Summer showers happen in even the sunniest locations. Take advantage of your break from the beach by exploring these rainy day activities with something for everyone! You can learn about history, wildlife and art, or making the day all about you.
The South Carolina Aquarium is located here in Charleston, just off the Cooper River. Here you can learn about wildlife from each of South Carolina’s regions from the Upstate to the Lowcountry. They feature Albie, the albino alligator, and outdoor covered touch tank, where you can get up and personal with sharks and stingrays and their brand new exhibit, showcasing their work with sea turtles. The Sea Turtle Hospital helps guests to experience and learn more about the Aquarium’s mission to help rehabilitate injured turtles and return them home.
Your visit to Patriot’s Point will take you on a voyage to the past. The ships you will visit started their service in World War Two. You can explore the USS Yorktown, where you can experience the expansiveness of an aircraft carrier. It features different planes and helicopters, exhibits about the war, and what life was like on board. Additionally on board is the Medal of Honor Museum. Take a walk through to learn about some our nation’s greatest heroes. Next discover the USS Laffey, which is classified as a destroyer. Then make your way over to the USS Clamagore, to see how small real submarines actually are! Finally, visit the recently opened Vietnam Exhibit to see what a base camp would have looked like.
A vacation should be all about taking a break! Treat yourself to a little extra stress relief by taking in a day of pampering at the spa. Whether you need a mani-pedi to take a fresh toes in the sand photo, or a full day of facials and massage, make this day all about you.
Did you know that Charleston is home to one of the very first museums in the United States? Founded in 1773, this museum is home to exhibits featuring Charleston’s involvement in the American Revolution and the Civil War, historic textiles, Charleston silver and much more! The Charleston Museum is also connected with the Joseph Manigault House and the Heyward-Washington House, for more Charleston history to discover. Discounted tickets are available for visiting multiple sites.
Fresh off a multi-million dollar renovation, the Gibbes Museum of Art is home to Charleston’s finest art collection. Ranging from classic to contemporary each exhibit connects to Charleston in its own way. The Gibbes offers 6-8 exhibitions a year, which rotate seasonally, as well as permanent collections. Here you can see portraits and sculptures representing the American South from the Colonial Era to today. You can also experience life before photographs in the Charleston Miniatures Collection. These paintings can be small enough to fit in your hand and show life of the American elite in the 18th and 19th Centuries.