Create Lasting Memories with Nearby Excursions, Local Destinations, & Resort Events
Explore the stunning nature of the Charleston Lowcountry. Sail through enchanting waterways while taking in cool harbor breezes and views of abundant wildlife and historic sites. Discover living history at one of Charleston’s many historic sites. No matter when you visit, or who you bring along, the memories you make during your stay at Charleston Harbor Resort will be ones you treasure for a lifetime.
USS Yorktown at Patriots Point
“Walk in the steps of heroes” when you visit Patriots Point Naval & Maritime Museum, located just up the road from our resort. This museum is home to the USS Yorktown aircraft carrier, USS Laffey destroyer, and USS Clamagore submarine, as well as a Vietnam Experience Exhibit, the National Medal of Honor Museum, and various aircraft. Tickets start at $14.00 for children and $22.00 for adults, with discounts for military and senior citizens.
Ghost Tours on the Yorktown
Are the spirits of past heroes still on duty aboard the USS Yorktown? Patriots Point Naval & Maritime Museum, the USS Yorktown (CV-10) Association, and the Charleston Attraction Group have teamed up to offer a special tour that allows visitors to investigate stories of sacrifice, heroism, and the unexplained.
Fort Sumter National Monument
The first shots of the Civil War were fired here. Catch a cruise to the island to learn about the fort and its place in history. The ferry to Fort Sumter is a ½ mile away from our resort.
Patriots Point Links
Enjoy a fun and challenging game of golf on this 18-hole course overlooking Charleston Harbor, located at the foot of the Arthur Ravenel Jr. Bridge just 1.2 miles from our resort. Amenities at Patriots Point include a lighted driving range with PGA instruction, a southern-style clubhouse, and a golfers’ grill and patio.
Downtown Charleston is full of things to do, as evidenced by being named the “Best City in America” by Condé Nast Traveler, Travel + Leisure, and Southern Living magazines! From fantastic restaurants and bars to eclectic shops to historic homes and museums, this lovely and historic town is just waiting to be explored. Browse goods from local vendors at the historic Charleston City Market. Take a tour of the Aiken-Rhett House Museum, a historic 1800s home of the former governor. Enjoy savory southern fare in a Victorian locale at the award-winning Husk. Sip on handcrafted drinks at The Gin Joint. Walk down lively King Street and explore an array of restaurants, shops, art galleries, and other attractions. These are just a few of your options in downtown Charleston; the best way to experience the city is just by walking through it.
South Carolina Aquarium
Located just across the Cooper River from our resort, the South Carolina Aquarium is home to more than 10,000 plants and animals, including otters, sea turtles, alligators, hawks, seahorses, and sharks. The aquarium’s largest exhibit—the Great Ocean Tank—holds more than 385,000 gallons of water and contains more than 700 sea creatures. There is also a Touch Tank where you can touch and feel several species of invertebrates, like hermit crabs, sea urchins, and Atlantic stingrays.
The aquarium is open daily from 9:00 am – 4:00 pm, and ticket prices start at $17.95 for children and $24.95 for adults. You can even take the Charleston Water Taxi from our docks to the Charleston Maritime Center, which is right next to the aquarium.
Boone Hall Plantation & Gardens
Lined on both sides with massive, moss-draped oak trees, the entrance to this plantation is a symbol of the southern heritage you’ll experience during your time in Charleston. Explore one of America’s oldest working, living plantations, and the #1 plantation in Charleston (according to USA Today’s 10 Best) by taking one of its many tours. Tour tickets start at $24.00 for adults, $12.00 for children aged 6-12 (children 5 and under are free), and $21.00 for senior citizens (65 and older) and military/AAA members.
This charming barrier island is home to beautiful beaches and a historic fort from the Revolutionary War, Fort Moultrie. Take a ride on Ollie the Trolley from our resort to the island for a day of fun, learning, and relaxation, minus the stress of parking.
Shem Creek Fishing Village
Shem Creek flows through the heart of Mount Pleasant, offering a variety of leisure activities like fishing, boating, kayaking, and paddleboarding. It is well-known for its shady, live oak-lined paths, unique shops, and waterfront bars and restaurants. Take a walking tour of the area to learn about area, including the importance of its shrimp industry.
Travel back to Colonial times on a horse-drawn carriage tour that will reveal more than 300 years of history, including antebellum mansions, churches, and gardens. A licensed guide in a Confederate uniform will inform and entertain you with historical facts, lore, and humor on this one-hour, narrated carriage tour, which covers more than 2.5 miles and 30 blocks of historic Charleston.
Ever wanted to learn how to sail? Now’s your chance! Ride the wind gracefully through enchanting Charleston waterways while learning the ropes. We have a variety of sailing vessels to choose from, each manned by experienced sailors who know how to interpret the rivers and channels, and bring the area to life. Become certified to take out your own Sailboat through the College of Charleston. $200 for 2 hours of instruction and $75 per person after lesson. Please call 843.284.7022 for more information.
Whether you desire a thrilling, offshore hunt for blue marlin, sailfish, and other large game fish or a relaxing fishing trip through Charleston's many hidden creeks, our knowledgeable staff can help you customize your perfect day at sea. Our experts can help you charter the right boat and crew for your desired adventure, and it can even leave from our on-site marina. Half-day charters run from 6:00 am – 11:00 am or in the afternoon from 12:00 pm – 5:00 pm. No fishing license is required.
If laidback, luxury travel in a natural paradise is what you desire, our Ultimate Yachting Experience is the perfect choice. Cruise along Charleston’s waterways, taking in views of the sunrise or sunset while sipping your favorite beverage on your very own yacht. This excursion is ideal for couples, or the whole family.
Paddleboarding & Kayaking
Experience the waters of Charleston via kayak or paddleboard with Nature Adventures Outfitters. One of South Carolina's most recommended and respected kayak guide services, Nature Adventures Outfitters offers all sorts of tours to choose from, including paddleboarding and kayaking to barrier islands, blackwater swamps, and rivers. No experience is necessary—their experienced nature guides will teach you everything you need to know.
Experience a true waterfront dining experience aboard the Spirit of Carolina, complete with live entertainment and amazing sunset views. Charleston’s premier cruise fleet also offers harbor history tours of more than 75 landmarks and historic points of interest, sightseeing tours where you can view dolphins and other marine life in their natural habitat, and private dining events. They provide the only harbor tour in Charleston narrated by a Licensed City Guide.
Here at Charleston Harbor Resort, we bring all the wonders of the sea right to you. From our fishing pier and marina docks, you can watch for dolphins breaching in the harbor while pelicans, seagulls, and egrets greet you from above. To truly immerse yourself in the beauty that surrounds you, choose from one of the many eco-excursions or boat tours to one of our unspoiled barrier islands only accessible by water.
Charleston Harbor Events
Oysters on the Point
This once-a-month winter series features locally steamed oysters and a wide selection of other creative dishes, as well as live music, a Bloody Mary bar, plenty of beer choices, and a variety of local art vendors. Oysters on the Point kicks off in December on the same day as the Charleston Parade of Boats, which can be seen perfectly from our pier. It is hosted on Saturday afternoons through March from 2:00 pm – 6:00 pm.
- January 21, 2017
- February 11, 2017
- March 11, 2017
- December 9, 2017
- Resort Guests – Free
- General Admission – $5
- Children (12 and under) – Free
Party at the Point
Charleston’s premier Happy Hour concert series takes place on Friday evenings from April to June. This family-friendly event is hosted on our beachfront and features live music and plenty of food and drinks.
2017 Season Dates & Bands
- April 28 – Banana Pancakes (A Tribute to Jack Johnson)
- May 5 – Cinco De Mayo Jam Dead 27s with Trongone Band
- May 12 – Sol Driven Train with Sally & George
- May 19 – The Reckoning (A Tribute to the Grateful Dead)
- May 26 – Memorial Day Kickoff with the Dave Matthews Tribute Band
- June 2 – Sgt. Submarine's 50th Anniversary Tribute to Sgt. Peppers and The Beatles
- June 9 – Broadcast 90: The Ultimate 90s Tribute Band
- June 16 – The Blue Dogs with Finnegan Bell
- June 23 – Reggae Night with The Dubplates CD Release Party
- June 30 – Departure (The Ultimate Journey Tribute Band)
- Rain Dates: July 7 and 14
- Resort Guests- Free
- General Admission – $7
Bazaar at the Point
On the fourth Sunday of each month from June to October, we invite our guests and the local community to join us for this free event focused on locally sourced goods. Bazaar at the Point is from 11:00 am – 2:00 pm, and you’ll enjoy specialty food and drinks, arts and crafts, environmental education, kids’ activities, and more—all from local vendors.
- June 25, 2017
- July 23, 2017
- August 27, 2017
- September 24, 2017
- October 22, 2017
Celebrate winter in Charleston every February with a weekend full of fun activities. An exclusive adults-only Ski Party kicks off Winterfest weekend with a rail jam, DJ, ice luge, and more. Then on Saturday, families are invited to our Winter Carnival with inflatable rides, snow activities, games, and more. Food and refreshments will be available throughout the event.
Bands, Burgers, and Brews Burger Throwdown
The chefs might be the ones competing, but you’re the real winner at the lively Bands, Burgers, and Brews Competition. Savor flavorful, juicy burgers created by local chefs and help us choose the “Best Burger in the Lowcountry.” All the fantastic food is complemented by craft beers and live music.
We are proud to announce that our 2016 Grand Prize Winner, Fillin' Station Diner, qualified for the World Food Championship 2016 as a WFC Preferred Qualifier – World Burger Championship.
Date & Time
- May 21, 2017 from 1:00 pm – 5:00 pm
- General Admission – $10
- Concession Tickets – $2
- Burger Samples – $2
- Craft beer, spirits, soda, and water will also be available for sale
Shrimp on the Barbie – Shrimp Throwdown
The best seafood chefs in the area converge at Charleston Harbor Resort every October to showcase their originality and creativity in hopes of winning the Shrimp on the Barbie title. Watch your favorite chefs battle it out on the beach, while sampling all their delightful creations.
Date & Time
- October 1, 2017 from 1:00 pm – 5:00 pm
- Adults $10 | Children (ages 5-12) $5
- Concession Tickets – $2
- Shrimp Samples – $2
- Local beer, spirits, soda, and water will also be available for sale
Smoke on the Harbor BBQ Throwdown
Smoke on the Harbor BBQ Throwdown—a fully sanctioned national event with the Kansas City Barbeque Society (KCBS)—takes place every November at our Lookout Pavilion. This annual event features two days of barbeque competition within a large competitor and vendor village offering numerous options for food and refreshments, live music performances, and an overall family-friendly, casual, and fun atmosphere.
- November 10-11, 2017