What Parks are in Charleston SC?

The Holy City is home to a number of the best parks in South Carolina. Visit Waterfront Park, Folly Beach, and the lushly landscaped Hampton Park. Charleston Parks offer a variety of beautiful outdoor spaces in coastal South Carolina. Read on to learn about some of our favorite places to relax with family, friends, and Fido!

The Best Parks in Downtown Charleston SC

Colonial Lake in downtown Charleston is a locals' favorite gathering spot since 1869. In 2016 an extensive refurbishment project brought new life to the park. With new sidewalks, and over 20,000 plantings it serves as a favorite gathering spot for dog walkers and those seeking a tranquil respite from their hectic day-to-day endeavors.

The antebellum mansions surrounding the lake on two sides offer a perfect backdrop. The tidal lake is home to fish of various sizes and types. It's an easy place to cast a fishing line.

Professionals and tourists alike appreciate free WIFI. If there was a snack bar it would be our favorite park in town!

Located in the heart of downtown Charleston, Marion Square is home to the famous Charleston Farmers Market held every Saturday from April through November.

Its large, open green space offers the perfect spot for impromptu picnics! It is one of the most popular parks in Charleston.

No trip to Charleston is complete without a visit to White Point Garden. This waterfront park offers lush, live oak trees, plenty of green space, and a gazebo that hosts weddings and special events.

Located on the High Battery in the Charleston historic district, it offers panoramic views of Charleston harbor, Patriots Point, the Ravenel bridge, and Fort Sumter.

The South of Broad neighborhood borders this waterfront park in Charleston. Read more about this prestigious residential neighborhood here.

Hampton Park is a jewel in historic Charleston. Opened in 1932, it originally served as the city's zoo. Located near The Citadel it boasts extensive floral diversity, walking trails, and a scenic lagoon in one of Charleston’s largest parks. It is popular for an afternoon bike ride and is truly one of the best parks in the Holy City.

Hampton Park hosts special events at the Rose Pavilion. Its name derives from the heirloom rose collection found in the park and the importance local residents played in cultivating roses in the US.

This Charleston park's amenities also include public restrooms, picnic tables, benches, and free WIFI.

Visitors flock to the shaded picnic areas under Spanish moss-draped live oak trees.

For more on this area and residential neighborhood see our Hampton Park neighborhood guide here.

The famous Pineapple Fountain offers photogs a great setting for capturing magical sunrises of the fountain with Charleston Harbor in the backdrop.

A large covered pavilion is popular with tourists and residents offering epic waterfront views of the harbor and Cooper River with occasional dolphin sightings.

It is one of the most popular gathering spots on the Charleston peninsula.


Looking for a neighborhood hangout? This park in the heart of Wagener Terrace is a local's hideaway. The community garden project offers neighboring residents plots for raising crops and ornamental plants. This park has a playground, a tennis court, and picnic tables for a great day of family fun.

Charleston SC Area Parks

The Lowcountry is home to an abundance of area parks. James Island County Park, Folly Beach County Park, and Beachwalker Park on Johns Island all offer beach and/or waterfront recreation. Angel Oak Park on Johns Island features one of the most beautiful trees in the United States.

Parks in Charleston with a Beach

Folly Beach County Park occupies the west end of Folly Beach. This oceanfront Charleston county park serves area communities. A much-appreciated public facility, it offers restrooms, outdoor showers, a seasonal snack bar, boardwalks, and parking. Folly Beach County Park is a public beach in Charleston SC. Read more about the park here.

Beachwalker Park is rated as one of the top ten public beaches in the US. You don’t want to miss a visit here. Beachwalker Park offers seasonal parking, outdoor showers, restrooms, a snack bar, and lifeguard service during the beach season.

Charleston Parks with Camping

James Island County Park in Charleston SC offers an extensive complement of activities and amenities. The James Island campground has 124 camping sites and cottages along the Stono River marsh. The dog park is among the most highly visited parks in Charleston.

During the holidays, James Island County Park transforms into a winter wonderland for the James Island Holiday Lights.

Charleston, SC Parks with History

Angel Oak Park is a must-see historic site on Johns Island. The Angel Oak tree is 400 to 500 years old. Historians speculate it is among the oldest living trees in the eastern United States. Its massive, low-hanging branches and unique character attracts thousands of visitors each year. Angel Oak Park is open daily for visitors.

Charles Towne State Historic Site is so full of history and adventure. It is truly a must-see for visitors to Charleston and the Lowcountry. It is the site of the first settlement in colonial Charleston.

Native bobcats, blue herons, and black bears are just a few of the local residents in the Animal Forest!

Ship lovers flock to the Adventure, a 17th-century replica vessel. It is permanently docked in Old Towne Creek.

It is always busy with educational programs, special events, over 80 acres of gardens, and an abundance of activities for everyone.

Charleston Area Real Estate

Every day living in Charleston is a walk in the park. Charleston area real estate options are quite varied. City life takes on a whole new meaning in the Holy City.

Few cities can claim the #1 city in the US several years in a row! The physical beauty of downtown Charleston captivates travelers from their first visit.

Historic architectural styles give visitors and residents the feeling of living in an old European city. Yet, Charleston is a vibrant city where business and pleasure coexist in harmony.

An abundance of historic homes and luxury condos frame the waterfront surrounded by the Copper River and Ashley River. When you are ready to begin your search for Charleston Real Estate sign up for listing alerts.

Charleston Beach Communities

If you fancy a home at the beach there are 5 distinct beach communities, each with its own unique vibe. The Sea Islands of Kiawah Island and Seabrook Island feature luxury resort living at their best.  Folly Beach, the Edge of America, captures the spirit of surf culture and beach nightlife.

North of downtown, Sullivan's Island retains a sleepy beach community feel, populated with a wide variety of traditional beach cottages and newer luxury homes. Isle of Palms is also a resort community where large beach homes accommodate parties and families while still offering a distinct community experience.

Pam Harrington Exclusives realtors offer decades of experience and knowledge in the resort market areas. Finding the right property is only the beginning of a successful transaction.  Contact an agent and let's make your dream of owning a property on the Sea Islands a reality!