Colonial Lake, Charleston

Colonial Lake, Charleston

Historic Colonial Lake, named as a tribute to the "Colonial Commons" established in 1768, has served as a cherished gathering and recreational area in peninsular Charleston for over 150 years. Encircled by broad walkways, it ranks among the city's most favored parks for leisurely afternoon strolls and dog walks. Whether it's joggers and walkers at all hours of the day or fishermen enjoying the pond, the park attracts a diverse range of visitors. The park has a multitude of benches, a seating wall along Rutledge Avenue, and ample open green spaces, making it an ideal spot to take a seat, unwind, and pause during your sightseeing adventures.

In early June 2016, the Charleston Parks Conservancy marked the conclusion of an ambitious $5.9 million revitalization project that had been years in the making, involving extensive planning, fundraising, and design efforts. As part of this endeavor, the Conservancy introduced an initial 20,000 plants to the park, ushering in a fresh horticultural style that adapts to the changing seasons while paying homage to Charleston's history and the natural beauty of the Lowcountry.

Tip:
Make sure not to miss out on the delightful sweet and savory crepes offered at Queen Street Grocery, each named after the islands surrounding Charleston. This establishment, a beloved neighborhood institution, offers a wide range of culinary delights, including pressed breakfast and lunch sandwiches, smoothies, cold brews, and an assortment of craft beers. The art-filled space also functions as a wineshop, so don't hesitate to grab a bottle of your preferred wine, especially if you plan to enjoy a picnic at the Colonial Lake.

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Sight Name: Colonial Lake
Sight Location: Charleston, USA (See walking tours in Charleston)
Sight Type: Attraction/Landmark
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