9 places to go on a rainy day in Charleston

Charleston is a fabulous city, known for its charm, its beauty and its historic landmarks.

In particular, Charleston is filled with lots of outdoor activities such as spending a relaxing day at the beach, exploring the Charleston City Market, or even simply walking around the historic sites scattered throughout the city.

However, weather in Charleston is extremely unpredictable, leaving many at a loss for what to do when the frequent scattered thunderstorms rain down on Charleston.

When it does rain here in Charleston, don’t let it rain on your parade.

There are plenty of fun indoor activities to do in Charleston even when the sun isn’t shining. Here are my favorite nine choices:

South Carolina Aquarium

Charleston is home to South Carolina’s very own aquarium, which has more than 5,000 animals for visitors to enjoy.

Exhibits feature animals from all of the state’s climate regions – the Mountain Forest, Piedmont, Coastal Plain, and the Lowcountry.

A new exhibit is the Sea Turtle Hospital  in which frequent tours are given.



Because Charleston is filled with so much history, it is packed with a variety of museums and historic sites that are open to the public.

Some of these include the Charleston Museum, the Nathanial Russel House, and the Calhoun Mansion.


Dock Street Theatre

This theatre is not just any theatre, but is the first building in America that was built just to be used for theatrical performances.

Today, this theatre is home to many of Charleston’s finest institutions such as the Spoleto Festival USA.



Located on Wentworth Street, Candlefish not only sells hundreds of different candles, but also offers candle-making workshops on Wednesdays and weekends.

This BYOB event allows you to bring home two of your very own scented candles.


Theatre 99

Looking for a good laugh?

Charleston’s home  for improv comedy is located right above the Bicycle Shoppe on Meeting Street.

To top it off, tickets are college-kid-affordable (between $5 and $12).


Music Farm

Hip hop, EDM, country, rock, bluegrass – you name it, Music Farm of Charleston has it.

Trust me, it’s an awesome atmosphere to be in, no matter what the event, and with more than 200 events a year, there are a lot to choose from.


Cinebarre movie theater

I know what you’re thinking – what’s so great about a movie theater?

This theater is one-of-a-kind, equipped with waiters who serve you throughout the movie, all kinds of delicious food, and even alcohol!

Yes, you heard me – alcohol.


The Alley

No big deal, but this is the coolest bowling alley in Charleston (maybe even in South Carolina).

Not only is there bowling, there is also a full kitchen, three bars, arcade games and projection screens.


Charleston restaurants

There are too many to name, but here are a couple great ones.

Hall’s Chophouse is known for its fine dining and expensive steaks; Höm has phenomenal burgers; Fuel has the Pain Reliever mixed drink (be careful); and Monza has some of the best pizza and pasta.


by Evie Needle


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