Our final day in Charleston. We were up early to get as many minutes of southern charm and sun into our day as possible. We opted for a quick breakfast - coffee and pastries. However, we had both Another Broken Egg Cafe and Toast All Day on our list...next time!
We checked out of our accommodations, loaded our jeep, and had a plan to spend the rest of our time in Charleston on Sullivan Island.
Sullivan Island is a quick drive from historic Charleston. Our first stop was Fort Moultrie. The Fort is open year round for a self-guided tour. We began by checking in at the Fort Moultrie Visitor Center. We paid the entry fee, grabbed the brochure with map, and watched a very dated orientation film. We could have skipped the film but the air conditioning felt great!
Then we crossed the street and entered the Fort. The Fort is comprised of tunnels, rooms, and lookout points. My husband really enjoyed the various cannons located throughout. I enjoyed the views of the water. Fun fact about the Fort: Edgar Allan Poe was once stationed at Fort Moultrie (1827-1828) and used Sullivan's Island as the setting for his short story, The Gold Bug. From the Fort, there is a path to the beach. It was a really lovely day so we walked along the water. We did see signs indicating this was a "no swim" area.
From the Fort we could have continued along the beach to the lighthouse, commonly known as "Charleston Light." However, we were limited on a time with a flight to catch so we drove to the lighthouse. The lighthouse is distinctive. It is also probably the least interesting lighthouse we have ever seen. No tours, no gardens, and needs a good paint job. Parking was easy to find and there is a beach access point.
We had a short period of time before we needed to make our way to the airport so we headed to the Sullivan Island restaurants along Middle Street. Several looked like great options. We chose the Sea Biscuit Cafe for salads and sandwiches.
And just like that...it was time to head home!
Know Before You Go:
Tickets for Fort Moultrie can be purchased in the Visitor Center at the Fort.
Be sure to have good walking shoes and water.
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When to Go:
In our opinion the best time to visit Charleston is March to May or September to November. The temperatures are lovely - typically 60-80 degrees – without the humidity and heat of the summer months.
Is Charleston Safe?
Yes! Charleston is considered safe for visitors. However, Charleston is a city, so we recommend taking the typical city precautions – don’t walk alone at night, park your vehicle in well-lit locations, ensure valuables are stored out of sight, be aware of your surroundings.
We recommend using a rental car. For our adventures in Charleston, we loved having a jeep wrangler. It was a treat! Parking isn’t a problem if you know where to look. A full list of parking options can be found at Parking Information. This link includes parking locations, costs, as well as amenities like security or restrooms. We found both the Waze app and Google maps to be easy to use to navigate from one destination to another.