Best Parks in Charleston

Parks in Charleston are very cool. Many of them have sparkling fountains that are built for play and plenty of shady pathways or harbor access. From Waterfront Park downtown to woodsy trails that many go bird watching on weekends, these green spaces are where tourists and locals attend festivals, run Road races or have a cookout. Some of the parks are 1/10 of an acre or less while others include hundreds of public use acres. On any given Sunday, college students gain a suntan or study, while parents push strollers and walk pets along the park paths. In the city of Charleston alone, there are more than 120 park spaces and in the county that would include 10 more large parks, fishing piers, beach areas, boat landings and marinas with 10 more in the works. Advocates of the city's parks at the nonprofit Charleston Parks Conservancy organize volunteers and help with renovations. They are also currently developing community gardens for residents to grow vegetables and flowers.

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Angel Oak Park

Every time local spring first-time visitors it's the same story. The newcomers have no idea the tree is going to be so big. It is sprawling and majestic and estimated to be hundreds of or even thousands of years old. The John's Island tree creates a whopping 17,000 ft. of shade and a 3-acre park with picnic tables and a gift shop.

Washington Square

Behind Charleston City Hall is this 1.4-acre park that showcases a statue of George Washington. The rest of the city is bustling but this is a peaceful urban retreat that you can find a quiet bench upon which to read or sit in the trees shade.

Waterfront Park

During the summer, kids are always playing in the fountain and whole families fit on the wide benches and the swing set faces the harbor. It is an 8-acre park in the pier is in a prime location on the peninsula for watching sailboats and ships.

Charles Towne Landing

This is historical in nature Park with over 600 acres on the site of the original Charleston settlement, where English explorers landed in 1670. You can walk on board a 17th-century replica ship, wander the gardens, or check out the animal forest of native bears, alligators and wading birds.

James Island County Park

Charleston County has an impressive park system but this one tops the list as a fun zone. It is 10 minutes of downtown Charleston and spans more than 600 acres where one can fish, go crabbing in the tidal creeks, cycle or jog on miles of paved trails or try paddle boarding or kayaking or even let your dog romp on a leash free park and swimming hole.