Charleston has been on my bucket list for quite some time. Similar to Savannah, we found some pet-friendly activities and hopped in the truck with Jackson in tow. Charleston is known as a very dog-friendly city so we were super excited to explore the area.
We decided that we would do a big loop around Charleston with our first stop at James Island County Park and end the day at Westbrook Brewery since they opened at 4 pm. On the way, Paul found an additional point of interest – the Angel Oak tree, a 500-600-year-old tree located on John’s Island, just a short distance from our stop. We were so glad we stopped as it was one of our favorites from the day.
Angel Oak Tree stands at 66.5 feet tall and is 28 feet in circumference. Basically, the tree was a behemoth! The longest limb is a whopping 187 feet from tip to tip and it can shade up to 17,200 square feet. My kind of tree! You’re able to walk up next to the tree and over the limbs that are leaning on the ground but unfortunately, dogs are only around in the surrounding areas.
Next stop was at the James Island County Park. It was $4 to park the car and we made our way straight to the large dog park. The dog park offered a huge off-leash area, including two access points for a small pond. Jackson was immediately at home with the other dogs, playing and swimming in the water. We had planned to hike some of the trails, but opted to stay at the dog park longer because Jackson was having such a great time. An exhausted pup is a happy pup and we knew we still had others stops along the way.
Once Jackson was tired, we dried him off, helped him into the truck and drove into downtown Charleston by the Battery. We found free parking pretty quickly on Murray Boulevard (how fitting) and started exploring the area. The Antebellum houses are beautiful and reminded us of Boston. There were gas lanterns flickering along the streets and even brick-laid sidewalks. As a joke, Paul and I started to look up some prices on Zillow and these large mansions were quite reasonable compared to Boston prices. Hmm..a possible place to move?
We walked through the White Point Garden where we posed Jackson (because we’re those people) and up to Oyster Point. From there we strolled along the defensive seawall where we could see Fort Sumter in the distance along with the bridges in the area. We meandered through some of the side streets and was able to feel the flavor of the area. We made our way to Rainbow Row on East Bay Street and immediately knew we found it because of the bright, pastel colors of the houses. These houses are steeped in history and some date back to the 1770s. There is a debate as to why the houses were painted as such. My favorite theory for the colors is that is was to capture the attention of drunk sailors who might not otherwise be able to find their way home. Seems legit to me.
We then spent some time along Waterfront Park. It was a really hot day so we found a spot on one of the benches and took in the scenery. We must have looked like locals because people kept coming up to us asking for directions. Once cooled down, we walked back to the Beast and went on our way to Westbrook Brewing where we sipped on some delicious beers. You can read all about it HERE.
All in all, we will definitely visit Charleston again to enjoy the food scene and drinks in the area and to continue to explore.