401 Goose Creek Blvd. N.
Goose Creek, SC 29445-2971
Phone: (843) 797-8200
Fax: (843) 797-6639
CSU Field House is home to the Charleston Southern University Buccaneers basketball team. It is located in the famous Charleston Southern University. It is mainly used for basketball and hockey games. Events constantly take place in this 760-seat venue. Check the website for further event details.
Located a half-hour north of Charleston, this former 1700s rice plantation and black water swamp is a scenic treasure, open to the public since 1932. One admission price allows visitors to follow meandering nature trails over foot bridges and through rice fields, admire azalea and magnolia gardens, take a flat bottom boat out onto the swamp (just follow the arrows on the cypress trees), and explore the Butterfly House, Aquarium and Reptile Center. There are also guides who take groups out on tour boats, but most folks like the chance to paddle and explore on their own. Bring a lunch to enjoy in the picnic and playground area while the kiddies romp on the giant spider web made of rope. Gift and snack shop. Parking is free. Don't forget your camera. - Natasha Lawrence
Get the family together and spend some time playing the 18-hole "tropical" miniature golf course, riding go-karts and tooling around on the bumper boats. The park also offers a large arcade, batting cage and rock climbing wall. For the really adventurous, there's the "Trampoline Thing." Golf fans are happy to send their kids off with a handful of tokens and practice their swing at the Golf Range. The Pizza Shop on site lets you spend the whole day playing. Party packages are available.
A 27-hole course designed by Dr. Michael Hurdzan, TifEagle putting surfaces, TifSport fairways, a pro shop, and a 6,000 square foot antebellum-style clubhouse with full-service restaurant and bar.
Nestled on the shore of Lake Moultrie, this sandy beach is a great place for the whole family to enjoy and features a large pavilion with video games and pool tables, as well as a full service snack bar. Giant inner tube rentals are available.
Located on the grounds of the Magnolia Plantation and Gardens, the Audubon Swamp Garden is a beautifully preserved stretch of blackwater swamp. Explore the 60 acres (24 hectares) of swamp land using their system of boardwalks, bridges and dikes. Within the garden you can see a large number of native species, including herons, egrets, turtles and alligators, along with the beautiful natural flora. Admission is only an additional eight dollars when you buy a general garden ticket.
Historic 18 hole golf course that was built in 1917 and features Bermuda grass greens, tight fairways, and an abundance of natural wildlife in a quaint setting.
A traditional style layout built on the site of a former rice plantation, this beautiful and challenging 18-hole Championship course has been compared to Pinehurst #2 in its straightforward presentation of challenge. Spacious fairways, generous greens and staggered tees give everyone a chance to enjoy the layout. However, with water in play at half of the holes and massive oaks often standing between golfer and green, an ability to work the ball is required to score well. The greens are medium-sized and have some undulation. The signature hole is #10, a 372-yard, par 4, requiring a shot over a wetland area to an elevated green. Tee times and rates vary; contact the club or check the website.
Surrounded by lush landscape and old oaks, the Family Circle Tennis Center on Daniel Island is host to the Family Circle Cup. Located along the banks of the Wando River, this 17 court complex includes 13 composition and four hard surface courts. One of them can seat 10,000 fans! Around the courts there is a handsome two-story clubhouse with an expansive pro shop, cherry-wood floors, locker rooms and a small fitness room. Although it looks like a private club, it is, in fact, a public facility, open to all. So you can schedule a tennis vacation and get instructed on the perfect serve. And when you're not hitting those forehands, seize the opportunity to explore the historic and cultural nuances around Charleston.
Smythe Park is a quiet park in an upscale neighborhood of Daniel island. It features several walkways around the large lake, where you can relax and unwind with a nice stroll. There are also picnic table and a fun playground for the kids, which make this park a great place to spend a day with family.
Charles Towne Landing is the site of the first South Carolina permanent English settlement. With a history dating back to 1670, the 80 acres of this park have become a living museum, featuring historical attractions, educational activities and plenty of outdoor spaces to explore. There's a visitor center that introduces kids and adults to life in colonial times. Experience hands-on activities and go on a self-guided tour of the area. Visit the Animal Forest to see species that the settlers encountered, like bears and pumas. Special events are frequent, including live cannon firings and musket demonstrations. Bring a lunch or purchase food from one of the vendors onsite.
Built in the late 1700s by the South Carolina Jockey Club (the first jockey club in the United States), this lovely park was once the center of fabled "Race Week", held every February as one of Charleston's grandest social events. Originally called Washington Racecourse, the oval shape of the race course can still be seen today amidst colorful landscaped gardens, bridges, picnic areas, playground, walking trails, a pond, and a fountain. In 1901 this was the site of the magnificent West Indian Exposition—the bandstand pavilion remains from that event. It's a hidden gem of the city.