Charleston Waterfront Park – More than just a park…

By Mark A. Leon
By Mark A. Leon

What can you say about Charleston Waterfront Park. ?So many wonderful things.
It is like frolicking through Wonderland or skipping through OZ.
Maybe I am laying this on a bit too thick.? Ok, I will scale back a bit.

Each day hundred of people flock to the park for a job, picnic, nap, swing with someone you love, fishing off the pier, practice gymnastics, walking the dogs, watching sailboats in the harbor, taking pictures, posing for pictures, dancing in the fountain or just people watching.? It is a flourishing strip of palmetto trees, green grass, harbor winds and comforting thoughts.

For those that take pride in this scenic haven or those that have yet to experience its beauty, here are a few things you may not know about Charleston Waterfront Park:
1. ?Beautiful view of the harbor. ?Whether you just want to lay on a blanket with someone you love and watch the sailboats or have a family picnic, the view in perfect.? There are several blocks of green grassy pasture to plot your butt down on or benches by the Pinapple Fountain and dirt path.? Maybe even take a swing on the pier.

2. ?A giant pineapple fountain. ?If I need to say more, you should stop reading.? This iconic fountain is the fabric of our community.? It is a symbol of Southern innocence and tradition.? With a backdrop of palmetto trees, blue skies and harbor waters, this fountain has posed for many pictures in its day.

3. ?Free city operated art gallery. ?See we even toss in a little culture.? This two floor city owned and operated galleries offers exhibit from sculpture to photography to paintings that change on a regular basis.? If you have only visited once or twice, take a walk through next time you are at the park.

4. ?A fountain for the kids to run in and get wet. ?Fun Fun Fun especially in the heat of the summer.? Don’t get scared in October when the water turns pink.? That is in respect for breast cancer awareness.

5. ?A pier with swings. ?What can be more romantic than that.?? A cool breeze and someone you care about in your arms.? This is a great activity for right after a downtown dinner as the sun is setting.

6.? You can fish off the pier. ?Lots of options there.? Don’t forget, you need a permit.

7. ?Great people watching. ?Lots of photography sessions, runners, walkers, kids and even a few silly things.

8. ?Free WiFi. ?I said it. ?FREE WiFi. ?Grab it now.

9.? Dirt path for bikers, runners, walkers, strollers and pets.

There you have it. ?The top reasons to enjoy Waterfront Park in downtown Charleston.? Some of you may have already been aware while others may have learned a thing or two.? Either way, I hope we kindled a fire and get you to spend a nice fall day or evening by the water.

Escape to Pitt Street Bridge

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Have you ever gone for a walk at night, under a full moon and experienced a moment of Gatsby and Hemingway? Is there a place to sit on the lush grass, watch the moon reflected off the harbor and drink wine with your lover? Maybe you could crab or fish in murky water off a quaint bridge. There is a certain romanticism of the idea of connecting with nature and escaping the daily routines of life.

Pitt Street Bridge also known as Pickett Park offers this great escape. Just a short drive off of Coleman Boulevard through an unsuspecting suburban neighborhood, this walkway, custom made for friends, lovers and fishermen is a pathway to uncover some of the incredible beauty of Charleston.

Cornered off between Old Village Mount Pleasant?and Sullivan’s?Island, Pitt Street Bridge is situated perfectly. From picnics to fireworks, to the distant sounds of Hootie and the Blowfish playing at the Family Circle Cup arena, you can be taken away without leaving Mount Pleasant.
How can such a beautiful and strategically placed path of tranquility be hidden for so long? This is one of the many charms of Charleston.
Just down the street from the Pitt Street Bridge in the Old Mount Pleasant is the Village Bakery. This is a tiny rustic bakery where you can get breakfast, lunch or coffee. If you do stop by, try the pimento grits and the chocolate banana nut muffin. Those are two of the many things that will keep you coming back.

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Get a nice basket of food and take the short drive to the Bridge. Lay a blanket out and watch the birds or boats in the harbor. If I didn’t mention it already, this is a haven for bird watchers. You will see several unique species in their natural habitat.
I know this quite a bit to take in.

We just introduced you to a spot in Mount Pleasant where you can:

? Kayak
? Picnic
? Go crabbing or fishing
? Jog
? Take a romantic walk
? Bird Watch
? Watch the sunrise and sunset

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It may sound like a dream come true, but it is all there free of charge. Plan your escape soon to Pitt Street Bridge and don’t forget your camera. You will want to create some lasting memories.

Pitt Street Bridge Video