Morris Island Lighthouse
Graffiti covered path leading to views of the lighthouse
When this lighthouse was originally built in 1876, it was sitting on the shore of Morris Island. However, rapid erosion over the years has left the lighthouse stranded in the middle of Charleston Harbor. To see the lighthouse, you will walk about half a mile on a paved path that is covered from beginning to end with colorful graffiti. The beach at the end is a perfect place for collecting shells or a picnic. Make sure you park with all four wheels off the road on East Ashley Avenue and at all beaches in the area.
Classic spot for seafood with a gorgeous view
This waterfront shack has been serving up delicious seafood and great views since the 1940's. While everything is good, you can't go wrong with the steamed oysters or the Frogmore stew. If you aren't hungry, they also have a full bar.
Jack of Cups
Pub with creative, international food
This funky hole in the wall with vegan options serves up far more than traditional bar food. In fact, this place is more of a tiny restaurant with a bar than a saloon that serves food because few people venture in without trying one (or all) of their curries or shareables.
Outdoor spot for Caribbean food
What more could you want after a day on the beach than tacos or another Caribbean inspired dish and a cold beer from a cooler. Because this restaurant that feels like you are sitting in someone's backyard only has outdoor seating, they are closed when it rains.
McKevlin's Surf Shop
Surfboards, skateboards, and apparel
This friendly surf shop that is only steps from the surf is the go-to spot for board rentals. They also operate the longest running call in surf report in South Carolina, which they now post on Twitter as well. Even if you aren't a surfer, stop in to check out some of their clothes and swimsuits.
Mckevlin's Surf Shop
Charleston Outdoor Adventures
Kayak and paddleboard tours of the marshes
Experience the area's marshes and wildlife up close, including dolphins, turtles, and many types of birds. Join one of their small-group tours on kayak or paddleboard, or head out on your own with one of their rentals. In addition to marsh tours, they offer boat tours to spot dolphins, see the Morris Island Lighthouse, go fishing, and find fossils.