Waterfront Park, Charleston

Waterfront Park, Charleston (must see)

Historically a center of maritime traffic housing several wharves and shipping terminals, the current Waterfront Park area just off the Cooper River has been regenerated in 1990 and received many design awards soon after, including the Landmark Award from the American Society of Landscape Architects and the National Trust for Historic Preservation.

The park is composed of distinct sections. At the northern entrance, at the foot of Vendue Range (a street in Charleston), is a large fountain which anchors its end. From the fountain, Venue Wharf is a wide, wooden pier extending into the Cooper River and offering sheltered swings. The largest portion is made of two distinct sections – a dense canopy of oak trees that run along Concord St and Prioleau St for about a quarter-mile, and a 1,200-foot palmetto lined esplanade that follows the natural water line to ensure public access to the water's edge. In the middle of the grassy lawn is the famous Pineapple Fountain (picture required!), located immediately in front of the City Gallery and surrounded by trees and benches.

Pack a picnic lunch, sit on the benches, watch the cruise ships come and go, marvel at the enormous transport ships entering one of the country's busiest ports, observe the sunset... and catch a breeze in the hot sun!

Why You Should Visit:
Beautiful, grassy spots to picnic, spectacular unobstructed views of Charleston Harbor, Ravenel Bridge, Patriots Point and Fort Sumter, a large fountain, a dense canopy of oak trees and many benches to engage in the art of people-watching. Sunrise and sunset are amazing almost every day, and you may even see dolphins here.

Tip:
They have giant swing benches under a covered boardwalk along the dock area, where you may watch the harbor traffic.

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Waterfront Park on Map

Sight Name: Waterfront Park
Sight Location: Charleston, USA (See walking tours in Charleston)
Sight Type: Attraction/Landmark
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Walking Tours in Charleston, South Carolina

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