Featuring 2,200 feet of boardwalk from Coleman Boulevard to near the mouth of the creek at Charleston Harbor; Shem Creek Park offers 250 feet of floating dock space, plus a commercial fishing dock in the south of Mount Pleasant. Travel by boat to eat at a creek restaurant or take the local water taxi from Shem Creek to Patriots Point or downtown Charleston.
Sullivan’s Island Beach & Isle of Palms Beach
The Town of Mount Pleasant is less than 10 miles from both the Sullivan’s Island beach and Isle of Palms beach. Both of these beaches offer scenic views of the Atlantic coast and relaxing walks along the soft sand. Sullivan’s Island may give you more of an ‘off-the-beaten-path’ experience. If shopping and finding great spots to eat is more your speed, Isle of Palms may offer you such an experience. The coast of Mount Pleasant is near the gulf stream, so the ocean waters are usually comfortable enough to enjoy on a hot day!
Almost half a dozen golf courses are here! All are highly rated and offer beautiful views of palm trees, the Charleston Harbor, gorgeous homes, the Atlantic Ocean, and more. One TripAdvisor reviewer recently described the golfing experience in Mount Pleasant as ‘golfing in heaven’. To find your slice of heaven, make tee time in Mount Pleasant!
Part of the Memorial Waterfront Park complex, the 1250-foot long Mount Pleasant Pier stretches out into Charleston Harbor under the foot of the Arthur Ravenel, Jr. Bridge. One end of the pier features an 8,100-square-foot covered pavilion hosting dances and other events. Visitors can enjoy beautiful views of the bridge and harbour from the pier’s bench swings and shade structures. The pier features fishing, gifts and souvenirs, made-to-order sandwiches, ice cream, fruit smoothies and more at the River Watch Café and Gift Shop. You can enjoy swings, picnic tables, rocking chairs, tackle sales and rod rentals.
Get lost in the magic of the Lowcountry. Stroll beneath moss-draped live oaks, explore Southern heritage in slave cabins and guided tours and travel through 300 years of history at the former cotton plantation. Boone Hall is also one of America’s oldest working farms. Once known for cotton and pecans, the farm is actively producing strawberries, tomatoes, peaches and a variety of other local foods. U-Pick fields for certain crops are open in season. The plantation hosts several fantastic events every year! These events include the Lowcountry Oyster Festival, Stars and Guitars, Scottish Games and Highland Gathering, Wine Under The Oaks and Christmas and Halloween festivals. You can take specialised tours of Boone Hall such as exploring Gullah culture in Charleston, plantation house and tractor tours, slave history in Charleston, and tour the Butterfly Pavilion. Boone Hall Plantation is at the top of the attractions list in all of South Carolina.
Local Beer Brewing
Mount Pleasant is home to many local craft breweries. All our breweries are locally owned and have an array of beers and flavours to try. Play games, listen to music, find new friends and enjoy a cold one in Mount Pleasant!
Ocean Sailing Academy offers sailing charters and instruction. Buy a half-day intro to sailing for $95/person. You can choose private sailboat charters for two to six people for half-day, full-day or sunset cruises on Charleston Harbor. Yachts range from 26 to 47 feet. Participate in sail handling and steering or relax and let the captain handle the duties. OSA teaches 1,000 adults, families and teens a year in US Sailing Courses ranging from Basic Keelboat through Ocean Passage. The quality OSA curriculum, instructors and methodology are recognised nationwide as exceptional.
Committed to preserving and conserving the environment, Nature Adventure Outfitters is located on Shem Creek and regularly takes patrons on kayak, canoe and paddleboard tours of the Charleston area.
The Mount Pleasant Farmers Market is where our community meets to share in a vibrant array of locally grown and SC Certified produce. Stroll through the market to find a bounty of just-picked vegetables, fruits and fragrant flowers along with local seafood, fresh-cooked meals, baked and canned goods and locally-produced snacks.
Mount Pleasant Memorial Waterfront Park
Called the crown jewel of Mount Pleasant, Memorial Waterfront Park offers more than just your average park. Located under the grand entryway to the town, this park has plenty of lawn for picnics, a nautical-themed playground that provides shade and you can get soft-serve ice cream from the River Watch Café. The café offers beautiful views of Charleston Harbor and a 1,250-foot-long pier where you can sit and swing a while. Memorial Waterfront Park is also home to the Sweetgrass Cultural Arts Pavilion, War Memorial and Visitor Center.
Perfect your sea legs at Patriots Point on the coast of Mount Pleasant! Tour National Historic Landmark ships including the USS Yorktown, hear the stories of the country’s bravest men and women at the Medal of Honor Museum and visit the only replica Vietnam Naval Support Base Camp in the US. At this Naval and Maritime Museum, you are sure to be inspired.
The Sweetgrass Basket Pavilion is a cultural arts exhibit on the history of sweetgrass basket making and serves as a venue in which local basket makers can demonstrate their craft. The open-air pavilion features informative kiosks, basket display cases and a screening area for documentaries. This pavilion is a tribute to the generations of men and women who have carried on the Lowcountry sweetgrass basket tradition for over 300 years. As a stop along the Gullah / Geechee Cultural Heritage Corridor, the pavilion gives the public an in-depth look at one of America’s oldest and most important African-inspired arts. Sweetgrass baskets are available for sale at Sweetgrass Basket Pavilion.
Mount Pleasant Towne Centre is an upscale shopping centre. The shopping centre has over 65 national and local retail stores such as Belk, Athleta, Apricot Lane, Hairy Winston, Lizard Thicket Boutique, StylExchange and Ulta Beauty.
Discover what makes Mount Pleasant extraordinary! Life is different here. You can start your day sipping morning coffee while watching the sunrise over the harbour. Then, it’s time to get moving! Run or bike over our famous bridge or in one of our beautiful parks. In the afternoon, sneak away to the beach or go on a shopping expedition to get the ultimate Lowcountry look. In the evening, travel to Shem Creek by water and enjoy nationally-recognised cuisine and unforgettable views. Get in on the local action and discover Mount Pleasant’s magic.
In the late 1600s, Capitan O’Sullivan was granted 2,340 acres of land from the Sewee Native American tribe. At the time, this area of land was known as ‘North Point’ and was later separated into what is now known as Sullivan’s Island and our beloved Mount Pleasant.
The Town of Mount Pleasant has much to offer for whatever you desire! Whether you are looking for your fill of indoor fun or outdoor adventures, you will never be disappointed! You can experience Mount Pleasant by kayak, stand up paddleboard or boat! Explore estuaries, rice fields, blackwater, remote islands and be welcomed by dolphins and other wildlife! The Mount Pleasant Pier has beautiful views of the Cooper River along with the River Watch Café and the gift shop. Rent a rod and purchase tackle to make sure you take advantage of some of the best fishing on the east coast! If you are more of a land-lover, we are home to several nature parks offering biking and walking trails, boardwalks, picnic sites and playgrounds.
Mount Pleasant is home to nearly half a dozen golf courses with fantastic views of the beaches, Charleston Harbor, live oaks and palm trees and gorgeous houses. To satisfy the history-lover in you, walk in the steps of heroes from the Second World War and the Vietnam War at the Patriots Point Naval & Maritime Museum. Walk aboard the USS Yorktown to learn about pivotal moments in American history and view two other vessels and over 25 different aircraft. Boone Hall Plantation is recognized as the ‘#1 Plantation in the Charleston area’ according to USA Today and is a ‘must-see’ according to NBC Daytime Television. Visit other history-oriented attractions such as the Medal of Honor Museum, The Pinckney National Historic Site and more! If you are a food and beverage connoisseur, there is much to go around! Mount Pleasant is home to dozens of 4 and 5-star-rated restaurants focused around every meal of the day. Feast on the best cuisine in the southeast United States! If you need to quench your thirst with an adult beverage, stop by one of our highly recommended breweries! Each brewing company has an array of flavours for you to fall in love with.
Mount Pleasant was named an ‘All-American City’ not once, but twice by the National Civic League! The first designation was awarded in 2010 and the latest designation was in 2018. The National Civic League has recognised and celebrated the best in American civic innovation since 1949.
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John Greenberg, Communications and Marketing Coordinator
Martine Wolfe, Communications Manager
This article was in partnership with Town of Mount Pleasant
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