Waterfront Park, Charleston
First point, this is not Charleston Waterfront park. That is on the opposite side of the river, in downtown Charleston. This Waterfront Park is in Mt Pleasant.
Relatively small and often passed unknowingly, this little park is nice reminder of the military conflicts of US forces. Names, placards, inspirational quotes, etc are all paying homage to those who gave the ultimate sacrifice.
It is also a nice spot to walk the pier under the Arthur Ravenel Jr. Bridge (the New Cooper River Bridge). There is a small cafe there to take an afternoon break. Many fishermen also cast their lines from the pier. I often come here on my bicycle after crossing the bridge.
Charleston Waterfront Park is a great place to start a walk. Start off walking down to the end of the pier. We saw a dolphin in the water just a few yards from the pier! On your way, you can also enjoy swinging on one of the "porch swings" with your companion. Then continue along the Cooper River to the historic residential district.
Relax in this green park on the Charleston Harbor. There are two fountains and many shaded benches. A pier at the park's northern tip extends into the harbor. On the pier you can look around with the free binoculars.
For first time visitors to Charleston, I would recommend going as far as you can into the center of downtown and just enjoy the views of the magnificent Cooper River while you catch your breath and decide where to go and what to do next. You can do that in many places along the river but I would like to suggest the relatively new Waterfront Park. Charleston's long time mayor, Joe Riley, has described Waterfront Park as, "This generation’s gift to the future.” It is a popular destination for residents as well as visitors.
This park is an eight-acre linear park and pier along the Charleston Harbor entry and is a harmonious combination of spectacular fountains (You know that I had to like that.), spacious lawns, intimate gardens, walking and jogging path, and a long pier with picnic tables and wooden porch-type swings. I don't know whether this was an intended use but when I was there in August, children were playing in the fountain. The paths along the river are lined with palms and live oaks and, of course, wherever there are live oaks in the Low Country, there almost certainly will be Spanish moss, as there is along the Waterfront Park paths.
Charleston's Waterfront Park is a nice quiet area on the edge of the historic downtown area. People really enjoy the large swings and the views of the Battleship, the old forts, the new bridge, and the waterfront to the north and south. Very centrally located and easily accessible from throughout the historic area. South of the Vendue Wharf area areas of oaks, palmettos, and marsh.
The park stretches about 1/2 mile along the Cooper River, covering some 12 acres. The area was formerly docks, piers, and warehouses, but was cleaned up in the 1980s.
Charleston's Waterfront Park offers some fine gardens and great views of the bay, including Patriot's Point. It's on the east side of the peninsula. This is the perfect place for a quiet, romantic stroll.
Charleston has many beautiful parks to explore, this is Waterfront Park near the French Quarter. This is nice clear park with lots of benches, fountains a pier and green grass along the waterfront. 1 fountain the kids can play in and the other is for looking. Lots of shade and benches to eat your lunch, hang out and watch the boats go by. Lots of do's and don't's on the sign as you enter the park so you may want to read them.
Waterfront Park is great for kids during the daytime, and great for couples at night. There is a large pineapple fountain, and also a water fountain for children to play in. There are also swings, benches, and plenty of places for picnics.
Waterfront Park is a 12-acre park which serves as a transition between at the intesection of the city's residential, business, and historic districts. Located along the salt-water marshes of the Cooper River, it includes a 400-foot-long wharf and fishing pier with shade structures, riverside promenade, lawns and formal gardens, tree-shaded walking and sitting areas, and two major fountains. The park is especially popular in the heat of summer when local kids like to play in the big squirt fountain. At night it's a romantic place to sit with your honey, though competition for the waterfront swings is intense and you may have to wait, or chose a bench instead.
This park sits at the end of Queen street on the harbor. It features a pineapple fountain statute that is the symbol of Charleston and a fishing pier.