Whether you live here or visit, no Charleston experience is complete without a trip to Mount Pleasant and Sullivan’s Island. Both represent the early history of the area and many of the early residences and plantations are still intact. Both places provide a glimpse into the history of the area from architecture to food.
- Discover the history. As one of the nation’s oldest cities, you’ll find plenty of places to experience the earliest days of this country. Boone Hall Plantation and Garden, lined with oak trees covered in Spanish moss, gives you a chance to see a working plantation with authentic gardens. If you go there in November, you can watch the 1862 Battle of Secessionville reenacted.
- Patriots Point Maritime Museum displays warships and planes, along with exhibits that include the Cold War Submarine Memorial and the Congressional Medal of Honor Museum.
- Explore the neighborhoods. The Old Village Historic District consists of a 37-block area that’s listed in the National Register of Historic Places. The homes on the bluffs represent the most affluent, while small homes are sprinkled in between the homes that line the streets. The wooden electrical and cable poles show how electricity originally made its way into the community.
- Festivals. Come in the spring for the Mount Pleasant Arts Festival or the Blessing of the Fleet, which celebrates the shrimp industry with shrimp eating contests, live music and a parade. The Arts Festival offers plenty of food, fun and exhibits.
- The Mount Pleasant Holiday Extravaganza starts with a parade and ends with a holiday-oriented farmer’s market laden with arts, crafts and food.
- Enjoy the outdoors. Mount Pleasant boasts six golf courses that enjoy year-round play, four of which are public play. Take the family dolphin watching or try your hand at offshore fishing on a charter boat!
- Walking and cycling trails give you a chance to see the lush coastal pines and swampy wetlands. There’s no shortage of local parks that have water activities for a warm summer day and shaded picnic shelters.
- Have a bite to eat. Try Graze, Crave, or Pages Okra Grill for dependably delicious food. If you want to taste Lowcountry food, go to Gullah Cuisine Lowcountry Restaurant and Coleman Public House. Lowcountry cooking features seafood and rice combined in classics like gumbo, boils, and beans and rice. If Sushi and tacos are more you’re thing, you can expect great service and impeccable prices at Local’s. Go there on a Monday for happy hour, and you’ll love their half off Sushi (all night). You’ll walk away with a great experience, a full belly, and a wallet that won’t be emptied out.
- The Mount Pleasant Library is one of the busiest libraries in the entire state of South Carolina. Whether seeking a place to take your kids to read, a quiet place with wifi to get work done, or seeking community events; it’s a great place to check out.
- Historical locations. The Edgar Allen Poe Library may be small, but for Poe and literary aficionados, it’s definitely worth the visit to see where Mr. Poe wrote The Raven. It’s on the way to Fort Moultrie, the only national park in the U.S. that showcases the complete history of the American seacoast defense. It also contains one of the only continental U.S. military installations that had air conditioning during World War 2.
- Outdoor adventures galore. How about learning to kiteboard? It’s a sport enjoyed by locals that combines every aspect of water skiing, surfing, skateboarding, paragliding and sailing. For the less adventuresome, try Sullivan Island’s Beach that sits on the Atlantic with broad, sandy beaches and will be much less busy than Folly Beach.
- Go for a walk. Sullivan’s Island is small enough to walk the neighborhoods to view some of the most luxurious homes in the Charleston region. You might catch a view of the Eye of the Storm house, world-renowned for its hurricane-proof, monolithic design. Others showcase the architectural styles in this region, from colonial to Queen Anne to Greek and Gothic Revival.
- Stop to eat. In spite of its size and residential character, you’ll find ample restaurants to enjoy meal. The Obstinate Daughter, Sullivan’s Restaurant and Fiery Ron’s Home Team Barbecue (they have amazing wings) have earned high ratings and each offers vegetarian and gluten-free options.