What Are All the Best Things to Do on Isle of Palms?

If you’re looking for things to do on Isle of Palms, you’ve come to the right place! We love the barrier island, and we know you will too. The small beach city boasts miles of public beach, tons of recreation, and many tasty restaurants. We’ve listed everything you need to know to make the most of your getaway to the Lowcountry! 

You’ll find everything there is to do on Isle of Palms below, but the Lowcountry also encompasses historic Downtown Charleston, Folly Beach, and Sullivan’s Island. Request access to our complimentary DESTINATION GUIDE to get a full taste of this beautiful region in South Carolina. 

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Your Ultimate Guide to Things to Do on Isle of Palms 

Hit the Isle of Palms Beach

With just over six miles of sandy beaches, Isle of Palms is one of South Carolina’s favorite shorelines! The small city provides the public with more than 50 beach access points, so you’ll never have to walk far wherever you are in the city. Don’t worry about lugging around your beach gear because the Isle of Palms County Park offers beach chair and umbrella rentals. The price of parking at the park depends on the season. It’s typically $5 in the slow season and $15 in the peak of summer. You can also find some free and metered Isle of Palms Beach parking scattered around the barrier island. Before visiting, remember to check out the Isle of Palms Beach rules, so you don’t accidentally bring something that’s not allowed. 

Know the Beach Dog Rules

If your pup loves the saltwater, make sure to bring them along! IOP is one of the most dog-friendly beaches in South Carolina because the city allows dogs on the beach all day and year-round. You do need to follow the Isle of Palms Beach dog rules though. In the park, dogs must be kept on a leash at all times. However, if you’re outside the park, you can walk your dog off-leash September 15 through March 31 from 4 p.m. until 10 a.m. and April 1 through September 14 from 5 a.m. until 9 a.m.

Go Kayaking

There are countless things to do on Isle of Palms on or near the water. Because it’s a barrier island, IOP offers up some great kayaking. If you’re visiting for vacation or just the day, you probably won’t have a kayak and paddle laying around. In that case, we recommend a sunrise or sunset tour with Coastal Expeditions. They provide everything from the gear to the guide, so all you need to worry about is taking in as much of the Lowcountry as you can! 

Enjoy Some Water Sports Or a Boat Tour

There are many other Isle of Palms activities that, of course, involve the ocean! Tidal Wave Water Sports offers just about everything fun you can do in the water. Rent a jet ski, charter a boat, go parasailing, try wakeboarding, let the kids enjoying some tubing, or take one of their many tours. We’re serious; they offer so many Isle of Palms attractions! If you’re looking for something with less adrenaline and more relaxation, check out Barrier Island Eco Tours. They offer both public and private tours around the Lowcountry with a focus on its natural beauty and wildlife. They also provide several different fishing charters.  

Play a Round of Golf

Work on your game with Wild Dunes Resort’s two golf courses. The Links Course and the Harbor Course were both designed by world-renown golf architect Tom Fazio. The Links sits on the east side of the island overlooking the Atlantic Ocean. The Harbor brings a bit more of a challenge and offers gorgeous views of the marsh. Both courses are par 70 courses. 

Where to Eat 

Vacation is a time to try new foods and splurge on a meal or two, and eating out is one of our favorite things to do on Isle of Palms. From Southern cuisine to Tex Mex to seafood, Isle of Palms restaurants serves up a lot for a small beach city! However, that’s no surprise because the Lowcountry features some of the best food in the country. Long Island Café offers a changing daily menu with fresh seafood and incredible pasta. If you’re looking for a simple comfort food, Papi’s Taqueria serves up all kinds of tasty tacos. Coda del Pesce is your classic, quality Italian seafood restaurant but with a Lowcountry twist. For a killer Isle of Palms breakfast spot, Sea Biscuit Café doesn’t disappoint with favorites like pancakes, omelets, and of course, biscuits and gravy.

If you’re looking for Isle of Palm restaurants on the water, Coconut Joe’s Beach Grill is a fun spot with great views, a large rooftop bar, and classic seafood. We also recommend visiting Shem Creek for dinner if you have the time. The area sits about 20 minutes from IOP in Mount Pleasant and features several dining options right on the picturesque waterway. It’s the perfect spot for a sunset dinner! 

For dessert, you absolutely need to stop by Ben & Jerry’s and stroll down Ocean Boulevard. Anyone will tell you it’s an IOP tradition you can’t skip! The best beach shops and places to get a souvenir line the street so stop in if something catches your eye.  

Check Out The Windjammer 

The Windjammer is a unique staple on IOP. The large bar directly on the beach often hosts Isle of Palms events like sand volleyball tournaments and live music. It makes for a great place to grab a quick bite, enjoy a beer overlooking the ocean, or catch a concert. The business welcomes dogs so stop by after a walk on the beach with your furry friend. After about 50 years in business, The Windjammer is by far one of the most vibrant Isle of Palms bars and is home to much of the small city’s nightlife.

Visit Downtown Charleston 

If you’re making the trip to Isle of Palms for vacation, you must visit Downtown Charleston. As you walk the streets, you’ll feel the city’s more than 300 years of history. Take a stroll down King Street for rows of fantastic shops or visit at night for a lively nightlife. We also recommend walking along the water at The Battery located at the end of the peninsula. Although there are countless other things to do in the Holy City, our favorite thing to do is eat! From fine dining to local fare, CHARLESTON RESTAURANTS rarely produce a dissatisfied customer. There’s just as much to drink as there is to eat. Over the last decade, the BREWERY scene in the Lowcountry has boomed leaving locals and tourists with many places to enjoy a beer with a view.

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3 of the Best South Carolina Beach Towns You Need to Visit

The Lowcountry is home to some of the most beautiful beaches on the East Coast. These South Carolina beach towns are fantastic places to escape with your family for some fun under the sun. With an array of restaurants, activities available to explore, and attractions, you won’t want to leave! 

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Here Are the Best South Carolina Beach Towns 

Folly Beach 

If you desire wide stretches of beautiful sandy beaches, but also want a good mix of restaurants, bars, and shops nearby, then Folly Beach will be one of your favorite South Carolina beach towns. Situated about 25 minutes south of downtown Charleston, this island is full of local charm. Center Street is full of life during the day and into the evening, with hotspots like Taco BoyJack of Cups SaloonRita’s Seaside Grill, and St. James Gate serving up plenty of great food and spirits. You’ll also find live music on most nights during the summer. Once you branch away from Center Street, Folly Beach is a peaceful island oasis. This is one of the best beaches for surfing in the Charleston area, and there are also nearby kayaking options. 

Isle of Palms 

Isle of Palms is one of the most family-friendly beach towns in South Carolina. It’s a short drive over the Intracoastal Waterway from Mount Pleasant, so you’re not far from the action. Ocean Boulevard has a handful of fun restaurants and shops like Acme Lowcountry Kitchen and The Windjammer, but for the most part, this island is a beachgoers paradise. The gated community of Wild Dunes is on the northern tip of the island and has two golf courses, tennis courts, and private beach access points for its guests. There is also a marina accessible to everyone where you can rent boats, kayaks, and take parasailing tours. Historic downtown Charleston is only a 15 to 20-minute drive if you want to get out and explore during your stay. 

Sullivan’s Island 

Sullivan’s Island is one of the most quiet and secluded South Carolina beach towns in the Charleston area. It’s only a little more than three miles long tip-to-tip, but it’s a fantastic place to spend your beach vacation. Middle Street is home to a block of cute shops and fantastic restaurants. Poe’s TavernMex 1 Coastal CantinaHome Team BBQ, and The Obstinate Daughter (a Charleston favorite) are some of the best local dining experiences outside of downtown Charleston. If you love having plenty of space to yourself on the beach, then you’ll love Sullivan’s Island. Not only will you have most of the beach to yourself, but you can walk to the southern tip of the island for incredible views of Charleston and the harbor. Plus, the drive to Charleston, Mount Pleasant, and Isle of Palms is only about 10 to 15 minutes. 

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7 of the Best Charleston, SC, Breweries

Charleston has one of the fastest-growing and hottest brewery scenes in the Southeast. With so many places to grab an ice-cold craft brew, it can be difficult to choose where to go. Luckily, we have you covered with our list of best Charleston, SC, breweries

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Where to Find the Best Charleston, SC, Breweries 

Westbrook Brewing Company – Mount Pleasant 

Westbrook Brewing sits tucked away near the Wando Bridge spanning between Mount Pleasant and Daniel Island. This well-known local brewery is home to a collection of popular regional brews focusing on refreshing pale ales. Try a One Claw and White Thai while you’re here, two of their top-selling beers. 

Palmetto Brewing Co. – Downtown Charleston  

This small downtown brewery located just off King Street has a large outdoor patio and a beautiful interior. Palmetto Brewing Co. is a great place to stop a grab a local beer while touring historic downtown! They also serve up delicious burgers, salads, and sides.  

Revelry Brewing – Downtown Charleston  

Revelry is hands down one of the most popular breweries in Charleston, SC. This funky building north of downtown Charleston has a large bar on the first floor in addition to the expansive rooftop area with panoramic views of town. They also serve food!

Cooper River Brewing Company – Downtown Charleston 

Cooper River Brewing Company concocts refreshing beers in their small but fun brewery north of downtown Charleston. Be sure to try their Orange-Infused Blond Ale (it’s a favorite). 

Edmund’s Oast Brewing Co. – Downtown Charleston 

Edmund’s Oast offers the perfect mix of delicious cuisine and incredible craft beer. This fantastic local spot sits in a new, vibrant food court-style area off the King Street Extension with a solid amount of parking for its location. They also have a restaurant down the street that serves up fine cuisine, and of course, more of their great beers. 

Holy City Brewing – North Charleston 

Holy City Brewing is one of the best Charleston, SC, breweries with food. Pair one of their flagship brews like the Pluff Mud Porter, Overly Friendly IPA, or Holy City Pilsner with smoked wings, a porkstrami Reuben, or a juicy burger.

Low Tide Brewing – Johns Island 

If you want to relax with a local brew in the quiet corner that is Johns Island, head to Low Tide Brewing. From refreshing lagers to Belgian tripels, you’ll find your favorite beer on tap here. They also have scheduled food trucks and events every month.

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How to Make the Most of Your Pet-Friendly Adventure to Charleston, SC

Charleston, SC, is one of the most pet-friendly cities in the country. You can have your pup at your side as you stroll through the historic city center, splash in the waves, or savor the delicious local cuisine. Keep reading to discover some of our favorite things to do with your furry friends during your time on the coast.

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Tips for the Ultimate Pet-Friendly Trip to Charleston, SC

Activities 

Play on the Beach 

There’s nothing better than running around on the sand under the sun with your dog during your Charleston vacation. Here are some important rules for frolicking on the beach with your pup! 

Folly Beach Dog Rules 

October through April, leashed dogs may run, walk, fetch, and swim any time of the day. From May through September (summer), dogs may not go on the beach from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. 

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Isle of Palms Dog Rules 

Isle of Palms is the most pet-friendly beach in Charleston, SC. Dogs may be on the beach all day, year-round. From September 15th through March 31st, dogs may be off-leash from 4 p.m. to 10 a.m. and from 5 a.m. to 9 a.m. from April 1st through September 14th. You can walk your dog on a leash all other times of the day. 

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Sullivan’s Island Dog Rules 

The dog rules on Sullivan’s Island are among the strictest in the Charleston area. All dogs must have a permit ($40 for visitors). Dogs may be off-leash from 5 a.m. to noon from October through April. Dogs may be off-leash from 5 a.m. to 10 a.m. during summer, and on-leash from 6 p.m. to 5 a.m. (not allowed on the beach from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.). 

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Take a Stroll Along the Battery and Waterfront Park 

Grab your leash and take your dog on an exciting adventure through downtown Charleston. Soak in the historical sites along the Battery before taking a stroll through Waterfront Park. The scenic views of the harbor are incredible, and the ocean breeze will keep you and your pup cool! 

Tip: The pavement can get excruciatingly hot during the summer months, so we recommend walking your dog here in the morning or evening when the crowds are lighter. 

Explore James Island County Park 

If you want to let your dog run around off their leash, James County Island Park has a large four-acre dog park! There is a $2 admission fee to enter the park. 

Pet-Friendly Restaurants in Charleston 

The Barrel 

If you want to let your furry friend run around while you enjoy a cold beer, then you need to head over to The Barrel. This James Island establishment is less than 10 minutes from Folly Beach and is a dog-friendly Charleston hot spot. Check their website for upcoming food trucks and entertainment on site. 

The Windjammer 

The Windjammer is the premier entertainment destination on Isle of Palms, and the back deck is the perfect place to sit with your pup as you gaze out across the ocean with your favorite drink. The front has a “No Dogs” sign, but you are allowed to sit on the deck as long as you have a leash. 

Red’s Ice House 

Shem Creek is the pulse of Mount Pleasant and home to sensational sunsets. Hopping Red’s Ice House is one of the best pet-friendly bars in Charleston, SC, and it’s only 10 minutes from Sullivan’s Island and 15 minutes from IOP. 

Revelry Brewing 

If you’re craving a local craft brew while exploring downtown, head over to Revelry Brewing. This local hotspot has plenty of outdoor seating on the ground floor and the rooftop patio, where you’ll find plenty of dogs soaking in the rays. 

Home Team BBQ 

Home Team BBQ has a few spots around town, but we recommend visiting the ones in downtown and Sullivan’s Island if you have pets. Both allow leashed dogs. 

Taco Boy 

Both the downtown and Folly Beach Taco Boy locations are some of the best pet-friendly restaurants in Charleston, SC. Serving up delicious guac,  margaritas, and tacos (of course!), these fantastic places to eat offer plenty of outdoor seating for you and your pooch. 

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After a day of exploring Charleston with your furry friend, head back to your Charleston Coast Vacations pet-friendly rental and unwind. Our collection of rentals in Sullivan’s IslandIsle of Palms, and Folly Beach provide you with tons of incredible choices for your family beach trip. Our rentals feature new renovations, flawless decorations, ocean views, and special amenities to ensure you have a top-notch comfortable stay. Plus, our concierge team can help you plan your trip every step of the way. 

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