Best Things to Do in Folly Beach: What You Need to Know

With its fun downtown and versatile beaches, you’ll never run out of things to do in Folly Beach. Fondly known as “The Edge of America” by locals, Folly is a beach town unlike any other. Its funky, laid-back vibe has enticed people from across the globe to create a place where uniqueness is celebrated.

You’ll find tons of Folly Beach activities below, but the Lowcountry also encompasses historic Downtown Charleston, Isle of Palms, 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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Here Are All the Best Things to Do in Folly Beach

Spend Time At the Beach

Folly Beach is one of the most well-known beaches in South Carolina and for good reason! Aside from the lively town, the beach is great for just about any ocean activity you could think of. Most of the beach’s six sandy miles are fair game as long as you get there through a public beach access or of course, a private beach entrance that you have access to with your Folly Beach vacation rental. The Folly Beach County Park offers beach chair and umbrella rentals as well as seasonal lifeguards on duty.

Bring Your Pup Along

Folly is a very dog-friendly beach town with plenty of outdoor eateries and bars. Some of Folly Beach’s dog-friendly restaurants include Chico Feo, Jack of Cups Saloon, and Lost Dog Cafe, a great place to grab breakfast before a fun day with your pet. For some playtime, the city offers a Bark Park for dogs to wander off-leash.

If you plan on bringing your furry family to play in the sand, be sure to know the 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 season), dogs are not allowed to go on the beach from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.

Go Surfing

Many surfers call Folly home and claim it has the best waves off the coast of South Carolina. The best Folly Beach surfing is at a spot called “The Washout” or “Hollywood”. Hurricane Hugo destroyed an entire block of homes causing the area to have more intense winds than the rest of the shoreline. To get there, follow East Ashley Avenue towards the Lighthouse Inlet until you get to an area without any houses on either side of the road. This is where you’ll find the surfers and the waves. If you’re a beginner, the rest of the beach makes for a great place to learn. Several businesses offer surfing lessons, so you can figure it out with a pro.

Throw In a Line

Folly Beach Fishing Pier

Folly Beach fishing is just as relaxing as it is rewarding! Locals love to throw in a line at the Folly Beach Fishing Pier because it provides fishermen with different depths to catch different fish. In the shallower water, catch trout and drum, and at the deeper end of the pier, reel in redfish and shark. Fishing charters allow you to be on the water and try your hand at some offshore fish. The post popular Folly Beach fishing charters include Sea Breeze Charters, Atlantic Breeze Fishing and Sailing Charters, and Folly Beach Fishing Charters.

Rent a Kayak Or Take a Paddling Tour

The Lowcountry’s breathtaking landscape makes for the perfect place to paddle along the marshes and immerse yourself in the vibrant nature and fascinating wildlife. Folly Beach Adventures offers all kinds of rentals from golf carts to surf boards to bicycles. This is also where you’ll find Folly Beach kayak rentals. You can rent their sit-on-top kayaks for half a day, a full day, or an entire week. If you’d prefer a guided tour, Charleston Outdoor Adventures features Folly Beach kayak tours through the saltwater estuary within the barrier island. They also offer rentals. Whatever you decide, we guarantee Charleston kayaking will not disappoint!

Catch Dolphins Swimming

The Lighthouse Inlet Heritage Preserve provides the best spot on the beach to get a glimpse of bottlenose dolphins. The amazing creatures can often be seen in the waters surrounding the Lowcountry. However, you’re almost guaranteed to see a dolphin in this area of Folly Beach. Plus, the preserve offers breathtaking views of the Morris Island Lighthouse and is an incredibly relaxing spot on the beach.

Satisfy Your Cravings

We’ve already told you about some dog-friendly places to eat, and there are many other tasty Folly Beach restaurants to choose from! For a casual spot with seafood cooked however you like it, The Crab Shack offers seafood by the bucket, a raw bar menu, and so much more. Blu provides a great oceanfront dining experience. The menu will satisfy any surf and turf cravings you might be having from scallop risotto to filet mignon. Looking for a margarita after a day at the beach? Taco Boy serves typical Tex-Mex cantina fare along with great drinks and a beachy vibe.

Enjoy a Night Out

Because of Folly’s come-as-you-are nature, the people here know how to have a good time, providing locals and tourists with a vibrant Folly Beach nightlife. Sand Dollar Social Club features regular live music acts, pool tables, a flowing bar, and tons of space to dance. Surf Bar is another large bar with frequent live entertainment. However, the scene is more laid-back at Surf Bar than at Sand Dollar. If you prefer to do your drinking during the day, The Washout offers a large drink menu with a lively atmosphere. The restaurant is also known to occasionally host some Folly Beach events.

If you want the full Folly Beach bars experiences, you must do karaoke! St. James Gate Irish Pub brings something different than the typical beach bar to the city. The pub hosts karaoke nights on Friday and Saturday if they don’t have a live show booked that evening. Loggerhead’s Beach Grill always has something going on and that includes frequent karaoke events.

Go Shopping

Folly’s downtown area isn’t just home to great restaurants and bars; it’s also an amazing place to find a special souvenir or gift for someone back home! This is a beach town after all, so the best Folly Beach shopping is at surf and beach stores. Our favorites include McKevlin’s Surf Shop, Mr. John’s Beach Store, and Beachwear & Gifts.

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3 of the Best Beaches in South Carolina for Families

Do you remember your first time visiting the beach? The expansive ocean ahead seems infinite, and there’s no feeling like having soft sand beneath your toes. Taking your family on a beach vacation will ensure you make memories that will last a lifetime. But first, you need to choose which beach or beaches you are going to visit! Here are the best beaches in South Carolina for families.

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3 of the Best Beaches in South Carolina for Families

1. Isle of Palms Beach

Directions to Isle of Palms Beach Parking

Isle of Palms Beach, also known as the Isle of Palms County Park, is the beach you will most likely visit if you stay on Isle of Palms. This beach is one of the most popular in the area, and for good reason. Enjoy walking out on the boardwalk, watch your kids play on the community playground, play volleyball on the sand court, and of course, utilize the beautiful beach. Lifeguards and beach rentals are present during the summer season, and there is usually an ice cream truck waiting with a sweet treat! 

Local tip: If you’re staying in a vacation rental within walking distance to the beach, you won’t have to pay for parking at all. Almost every avenue corresponds with a beach access point, and you can walk right onto the beach from any of them. 

2. Folly Beach

Directions to Folly Beach County Park

If you’re staying on Folly Beach, heading to Folly Beach County Park will be most convenient for you! Situated between the Atlantic Ocean and the Folly River, this beautiful beach has visitors every day out of the year. Lifeguards are on duty seasonally, and there is a snack bar during the summer months. Parking costs can vary anywhere from $5 to $10 depending on the season, but we recommend getting an $85 Gold Pass if it’s worth your while for unlimited entry.

3. Sullivan’s Island 

Sullivan’s Island is the local’s beach. This island neighbors Isle of Palms, so it’s very easy to get to. This beach has beautiful views of the Charleston Harbor, and it is common to watch a massive barge float by from time to time. The beach spans just 3.3 miles, but there’s plenty of room. We recommend this beach for families with older children, and you’ll definitely want to visit one of the island’s restaurants after your fun in the sun. 

However, parking can be a challenge. There is no set parking lot, so you will have to abide by the parking signs on the side of the road and make sure that all four wheels are off the pavement. Beach access is clearly marked, so once you park, you should have no problem getting on the beach! 

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Everything You Need to Know About Folly Beach County Park

Not only is the beauty of the Charleston coast unparalleled, there are also countless things to do here. Take in the beauty of our oceanfront towns when you spend the day at Folly Beach County Park. Located on the west end of the island, you’ll want to come back to this beautiful beach day after day.

About Folly Beach County Park

Directions to Folly Beach County Park 

Folly Beach County Park has everything you need for a day of fun in the sun! The park spans for more than 4,000 feet along the ocean and 2,000 feet along the Folly River. Set up along the shore to spend the day at the beach or opt to discover a sandbar by the river. With amenities like picnic tables, showers, restrooms, and more, you’ll love coming to this beach during your vacation. 

Frequently Asked Questions

Are there lifeguards at Folly Beach? 

Yes! Lifeguards are stationed seasonally at the designated swimming area on Folly Beach County Park. Lifeguards are posted on the weekends during May and September and daily throughout the rest of the summer. 

How much does it cost to park on Folly Beach?

Parking on Folly Beach varies depending on the season. Here are the current rates:

  • November – February: $5 
  • March: $5 Monday-Friday and $10 Saturday-Sunday
  • April: $10
  • May-Labor Day: $10 Monday-Friday and $15 Saturday-Sunday
  • September: $10
  • October: $5 Monday-Friday and $10 Saturday-Sunday

Local tip: If you’re planning on visiting a lot of parks during your stay with Charleston Coast Vacations or coming back multiple times in one year, consider a Gold Pass. The pass costs $85 and gets you into all of our county parks for the year! 

Are dogs allowed on Folly Beach?

Pets are permitted at Folly Beach County Park during designated times. Dogs are not allowed on the beach from 10:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m. from May 1st to September 30th. If you bring your dog during an appropriate time, just make sure your four-legged friend is on a leash! 

Are there beach chair rentals?

Many of our properties actually come with a credit for beach gear when you make your reservation. You can use it for beach chair rentals and other gear you might need. There are also beach chair and umbrella rentals available at Folly Beach County Park during the summer. 

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