The Best Parks You Should Visit in Charleston, SC

Richard Tulis

If you’re searching for shade among the scorching South Carolina heat, seek out one of its urban parks and sit on a bench that’s nestled below an old oak tree. For more adventure, dog parks and waterfront destinations are plenty in number as well. This pleasant city’s parks are highly conducive to event hosting, so you never know what you might stumble across – giving visitors to Charleston all the more reason to stop by a park.

Charleston, South Carolina

1. Angel Oak Park


Angel Oak Tree
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Just across the Stono River is Angel Oak Park, appropriately named, hence the massive, awe-inspiring ‘Angel Oak’ tree – estimated to be roughly 1,500 years old – occupying the park’s center. Undoubtedly the park’s magnum opus, newcomers are often baffled by its twisting, seemingly endless branches and overall size (the tree covers about 17,000 square feet in all). The Charleston County Park and Recreation Commission tends to this three-acre park by ensuring cleanliness, so pick a picnic table, enjoy lunch, and don’t forget to pick up your trash before you go.

2. Waterfront Park


Waterfront Park
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Waterfront Park is home to two beautiful fountains that are iconic in nature, decoratively modeled after palm trees and featuring spouting jets of water. The park itself occupies 12 acres alongside the Cooper River, with a 1,250-foot pier jutting out into Charleston Harbor. The photo-worthy park and its Southern flower gardens are attractive for afternoon walks through dozens of pathways, and there are plenty of benches to stop and rest on. The eight-acre park is also filled with spectacular ocean views.

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