SPORTS - #4 OF THE 7 REASONS TO CHOOSE CHARLESTON

  • Over 91 Miles of Beaches

  • More than 160 Parks

  • Acres of Freshwater Lakes and Rivers

  • Professional Tennis, Soccer, Baseball, Football and Hockey

  • More than 40 Golf Courses

  • 11 Major Tennis Facilities

  • Water Sports of all Kinds

  • Hunting Facilities


South Carolina's sunny climate creates many days perfect for a hike, bike, hunt, or eighteen holes. The city is surrounded on all sides by championship golf courses, state and county parks, and national wildlife refuges. From public boat ramps, marinas, and private docks throughout the area, boaters go under sail and power for fishing, shrimping, racing, scuba diving, water skiing, surfing, sailing, and kayaking.

 

GOLFING, HIKING, RUNNING


For the tourists, ecological kayak and boat tours, deep sea fishing charters, and biking and walking tours are all available.

There is parking by the Ravenel Bridge in Mt Pleasant to enjoy walking the bridge, a popular pasttime.
The City has created a special parking lot that cyclists and pedestrians can use to easily access the new Ravenel Bridge. It is located at the corner of Cooper And East Bay Streets. Just look for the green signs!


Cooper River Bridge Run

GOLF COURSE INFO

BALL SPORTS


The Charleston Riverdogs
Joseph P. Riley, Jr. Park 
"The Joe"
Home of the Charleston RiverDogs 
360 Fishburne Street 
Charleston, SC 29403

The City of Charleston in a unique partnership with The Citadel (the State of SC), the Charleston RiverDogs (private enterprise also in affiliation with the Tampa Bay Devil Rays), play in the $19.5 million Joseph P. Riley, Jr. Park on the banks of the scenic Ashley River. 
Friday night games in the summer months are followed by an impressive display of fireworks.

Adult Sports in the City of Charleston  
Ball Sports and Social Clubs in the Charleston Area   

Tennis is popular and there are numerous tennis leagues throughout the area.  I'On and Daniel Island offer larger facilities in those neighborhoods.

 
BOATING & WATER SPORTS


Boating in Charleston

To operate boats, there is often an age requirement or recognition of ability to operate the boat.

Sailing is a favorite, but there is a type of craft for just about every water activity, and depending on what you plan to do on the water, you will need a specific type of watercraft. 

The clipper sailing vessel is still in use but the name clipper is more commonly applied to any fast sailing vessel. 

An inboard motorboat is preferred for wake or water skiing or parasailing for the safety of skiers behind the boat. A horsepower to drag a passenger fast enough to give them lift or mobility atop the water is required. 

A skiff or small sea-going fishing boat, crafted of wood with a flat bottom and powered by either wind or oars may or may not include a small outboard motor, and is used for either pleasure or fishing. Boats of a certain speed or size can only be operated in designated areas. 

A speedboat ranges in size from the 4-meter, open Boston Whaler type boat to the luxury mega yachts capable of crossing the ocean in comfort and style are identified by the simple fact of the use of a combustion engine motor for propulsion. 

Cruiser boats range from light cruisers all the way to luxury cabin cruisers with full amenities. A light cruiser is identified by one that can leave homeport and comfortably accommodate a few passengers for a number of days. A cabin cruiser can achieve the same goal but is better equipped to offer food, drink for a longer period of time at a higher level of comfort.


Hire a captain to take you and your family to tour the secrets of the Carolina shorelines as offered by Ripley Light Marina at Ashley Point Drive in Charleston, or captain your own boat and take the helm for a day, a weekend or a week to explore the ports .

Kayaking is also a favorite pastime in the area because of the numerous creeks and waterways. As sports go, canoeing and kayaking can be among the least expensive with a minimal rental fees or start up investment for a small beginner's boat and very little additional equipment to purchase: a life jacket and perhaps a helmet. Lessons are usually a one-time thing for safety and maneuvering and there are many established outfits that are ACA certified from which to choose.  Coastal Expeditions and Nature Adventures Kayak & Canoe Tours & Rentals offer lessons and rentals.

BOATS, FISHING, HUNTING

Charleston Boat Emporium
Charleston, SC
(843) 345-9859

St. Barts Yachts
At The City Marina
3 Lockwood Drive
Charleston, SC 29402
(843) 577-5050

Duncan's Boat Harbour
34354 Bridgeview Drive
Charleston, SC 29418
(843) 744-2628

Freedom Boat Club of Charleston
24 Patriots Point
Mt. Pleasant, SC
(843) 216-2626

Longshore Marine
Mt. Pleasant, SC 29464
(843) 849-0569
2650 Clements Ferry Road at Marina Drive
Wando, SC
(843) 216-4700

Marine Max
24 Patriots Point
Mt. Pleasant, SC 
888-576-1310

Renken Boat Center
2476 Savannah Hwy
Charleston, SC
(843) 767-0515

St. Barts Yachts Inc.
3 Lockwood Drive
Charleston, SC
(843) 577-7377

Sea Ray of Charleston
Leeds Avenue & 526
Charleston, SC
(843) 747-1889

Seel's Outboard Inc.
1937 Savannah Hwy
Charleston, SC
(843) 556-2742
2910 N. Hwy 17
(843) 849-8788

Velocity Sea-Doo Jetski
1370 N. Main Street
Summerville, SC
(843) 871-5371

Windsor Marine Yacht Sales
792 Folly Road
Charleston, SC
(843) 406-6800

Air-Sea Safety & Survival
120-A Williams Street
Charleston, SC
(843) 723-2722
 

Hunting

Henry's Sporting Goods
1514 Hwy 17, Mt. Pleasant, SC 
(843) 881-0465

Sportsman's Shop
359 King Street, Charleston, SC 29401
(843) 722-0072

Fishing
Charleston and West of
the Ashley Area

John's Rod & Reel
South Windemere Center
Charleston, SC 29407
803-766-7300

Captain Ed's Fly Fishing Shop
47 John Street
Charleston, SC 29403
803-723-0860

Blue Boy Sportfishing Charters
Ripley Light Marina
Charleston, SC 29403
803-571-1830

Cooper River Marina
2 miles north of Cooper River Bridge
Charleston, SC 29401
803-554-0790

Folly Beach Fishing Pier
101 E. Arctic
Folly Beach, SC 29439
803-588-2363

Carolina Baja Marine
47 Folly Road
Charleston, SC 29439
803-763-8600

Outdoor Outfitters
1662 Savannah Hwy
Charleston, SC 29407
803-571-6620

West Ashley Tackle Shop
Hwy 61 & Magnolia Road
Charleston, SC 29406
803-556-1828

Battery Warehouse
2473 Savannah Hwy.
Charleston, SC 29407
803-766-1562

Charleston and East of
the Cooper Area

Haddrell's Point Tackle & Supply
855 Coleman Blvd.
Mt. Pleasant, SC 29464
803-881-3644

Wando Marine
594 Johnny Dodd Blvd.
Mt. Pleasant, SC 29464
803-971-0859

Henry's Sporting Goods
1662 Hwy. 17 North
Mt. Pleasant, SC 29464
803-881-0465

Whitton Marine
Hwy. 33 N.
Wando, SC 29492
803-884-8706

Buck & Bass
1040 Anna Knapp Blvd.
Mt. Pleasant, SC 29464

Carolina Clipper
P.O. Box 1122
Mt. Pleasant, SC 29464
803-884-2992

Toler's Cove Marina
Charleston, SC 29401
803-881-0325
 

Fishing


Charleston and West of
the Ashley Area
John's Rod & Reel
South Windemere Center
Charleston, SC 29407
803-766-7300

Captain Ed's Fly Fishing Shop
47 John Street
Charleston, SC 29403
803-723-0860

Blue Boy Sportfishing Charters
Ripley Light Marina
Charleston, SC 29403
803-571-1830

Cooper River Marina
2 miles north of Cooper River Bridge
Charleston, SC 29401
803-554-0790

Folly Beach Fishing Pier
101 E. Arctic
Folly Beach, SC 29439
803-588-2363

Carolina Baja Marine
47 Folly Road
Charleston, SC 29439
803-763-8600

Outdoor Outfitters
1662 Savannah Hwy
Charleston, SC 29407
803-571-6620

West Ashley Tackle Shop
Hwy 61 & Magnolia Road
Charleston, SC 29406
803-556-1828

Battery Warehouse
2473 Savannah Hwy.
Charleston, SC 29407
803-766-1562

Charleston and East of
the Cooper Area

Haddrell's Point Tackle & Supply
855 Coleman Blvd.
Mt. Pleasant, SC 29464
803-881-3644

Wando Marine
594 Johnny Dodd Blvd.
Mt. Pleasant, SC 29464
803-971-0859

Henry's Sporting Goods
1662 Hwy. 17 North
Mt. Pleasant, SC 29464
803-881-0465

Whitton Marine
Hwy. 33 N.
Wando, SC 29492
803-884-8706

Buck & Bass
1040 Anna Knapp Blvd.
Mt. Pleasant, SC 29464

Carolina Clipper
P.O. Box 1122
Mt. Pleasant, SC 29464
803-884-2992

Toler's Cove Marina
Charleston, SC 29401
803-881-0325

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