With the deep history, coastal charm, and convenience to nearby Charleston, Mt. Pleasant offers a variety of things to do. Of course, there’s the usual water fun — fishing, swimming, and boating off the coast. But where are the best spots, the most popular attractions that will let you truly experience the area?
Let’s start with the most popular tourist attractions and the essential experiences that should be on every visitor’s and resident’s list. Here are 10 things you do not want to miss in Mt. Pleasant, SC.
Top 10 Things to Do in Mt. Pleasant
1. Mt. Pleasant Pier
Stretching under the Arthur Ravenel, Jr. Bridge, the pier offers traditional fishing areas, mouth-watering sandwiches at the River Watch Cafe & Gift Shop, and special music and dancing events at its covered pavilion.
Be sure to bring your dancing shoes and take part in the Carolina Shag, a local dance now coming into popularity. The Mt. Pleasant pier hosts Shaggin’ on the Cooper every summer.
2. Boone Hall Plantation & Gardens
Tour the historic grounds lined with moss-draped trees and take part in special annual events, including the Scottish Games & Highland Gathering, Taste of Charleston, Boone Hall Fright Nights, and Lowcountry Oyster Festival.
3. Patriots Point Naval & Maritime Museum
Immerse yourself in history aboard the USS Yorktown, at the Medal of Honor Museum, and at the Cold War Memorial. Touring the preserved ships at Patriots Point is great way to experience Mt. Pleasant naval history.
Charles Pinckney played a role in the signing of the US Constitution, and his plantation in Mt. Pleasant still remains under historic trees.
5. Sweetgrass Cultural Arts Pavilion
Located in Mt. Pleasant’s Memorial Waterfront Park, the open-air pavilion hosts a small market of sweetgrass basket makers, along with kiosks that display the history of the African-inspired art.
6. Palmetto Islands County Park
The 943-acre park in Mt. Pleasant was tailored for your outdoor enjoyment. In addition to trails, boardwalks, and picnic sites, the park also features:
- Nature island
- Splash Island Waterpark
- Bike, kayak, and pedal boat rentals
- Horseshoe pits
- and more!
7. The Center for Birds of Prey
You can take a guided tour of the facility, learn about the birds’ hunting tactics, explore the current exhibits, and more at the Center for Birds of Prey.
Learn more about Mt. Pleasant’s hawks, owls, falcons, eagles, and vultures on your next visit.
8. The Old Village
Discover Mt. Pleasant’s heritage by visiting the Old Village, a collection of Colonial- and Antebellum-period houses and businesses.
Pitt Street is the heart of the village, and you can find quintessential small-town shops, old-fashioned ice cream sodas, and the charming Post House restaurant and tavern.
9. Coastal Expeditions
The Mt. Pleasant area is full of inlets and small waterways, perfect for exploring on kayaks or stand-up paddleboards. Tours, lessons, and charters are offered for your next coastal adventure.
10. The Barrier Island Public Beaches
Access the nearby Sullivan’s Island and Isle of Palms to discover the breathtaking beaches and quaint coastal communities located right next to Mt. Pleasant. It’s the best way to explore the area and enjoy swimming in the process.
If you’d like to experience these top 10 destinations for yourself, what better way than as a resident who can return again and again?