Charleston Waterfront Park begins at Vendue Range and extends along the harborside to Concord Street and Adgers Wharf. It is a nice greenway, with a large pineapple-shaped water fountain located just about mid-way along the stretch. At the Vendue Range end, a pier extends into the harbor with 6-7 swings, and a large number of benches and tables. The pier extends to a T-section which features a number of wooden platform-style seats. Any location in the park offers a great view of the Charleston Harbor.
Waterfront Park is one of my favorite places to visit. It's hard to match the breeze coming in from the harbor during the Summer, while sitting in one of the swings.
You have a view towards Patriot's Point and the USS Yorktown with the Ravenel bridge off to the left. You can also watch cargo ships entering and leaving the harbor. The park is open daily until midnight and is the best place to wind down and relax after a long day exploring the area. The sound of the waves lapping against the pier seem to sooth my weary body into immediate relaxation.
January 2010 We made it by Waterfront a couple times during this trip. There was a full moon, but it was overcast enough that we weren't able to see it often. It's normally peaceful and quiet, especially in the off season. My favorite time spent in the Park is described below. I doubt it will ever be beaten.
Previous Trip Notes The harbor is especially beautiful during a full moon. If you're lucky you may even hear dolphins breaching in the distance. As luck would have it, we experienced both of these in February 2008.
Waterfront Park is the perfect place to sit back and relax while sight-seeing. It is a great place to sight-see in itself, offering full harbor views.
There is always some activity to sit back and watch in the harbor. We make the park a destination just about anytime we are downtown.
The pineapple fountain makes a great photograph spot. Sitting in a swing on the pier, with the breeze blowing in off the harbor, is one of my absolute favorite things to do in Charleston! It is a great way to relax and forget about everything, almost as nice as sitting on the beach. I also love to walk down to the end of the pier and sit on the wooden platform benches. It's a great place to unwind after dinner in the evening. When it gets dark, it's nice to lie back on the bench and look at the stars. I can't help but think of Otis Redding's "Sittin' on the dock of the Bay".