Fun Things to Do in Fall

As the heat of summer gives way to the cooler temperatures of autumn, there’s no better time to uncover the captivating charm of Charleston, South Carolina. Steeped in history, laced in vibrant colors, and enveloped in ocean breezes, the “Holy City” comes alive during the fall months with an array of festivities. We have put together a list of some of our favorite things to do in Charleston in the Fall that you won’t want to miss!

Shop for the Holidays at the Historic City Market

Fall means the holiday season is around the corner, and the Historic City Market is a great place to find unique gifts. The market is a treasure trove of artisan crafts and regionally inspired gifts handcrafted by Charleston’s own artists.

Founded in 1804, the Charleston City Market is a living testament to the city’s rich history. A revered hub for merchants, it ranks among the most frequented markets in the United States.

From sweetgrass baskets and pottery to jewelry and clothing, the Charleston City Market has something for everyone. So come and experience the magic of the holidays at one of the most charming and festive markets in the country. Click here for our Shopping Guide.

Hit the Beach

Fall is a great time to visit a beach near Charleston because the weather is still warm and sunny, but the crowds have thinned out. The average temperature in September and October is in the mid-70s, and the water temperature is still comfortable for swimming. Also, the bugs start to die down in Fall, so you can enjoy the beach without being bothered by them. Click here for our Beach Guide to determine which beach best suits you.

See the City from the Sea

On a beautiful fall day, consider embarking on a sail around the harbor with the Schooner Pride, which offers afternoon dolphin sails, sunset sails, and moonlight sails. For those seeking a more active experience, you can rent kayaks and paddleboards for a self-guided tour or opt for a guided tour. Coastal Expeditions is a great place to rent or get a tour. Regardless of your preference, Charleston has a variety of options for enjoying the sea.

Eat Until Your Heart’s Content

Charleston’s restaurant scene is constantly expanding with an abundance of options to choose from. The city’s chefs are highly innovative, offering unforgettable meals. If you’re looking for a fancy night out or a special occasion, Circa 1886 Restaurant is the perfect destination for an exquisite fine dining experience. For other top-notch food options, we recommend trying Xiao Bao Biscuit, Rodney Scott BBQ, and Leon’s Oyster Shop in Charleston. Check out our dining guide here.

Search for the Perfect Piece of Art

Charleston is becoming a hub for artists, with a multitude of art galleries scattered throughout the town. Robert Lange Studios stands out as the top choice, having been voted the Best Art Gallery in Charleston several times by the Charleston City Paper. Additionally, Redux Contemporary Art Center houses a variety of personal artist studios and is worth visiting to see the unique creations being produced by these talented individuals. Click here for additional art galleries.

Learn About Charleston’s History

If you’re a history buff, Charleston is the perfect location for you. For starters, you can take a boat ride to Fort Sumter, which is rich in history. It’s the site where the first shots of the Civil War were fired, and it’s a must-see destination. If you’re interested in plantations, we recommend visiting Middleton Place, which is just a 15-minute drive from downtown though it feels like a world away from reality. Charleston also has an impressive naval museum, Patriots Point, located at the mouth of the Cooper River. It’s housed in an aircraft carrier and features a Vietnam Experience Exhibit and a Medal of Honor museum. Don’t hesitate to ask questions while you’re there. The guides at Patriot’s Point are passionate and excited to educate visitors.

Shop Iconic King Street

Charleston is a great place to shop, especially on King Street, which is known for its amazing selection of family-owned boutiques and luxury retailers. King Street’s three districts offer a variety of shopping and dining options. The “Antiques District” in Lower King Street, extending from Broad Street to Market Street, was voted the “Best Antique Shopping in the U.S.” by Travel + Leisure magazine readers. The “Fashion District” in Middle King Street, from Market Street to Calhoun Street, features a mix of charming locally-owned boutiques and well-known national brands. The “Design and Dining District” in Upper King Street, spanning from Marion Square to Spring Street, is known for its excellent dining options and nightlife. Additionally, on the second Sunday of every month, King Street is closed to traffic, allowing locals and visitors of all ages to enjoy live music, alfresco dining, and shopping. Click here for our Shopping Guide.

Enjoy a Local Brewery

Charleston is home to some of South Carolina’s best breweries. With over 30 breweries in the city, each location provides a unique experience with a variety of beers, from traditional styles to more experimental brews. Some fan favorites include Edmund’s Oast Brewing Co. and Revelry Brewing Co. Brewery-hopping is a great way to experience the best of Charleston’s craft beer scene. No matter what your taste, you’re sure to find a brewery in Charleston that you’ll love.

Attend a Seasonal Event

Fall in Charleston is chock full of entertaining festivals and events. From exploring a pumpkin patch to sipping wine at a historic plantation, you will fill your calendar with fall events in Charleston. Click here for the full list!

If you're interested in exploring Charleston during the fall, start planning your trip today! We look forward to welcoming you to one of the top destinations in the U.S.