Charleston is a vibrant and beautiful city—bustling with culture, food, events, and fun. And that’s true even when it rains. If you’re looking for something fun, even though the weather isn’t playing nice, don’t worry. The staff at the Center for Natural Breast Reconstruction considers themselves unofficial Charleston concierges. So what if you’re not walking downtown, or taking in the rows of beautiful antebellum houses Charleston has to offer? The next time it rains, here are few ideas to have a marvelous time and stay dry.
With a daily dive show and exhibits galore, the South Carolina Aquarium is the perfect rainy day activity for all ages. The exhibits take you from the mountains to the sea, and the first one you’ll see, the mountain forest exhibit, features majestic eagles and playful otters frolicking in the hilly forest. You’ll see the flora and fauna in the piedmont, coastal plain, and salt marsh areas before you hit the coast and ocean to have close encounters with sharks and pufferfish. The Touch Tank allows you to see and touch water creatures such as stingrays and sea urchins.
Nothing better to lighten up a dreary day than a few belly laughs. Held on Wednesday, Friday, and Saturday nights, Theatre 99’s comedy showcases bring audiences to their knees. The basis for these shows is improv, so you’ll never know what’s going to happen. As stated on the website, most performances are PG-13, so you may want to leave the little ones with a sitter.
The focal point of the Patriots Point Naval and Maritime Museum is the World War II aircraft carrier USS Yorktown. The museum is home to a fleet of National Historic Landmark ships and the Cold War Memorial. Patriots Point also houses the Congressional Medal of Honor Society and Medal of Honor Museum. Aboard the Yorktown, you can tour the flight deck and bridge, living quarters, brig, and engine room. The Charleston Navy Shipyard Museum and Medal of Honor Museum are on board, and individual memorials are scattered around the ship. The hangar bay holds vintage aircraft, and if you’d like to try flying yourself, you’ll want to try the flight simulator.
If you’re feeling creative, there’s no better place than Rock Paper Scissors Studio. Located in Mount Pleasant, this studio supplies visitors with all the tools and material to create crafts. All you have to bring is your lovely self! As a bonus, you can indulge with wine and beer as you make crafts.
The Charleston City Market has been part of Charleston’s history for over two centuries. The majestic Market Hall building houses the Daughters of the Confederacy museum. Grab your umbrella and head to this amazing open-air market that sells everything from jewelry to food to sweetgrass baskets. With over 100 vendors, the market has something for everyone, and is the perfect place to have a coffee and do some people watching.