frightful, be sure to check out their Fright Nights!
Edmund’s Oast Restaurant
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Head on over to Edmund’s Oast on Morrison Ave in downtown Charleston and check out their unique restaurant-brewery combination! They have a wonderful selection of dishes and brews, as well as brunch on Sundays. Its outdoor seating is perfect for enjoying the cool fall weather, and there are plenty of opportunities to catch your favorite local band.
Take a Carriage Ride (of course!)
Carriage rides aren’t only for the summer. Our horses are well-equipped to take you and your family throughout downtown Charleston during any time of the year, but especially the fall. We would love to show you all that Charleston has to offer this season, so make sure you book your carriage ride to fully enjoy your next visit.
Coastal Carolina Fair
Looking for a fun family outing? If you’re in town any time between October 31st and November 10th, make a trip out to Ladson, SC, and enjoy an afternoon at the Coastal Carolina Fair. Just a short drive from Charleston, the fair has been around since 1957 and is guaranteed fun for the whole family. Whether you love to indulge in fried treats, be flipped upside down on rides, or you are a carnival game guru, we’re confident you’ll enjoy your time at the Coastal Carolina Fair. Be sure to check out the daily events for something new every day the fair is open!
Check out the Local Beaches
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Beaches aren’t exclusively for the summer months. If you’re looking for a budget-friendly way to spend your evening, take a walk on any of our local beaches. Not only will the crowds be much smaller, but we have some of the most beautiful sunsets here in the Lowcountry. Sullivan’s Island, just a short drive from downtown, is the perfect place to see the sun set over the Charleston skyline.
Fall at Magnolia Plantation
Missing the summer flora in Charleston? No worries. Head across the Ashley River and you’ll find yourself at Magnolia Plantation. Founded in 1676, Magnolia Plantation is the oldest public tourist site in the Lowcountry. Magnolia Plantation has some of the loveliest gardens year-round in the area.
You also might enjoy their “Autumn on the Ashley” Arts and Crafts Fair, October 12th & 13th. Here you will find local artists featuring their latest work, as well as an Autumn plant sale. Admittance to the Craft Fair is free, but a general admission to the garden will be required.