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Just on the other side of Charleston, across the well-known Ravenel Bridge, is the town of Mount Pleasant. Whether you’re from the area and want to remember all the reasons why people are flocking to the coastal town or you’re a tourist looking to explore like a local, we’ve got you covered. Here’s your guide to exploring Mount Pleasant.
START THE DAY BY WALKING THE BRIDGE
Start your day off with a bit of exercise and a gorgeous view by walking the iconic Ravenel Bridge. The walking and biking path is 2.5 miles from one side to the other, but if you’re not up for walking the entire 5 miles back and forth, many people walk to the halfway point and turn back. Either way, you can take in the beauty that is the Charleston Harbor from above and even get a look at the USS Yorktown.
EXPLORE OLD VILLAGE
Dating back to the 18th century, Old Village is one of the area’s oldest waterfront communities. It was once a neighborhood for wealthy Charlestonians to retreat to during the summer, but now it’s home to a mix of people, families, and businesses. Visit Pitt Street to shop boutiques, like Out Of Hand, or stop by Rudi’s Old Village Wine Shop for a glass of wine. Then head down to Pitt Street Bridge to take in some SPECTACULAR views of the Charleston Harbor.
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GRAB LUNCH AT SHEM CREEK
After working up an appetite with all the exploring you’ve done so far, head over to Shem Creek and grab a bite to eat. Shem Creek is home to some of the most picturesque views in Charleston and the best restaurants in Mount Pleasant. Try out Saltwater Cowboys for local seafood and BBQ, Tavern & Table for the BEST pimento cheese and oysters, or Water’s Edge for a variety of seafood and an extensive wine list.
SPEND THE AFTERNOON AT WATERFRONT PARK
Right around the corner from Shem Creek and at the base of the Ravenel Bridge you’ll find Mount Pleasant Memorial Waterfront Park. Here you can grab ice cream at River Watch Cafe, enjoy even more views of the Charleston Harbor, and walk along the 1,250-foot-long pier. You can also experience the local culture at the Sweetgrass Cultural Arts Pavilion and go back in time at the War Memorial.
WATCH THE SUNSET AT THE BEACH
The good thing about Mount Pleasant is no matter where you are, it’s likely to be a beautiful sunset. But if you’re looking to enjoy the sun while taking in some ocean air and listening to the waves then head over to Isle of Palms or Sullivans Island and watch the sun set on your adventure-filled day.
Of course, this is only a bit of what Mount Pleasant has to offer but enjoy, relax, and take in all the views.